Kirkintilloch High pupils push for Arms Trade Treaty

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire showed her support locally for an Arms Trade Treaty during an assembly this morning at Kirkintilloch High School.

Pupils from the S2 Amnesty Group told the audience of S5/S6 pupils about the need for an Arms Trade Treaty and asked people to sign a petition to send to David Cameron calling on him to support the treaty when it is discussed at the United Nations in July.

Commenting Jo Swinson said:

"The students did a great job of explaining why we need an Arms Trade Treaty to prevent weapons being used indiscriminately around the world.

"We know that 1500 people die each day from armed violence and many others are injured or forced from their homes due to armed conflict.

"I raised the issue in the House again this week urging the Prime Minister to lobby other world leaders at the G20 so we can help save millions of lives.

"Something must be done and I am proud that local young people are fighting for change."

  1. Jo's Foreign and Commonwealth Office question on the Arms Trade Treaty is below:

Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire) (LD): Credit is due to both the previous Labour Government and this coalition Government for the UK's global leadership on the arms trade treaty. Vital economic issues are being discussed at the G20 meeting this week, but will the Foreign Secretary tell the House whether the Prime Minister will also use the opportunity to lobby other world leaders in advance of next month's arms trade conference, so that we can get a robust, comprehensive and effective arms trade treaty to save millions of lives?

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Alistair Burt): Yes. We do indeed regard a robust and effective arms trade treaty as absolutely vital. We have continued the work done by the previous Government. There is a strong degree of consensus on this, but it is important that the treaty is both robust and effective. Negotiations are due to start on the final leg of this in July, in New York, and Ministers will be keeping a close eye on it

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