Department for International Trade

We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.



Secretary of State

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Elizabeth Truss
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Liberal Democrat
Christine Jardine (LDEM - Edinburgh West)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)

Labour
Emily Thornberry (LAB - Islington South and Finsbury)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
Lord Bassam of Brighton (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Lord Lennie (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)

Plaid Cymru
Hywel Williams (PC - Arfon)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Trade)

Liberal Democrat
Lord Purvis of Tweed (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Trade)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Bill Esterson (LAB - Sefton Central)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Gareth Thomas (LAB - Harrow West)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Ministers of State
Greg Hands (CON - Chelsea and Fulham)
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Baroness Berridge (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Graham Stuart (CON - Beverley and Holderness)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Ranil Jayawardena (CON - North East Hampshire)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Scheduled Event
Wednesday 16th June 2021
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International Trade Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
16 Jun 2021, 1:30 p.m.
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
Department for International Trade
Legislation - Main Chamber
Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] – committee stage (day 3)
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Debates
Monday 14th June 2021
Select Committee Docs
Friday 31st December 2021
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Call for Evidence
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Select Committee Inquiry
Monday 8th February 2021
UK-EU trading relationship

Background

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Written Answers
Tuesday 15th June 2021
Trade Agreements: Australia
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Leader of the …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 17th May 2021
Bills
Tuesday 15th December 2020
Trade (Disclosure of Information) Act 2020
A Bill to make provision about the disclosure of information relating to trade.
Dept. Publications
Tuesday 15th June 2021
11:39

Department for International Trade Commons Appearances

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Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


A Bill to make provision about the implementation of international trade agreements; to make provision establishing the Trade Remedies Authority and conferring functions on it; and to make provision about the collection and disclosure of information relating to trade.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the disclosure of information relating to trade.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 17th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Department for International Trade - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations are made under the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 (c.22). They amend the Trade Preference Scheme (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (S.I. 2020/1438) to correct typographical or similar errors.
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As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.

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Departmental Select Committee

International Trade Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the International Trade Committee
Angus Brendan MacNeil Portrait
Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party - Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
International Trade Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
Craig Williams Portrait
Craig Williams (Conservative - Montgomeryshire)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mick Whitley Portrait
Mick Whitley (Labour - Birkenhead)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Martin Vickers Portrait
Martin Vickers (Conservative - Cleethorpes)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Menzies Portrait
Mark Menzies (Conservative - Fylde)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Hendrick Portrait
Mark Hendrick (Labour (Co-op) - Preston)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Paul Girvan Portrait
Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party - South Antrim)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Garnier Portrait
Mark Garnier (Conservative - Wyre Forest)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Taiwo Owatemi Portrait
Taiwo Owatemi (Labour - Coventry North West)
International Trade Committee Member since 8th June 2020
Lloyd Russell-Moyle Portrait
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour (Co-op) - Brighton, Kemptown)
International Trade Committee Member since 28th September 2020
Anthony Mangnall Portrait
Anthony Mangnall (Conservative - Totnes)
International Trade Committee Member since 9th November 2020
International Trade Committee: Upcoming Events
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
Inward Foreign Direct Investment
16 Jun 2021, 1:30 p.m.
At 2.00pm: Oral evidence
Nicolai Tangen - Chief Executive Officer at Norges Bank Investment Management
Trond Grande - Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Norges Bank Investment Management
At 2.45pm: Oral evidence
Diego López - Managing Director at Global SWF
Dr Tim Vlandas - Associate Professor of Comparative Social Policy at University of Oxford
Duncan Bonfield - Chief Executive Officer at International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Kt - Investment Minister at Department for International Trade / Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lord Callanan - Minister for Business, Energy and Corporate Responsibility at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Ceri Smith - Director General, Strategy and Investment at Department for International Trade
Daniel Gieve - Chief Operating Officer at Office for Investment
Jacqui Ward - Director of National Security and International Directorate at Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to secure a trade deal with India.

At a virtual summit between my Rt hon. Friend the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi in May, the United Kingdom announced its intent to negotiate a free trade agreement (FTA) with India. The Government wants a deal that slashes barriers to doing business and trading with India’s £2 trillion economy and market of 1.4 billion consumers. On 25th May the Department for International Trade launched a consultation requesting input from consumers and businesses across all sectors that will help craft a deal that boosts economic growth, creating high-value jobs across the country. Formal FTA negotiations are expected to begin later this year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the Trade and Agriculture Commission will be constituted and will able to scrutinise forthcoming trade agreements.

On 7 June, the Department launched a call for expressions of interest for expert advisors to join the new Trade and Agriculture Commission. The Commission will be established in time to scrutinise the planned Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia, to inform parliamentary scrutiny following signature. It will also scrutinise other planned FTAs.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
11th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the Leader of the House on parliamentary scrutiny of trade agreements including the Australia agreement.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 11th June 2021 to Question UIN: 7771.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans she has to expand the UK’s trade and investment relationship with Taiwan.

I refer my hon. Friend for South Derbyshire to the answer I gave to my Rt hon. Friend for Haltemprice and Howden on 14 June 2021, UIN: 12938

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the new Trade and Agriculture Commission will be established; and when the Government plans to respond to the recommendations made by in Interim Trade and Agriculture Commission’s Final Report published in March 2021.

On 7 June, the Department for International Trade (DIT) launched a call for expressions of interest for expert advisors to join the new Trade and Agriculture Commission. The Commission will be established in time to scrutinise the planned free trade agreement with Australia, to inform parliamentary scrutiny following signature.

DIT officials have been working closely with Whitehall Departments on the Government’s response to each of the 22 recommendations in the original Trade and Agriculture Commission’s report. The Government will publish the response as soon as it is ready.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what terms have been agreed in the free trade agreement between the UK and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein on UK sales of cod to Norway.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein provide a preferential rate of 0% for cod imports from Britain. In 2020, we exported approximately £1 million (382 tons) of cod to Norway. British exporters of cod will not face tariff barriers in future trade with any of these countries.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the value of UK cod sales to Norway was in the most recent period for which that information is available; and what tariff will be imposed on future such sales under the terms of the new free trade agreement recently agreed between the UK and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein provide a preferential rate of 0% for cod imports from Britain. In 2020, we exported approximately £1 million (382 tons) of cod to Norway. British exporters of cod will not face tariff barriers in future trade with any of these countries.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the additional UK investment in India which will result from a UK-India free trade agreement; and will she make a statement.

The United Kingdom has a strong investment relationship with India with around 400,000 jobs supported through investments in each other’s economies. In 2019, investment from the United Kingdom in India was worth £15.3 billion, a rise of over £800 million from 2018. At a virtual summit in May between my Rt hon. Friend the Prime Minister and Prime Minister Modi of India, Britain announced her intent to negotiate a comprehensive free trade agreement with India. For British businesses investing in India’s £2 trillion economy, or Indian businesses investing across the United Kingdom, a free trade agreement could offer improved access. On 25th May, my Department launched a consultation requesting input from consumers and businesses across all sectors that will help us craft a deal that boosts economic growth creating high-value jobs in every corner of the country.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many businesses have received support through the General Export Facility.

To date, UK Export Finance (UKEF) has approved 19 applications from 18 exporters for support through the General Export Facility (GEF). UKEF is currently considering for approval a further three applications for GEF support.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a free trade agreement with Australia on (a) Ceredigion and (b) Wales.

The economic analysis, published on 17 June 2020, seeks to identify the potential scale of the long-term additional benefit to the UK from having a deal with Australia.

This deal is for the whole union. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Scoping Assessment found that Wales benefits in all modelled scenarios. Top Welsh goods exports to Australia, including medicinal and pharmaceutical products, currently face tariffs of up to 5%, and will benefit from the liberalisation of tariffs on these products. Welsh foods and drinks producers will also benefit from the removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers.

DIT is establishing a trade hub in Wales as part of a new strategy to boost exports and bring the benefits of the government’s global trade policy to the whole of the UK. Providing exporters with a direct feed into UK trade policy, to take better advantage of opportunities in fast-growing markets like the Indo-Pacific region.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Defence and Security Equipment International event organisers Clarion have negotiated with the government to secure covid-19 quarantine exemptions for attendees of the Defence and Security Equipment International 2021.

The Government will not be able to grant a large-scale exemption for attendees at Defence and Security Equipment International 2021.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to review the efficacy of provisions in the UK-India Bilateral Investment Treaty relating to independent international arbitration panels as a means of dispute resolution; and if she will make a statement.

HM Government has no plans to review the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provision in the United Kingdom-India Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). The BIT was unilaterally terminated in 2017, following notice of termination provided by the Government of India in 2016. The BIT contains a sunset clause, under which the provisions of the treaty, including the ISDS provision, continue to apply to investments made before its termination for a further 15 years.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations she has made to her Indian counterpart on the Indian Government's non-compliance with international arbitration rulings in respect of (a) Cairn Energy, (b) Vodafone and (c) Devas Multimedia; and if she will make a statement.

It is a long-standing position of HM Government not to engage in ongoing legal proceedings under bilateral investment treaties (BITs) that we are not party to. Enforcement of an award made in favour of an investor by an international arbitral tribunal is a question for the investor, based on the options available to them under international law and relevant domestic legal procedures.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what measures are in place to ensure that her Department adheres to sanctions placed on the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) by the Government under the Global Human Rights Regulations.

Under the Global Human Rights Regulations, British businesses must comply with sanctions against the individuals and entities appearing on a regularly updated GOV.UK list. Businesses continue to be notified about sanctions and designated persons too.

On 22nd March, HM Government took the significant step of imposing asset freezes and travel bans against four senior Chinese officials as well as the Public Security Bureau of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps responsible for the serious violations of rights and responsibilities that take place in Xinjiang.

The United Kingdom will continue to work alongside its international partners to send the clearest possible signal of the international community’s serious concern and our collective willingness to act on this issue.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the new trade deal agreed with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein includes Mode 4 provisions that allow musicians and other performing artists and their crews to undertake professional work on a reciprocal basis.

The new trade deal agreed in principle with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein includes provisions for British musicians and performers, who will be able to perform in all three countries, and tour in Norway for up to 90 days every six months without a permit.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 7th June 2021 to Question 8649 on Trade Agreements, what impact, if any, sanctions placed upon Members of the UK Parliament by the People’s Republic of China have had on trade policy.

The Prime Minister has made clear that the freedom of Parliamentarians to speak out in opposition to violations of rights and responsibilities is fundamental, and that is why HM Government stands firmly with all those who have been sanctioned.

Our approach to China is rooted in our values and interests. We want a mutually beneficial trading relationship, but we will not sacrifice our values, and we have no plans to negotiate a trade deal with China.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans her Department has to open trade negotiations with Taiwan.

The UK remains committed to strengthening its rich and wide-ranging trading relationship with Taiwan. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Taiwan was £6.1 billion in 2020. The UK is working with Taiwan to deepen its relationship, including through the annual Trade Talks and associated dialogues, ministerial engagement, and through engagements by the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Taiwan.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential cumulative effect on UK emissions of providing (a) duty-free and (b) tariff-free access to agricultural goods from Australia.

The Government has always been clear that any free trade agreement it signs will not threaten the UK’s ability to meet its environmental commitments or its membership of international environmental agreements. The Government is seeking a deal with Australia that will further environmental and climate policy priorities and the UK will not compromise on high environmental protection.

The Government carried out a public consultation and scoping assessment for its free trade agreement negotiation with Australia, which can be found on the Government’s website (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uks-approach-to-negotiating-a-free-trade-agreement-with-australia/uk-australia-free-trade-agreement-the-uks-strategic-approach). This preliminary scoping assessment considered illustrative scenarios. Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full impact assessment will be published prior to implementation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent representations has she received from relevant stakeholders on the harmonisation of intellectual property through the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The UK’s intellectual property regime achieves an effective balance between rewarding creators and innovation and reflecting wider public interests. Any future trade deal negotiated by the UK will seek to be consistent with the UK’s membership of international intellectual property conventions that the UK are party to.

The Government has already carried out a public consultation on UK accession to this Agreement. The Government will publish its consultation response alongside its outline approach and economic impact assessment in advance of accession negotiations.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions her Department has had with the Northern Ireland Executive and devolved regions on the implications of the proposed UK-Australian trade deal.

Engagement on the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement is taking place with all parts of the UK at all levels. Officials from the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland receive regular updates from the negotiation team, on top of being involved in technical policy discussions.

The Department for International Trade has created engagement structures at all levels to ensure a constructive approach to working with the Devolved Administrations. These include the quarterly Ministerial Forum for Trade, regular bilateral Ministerial meetings, the six-weekly Senior Officials Group, Chief Negotiator calls running parallel to negotiation rounds, six-weekly chapter-specific policy roundtables, and regular working level engagement throughout the sprint. The programme of engagement totals hundreds of hours at official level and dozens at Ministerial level.

In the negotiations, the Government is acting on behalf of the whole UK family and the overall principle is to ensure all parts of the UK benefit from any deal - including Northern Ireland, which could benefit from tariff liberalisation on specialised machinery, for example. The Government has engaged extensively with the Devolved Administrations on all trade policy issues, including the formulation of trade negotiation positions.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a free trade agreement with Australia on farmers and food producers in Wales.

The economic analysis, published on 17 June 2020, seeks to identify the potential scale of the long-term additional benefit to the UK from having a deal with Australia.

This deal is for the whole union. The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Scoping Assessment found that Wales benefits in all modelled scenarios. Welsh foods and drinks producers will benefit from the removal of tariffs and non-tariff barriers. Any deal the Government signs with Australia will include protections for the agriculture industry and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise high standards.

DIT is establishing a trade hub in Wales as part of a new strategy to boost exports and bring the benefits of the Government’s global trade policy to the whole of the UK. Providing exporters with a direct feed into UK trade policy, to take better advantage of opportunities in fast-growing markets like the Indo-Pacific region.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department have taken to increase the volume of trade between the UK and the Andean countries.

Last year, my Department for International Trade successfully negotiated and brought into force the United Kingdom-Andean countries trade agreement, covering Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. Peru is a founder member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership also, and is supportive of our planned accession.

The United Kingdom recently co-chaired trade dialogues with both Colombia and Peru, in which we agreed to work together to boost trade in key sectors, such as services, digital, clean energy and agri-food. As part of our government-to-government deal with Peru, British businesses are working on a £1.7 billion reconstruction of Peruvian public services, following significant damage caused by the climate cycle El Niño in 2017.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a free trade agreement with Australia on (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) Haltemprice and Howden constituency.

The Government’s economic analysis, published on 17 June 2020, seeks to identify the potential scale of the long-term additional benefit to the UK from having a deal with Australia.

Yorkshire and the Humber’s top goods export to Australia, general industrial machinery, equipment and machine parts, saw an increase from 2019 to 2020. Liberalisation of tariffs on these products (currently up to 5%) and reducing other non-tariff barriers to trade should further benefit this industry, and others.

Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full impact assessment will be published prior to implementation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that (a) farmers and (b) food producers in (a) East Riding of Yorkshire and (b) Haltemprice and Howden constituency can benefit from a free trade agreement with Australia.

An ambitious free trade deal with Australia will benefit businesses and producers across the UK – this will include greater access for UK agri-food goods to the Australian market through the removal of tariffs.

A deal with Australia is also a gateway to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a high-standards free trade agreement of 11 Pacific nations, which will mean lower tariffs for British exports to those markets. By 2030, two-thirds of the world’s middle class will be in Asia, which is creating unheralded new export opportunities for British farming. This is where the future opportunity lies for UK farmers.

Any deal the UK signs with Australia will include protections for the agriculture industry and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise the UK’s high standards.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to promote professional business services in free trade agreements.

The UK is a world leader in professional and business services. In 2019, the UK exported £63 billion of professional and business services (PBS), with a trade surplus of £34 billion.

To support the success of this important and diverse sector, the Department for International Trade is seeking ambitious commitments in its free trade agreements (FTAs) on cross-border trade in services, investment, mobility, and digital trade, which will reduce trade barriers, and provide certainty and transparency for UK professional and business service suppliers.

The Government is also using FTAs to foster regulatory dialogue and collaboration across all PBS sectors. This can help reduce administration and costs for UK professionals and firms seeking to supply services overseas.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she plans to work with the Leader of the House to bring any proposed trade deal with Australia to the House to be scrutinised before it is signed.

The Government has put a suite of enhanced scrutiny arrangements in place to allow for appropriate scrutiny by Parliament. This includes:

  • publishing negotiating objectives and economic scoping assessments before starting negotiations;
  • regular statements to Parliament;

At the conclusion of negotiations, there will be opportunity for scrutiny of the final deal, including time for the relevant Select Committees and the Trade and Agriculture Commission to produce their reports on the deal. Parliament can resolve against ratification of a treaty under the scrutiny processes set out under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. Any legislative changes required to give effect to the free trade agreement will need to be scrutinised and passed by Parliament in the usual way before ratification of the agreement can take place.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to help increase the volume of trade between the UK and South Korea.

The UK-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which entered into force on 1 January 2021, forms the basis of an ambitious new trading partnership between the United Kingdom and South Korea.

The UK also has a Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO) with South Korea, led by my Rt hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade. This helps to develop further the positive trade and investment relationship and compliments the opportunities the FTA presents.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of a free trade agreement with Australia on Crewe and Nantwich constituency.

The Department’s economic analysis, published on 17 June 2020, seeks to identify the potential scale of the long-term additional benefit to the UK from having a deal with Australia. This analysis suggested the North West could be one of the regions expected to benefit most from a UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

Clothing is one of the North West’s top goods exports to Australia, and this increased from 2019 to 2020. Liberalisation of tariffs on clothing (currently up to 5%) and reducing other non-tariff barriers to trade should further benefit this industry.

Likewise, another of the North West’s top exports to Australia, automotives, could also benefit from the removal of tariffs (currently up to 5% on road vehicles) and other non-tariff barriers to trade.

Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full impact assessment will be published prior to implementation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to increase the volume of trade between the UK and the Faroe Islands.

My Department has been implementing the United Kingdom-Faroe Islands Trade Agreement, which secures a trading relationship that was worth £503 million in 2020 and maintains preferential trading conditions for British businesses.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of securing a bilateral trade agreement with Malaysia.

On 1 February 2021 the Government submitted its notification of intent to begin the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) accession process, of which Malaysia is a signatory. This is the first formal step towards accession that aims to deepen the United Kingdom’s access to the fast-growing markets and major economies of the future, including Malaysia.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department have taken to increase the volume of trade between the UK and Japan.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) entered into force in January 2021. The Government’s analysis shows that in the long run, the CEPA could increase UK-Japan trade by £15.7 billion compared to a situation where there was no agreement. CEPA goes beyond the EU-Japan deal, with enhancements in areas such as digital and data, financial services, food and drink, and creative industries.

In March 2021, the Department for International Trade launched a four-month trade mission to support businesses to trade with Japan. As of the 27 May 2021, 2,000 UK and Japanese companies have been involved, and over 250 UK businesses have been introduced to Japanese buyers.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to help increase the volume of trade between the UK and Singapore.

The UK is Singapore’s top European trading partner and Singapore is the UK’s largest trade partner from ASEAN. The UK-Singapore bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) came into force on 1 January 2021. Since 1st January 2021, when the FTA took effect, the Government has been engaging with UK businesses to promote its benefits and is currently focusing on its implementation. Furthermore, the UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement (DEA), whose negotiations the Government intends to launch soon, and the UK’s proposed accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), of which Singapore is a founding member, are also expected to boost bilateral trade flows.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
27th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to increase the volume of trade between the UK and Ukraine.

Total trade between the United Kingdom and Ukraine was valued at £1.3 billion in 2020. HM Government is taking steps to increase the volume of trade with Ukraine, including in areas such as defence and security, agri-tech, food and drink, green technologies and aerospace, as well as through the promotion of inward investment and the resolution of market access barriers.

Bilateral trade is underpinned by the United Kingdom-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement, offering preferential trading terms for British and Ukrainian businesses, which was signed on 8th October 2020 by my Rt Hon. Friend, the Prime Minister. On the same day, I signed a Memorandum of Understanding between ‘UK Export Finance’, Britain’s official export credit agency, and the Government of Ukraine, underlining our £2.5 billion capacity to support exports to Ukraine and agreeing areas of priority for cooperation.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress she has made towards a free trade agreement with New Zealand.

The Government has completed four rounds of negotiations since the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations were launched last June. The fifth round of negotiations began on the 8th June.

Overall, negotiations have been positive, pragmatic and productive. The Government has made good progress and is now negotiating on all areas of the FTA.

The UK and New Zealand both remain eager to make further progress, with a view to working towards an agreement in the coming months.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether points two and three of Article 1.4 of the new trade agreement reached in principle with Liechtenstein on 4 June 2021 means that the prohibition clause on drawback of, or exemption from, customs duties in Title IV, Article 14 of the previous agreement signed on 11 February 2019 with Liechtenstein and Switzerland remains in force.

The United Kingdom has agreed in principle an ambitious new trade agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, which goes further than any other trade agreement these countries have negotiated before with a free trade agreement partner.

For Norway and Iceland, it includes provision for companies in a British freeport to import goods, suspending the duty payable, carry out a certain minimum amount of working and processing specified by the agreement and then export to the countries that are party to the new agreement under preference. However, Liechtenstein’s goods trading relationship with the United Kingdom continues to be governed by a separate agreement that was signed on 11th February 2019. This agreement includes prohibitions on the use of duty drawback and exemptions, similar to those with other trading partners that are signatories to the Pan-European-Mediterranean Convention. We will continue to keep such agreements under review in order to maximise benefits for all British businesses, including those operating in freeports.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether companies based in the UK’s new generation of freeports will be able to (a) import goods duty free, (b) process them into finished goods and (c) export them to (i) Norway and Iceland and (ii) Liechtenstein on the same terms as companies based elsewhere in the UK under the agreement reached in principle with those countries on 4 June 2021.

The United Kingdom has agreed in principle an ambitious new trade agreement with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, which goes further than any other trade agreement these countries have negotiated before with a free trade agreement partner.

For Norway and Iceland, it includes provision for companies in a British freeport to import goods, suspending the duty payable, carry out a certain minimum amount of working and processing specified by the agreement and then export to the countries that are party to the new agreement under preference. However, Liechtenstein’s goods trading relationship with the United Kingdom continues to be governed by a separate agreement that was signed on 11th February 2019. This agreement includes prohibitions on the use of duty drawback and exemptions, similar to those with other trading partners that are signatories to the Pan-European-Mediterranean Convention. We will continue to keep such agreements under review in order to maximise benefits for all British businesses, including those operating in freeports.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the new trade agreement reached in principle with Norway and Iceland on 4 June 2021 removes the prohibition clause on drawback of, or exemption from, customs duties in Title IV, Article 14 of the previous Agreement on Trade in Goods with Norway and Iceland signed on 10 December 2020.

The new trade deal will replace the previous Agreement on Trade in Goods signed on 8th December 2020 and does not include prohibitions to the use of duty drawback and exemptions.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her planned timetable is for negotiating revised trade agreements with (a) Liechtenstein, (b) Switzerland, (c) Canada, (d) Singapore, (e) Israel, (f) Mexico, (g) Egypt, (h) North Macedonia, (i) Chile, (j) Morocco, (k) Ukraine, (l) Lebanon, (m) Jordan, (n) Tunisia, (o) Serbia, (p) Georgia, (q) Faroe Islands, (r) Moldova, (s) Albania, (t) Kosovo and (u) Palestine to enable companies using the duty-free provisions in the UK’s new generation of freeports to access the tariff reductions available on UK exports to those countries.

The United Kingdom has already committed to beginning negotiations with Canada and Mexico by the end of 2021. HM Government will continue to keep all agreements under review, as we seek to improve benefits for all British businesses, including those operating in our freeports.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department has taken to help increase the volume of trade between the UK and Central America.

Last year, my Department successfully negotiated and brought into force the United Kingdom-Central America Association Agreement that maintains preferential trading conditions, providing certainty for businesses. Trade between the United Kingdom and countries party to this Agreement was worth £1.3bn in 2020.

My Department continues to work with our Central American partners to resolve market access barriers on issues such as procurement. We are sharing best regulatory practice to improve the ease of doing business and identifying opportunities for British businesses looking to enter the Central American markets.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
10th Jun 2021
What assessment she has made of the potential benefits of international trade for the North West.

Burnley and the wider North West economy already benefit from the higher productivity and better-quality jobs associated with international trade. According to new experimental research, 630,000 jobs in the region were estimated to be linked to exports in 2016, and Foreign Direct Investment projects created over 5,000 new jobs in 2019-20.We are confident the new Free Trade Agreements we are striking around the world will create even more opportunities for Burnley companies and that this increased trade will help level up the UK economy further.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th May 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department have taken to increase the volume of trade between the UK and Canada.

The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA) entered into force on 1 April. It facilitates bilateral trade worth £17.7bn in 2020. On 18 May, the Government launched a public Call for Input on how this deal might be improved for UK businesses and consumers. Later this year negotiations will begin for a new and ambitious trade deal with Canada that goes even further in key areas of mutual interest.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jun 2021
What steps she is taking to support UK farmers during negotiations on a future trade deal with Australia.

A UK-Australia deal will open up new opportunities for British farming. British beef and lamb are the best in the world and a deal with Australia is a first step to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and opening up new opportunities for our agri-food exports in growing CPTPP markets across four continents. Any deal we sign with Australia will also include protections for UK agriculture and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jun 2021
What recent assessment the Government has made of the potential effect of her Department’s trade policies on the protection of animal welfare.

The Government’s manifesto is clear that we are firmly committed to upholding our high standards.  Having left the EU, we get to decide how we set and maintain our own animal welfare laws, standards and regulations. The Government will stand firm in trade negotiations, taking account of animal welfare considerations, to ensure any future trade deals live up to the values of farmers and consumers across the UK.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jun 2021
What progress has she made towards a free trade agreement with the US.

I am in close contact with Katherine Tai, the US Trade Representative. I am pleased the US has lifted tariffs on Whisky and I am working to lift Airbus Boeing dispute. We are continuing to make progress in Free Trade Agreement (FTA) discussions as well as working together on our broader trade agenda.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
10th Jun 2021
What progress she has made towards a free trade agreement with the US.

I am in close contact with Katherine Tai, the US Trade Representative. I am pleased the US has lifted tariffs on Whisky, and I am working to lift Airbus Boeing dispute. We are continuing to make progress in Free Trade Agreement (FTA) discussions as well as working together on our broader trade agenda.

Elizabeth Truss
Minister for Women and Equalities
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the potential merits of excluding the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism from the UK-Australia trade agreement.

The precise details of a free trade agreement with Australia are a matter for formal negotiations, and the Government would not seek to pre-empt these discussions.

If it is deemed that a legal mechanism is appropriate for resolving investment disputes, the mechanism will reflect modern practice, deliver fair outcomes of claims, require high ethical standards for arbitrators and include transparent proceedings.

There has never been a successful Investor State Dispute Settlement claim against the United Kingdom, nor has the threat of potential claims affected its legislation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2021 to Question 8561 on Electric Vehicles: Import Duties, how many of the UK’s existing trade agreements do not allow for tariff-free access for exports of electric vehicles.

Tariff-free access for UK exports of electric vehicles is provided by the EU as well as 33 of 67 countries the UK has concluded agreements with, including Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey. A further 20 countries provide staged preferential tariff reductions until full liberalisation, mainly by 2023.

There are 9 countries that do not offer tariff-free access for exports, and 5 that offer partial tariff-free access. These countries are largely part of Economic Partnership Agreements which are development-focussed free trade agreements, where the UK has usually agreed to liberalise its markets to a greater extent than its developing country partners, including with Kenya and the Pacific States, and remain unchanged from access granted under the original EU agreements.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on the environment of food imports resulting from the trade deal between the UK and Australia.

The Government has always been clear that any deals it signs will not threaten the UK’s ability to meet its environmental commitments or its membership of international environmental agreements. The Government is seeking a deal with Australia that will further environmental and climate policy priorities and the UK will not compromise on high environmental protection.

The Government carried out a public consultation and scoping assessment for its free trade agreement negotiation with Australia, which can be found on the Government’s website. This preliminary scoping assessment considered illustrative scenarios. Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full impact assessment will be published prior to implementation.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
4th Jun 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department spent on trade finance support programmes to Belarus in (a) 2020 and (b) 2021.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) does not invest equity or provide funding into projects. The support provided by the Department is in the form of financing, insurance or guarantees for loans.

UKEF has provided export insurance policy cover for UK exports to Belarus. As no claims have been made on those policies, UKEF has not incurred any outlay. The beneficiary of this insurance is the UK exporter, and not Belarus.

Graham Stuart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)