§ Mr. Patrick Thompson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the Government's policy with regard to arms sales to Syria.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
The EU arms embargo on Syria was lifted on 28 November. All applications for the sale of arms will be considered on a case by case basis in the light of the international guidelines to which we are committed. These include whether a proposed transfer would be likely to increase tension in the region or contribute to regional instability.