Export Licences

A number of constituents have also conveyed their dismay surrounding issues of riot shields and rubber bullets in relation to the protests in the United States.

In terms of export licences, I know the Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously. Indeed, the UK operates one of the world’s most robust and transparent export control regimes. Each export licence application is considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework, requiring the Government to think very carefully about the possible impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. My understanding is that the Government will not grant an export licence if doing so would be inconsistent with the criteria. I have ensured Ministers are aware of the points you make about these exports.

With these issues in mind, I have ensured that ministers are aware of the strength of feeling on this matter among my constituents and this is something I will continue to champion in Parliament.