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Riot Control Weapons: Export Controls

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 63259, tabled on 23 June 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many licences have been issued under Annex 3 of the EC regulation on torture and death penalty goods relating to PAVA and OC sprays; and which end users were specified for those licences.

Answered on

30 June 2020

Our records show the following licences were granted between 2006 and 2019:

49 Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) for end users that include one for commercial use (for use as a flavouring in the Food Manufacturing industry); one for forensic analysis; one for government; two stockists; two for demonstration purposes (not for resale) and 41 for law enforcement agencies; and one SIEL (Transhipment) licence for naval use;

Three Standard Individual Trade Control Licences (SITCLs), where two were for law enforcement agencies and one was for testing and evaluation purposes;

One Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL) has been granted with the conditions that (a) the exporter may only export to a government directly or companies using the listed goods in fulfilment of a government contract, and (b) export under this licence is restricted to armed forces, the police, the Home Department (or equivalent), other security forces, and law enforcement.