"I get all the news I need from the Weather Report".
In a. n. other place someone posted a link to a newspaper about sales of the components for chemical weapons.
One thing the OU has taught me is not to take news reports at first site or first reading. Hence I went to look thro' Hansard. This led in turn to published Written answers on that topic.
According to the newspaper an M.P. (15 mins of fame perhaps?) will be asking questions. So, he'll have his spot in the limelight yet it would seem to be a storm in a teacup.
Yes certain chemicals were given export licenses, the reason given being that there are acceptable uses such as fluoridation and toothpaste manufacture. That was in January 2012.
"The licences were granted because at the time there were no grounds for refusal."
The written reply goes on to say that later in the same year (July) the licenses were revoked. It's all too easy to be wise after the event.
Political jiggery-pokery is 'alive and well'.