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Small Arms

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with foreign counterparts on the effects of the sale of small arms; and if he will make a statement. (234541)

I have had no specific discussions limited to small arms. However, at the July 2008 UN Biennial Meeting of States that discussed implementation of the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons, the UK highlighted how illicit trade in these armaments can threaten international peace and security. Separately, the UK is leading international efforts on securing agreement to an Arms Trade treaty that covers all conventional weapons, including small arms. In the run up to consideration of a UK sponsored ATT UN General Assembly resolution, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary recently spoke to a number of his counterparts to seek their support, including the US, Egypt, India and Pakistan.