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Arms Trade: Israel

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 149019, tabled on 1 June 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether restrictions on end-use are applied to UK exports of military equipment to Israel; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

12 June 2018

We do not have extraterritorial powers to restrict the end use of goods exported under an export licence from the UK. However, end use is an important consideration when assessing a licence application against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

This assessment is undertaken on a case-by-case basis and the Consolidated Criteria require us to think hard about the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities to the end user. We will not a grant a licence if to do so would be inconsistent with these criteria.

We are keeping the situation in Israel and Gaza under careful review to ensure that extant export licences remain consistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. We will revoke these licences if we assess that they are no longer consistent with these criteria.

We have no information to suggest that UK supplied equipment has been used in contravention of the Consolidated Criteria.