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Riot Control Weapons: USA

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 57931, tabled on 10 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish an itemised list of the value of goods exported under all extant (a) Open Individual Export Licences, (b) Open General Export Licences and (c) Specific Individual Export Licences which cover the export of riot control equipment and agents to end users in the US.

Answered on

17 June 2020

The extant Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) that permit the export to the United States of America of the following items are:

SIEL 1:
Anti-riot/ballistic shields – value: £200,000

SIEL 2:
Anti-riot/ballistic shields – value: £650,000

The extant Open Individual Export Licences (OIELs) permit the export to the United States of America of the following items are:

OIEL 1:
anti-riot/ballistic shields, munitions/ordnance detection/disposal equipment;

OIEL 2:
anti-riot/ballistic shields, portable incapacitating substance riot control devices, portable riot control electric-shock devices;

OIEL 3:
CS hand grenades, depth charges, hand grenades, illuminators, munitions/ordnance de-tection/disposal equipment, signalling devices, smoke canisters, smoke/pyrotechnic am-munition, tear gas/irritant ammunition, tear gas/riot control agents, training CS hand gre-nades, training hand grenades, training tear gas/irritant ammunition

OIEL 4:
NBC detection equipment, NBC protective/defensive equipment, civil NBC protection clothing, civil NBC protection equipment, civil riot control agent protection equipment, components for NBC protective/defensive equipment, components for civil NBC protec-tion equipment, components for civil riot control agent protection equipment, components for military diving apparatus, imaging cameras, military diving apparatus, military laser protection equipment, software for NBC detection equipment, software for NBC protec-tive/defensive equipment, software for military diving apparatus, software for military laser protection equipment, technology for NBC detection equipment, technology for NBC pro-tective/defensive equipment, technology for imaging cameras, technology for military div-ing apparatus, technology for military laser protection equipment

OIEL 5:
NBC protective/defensive equipment, components for NBC protective/defensive equip-ment, equipment for the use of NBC protective/defensive equipment, software for equip-ment for the use of NBC protective/defensive equipment, technology for NBC protec-tive/defensive equipment

There is one further OIEL, issued in 2020. This has yet to be published as Official Statis-tics and therefore further details cannot be released.

As OIELs cover multiple shipments of specified goods to specified destinations, exporters holding OIELs are not asked to provide details of the value of items they propose to ex-port under a particular OIEL. Accordingly, it is not possible to provide this information.

The extant Open General Export Licences (OGELs) that have scope for riot control equipment and/or agents to be exported to the United States of America are:

• Exports of non-lethal Military and Dual-Use Goods: To UK Diplomatic Missions or Consular Posts.
• Military Goods, Software and Technology: Government or NATO End-Use.
• EU General Export Authorisation (EU001)

• Military and Dual-Use Goods: UK Forces deployed in non-embargoed destinations / Military and Dual-Use Goods: UK Forces deployed in non-embargoed destinations – from December 2019.
• Export For Exhibition: Military Goods / Export For Exhibition: Military Goods – from December 2019.
• Military Goods: For Demonstration / Military Goods: For Demonstration – from December 2019.
• Export After Exhibition or Demonstration: Military Goods.
• Export After Repair/replacement Under Warranty: Military Goods / Export After Repair/Replacement Under Warranty: Military Goods – from June 2019.
• Export For Repair/Replacement Under Warranty: Military Goods / Export For Repair/Replacement Under Warranty: Military Goods – from December 2019.
• Exports or transfers in support of UK Government Defence Contracts / Exports or transfers in support of UK Government Defence Contracts – from June 2019

• Export After Repair/Replacement Under Warranty: Dual-Use Items

• Historic Military Goods / Historic Military Goods – from December 2019.
• Military Components.
• OGEL (Certified Companies).
• OGEL (Exports under the US-UK Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty).

OGELs are available to view in full on GOV.UK and, as OGELs are pre-published licences allowing the export of specified goods to specified destinations, without a specified validity period, exporters who register for OGELs are not required to provide the value of items they propose to export. Accordingly, it is not possible to provide this information.

An itemised list of all items exported under the three types of licence is not centrally held.

Answered by

Department for International Trade
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