Source: Labour List UK
Labour has called for the government to re-establish the parliamentary committee on arms export controls (CAEC), and warned that the continued failure to do so could have a “huge impact on conflicts around the globe”.
In a letter to Jacob Rees-Mogg today, the shadow minister for peace and disarmament Fabian Hamilton highlighted that the CAEC has not been convened in over six months since the 2019 general election.
He argued that a nine month period in which the committee failed to sit in 2015 resulted in a lack of scrutiny over the decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia – a decision later ruled to be unlawful.
The Leeds MP suggested that “existing standing orders may need to be amended in order to rectify the deficiency in establishing permanent oversight over the executive in an area vital to human rights”.
Hamilton wrote that “our weapons are our responsibility and the decisions where we sell them really must be allowed to be thoroughly scrutinised by MPs”. He put a number of specific questions to the House of Commons leader: