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Arms Trade: Qatar

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 2015, tabled on 29 June 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what arms sales between the UK and Qatar were carried out from 2010 to 2017.

Answered on

4 July 2017

Arms sales data by region are published annually on GOV.UK.

The Government publishes Official Statistics about export licences granted and refused each quarter. The data currently includes details of licences up to 31 December 2016. Data for the period 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017 will be published on 18 July 2017. The data can be accessed on GOV.UK

Licences granted are not necessarily a measure of exports shipped in a given period as they are valid for between two and five years. Licensing data only provides a partial indication of sales as exporters only declare export values for a subsection of licences (Standard Individual Export Licences). Some licences expire before they are used and in these circumstances exporters must submit a further application, which can result in an element of double counting.

The value of arms export licences issued from 2010 to 2017 are:-

Year Value (£)

2010 £3,082,468

2011 £439,488

2012 £354,419

2013 £4,255,887

2014 £10,547,414

2015 £140,925,288

2016 £1,822,648

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