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Iraq: Weapons

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 59187, tabled on 9 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what procedures his Department has in place to monitor the use of weapons supplied to Iraqi Peshmerga forces and other legitimate Iraqi forces to prevent them being diverted to unauthorised end-users.

Answered on

11 January 2017

The UK assesses the requirement and the risks involved in the provision of any lethal equipment to third parties. We have only gifted weapons and ammunition to the Kurdish Regional Government for use by their forces in the fight against Daesh. The export process includes a certificate which states clearly who the end user will be. We are content with the controls the Kurdish Regional Government have in place for distribution of UK-supplied weaponry, and with the assurances we have received from them.