Labour says government is trying to avoid scrutiny of arms sales after portions of FoI request are redacted

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is facing calls to reveal details of its use of British troops to sell arms after it prevented the publication of the names of countries that sent delegations to watch UK soldiers carrying out demonstrations for weapons manufacturers.

Liam Fox’s department has overseen a major increase in arms sales to Gulf states including Saudi Arabia amid allegations of human rights violations in the war in Yemen. It said identifying the delegations would “prejudice the relationship between the UK and other states” and may lead to a breakdown in diplomatic relations.

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