The arms company BAE Systems will be charged with corruption after years of allegations and controversy. The Serious Fraud Office has asked the attorney-general to initiate prosecution on charges of multimillion pound bribery.
Potentially the biggest corporate case in British legal history, concerning the persistent corruption allegations against arms giant BAE Systems, is being treated rather lightly by some sections of the media.
The Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to respond to growing public pressure by announcing a cut in the number of Trident nuclear submarines from four to three. Campaigners welcomed the news but insisted that the cuts must go further.
Claims about the economic benefits of the arms industry have been grossly exaggerated, according to evidence highlighted by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT). They are challenging the argument that the industry is good for British jobs.
Scientists for Global Responsibility (SGR) and Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) have jointly condemned the sponsorship of a youth science event by the UK's largest arms company - saying it promotes weapons sales.
The government unit responsible for promoting British exports, UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), is facing calls for an end to its role in the arms trade, as activists launch a new campaign to keep up pressure on the suthorities.
Arms companies are facing a week of protests across the UK after a year of increasing public opposition to the arms trade. Stop the Arms Trade Week is underway and runs until 8 June 2008 - involving people of all faiths and none.