UK 'still exporting arms to Russia'

A Commons committee said 251 export licences for the sale to Russia of controlled goods worth at least £132 million remained in force (AP)

A Commons committee said 251 export licences for the sale to Russia of controlled goods worth at least £132 million remained in force (AP)

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Britain is continuing to export tens of millions of pounds worth of arms and other dual-use military equipment to Russia despite concerns Moscow is arming separatist rebels in Ukraine, MPs have warned.

The Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) said that 251 export licences for the sale to Russia of controlled goods worth at least £132 million remained in force.

Despite a promise in March by the then foreign secretary William Hague to stop military sales to Russia which could be used against Ukraine, it said that just 31 licences had been revoked or suspended while Russia had been removed as a permitted destination on three others.

Among the licences which remained valid were permits covering sniper rifles, night sights, small arms ammunition, gun mountings, body armour, military communications equipment, and "equipment employing cryptography".

The disclosure comes after Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday strongly criticised European countries such as France which continue to pursue defence sales to Russia despite Moscow's backing for the separatists.

CAEC chairman Sir John Stanley said that the relatively small number of licences which had been withdrawn reflected the "circumscribed" nature of Mr Hague's original statement which referred only to equipment which could be deployed against Ukraine and did not cover Russia's wider defence requirements.

While he said that Britain had been in the vanguard of European countries in taking action to curb defence sales to Russia, it had still not gone far enough.

"Russia is an authoritarian regime. We should have been applying a more cautious approach for some time in regard to Russia," he said.

Sir John has now written to new Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond asking if he will be suspending or revoking the remaining licences.

The CAEC also strongly criticised the award of licences for the export of chemicals which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons to Syria.

It said the award by the previous Labour government of five licences for the export of sodium fluoride had been "highly questionable", while the decision of the current Government to issue a further two licences for sodium and potassium fluoride after the civil war had begun was irresponsible.

It said that the current Government's claim that it had no grounds to refuse the licences was "grossly inaccurate".

The CAEC - which is made up of the Commons Foreign Affairs, Defence, International Development and Business, Innovation and Skills committees - also expressed concern that the Government had watered down its policy on the export of equipment to countries where there were concerns that it could be used for internal repression.

It said that a "broad" test that an export licence should not be issued if there was "concern" the equipment could be used for internal repression had been dropped from the latest set of Government guidelines issued earlier this year. Only the "narrow" test that there had to be a "clear risk" of repression remained.

In evidence to the CAEC, Business Secretary Vince Cable insisted the policy had not changed, however the committee said that he had been "directly contradicted" by the Labour former foreign minister Peter Hain who was responsible for issuing the previous set of guidelines in 2000.

"We consider there has been a significant change of policy. We don't accept that there has been no change of policy," Sir John said.

A Government spokesman denied there had been any watering down of restrictions.

"The definition as first announced to Parliament in October 2000 was unequivocal: we will not a grant a licence where there is a 'clear risk' the equipment might be used for internal repression," he said.

"That is the policy that has been applied consistently by successive governments. There has been no change to that policy. We do not agree with the committees' claim that there has been a 'significant change' in Government policy."

He went on: "In March the former foreign secretary announced the suspension of all export licences to the Russian armed forces for any equipment that could be used against Ukraine.

"This report covers exports in 2013 before the suspension was in place. The majority of export licences that remain in place for Russia are for commercial use but we are keeping all licences under review.

"The UK aims to operate one of the most robust and transparent export control systems in the world. Every application is examined rigorously against internationally recognised criteria and particular attention is paid to human rights risks."

The spokesman insisted the Government had " never exported missiles or missile parts to the Russian military" and said there was "no credible risk" that hunting and sporting rifles supplied to private individuals and authorised dealers would be diverted to the military.

On Syria, he said: "Between 2004 and 2010 we granted five licences for exports of chemicals for the manufacture of toothpaste. Two licences were granted in 2012 for manufacture of aluminium window frames.

"Each licence application was assessed carefully, taking into account the risk that the chemicals might be misused in a chemical weapons programme.

"There is no evidence that the chemicals were used for anything other than the stated legitimate end-use, and in fact the two licences granted in 2012 were revoked before use and the goods were never sent."

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12:53pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Dan Soton says...

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Re: CAEC strongly criticised the award of licences for the export of chemicals which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons to Syria... It said the award by the previous Labour government of five licences for the export of sodium fluoride had been "highly questionable"



The Fluoride has come home and I'm okay with that.. as long as none of it ends up in the grubby ( can't touch us for it ) mits of Public Health England (PHE) for their Fluoridation Schemes/Scams, pocketing them more money, more remuneration, higher salaries..


Still it all makes me wonder if the UK had an oversupply of FLOURIDE between 2004-2010... precisely when the Bargate's Labour Cllr John Noon (at the behest of then Labour Health Secretary and British Fluoridation Society member Andy Burnham ) kicked off Public Health England's (PHE) forced ( and still trying) Fluoridation of Southampton's drinking water ..






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,, Re: CAEC strongly criticised the award of licences for the export of chemicals which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons to Syria... It said the award by the previous Labour government of five licences for the export of sodium fluoride had been "highly questionable" The Fluoride has come home and I'm okay with that.. as long as none of it ends up in the grubby ( can't touch us for it ) mits of Public Health England (PHE) for their Fluoridation Schemes/Scams, pocketing them more money, more remuneration, higher salaries.. Still it all makes me wonder if the UK had an oversupply of FLOURIDE between 2004-2010... precisely when the Bargate's Labour Cllr John Noon (at the behest of then Labour Health Secretary and British Fluoridation Society member Andy Burnham ) kicked off Public Health England's (PHE) forced ( and still trying) Fluoridation of Southampton's drinking water .. ,, Dan Soton
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10:45am Fri 15 Aug 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
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Re: CAEC strongly criticised the award of licences for the export of chemicals which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons to Syria... It said the award by the previous Labour government of five licences for the export of sodium fluoride had been "highly questionable"



The Fluoride has come home and I'm okay with that.. as long as none of it ends up in the grubby ( can't touch us for it ) mits of Public Health England (PHE) for their Fluoridation Schemes/Scams, pocketing them more money, more remuneration, higher salaries..


Still it all makes me wonder if the UK had an oversupply of FLOURIDE between 2004-2010... precisely when the Bargate's Labour Cllr John Noon (at the behest of then Labour Health Secretary and British Fluoridation Society member Andy Burnham ) kicked off Public Health England's (PHE) forced ( and still trying) Fluoridation of Southampton's drinking water ..






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Just scratching the surface.. a complete absence of research..



CHEMICAL USED BY COLGATE TOTAL TOOTHPASTE TO FIGHT OFF GUM DISEASE IS LINKED TO CANCER

By LYDIA WARREN

UPDATED: 05:19, 12 August 2014

Colgate Total contains triclosan, which has been linked to cancer and growth malformations in animals

The toothpaste was approved by the FDA in 1997 - but the toxicology summary reveals the FDA used company-backed evidence to approve it

The documents were released earlier this year after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit last year


http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2722289/Chemical-use
d-Colgate-Total-toot
hpaste-linked-cancer
.html


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[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: ,, Re: CAEC strongly criticised the award of licences for the export of chemicals which could be used in the manufacture of chemical weapons to Syria... It said the award by the previous Labour government of five licences for the export of sodium fluoride had been "highly questionable" The Fluoride has come home and I'm okay with that.. as long as none of it ends up in the grubby ( can't touch us for it ) mits of Public Health England (PHE) for their Fluoridation Schemes/Scams, pocketing them more money, more remuneration, higher salaries.. Still it all makes me wonder if the UK had an oversupply of FLOURIDE between 2004-2010... precisely when the Bargate's Labour Cllr John Noon (at the behest of then Labour Health Secretary and British Fluoridation Society member Andy Burnham ) kicked off Public Health England's (PHE) forced ( and still trying) Fluoridation of Southampton's drinking water .. ,,[/p][/quote],, Just scratching the surface.. a complete absence of research.. CHEMICAL USED BY COLGATE TOTAL TOOTHPASTE TO FIGHT OFF GUM DISEASE IS LINKED TO CANCER By LYDIA WARREN UPDATED: 05:19, 12 August 2014 Colgate Total contains triclosan, which has been linked to cancer and growth malformations in animals The toothpaste was approved by the FDA in 1997 - but the toxicology summary reveals the FDA used company-backed evidence to approve it The documents were released earlier this year after a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit last year http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2722289/Chemical-use d-Colgate-Total-toot hpaste-linked-cancer .html ,, Dan Soton
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1:52pm Sun 28 Sep 14

Dan Soton says...

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HYPOCRISY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER




1) Dentists release globally 340 tonnes of NEUROTOXIC MERCURY into environment every year.


2) The cost of a NEUROTOXIC MERCURY SEPARATOR is roughly £300 plus an annual mercury-recycling fee of another £300.


3 ) Walmart has been fined over £50 million for staff pouring hazardous waste such as nail polish and bleach etc down sinks..



http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
2332722/Walmart-fine
d-82million-pleading
-guilty-dumping-HAZA
RDOUS-WASTE-sanitati
on-drains-California
--days-profits.html




So much for DENTIST'S CARING about our health and environment..



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,, HYPOCRISY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER 1) Dentists release globally 340 tonnes of NEUROTOXIC MERCURY into environment every year. 2) The cost of a NEUROTOXIC MERCURY SEPARATOR is roughly £300 plus an annual mercury-recycling fee of another £300. 3 ) Walmart has been fined over £50 million for staff pouring hazardous waste such as nail polish and bleach etc down sinks.. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2332722/Walmart-fine d-82million-pleading -guilty-dumping-HAZA RDOUS-WASTE-sanitati on-drains-California --days-profits.html So much for DENTIST'S CARING about our health and environment.. ,, Dan Soton
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12:59pm Mon 29 Sep 14

Dan Soton says...

Dan Soton wrote:
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HYPOCRISY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER




1) Dentists release globally 340 tonnes of NEUROTOXIC MERCURY into environment every year.


2) The cost of a NEUROTOXIC MERCURY SEPARATOR is roughly £300 plus an annual mercury-recycling fee of another £300.


3 ) Walmart has been fined over £50 million for staff pouring hazardous waste such as nail polish and bleach etc down sinks..



http://www.dailymail

.co.uk/news/article-

2332722/Walmart-fine

d-82million-pleading

-guilty-dumping-HAZA

RDOUS-WASTE-sanitati

on-drains-California

--days-profits.html




So much for DENTIST'S CARING about our health and environment..



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Common sense finally prevails...



FLUORIDATION IN HANDS OF COUNCILS, SAYS PHE

26 September 2014 Last updated at 17:49

A director for Public Health England (PHE) has said the adding of fluoride to the public water supply is now in the hands of local authorities.

Dr Graham Bickler was responding to a question from Hampshire County Council leader Roy Perry about PHE's plans.

But centre director Dr Bickler told the South East Strategic Leaders meeting in London he would seek clarification specifically on Hampshire's situation.


http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-england-ham
pshire-29380539


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[quote][p][bold]Dan Soton[/bold] wrote: ,, HYPOCRISY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER 1) Dentists release globally 340 tonnes of NEUROTOXIC MERCURY into environment every year. 2) The cost of a NEUROTOXIC MERCURY SEPARATOR is roughly £300 plus an annual mercury-recycling fee of another £300. 3 ) Walmart has been fined over £50 million for staff pouring hazardous waste such as nail polish and bleach etc down sinks.. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2332722/Walmart-fine d-82million-pleading -guilty-dumping-HAZA RDOUS-WASTE-sanitati on-drains-California --days-profits.html So much for DENTIST'S CARING about our health and environment.. ,,[/p][/quote],, Common sense finally prevails... FLUORIDATION IN HANDS OF COUNCILS, SAYS PHE 26 September 2014 Last updated at 17:49 A director for Public Health England (PHE) has said the adding of fluoride to the public water supply is now in the hands of local authorities. Dr Graham Bickler was responding to a question from Hampshire County Council leader Roy Perry about PHE's plans. But centre director Dr Bickler told the South East Strategic Leaders meeting in London he would seek clarification specifically on Hampshire's situation. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-england-ham pshire-29380539 ,, Dan Soton
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