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White Phosphorus

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what information the Export Control Organisation requires of companies seeking an export licence for munitions containing white phosphorus. (294265)

Companies applying for a standard individual export licence (SIEL) to export any munitions, including those containing white phosphorus, must provide the Export Control Organisation with sufficient information to allow an assessment against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria and any other relevant announced policies to be made.

This includes providing sufficient technical details to allow the correct control list entry for the goods to be identified; specific quantities and values; the name of the end-user, consignee and any other parties involved in the transaction; and information on what the munitions will be used for. Companies also have to supply a signed end-user undertaking from the end user, which is used to corroborate information provided in the application form.

Applications for open individual export licences (OIEL) must include the same information, except specific quantities and values and not normally required.