Thursday, 26 February 2004

Ceisteanna (105)

Michael D. Higgins

Ceist:

104 Mr. M. Higgins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the details of the dual use export licences for goods within the 3A001a7 category since 1 January 2000; and if any of the goods authorised for export were for incorporation into military systems. [6411/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Enterprise)

My Department issued 554 dual-use export licences within the 3A001a7 category since 1 January 2000. These data are broken down as follows:

Dual-use export licences under Category 3A001a7

Year

Number of Licences issued

2000

41

2001

96

2002

201

2003

210

2004 (to 25/02/2004)

6

Total

554

None of the goods were authorised for export my Department for incorporation into military systems. My Department is unable to disclose the names of the licensed exporters as all dealings with individual applicants for export licences, which can involve the disclosure of commercially sensitive information, are conducted on the basis that confidentiality will be maintained.