COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Saferworld survey finds public against arms export policy

Most British people disagree with the Government's arms policy, according to an opinion poll.

Saferworld, a charity specialising in research into arms, conducted the opinion poll to highlight the publication of the annual arms export report last month.

Between 70 and 80 per cent of people polled thought that arms sales to sensitive countries should be subject to parliamentary scrutiny before deals went ahead, rather than reviewed after. Three hundred MPs have signed a motion arguing for this, said spokesman Andy McLean.

"Tony Blair says that if we didn't sell arms then someone else would, but implementing the European code of conduct on arms, which this Government introduced, would end this age-old argument,

said McLean.

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