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Information on exporting non-conventional and dual-use items to India and Pakistan
As of 10 November 2008, the UK has reviewed its policy towards nuclear-related exports to India. More details are available below.
Restrictions on nuclear exports to Pakistan remain in force. See details of the original policy statement made in Parliament in 2002 below.
The UK Government has had a stated policy on exports to nuclear and nuclear-related end-users in India and Pakistan since March 2002. This policy was outlined in a House of Commons written statement made by Ben Bradshaw MP, then Foreign Office Minister. The original statement is accessible at: Nuclear Exports to India and Pakistan, 2002
This policy was subsequently reviewed in August 2005 with respect to India. For more details see: India: Nuclear Exports and Scientific Contacts: UK Government Review, August 2005.
The November 2008 statement on UK nuclear policy to India is detailed in a statement made by Bill Rammell, Foreign Office Minister. For full details of the statement see the published information from Hansard: Written Ministerial Statements - Monday 10 November 2008
The UK's policy concerning both India and Pakistan nuclear exports are in line with the UK's Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) commitments.
Exporters can apply for an export control licence for their goods. All applications will be considered by the Government in line with the provisions of the Consolidated Criteria for UK and EU Arms Exports. See more details about Licence Decision Making.
Exporters can also make a rating request for clarification on whether their goods are licensable. More information is available about the Rating Enquiry Service.
In applying and using any licence, exporters should be aware of their responsibilities. More information is accessible on the Compliance and Enforcement pages.
India and Pakistan are not subject to further sanctions and embargoes.
Export Control Organisation
Updated 25 November 2008