Debates between Anum Qaisar-Javed and Elizabeth Truss during the 2019 Parliament

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Debate between Anum Qaisar-Javed and Elizabeth Truss
Thursday 10th June 2021

(1 month, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber

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Department for International Trade
Anum Qaisar-Javed Portrait Anum Qaisar-Javed (Airdrie and Shotts) (SNP)
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Rouzan, a medic, and Yasin, aged nine—those are only two names of the many children and frontline medics who have been killed during systematic oppression of the Palestinian people by the Israeli Government. Export licences to sell arms to Israel worth £80 million—£80 million—have been granted by Ministers in the Department over the past three years. Lives have been lost, businesses have been attacked, homes are in rubble and families have been torn apart, yet the UK Government are still selling British-made weapons to Israel. Will the Minister please clarify whether it is UK Government policy to sell arms to those complicit in violations of international law? (900795)

Elizabeth Truss Portrait Elizabeth Truss
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The UK has one of the most robust arms export control regimes in the world. We rigorously examine every application on a case-by-case basis, and the criteria are clearly laid out in legislation to ensure complete compliance with international law.