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Guinea: Arms Trade

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps his Department takes to ensure that military equipment manufactured in the UK and exported to Guinea is used in compliance with the terms of the arms export licences issued by his Department. (296812)

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the National and EU Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking into account the circumstances prevailing at the time. Licences will not be issued where there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression or if we assess that goods might be diverted from their stated end use.

The UK has not licensed any exports of military equipment to the Government of Guinea since 2000. Following the arms embargo imposed on Guinea by the EU on 27 October 2009, we will not licence any equipment that would be deemed incompatible with our international commitments under the embargo. We are constantly monitoring the situation in Guinea and will continue to take into account any changes in circumstances during our assessment of future applications.