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Saudi Arabia: Arms Trade

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 18607, tabled on 21 February 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19 July 2019 to Question 275727 on Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia, what reports he received from (a) 26 January to 9 July 2018, (b) 9 July 2018 to 24 July 2019 and (c) 24 July 2019 to date on the letter from the Panel of Experts on Yemen mandated by Security Council resolution 2342 (2017) to the President of the UN Security Council dated 26 January 2018.

Answered on

3 March 2020

The UK operates a rigorous and comprehensive export control regime. We will not issue any export licences when there is a clear risk of a serious violation of International Humanitarian Law. We consider a wide range of sources when assessing arms licenses against the Consolidated Criteria, including classified and open source information, and reporting we receive from Non-Governmental Organisations. This includes reports by the UN Panel of Experts, which issues an Annual Report and a Mid-Term Report. The UK receives these as a member of the Security Council and they have been included in our export licensing decision making process.