UK 'must tighten arms controls'
The government must do more to ensure arms exports are not being used against civilians in war zones, a joint report by four select committees says.
The committees on arms export control welcomed Foreign Secretary David Miliband's decision earlier this year to revoke export licences to Israel.
But there are fears arms exported from the UK have been used against civilians in Sri Lanka's civil war.
The government said it shared the committees' concerns.
Britain is one of the world's biggest arms exporters.
But it has repeatedly been criticised by MPs for failing to live up to its own policy of ensuring equipment is not used to abuse human rights.
It would be a better option to ban arms sales completely all wars where weapons are used end up with more innocent civilians murdered maimed and is unacceptable collateral damage. In each and every war that British soldiers have fought in the 20th and this new 21st century weapons and ammo made in UK have killed and injured and maimed our own forces.
I do not expect the British public support the British arms export trade, why therefore do many of the politicians?