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India: Arms Trade

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 167974, tabled on 12 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on prohibiting the sale of weapons including water cannons, tear gas and batons which could be used against peaceful protestors in India.

Answered on

22 March 2021

The Foreign Secretary has not discussed this issue with the International Trade Secretary. HM Government takes its export responsibilities seriously and will continue to assess all export licences in accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. For items that require an export licence, the criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require us to consider the possible impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. HM Government will not grant an export licence if to do so would be inconsistent with the criteria.