• Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

    03 September 2018

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about arms exports to Saudi Arabia.


    I share your distress regarding the plight of the Yemini people, but I do not believe that imposing a blanket arms embargo would resolve the situation.


    The Government takes its defence export responsibilities extremely seriously and operates one of the most robust export control regimes in the world. All export licence applications, including those for Saudi Arabia are rigorously assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. 


    These strict criteria take account of all prevailing circumstances at the time of application and includes human rights and international humanitarian law considerations. The Government does not issue export licences where there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression, in the commission of a serious violation of international humanitarian law, or where the export would provoke or prolong conflict.


    I am confident that by adhering to the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, the Government will continue to ensure that UK arms exports to Saudi Arabia are not used for internal repression, violating international humanitarian law, or for provoking or prolonging conflict.


    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