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Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 168984, tabled on 3 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make an estimate of the number of (a) Storm Shadow, (b) Brimstone and (c) Paveway weapons exported from the UK to Saudi Arabia that have been used (a) deliberately or (b) accidentally against civilian targets in Yemen.

Answered on

6 September 2018

The UK has issued export licences for a number of weapons systems and components for end use in Saudi Arabia, in accordance with the Consolidated Criteria. We are unable to provide precise figures for the number of weapons exported. Nor do the Coalition publish information on which weapons are used for specific air strikes. The UK is not a member of the Saudi-Led Coalition and we do not have any role in setting Coalition policy, or executing air strikes in Yemen. We will not issue an export licence for Saudi Arabia, or any other country, if we assess there is a clear risk the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law.

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