To ask the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the 47% increase in the value of military exports between 2015 and 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
In 2015, 81 licences with a value of €43m were issued to export goods with a military classification. In 2016, 128 licences with a value of €63m were issued to export goods with a military classification. The increase in the value of exports of goods with a military classification between 2015 and 2016 is due mainly to increases in exports to Germany, USA and Singapore.
These licences were in respect of:
components which have a military rating
explosives for commercial mining and quarrying
firearms for hunting, sporting and recreational activities, and personal use.
All export licence applications to export goods with a military classification are subject to rigorous scrutiny. My officials seek observations on any foreign policy concerns that may arise in respect of a proposed export; such factors are subject to review in the light of developments in a given region and having regard to the 2008 EU Common Position on Arms Exports. Any observations which may arise from this examination are considered in the final assessment of any licence application.
My Department may refuse an export licence, following consultation with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and other EU and Non-EU export licensing authorities, as appropriate.
To ask the Minister for Business; Enterprise and Innovation when the six month export licence statistics covering the period July 2017 to December 2017 will be published.
It is my intention to publish on my Department’s website the six month export licence statistics covering the period July 2017 to December 2017 by the end of February.
The six monthly statistics provide summary, interim data on licensing activity and are made available in order to provide the public with a greater level of transparency about exports of controlled goods and services, and an understanding of how export control operates.
A more comprehensive and detailed report on licensing activity is published annually, as required by the Control of Exports Act 2008.