Last Wednesday the Prime Minister’s office formally announced plans to close the Defence Export Services Organisation. SPEAK have a press release, and also an example letter to send to Gordon Brown. Note that the Prime Ministerial statement says that the functions of DESO are to be reallocated to other departments, not ceased completely. It’s important, therefore, to write and ask that this not just be a continuation of the status quo by another name. If not removed altogether, funding for arms promotion should, as a minimum step, be limited to an amount proportional to the share of UK exports they represent.