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To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the fact that no preliminary figures on the export of dual use and military items are yet available for 2016, in view of the fact that six-monthly reports on such exports were published at the end of June in each of the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in May 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 8th December, 2016.

Ref No: 38950/16
To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the fact that the report on the export of military and dual use items from Ireland under the Control of Exports Act 2008 covering the period 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015 has not yet been published and preliminary figures are the only figures available for this period; and if she will make a statement on the matter.-
Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 8th December, 2016.

Ref No: 38949/16
R E P L Y

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Ms Mitchell O’Connor)

I propose to take questions 11 and 13 together.

My Department is responsible for controls on the export of military items from Ireland. Under Irish law, military export licences must be sought in respect of the export from Ireland of military goods and technology, and any components thereof, listed in the EU Common Military List.

Items which are classified as “military goods” from an export control perspective and which are exported from Ireland involve components rather than finished military equipment. Military licences issued by my Department include licences issued to individuals holding sports firearms and to companies engaged in mining activity.

My Department is also responsible for licensing the export of dual-use items outside the EU. My Department performs this function pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009 setting up a Community regime for the control of exports, transfer, brokering and transit of dual-use items.

The term “dual-use” refers to those items that are normally used for civilian or commercial purposes but may also have a military application. The vast majority of dual-use licences issued by my Department are for commercial purposes.

Export licence statistics, for both military and dual-use goods, for the period 1 January to 30 June 2016 will be published before the end of the month.

My Department also publishes more comprehensive annual reports on its export licensing activity undertaken under the Control of Exports Act 2008. It is my intention to publish the report for the period 1 January 2015 – 31 December 2015 later this month.

As the Deputy will be aware, the previous report for the period 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2014 was published by my Department in December 2015.

The report for the period January 2011 to 31 December 2012 was published by my Department in January 2014.

My intention is for my Department to publish a report annually from now on.