HC Deb 27 November 2002 vol 395 cc301-2W
Norman Lamb

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to her answer of 20 November 2002, Ref 81322,Official Report column 151W, whether an export licence was granted in respect of spare parts for Hawk aircraft for export to a country other than Zimbabwe, which have subsequently been exported to Zimbabwe. [83035]

Nigel Griffiths

Since the introduction of the UK arms embargo on 12 May 2000, no Standard Individual Export Licences or Open Individual Export Licences have been issued, which would authorise the export of spare parts for Hawk aircraft to Zimbabwe.

The Government rigorously assess all export licence applications to determine the risk of the proposed export being misused, diverted or re-exported under undesirable conditions in contravention of the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria.