HL Deb 01 July 2003 vol 650 c88WA
Lord Harris of Haringey

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When the 2002 annual report on strategic export controls will be published. [HL3688]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean)

The 2002 annual report on strategic export controls was published at 14.30 today as a Command Paper, and copies have been placed in the Library of the House. The report includes information on licensing decisions made during 2002 as well as describing UK policy and international development in export control regimes.

Since 1997 the Government have taken great strides to make our defence exports licensing system one of the most rigorous and open in the world and this annual report, the sixth of its kind, is a symbol of our commitment to transparency and accountability. The report will be available on the FCO website and also published through the Stationery Office.