Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Cameron Arms Sales To Libya says "I give way to the leader of the Green party"

David Cameron (Prime Minister) said "I give way to the leader of the Green party."
In a House Of Commons Debate, 21 March 2011, c707)

Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion, Green)
I am grateful to the Prime Minister. I am sure he would agree that any military action needs to be principled and consistent, but last year, the UK issued £231 million-worth of arms exports licences to Libya and £55 million of licences to Saudi Arabia, including the very personnel carriers that were rolling into Bahrain just last week. Does he not agree that our position would be a lot more consistent and a lot more principled if we stopped selling arms to repressive regimes anywhere in that region?

David Cameron (Prime Minister; Witney, Conservative)
The hon. Lady makes an important point, which we have discussed several times during statements and questions. We are having a proper review of not just arms exports, but training licences and other relations. Of the 118 single and open licences for Libya, we have revoked all licences that cover equipment of concern. However, I agree with the hon. Lady that there will be lessons to learn from the conflict for the future.

Didn't answer the question did you David. Guilty

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