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Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 114920, tabled on 21 November 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will impose a ban on the export of arms to Saudi Arabia.

Answered on

28 November 2017

The Government takes its export licensing responsibilities very seriously and our processes have been subjected to public and judicial scrutiny.

The Government operates a rigorous and robust process to ensure that any licences for UK defence exports are consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. The policy remains as announced to parliament in a Written Ministerial Statement on 25 March 2014.

The key test for the Government for our continued arms exports to Saudi Arabia in relation to International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is whether there is a clear risk that those weapons might be used in a serious violation of IHL. The situation is kept under careful and continual review.