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Morocco: Western Sahara

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 124335, tabled on 2 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he is taking to abide by Criterion 4 of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Licencing Consolidated Criteria ensuring that licences for Morocco are not used to assert by force its territorial claim in Western Sahara.

Answered on

8 December 2020

HMG takes its export control responsibilities seriously and continues to monitor developments in Western Sahara closely. We examine every licence application on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, including Criterion Four. We draw on a range of sources in making assessments, including from NGOs, international organisations and reports from our overseas network. All licences are kept under careful and continual review as standard.