§ Mr. Teddy Taylor
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what products exported from the United Kingdom require export licences; and what is the average period of time taken for the issue of such licences.
§ Mr. Alan Clark
Products requiring export licences are listed in the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1987 (S.I. 1987 No. 2070), as amended. Applications for licences are considered on their merits. The time taken to process these is dependent upon the nature of the product, its destination and possible end use. It is not possible to state an average period of time for the processing of such licences, but for non-sensitive applications; my Department would normally expect to issue a licence within three weeks.