"We will also ask if greater consideration should be given to the impact that arms sales have on the sustainable development of the regions where they are bought, and may be used, and the role the Department for International Development should play in this assessment." Andrew Smith of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) welcomed the announcement but said the exports to Saudi Arabia should never have been allowed in the first place."It is one of the most repressive regimes in the world and has unleashed a humanitarian catastrophe on Yemen, yet it has enjoyed uncritical political and military support from the UK," he said.Ministers are to face questions from a parliamentary inquiry into the use of British-made weapons in Yemen's bloody civil war.The Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) has launched an investigation in an attempt to establish what role UK armaments have played in the conflict.A 30-year-old man was arrested in Saudi Arabia in 2012, after asking men out for dates over Facebook.The Electronic Frontier Foundation has warned that gay dating sites are being used by police to entrap men across the Middle East.The group states that cases of entrapment have been reported in several countries where homosexuality is illegal, and that police are frequently using apps to convince men to meet them, before arresting them."We have launched this inquiry to understand what role UK-made arms are playing in the on-going conflict in Yemen.
In particular it will look into whether weapons supplied by British manufacturers have been used by Saudi Arabian forces attacking Iranian-backed Houthi rebel fighters.
CAEC chairman Chris White said: "The defence and security industry is one of the UK's most important exporters, however it is vital that its financial success does not come at a cost to the nation's strategic interests.
"This investigation will help to inform Parliament and deepen knowledge of our robust arms export licensing regime," the spokeswoman said.
"All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria.
"If UK arms exports controls mean anything then the Government needs to revoke all extant licences and stop all arms exports." CAAT calculates that since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015, the Government has licensed the sale of £2.8 billion worth of arms sales to the Saudis.
A Government spokeswoman said they welcomed the inquiry and would continue to support the work of the CAEC.