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USA: Riot Control Weapons

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL5518, tabled on 10 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures, if any, they are taking following the excessive use of force by authorities in the United States; and what plans they have to suspend exports of tear gas, rubber bullets and riot shields to that country.

Answered on

24 June 2020

The violence we have seen in the US is clearly very alarming. Peaceful protest remains a vital part of a democratic society and people must be allowed to protest peacefully.

We consider all our export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework and keep all licences under careful and continual review as standard.