HC Deb 10 December 2003 vol 415 c466W
Norman Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his policy is on the supply to Israel of(a) weapons and (h) machine parts that can be used to enhance that country's (i) nuclear and (ii) biological weapons capability. [142335]

Mr. MacShane

I have been asked to reply.

As with export licence applications for all other countries, licences for the supply of strategic goods to Israel are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Export Licensing Criteria. The criteria ensure that proper consideration is taken of the risk of the goods being used for either internal repression or external aggression. The assessment includes careful consideration of the possible, as well as the stated, end-use of any equipment supplied.

The Government would not issue an export licence that was in contravention of the criteria.

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