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Arms Trade: Qatar

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 183804, tabled on 25 October 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the letter of 20 June 2018 from the Chief Executive of UK Export Finance, what the size, time horizon and political nature are of the risks involved in the provision of financing to support the Government of Qatar in the export of Typhoon aircraft and associated equipment and services.

Answered on

30 October 2018

For UK Export Finance (UKEF) to provide financing support for the export of Typhoon and Hawk aircraft and associated goods and services to the Government of Qatar, the Department assessed the impact that the relative quantum of the transaction (around £4.5 billion concentrated in a single market) would have against UKEF’s portfolio and the transaction’s risk horizon of 12.5 years. The Department considered UKEF’s support to be in the national interest in deepening the UK and Qatar’s defence and security relationship. Additionally, the Secretary of State considered the industrial and economic benefits to the UK of the contract, for which UKEF’s support was critical to ensuring its success.

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