Skip to main content

Cluster Bombs

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what measures exist to control the onward sale to third countries of (a) RBL 755 and (b) BL 755 cluster bombs originally exported from the United Kingdom. [112482]

I have been asked to reply.The risk of strategically controlled goods being diverted to a third country is considered at the time of application for a licence, when this possibility is considered against Criterion 7 of the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. Criterion 7 addresses the existence of a risk that the equipment will be diverted within the buyer country or re-exported under undesirable conditions and includes consideration of the capability of the recipient country to exert effective export controls. The Government may draw upon information from a wide variety of sources when considering the risk.