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Arms Trade

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government’s policy is on UK companies exhibiting at the International Defence Exhibition and Seminar in Karachi; what guidance his Department issues to companies on (a) exhibiting at overseas arms exhibitions and (b) exporting arms to (i) Sudan and (ii) Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement. (253391)

UK companies’ attendance at overseas defence exhibitions is a matter for those companies and the exhibition organisers. Guidance on the impact of the UK’s trade controls’ on exhibitions is available on the BERR website. Further guidance may be given to companies as appropriate by export control advisers in BERR so that their attendance at an exhibition may comply with UK law on the export of defence goods, including in respect of embargoed destinations such as Zimbabwe, and Sudan. UKTI Defence and Security Organisation offers support and advice to defence and security companies to assist them succeed internationally. That organisation attended the recent defence exhibition and seminar in Karachi and displayed a range of equipment in accordance with UK law on exports.