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Ammunition: Exports

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the UK has made any exports of white phosphorus munitions in the last 10 years. (254687)

I have been asked to reply:

BERR’s Export Control Organisation only has information on licences issued, not actual exports. 67 licences have been issued since March 1999 for munitions that, like white phosphorous munitions, are designed to create illumination or act as an incendiary. Because the export licence application form does not require the exporter to provide the chemical composition of munitions to be exported, it is not possible to say how many—if any—of those 67 related to the export of white phosphorous