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Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 110450, tabled on 30 October 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Gulf State counterparts on the effect of UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Answered on

7 November 2017

​UK arms sales, whether to Saudi Arabia or any other state, are subject to one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking account of all relevant factors at the time of the application. The UK regularly raises with Saudi Arabia​ the importance of compliance with International Humanitarian Law.