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USA: Arms Trade

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent progress has been made on the Defence Technology Transfer Treaty between the US and UK; and if he will make a statement. (288606)

Her Majesty's Government continue to discuss the Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty with the US Government at all levels. The Treaty still awaits ratification by the US Senate. The UK has worked hard to ensure that members of the Senate are aware of the importance the UK places on the Treaty and the benefits for both nations in operational and industrial terms. MOD and FCO officials in the British embassy in Washington regularly discuss Treaty implementation with their US colleagues in preparation for ratification.