DSEI International arms fair

Meeting:

Mayor's Question Time

Date:

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Reference:

Question 2017/2222

Main question

Sian Berry

Constituents have contacted me about the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair at the ExCeL centre planned for September 2017, concerned about how past events have contributed to human rights abuses abroad. Given your positive approach to including human rights as a condition of selling London's water cannon, do you agree that London should not be a marketplace for the trade of weapons that contribute to human rights abuses?


Answer

The Mayor

The Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) arms fair is not an event that I support. ExCeL is a commercial space for hire. I am opposed to London being used as a market place for the trade of weapons to those countries that contribute to human rights abuses.