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Arms Exports

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what regular contact her Department has with Interpol with regard to the licensing of arms deals. [117015]

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the basis for her policy on making the US exports controls on transportation, freight forwarding and financing of arms deals effective in the UK. [117016]

The Government have no plans to make US export controls on transportation, freight forwarding and financing of arms deals effective in the UK. The Government outlined their own proposals, in the consultation document on draft secondary legislation, to control such activities in relation to the trade in controlled goods to embargoed destinations and equipment used in torture or long-range missiles to any destination.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether her Department makes checks before granting arms export licences with other international export licensing agencies on whether those applying for arms licences have been banned from applying for licences in other jurisdictions. [117017]

The Government do not comment on their internal procedures relating to the assessment of export licence applications to avoid giving disreputable exporters information which they might exploit.

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 8 April 2003, Official Report, column 165W, if she will change the provisions for the maximum penalty so that fines are commensurate with a company's market capitalisation. [117066]

I refer my hon. Friend to my answer on 8 April 2003, Official Report, column 165W.