To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs; Enterprise and Innovation her views on the year on year increase in the value of military exports between 2015 and 2016, from €42 million to €63 million; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
I publish an annual report under the Control of Exports Act 2008 which includes information on military exports. The objective of publishing such a report is to provide the public with a continuing enhanced level of transparency about exports of controlled goods and services. Export controls are of particular importance to my Department in ensuring compliance with the highest international standards in accordance with international law. Our policy of free trade and open markets must conform with the core principles of security, regional stability and human rights which underpin export controls.