United Kingdom Pressed On the Export of Riot Control Equipment

NEWS FROM THE CELTIC LEAGUE

The Celtic League has written to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills asking a number of questions about the manufacture and export of riot control equipment including incapacitant gases and sprays (correspondence below):

“Vince Cable MP
Secretary of State
The Department of Business Innovation and Skills
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET

07/06/13

Dear Minister,

Can you advise what types of riot control equipment are manufactured in the United Kingdom for export and what controls there are on the export of such equipment and its subsequent deployment?

In relation to the above what type of incapacitant gases or sprays (e.g. CR, CS, CN etc) are produced in the United Kingdom and which countries have procured stocks of these gases in the past 10 years?

Could you also advise if UK companies resource such products from other countries and what import and export restrictions apply in such instances?

Can you advise if your Department ensures that any conditions attached to the export of riot control equipment are monitored subsequent to their export?

My thanks in anticipation of your help in this matter,

Yours sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information”

“William Hague MP
Secretary of State
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
London
SW1A 2AH

07/06/13

Dear Minister

Can you advise if riot control equipment manufactured in the United Kingdom including incapacitant gases or sprays (e.g. CR, CS, CN etc) are subject to export controls?

Can you advise what types of riot control equipment manufactured in the United Kingdom or procured from other countries and distributed by UK companies has been exported in the past 10 years and the names of the recipient countries?

Could you further advise if any restrictions are placed on the export of riot control equipment and if so how the UK government subsequently monitor compliance in the recipient country?

My thanks in anticipation of your help in this matter,

Yours sincerely,

J B Moffatt (Mr)

Director of Information
Celtic League”

Copies of all responses will be posted in due course

J B Moffatt (Mr)
Director of Information

07/06/13

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