Consultation outcome

Pre-licensing register of arms brokers: call for evidence

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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A pre-licensing register of arms brokers: government response

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Detail of outcome

The government has concluded that it will not take any further action in this area. We will maintain the current policy of issuing trade control licences for military goods, assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Detail of feedback received

Responses were received from 78 organisations and individuals.

Original consultation


How arms brokering is currently controlled and seeking views on the potential benefits and costs of a pre-licensing register.

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Consultation description

This call for evidence sets out how brokering is currently controlled and seeks views on the potential benefits and costs of a pre-licensing register.

We are considering whether a register should be established and how various models of a register might work. We are looking at a range of possible elements of a register to help us decide which, if any, might be suitable to bring forward as a formal proposal. We also seek views on whether any of these elements might be implemented on a stand-alone basis, without creating a formal register.

The call for evidence is aimed at all those with an interest in arms brokering:

  • brokers
  • defence manufacturers and contractors
  • businesses providing services, for example insurance or transport
  • NGOs who campaign on this issue and others in civil society


Published 17 April 2014
Last updated 31 July 2015 + show all updates
  1. Published the government's response to the call for evidence.
  2. First published.