Companies ejected from arms fair after Lucas raises questions in Parliament

Two companies have been ejected from an arms fair after the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion raised evidence of breaches of the law in Parliament.

Caroline Lucas was provided with evidence that items being promoted at the DSEI arms fair currently under way at ExCel were illegal under UK law.  They included handheld projectile electric shock weapons, weighted leg cuffs, and stun batons.

She tabled a question in Parliament, and raised a point of order today.   DSEI has now confirmed  “that the Tianjin Myway International Trading Co. and Magforce International have been ejected from DSEI “

Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion said:

“It’s frankly disgusting that items like this are being are being promoted at a supposedly legitimate trade event in Britain.

“It’s incredibly worrying that it takes a question in Parliament for action to be taken when there was clear evidence of items being promoted illegally.  Time and again the organisers of DSEI have shown that they cannot guarantee that exhibitors will remain with the law.   The Government is supposed to regulate this event and has shown startling complacency.”

Note to editors

Caroline’s PQ:

"To ask the SoS for BIS if he will assess the compliance of the items being promoted at the Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair by (i) Magforce International and (ii) MyWay International Trading Co. in accordance with the UK’s Export Control Order 2008; if he will make it his policy to withdraw his support for the Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair; and if he will make a statement."

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