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Arms And Military Equipment Sales

EDM number 460 in 2010-12, proposed by Caroline Lucas on 12/07/2010.
Categorised under the topic of Defence equipment and procurement.

That this House isshocked at the comment reportedly made in an interview publishedin The Times on 24 June 2010 by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence responsible for military equipment that `There will be a very, very, very heavy ministerial commitment to the process of defence exports. There's a sense that in the past we were rather embarrassed about exporting defence products. There's no such embarrassment in this Government'; recalls that the previous Conservative government had covertly sold dual-use military equipment to Iraq under Saddam Hussein's regime, as was made explicitly clear in the report into such allegations by Lord Justice Scott; notes that despite the previous Labour government entering office in 1997 with a pledge to include an ethical element in its foreign policy, military equipment was nonetheless licensed for export by Labour Ministers to both Israel and Indonesia which was subsequently used for offensive action against civilians despite pledges by the purchaser governments that they would not do so; believes the export and economic rationale given by the Ministry of Defence to justify military equipment exports is demonstrably false; recognises that only 0.2 per cent. of the nation's workforce is employed in military export jobs and that military equipment comprises just 1.5 per cent. of total UK exports; and calls for a complete overhaul of security policy to replace military sales with diplomatic collaboration to enhance genuine sustainable security.

This motion has been signed by a total of 19 MPs.

Caroline Lucas12/07/2010Brighton, PavilionGreenProposed
Mark Durkan12/07/2010FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Martin Caton13/07/2010GowerLabourSeconded
Jonathan Edwards13/07/2010Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Margaret Ritchie13/07/2010South DownSocial Democratic and Labour PartySeconded
Glenda Jackson13/07/2010Hampstead and KilburnLabourSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn14/07/2010Islington NorthLabourSigned
Paul Flynn14/07/2010Newport WestLabourSigned
Fabian Hamilton21/07/2010Leeds North EastLabourSigned
John Leech22/07/2010Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Anne Begg27/07/2010Aberdeen SouthLabourSigned
Alan Keen06/09/2010Feltham and HestonLabourSigned
Diane Abbott06/09/2010Hackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Marsha Singh13/09/2010Bradford WestLabourSigned
Jimmy Hood13/09/2010Lanark and Hamilton EastLabourSigned
Jim Sheridan16/09/2010Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthLabourSigned
John McDonnell13/10/2010Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff08/11/2010Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Julian Huppert10/01/2011CambridgeLiberal DemocratSigned

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