|Export Control Bill
Dr. Cable: I hear the Minister's comments and I acknowledge that the Government are aware of the dangers of trans-shipments and the abuse of export controls. Our aim was merely to strengthen the commitment by inserting it directly into the schedule. I accept the Minister's assurance that the mechanisms in place will meet the objective. I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.
Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.
Question proposed, That this schedule be the schedule to the Bill.
Mr. Howarth: I asked earlier in whose power it lay to define whether a transfer or export would have an adverse effect on peace. Paragraph 4(4) states:
Nigel Griffiths: The question is pertinent. The Bill may well result in an increase in legal challenges to export licensing decisions. For the first time legislation will make clear the purposes of export controls. Clause 8 provides guidance on how the powers should be used. Inevitably, greater transparency will follow from the introduction of the new systems, as will greater visibility of the Government's policy and decisions. I hope that that clarifies and confirms the hon. Gentleman's point.
Mr. Howarth: I am not sure whether the Minister has confirmed or denied that he received specific advice on the possibility of a challenge under the judicial review procedure.
Nigel Griffiths: I explained succinctly to the Committee the detailed advice that is available to me as a Minister.
Question put and agreed to.
Schedule agreed to.
Adjourned accordingly at twenty minutes past Five o'clock till Thursday 19 July at half-past Nine o'clock.
Benton, Mr. Joe (Chairman)
Howarth, Mr. Gerald
Jones, Mr. Kevan
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