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Arms Sales

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has collated on the extent of compliance by EU countries with the EU code of conduct on arms sales since its introduction. [111252]

Information on the extent of compliance with the EU Code of Conduct is published in the Annual Report on the EU Code of Conduct. Copies are available from the Libraries of the House.We work closely with our EU partners to ensure that all member states apply the Code in a consistent manner. Member states share information on refused arms export licences and if another member state wishes to approve an essentially similar licence, they must first consult before doing so. If they ultimately approve the licence application they must inform the consulted member state accordingly.Regular meetings are held where all EU member states can discuss issues and concerns. If other partners or we have any concerns these would be raised both in the relevant forum and directly with the country concerned.