Department for International Trade

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


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Secretary of State

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

Ministers of State
Greg Hands - Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel - Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Baroness Berridge - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Graham Stuart - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Ranil Jayawardena - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

25 Feb 2021, 6 p.m.
Today in Parliament, @trussliz summed up how joining #CPTPP will benefit the UK and help with the economic recovery from coronavirus. Watch her statement here 👇 https://t.co/4M1mVvnBV4 - Link
25 Feb 2021, 5 p.m.
UK Trade in Numbers: Today we have published the latest edition of the pocketbook summarising UK trade and investment statistics. This includes: ➡️ Imports & exports ➡️ Goods & services ➡️ World rankings ➡️ Foreign direct investment Read here: https://t.co/zN4xX6pKII https://t.co/p0d18roMVq - Link
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Department for International Trade Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

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.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Feb. 25 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 17 Urgent Questions Continuity Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny
Feb. 01 Written Statements Free Trade Agreements
Nov. 16 Westminster Hall Trade Deals and the NHS
Jul. 01 Adjournment Debate Covid-19: International Language Schools
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Department for International Trade - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


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.


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.


Last Event - Ping Pong : House of Lords
Tuesday 23rd February 2021
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Next Event - Ping Pong
Date TBA

Department for International Trade - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
12 Jan 2021
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Trade Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Movement etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
Explanatory text not available
Laid
16 Dec 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Trade Customs (Import Duty Variation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made by the Secretary of State under section 51(1) and (4) of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 (c. 22) and are in consequence of, or otherwise connected with, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (“EU”). The Regulations relate to an international dispute or other issue that arose whilst the United Kingdom was a member state of the EU. As a result, this is an EU Exit statutory instrument.
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Petitions addressed by Department for International Trade

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
111,076
Petition Closed

Omit the NHS from any future trade deal with the US

Gov Responded - 23 Jun 2020 Debated on - 16 Nov 2020
11 Nov 2020
closed 3 months, 2 weeks ago

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 Member since 29 Jan 2020
Mark Garnier Portrait
Mark Garnier (Conservative - Wyre Forest)
International Trade Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Paul Girvan Portrait
Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party - South Antrim)
International Trade Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mark Hendrick Portrait
Mark Hendrick (Labour (Co-op) - Preston)
International Trade Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mark Menzies Portrait
Mark Menzies (Conservative - Fylde)
International Trade Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Martin Vickers Portrait
Martin Vickers (Conservative - Cleethorpes)
International Trade Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Mick Whitley Portrait
Mick Whitley (Labour - Birkenhead)
International Trade Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Craig Williams Portrait
Craig Williams (Conservative - Montgomeryshire)
International Trade Committee Member since 2 Mar 2020
Taiwo Owatemi Portrait
Taiwo Owatemi (Labour - Coventry North West)
International Trade Committee Member since 8 Jun 2020
Lloyd Russell-Moyle Portrait
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour (Co-op) - Brighton, Kemptown)
International Trade Committee Member since 28 Sep 2020
Anthony Mangnall Portrait
Anthony Mangnall (Conservative - Totnes)
International Trade Committee Member since 9 Nov 2020

Department for International Trade Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Feb. 25 UK’s leading space sector to benefit from new government support News and Communications
Feb. 24 Overseas Business Risk: Nigeria Guidance and Regulation
Feb. 24 Overseas business risk: Seychelles Guidance and Regulation
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Department for International Trade Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
26 Feb 2021, midnight Trade Agreements Andrea Jenkyns (Conservative - Morley and Outwood)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether UK trade agreements with Albania, Canada, Jordan and Mexico are planned to take effect within the first half of 2021.

Answered by Ranil Jayawardena - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

We have secured trade agreements with 64 countries, plus the EU, covering £889 billion of trade in 2019. Most of these trade agreements entered into effect from 1st January 2021, when the transition period ended.

Some countries with which we have signed agreements have not been able to bring the agreement into effect or have not been able to do so fully. They are in the process of completing the final necessary steps to allow the agreements to enter into effect fully. This is the case for Canada, Jordan and Mexico.

HM Government signed a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement with Albania on 5th February. Albania is currently undertaking the domestic parliamentary processes required to bring the agreement into effect.

We have set out on GOV.UK the signed agreements that entered into effect on 1st January, and have published advice for those agreements that are not in place fully.

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