HC Deb 07 March 2000 vol 345 cc585-6W
Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the dates on which end-user certification of exports were granted in 1998 and the scope of the certificates to countries involved in the

Objective Total (£000) Administration costs(£000) Percentage
Promote enterprise, innovation and increased productivity 795,886 168,642 21
Make the most of the UK's science, engineering and technology 1,332,486 29,403 2
Create strong and competitive markets 2,231,674 32,637 1
Develop a fair and effective legal and regulatory framework 366,173 149,136 41
Total 4,726,219 379,818 8

conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo relating to (a) four-wheel drive and armoured vehicles sold to Angola, (b) military cargo vehicles to Uganda and (c)(i) military vehicles, (ii) combat aircraft and (iii) their components sold to Zimbabwe. [112701]

Dr. Howells

[holding answer 6 March 2000]As part of the process of assessing all applications for a licence to export arms or other goods on the Military List (Part III of Schedule 1 to the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1994), including the goods referred to, exporters are required to supply information on the intended end-use and appropriate undertakings by the end-user concerned. Moreover, end-use certificates are not "granted" as part of the export licensing process. There is no process of "certification" as such but additional assurances are sought if this is considered necessary.

All such applications are of course considered against the criteria announced by my "right" hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 28 July 1997, Official Report, columns 26–29W and, since June 1998, the EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports.

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