• Yemen

    09 October 2017

    Dear Constituent

    Thank you for contacting me about the crisis in Yemen.

    Yemen has historically been a fragile state, with high population growth, food and water scarcity, female illiteracy and widespread poverty. The conflict has contributed to further suffering in Yemen, with extensive damage to infrastructure. Today, 22.1 million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance. Yemen is also facing the world's worst cholera outbreak with over 600,000 suspected cholera cases recorded since April and more than 2,000 deaths.

    The UK is at the forefront of the humanitarian response. The UK has increased its funding for Yemen to £139 million for 2017-18. This includes support for cholera prevention; the provision of medical supplies and treatment for those affected; as well as life-saving interventions including nutrition support to 1.7 million people and clean water and sanitation for 1.2 million people. At the same time, the UK continues to play a leading role in lobbying for a political solution to the conflict. This is the best way to achieve long-term stability and the UK continues to support the UN Special Envoy's efforts to achieve a political solution.

    I am assured that the Government takes its arms export responsibilities very seriously, and operates one of the most rigorous export control regimes in the world. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking into account the nature of the equipment and the track record of the recipient.

    The UK does not, and will not, issue licences where it judges that the proposed export would provoke or prolong internal conflicts, or where there is a clear risk it might be used to facilitate internal repression or be used aggressively against another country. I support this stance.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely

    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General