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Arms Trade: Cameroon

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 193544, tabled on 20 November 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to review arms sales to the Government of Cameroon.

Answered on

23 November 2018

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

The Government takes its export control responsibilities extremely seriously.

The UK operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world. The Government will not grant export licences where to do so would be inconsistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Exports Licensing Criteria, which include the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country of final destination. The Government will not grant a licence where there is a clear risk that the items to exported might be used for internal repression.

Extant licences can be revoked at any time if the situation changes in Cameroon and those licences are no longer assessed as being consistent with the licensing criteria.


The policy remains as announced to parliament in a Written Ministerial Statement on 25 March 2014: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140325/wmstext/140325m0001.htm#140325660000

Original answer

The Government takes its export control responsibilities extremely seriously.

The UK operates one of the most thorough and robust export control systems in the world. The Government will not grant export licences where to do so would be inconsistent with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Exports Licensing Criteria, which include an assessment of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the country of final destination.

Extant licenses can be revoked at any time if the situation changes in Cameroon.


The policy remains as announced to parliament in a Written Ministerial Statement on 25 March 2014: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm140325/wmstext/140325m0001.htm#140325660000

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