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Exports: White Phosphorus

Volume 493: debated on Tuesday 2 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Devizes of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 19W, on ammunition exports, to which companies the export licences were issued. (277075)

[holding answer 1 June 2009]: Export licence applications are made to the Government in confidence and, for that reason, the identities of the companies involved are not published.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform pursuant to the answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 19W, on ammunition: exports, whether any of the transfers listed in the Government's annual and quarterly strategic export control reports since 1999 were for military devices containing white phosphorus. (277283)

As previously stated BERR's Export Control Organisation has identified 67 licences that 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 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 military devices containing white phosphorous.