HC Deb 09 November 1999 vol 337 c482W
Mr. Bercow

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 25 October 1999,Official Report, column 738, on how many occasions Her Majesty's Government have denied an arms export licence, notified EU partners and objected to another member state's stance on the appropriateness of export; what value of exports was involved; and what (a) values and (b) type of exports have been approved for export by another EU state despite United Kingdom notification. [97247]

Mr. Hain

The UK has issued 54 denial notifications under the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports between the adoption of the Code on 8 June 1998 and 31 October 1999.

Operative Provision 4 of the EU Code of Conduct states that "EU member states will keep such denials and consultations confidential and not use them for commercial advantage".