HC Deb 15 September 2004 vol 424 c1601W
Richard Younger-Ross

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Government monitors where permitted armament exports end up. [188132]

Mr. MacShane

I have been asked to reply.

The Government undertakes monitoring of such equipment in the recipient country when we believe this would genuinely help to minimise the risk of diversion and where such monitoring is practical. In addition, UK Overseas Posts have standing instructions to report any misuse of UK-origin defence equipment. Such misuse would be taken fully into account when the Government assesses any subsequent licence applications We may also, if appropriate, revoke other related licences, and consider whether to prosecute if any criminal offences had been committed.