Committees on Arms Export Controls - Second Report
Scrutiny of Arms Exports and Arms Controls (2015)

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 9 March 2015.


Terms of Reference

Glossary of Acronyms

Definition of Export Control Organisation licences


Formal Minutes

List of Reports from the Committees during the current Parliament

Volume II: Memorandum from the Chairman of the Committees

(published on the Committees'

Glossary of Acronyms

Definition of Export Control Organisation licences

1 Introduction

2 The Government's "United Kingdom Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2013" (HC 480)

3 The Committees' Report of 2013-14 (HC 186)

The Committees' Report (HC 186) and the Government's Response (Cm8935)

4 The Committees' questions on the Government's quarterly information on arms export licences

5 Arms export control legislation and procedures


"Brass Plate" companies

Arms brokers

EU dual-use controls

EU end-use control of exported military goods

Torture end-use control and end-use control of goods used for capital punishment

Re-export controls and undertakings

Licensed production overseas

Use of UK subsidiaries to export arms

The Consolidated Criteria and EU Council Common Position

6 Organisational and operational issues

Export Control Organisation (ECO)

Remit, responsibilities, structure and staffing

Charging for processing arms export licences


Export Control Organisation's computer system (SPIRE)

Export Control Organisation's website

Transparency of arms export licensing

Powers to create new categories of export licences

Priority Markets for UK arms exports

Trade exhibitions


Compound penalties

Crown Dependencies and Dependent Territories

Combating bribery and corruption

International Development

7 Arms Exports Agreements

UK/US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty

US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)

UK-France Defence and Security Co-operation Treaty

The Intra-Community Transfer (ICT) Directive on arms transfers within the EU

8 Arms Control Agreements

Arms Trade Treaty (ATT)

EU Council Common Position

Cluster Munitions

Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW)


Barrel bombs

The Wassenaar Arrangement

The UN Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA)

The UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW)

The Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT)

The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

The G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction

The Nuclear Suppliers Group

The Nuclear Security Summit

The Australia Group

The Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)

The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)

Sub-strategic and tactical nuclear weapons

A Middle-East Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone

The National Counter-Proliferation Strategy

9 Arms export control policies

Arms exports and human rights

Overseas Security and Justice Assistance (OSJA) Human Rights Guidance

Surveillance technology and equipment

Cryptographic equipment, software, technology and components

Sniper rifles


Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) "Drones"

Arms exports to counter piracy

The licensing of security services

Arms exports and internal repression

The Government's Arab Spring arms export policy review

Arms export licence revocations

Arms export licence suspensions

Exports of gifted equipment

Transfers from Standard Individual Export Licences to Open Individual Export Licences

10 Arms exports to Countries of concern

Extant arms export licences to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's (FCO) countries of Human Rights concern worldwide, and to the Additional Countries and Territories of concern to the Committees

Extant arms export licences to certain individual countries within the FCO's list of 28 Countries of Human Rights concern





Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories



Saudi Arabia

Sri Lanka




Extant arms export licences to the 7 Additional Countries and Territories of concern to the Committees




Hong Kong




11 Arms exports to authoritarian regimes and Countries of concern worldwide

Annex 1: The Committees' quarterly licence questions and the Government's answers (2013 Q4, 2014 Q1 and 2014 Q2)

The Committees' 2013 Quarter 4 (October - December) questions and the Government's answers

The Committees' 2014 Quarter 1 (January - March) questions and the Government's answers

The Committees' 2014 Quarter 2 (April - June) questions and the Government's answers

Annex 2: The Committees' questions on the Government's Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2013 (HC 480) published in July 2014 and the Government's answers

Annex 3: The Committees' letters to and from Ministers

Annex 4: Extra-territoriality (Offences)

Annex 5: The UK Consolidated Criteria (2000-2014)

Annex 6: The revised UK Consolidated Criteria (2014)

Annex 7: EU Council Common Position (2008/944/CFSP)

Annex 8: The text of the Arms Trade Treaty

Annex 9: National Counter Proliferation Strategy 2012-2015

Annex 10: Companies registered with Export Control Organisation to use the Open General Trade Control Licence (Maritime Anti-Piracy)

Annex 11: Arms export licence revocations

Annex 12: Department Minutes for the gifting of equipment July 2014-February 2015

Annex 13: Extant arms export licences to Countries of concern

The FCO's Countries of Human Rights concern—extant licences

Countries and Territories of concern to the Committees—extant licences

Annex 14: Selected arms export licence approvals of arms or components of arms which might be used to facilitate internal repression in the period 1 October 2013 to June 2014

Annex 15: Export licences to Argentina in the period 1 October 2012 to June 2014

Volume III

(published on the Committees'

Oral evidence

Monday 10 November 2014
Roy Isbister, Team Leader, Small Arms and Transfer Controls, Saferworld, Oliver Sprague, Programme Director, Military Security and Police, Amnesty International UK, and Martin Butcher, Policy Adviser, Arms Campaign, Oxfam GB Ev w1
Paul Everitt, Chief Executive, ADS Group, David Wilson, Export Compliance, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services and Chairman of EGAD, Sue Tooze, Deputy Head of Trade Controls, Compliance and Assurance, BAE Systems, and Bernadette Peers, Compliance Manager, Strategic Shipping Company Ltd Ev w16

Monday 1 December 2014
Rt Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Edward Bell, Head and Chris Chew, Head of Policy, Export Control Organisation, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Ev w27
Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Jessica Hand, Head, Arms Export Policy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Peter Jones, Director, Defence and International Security, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Ev w42

Written evidence

1 Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (AEC0001)

2 Paul Holtom and Ioannis Chapsos (AEC0003)

3 Campaign Against Arms Trade (AEC0004)

4 Privacy International (AEC0005)

5 UK Working Group on Arms (AEC0006)

6 Campaign Against Arms Trade (AEC0007)

7 Export Group for Aerospace and Defence (AEC0009)

Ministerial correspondence
DateFrom ToSubject Evidence reference
21/07/2014ChairmanPhilip Hammond Russia - suspensions and revocationsEv w164
23/07/2014ChairmanDavid Cameron Russia - arms export policyEv w165
23/07/2014ChairmanVince Cable Russia - extant arms exportsEv w166
24/07/2014Philip Hammond ChairmanUkraine - arms export policy Ev w167
07/08/2014ChairmanPhilip Hammond CAEC questions on the Government's Annual Report on Strategic Exports Ev w167
07/08/2014ChairmanPhilip Hammond Israel - arms exportsEv w175
14/08/2014ChairmanVince Cable Israel - extant arms exportsEv w175
19/08/2014Philip Hammond ChairmanIsrael - arms exports Ev w176
19/08/2014Philip Hammond ChairmanRussia - extant arms exports and arms exports policy Ev w178
20/08/2014Philip Hammond ChairmanRussia - arms export policy Ev w181
Philip Hammond
CAEC questions on the Government's Annual Report on Strategic Exports Ev w182
03/09/2014Vince Cable ChairmanIsrael -extant arms exports Ev w183
03/09/2014ChairmanPhilip Hammond Russia - compliance with INF TreatyEv w183
10/09/2014Vince Cable ChairmanRussia - end-users of UK arms exports Ev w184
Philip Hammond
CAEC questions on the Government's Annual Report on Strategic Exports Ev w185
30/09/2014Philip Hammond ChairmanRussia - compliance with INF Treaty Ev w185
Philip Hammond
CAEC questions on the Government's Annual Report on Strategic Exports Ev w186
21/10/2014ChairmanVince Cable Hong Kong - arms exportsEv w209
28/10/2014Vince Cable ChairmanHong Kong - arms exports Ev w210
13/11/2014Tobias Ellwood ChairmanRussia - arms exports Ev w211
Tobias Ellwood
Ann McKechin
The Wassenaar Arrangement and the EU Dual-Use Regulation Ev w213
13/11/2014Tobias Ellwood Jeremy CorbynSri Lanka - arms exports policy Ev w214
17/11/2014ChairmanVince Cable Extant arms export licences to Countries of Concern Ev w215
17/11/2014ChairmanVince Cable Spyware export controlsEv w216
25/11/2014Vince Cable ChairmanEgypt - arms exports policy Ev w217
25/11/2014ChairmanPhilip Hammond Syria - chlorine chemical weaponsEv w218


Vince Cable

Revocations reporting by the Export Control Organisation, Uniformity of arms export licensing between countries, The Transparency Initiative, Pre-licence registration of arms brokers, and Extra-territoriality Ev w218

10/12/2014Philip Hammond ChairmanSyria - chlorine chemical weapons Ev w219

Vince Cable


Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), Maritime Anti-Piracy, EU Torture Regulation, Reporting on revocations, Uniformity in export licensing systems, Transparency Initiative, pre-licence registration of arms brokers, Extra-territoriality, Surveillance technology, Israel licences and Extant arms export licences to Countries of Concern Ev w220

06/01/2015ChairmanPhilip Hammond Ukraine - arms exportsEv w433
06/01/2015ChairmanVince Cable Arms export revocations since 7 June 2014 Ev w433
08/01/2015ChairmanVince Cable EU User's GuideEv w433
12/01/2015ChairmanVince Cable Qatar - extant arms exportsEv w434
16/01/2015Philip Hammond ChairmanEU User's Guide Ev w434
19/01/2015ChairmanVince Cable Duration of OIELsEv w434

Vince Cable


Arms export licence revocations since 7 June 2014, and Qatar - extant arms exports Ev w435

27/01/2015Philip Hammond ChairmanUkraine - arms exports Ev w458
04/02/2015Vince Cable ChairmanDuration of OIELs Ev w459
04/02/2015Tobias Ellwood ChairmanNuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference Ev w459
19/02/2015Desmond Swayne ChairmanDFID - Criterion 8 update Ev w459

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