Arms Trade: Export Controls

Department for Business and Trade written question – answered am ar 25 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Anum Qaisar Anum Qaisar Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Levelling Up)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether export control licensing requirements for AI weapons systems include checks on the (a) accuracy and (b) reliability of those systems.

Photo of Alan Mak Alan Mak Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade) (jointly with the Cabinet Office)

HM Government takes its export control responsibilities very seriously and we operate one of the most robust and transparent export control regimes in the world. This is an important lever for promoting both UK prosperity and national and global security.

We rigorously assess every application on a case-by-case basis against strict assessment criteria, the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria (the SELC).

The SELC provide a thorough risk assessment framework for export licence applications and require us to think hard about the impact of providing equipment and its capabilities. We will not license the export of equipment where to do so would be inconsistent with the SELC. These are not decisions we take lightly.

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