Citation(s) from the literature library

UK. 2010 ‘Legislation, Regulations, Administrative Procedures.’ National Report of the United Kingdom on its Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects (UNPoA), p. 1. New York, NY: Counter Proliferation Department / Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 1 March

Relevant contents

Legislation, regulations, administrative procedures.

The export of SALW from the UK is regulated by the provisions of the Export Control Order 2008, as amended. This is the main legislation that outlines the duties and responsibilities of companies regarding the exporting of controlled goods and prohibits the export - without a licence - to all destinations of military, security, paramilitary goods and arms, ammunition and related material listed in the "Military List".

Also relevant is the EC Weapons Directive that contains provisions on the transfer of certain SALW within the EU. The policy of Her Majesty's Government (HMG) is to encourage and authorise exports wherever compatible with our political, strategic and security interests and in accordance with national and international law and other national and international commitments that HMG has made regarding the export of strategic goods, in particular the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria announced on 26 October 2000. The UK's international commitments are set out in these criteria.

An export licence will not be issued if it breaches the UK's international obligations and commitments, or if there are concerns that the goods might be used for internal repression or international aggression, or the risks to regional stability or by other considerations as described in these criteria.

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