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Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN 82518, tabled on 28 August 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Answered on

7 September 2020

HM Government is able to review licences – and suspend or revoke as necessary – when circumstances require, and this is done in line with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria.

Specifically, Criterion 2c makes sure that we do not grant licences if there is a clear risk that the items might be used in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law.