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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Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Nick Thomas-Symonds (LAB - Torfaen)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

Liberal Democrat
Christine Jardine (LDEM - Edinburgh West)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (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
Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Nia Griffith (LAB - Llanelli)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Gareth Thomas (LAB - Harrow West)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Ministers of State
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Penny Mordaunt (CON - Portsmouth North)
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Mike Freer (CON - Finchley and Golders Green)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Ranil Jayawardena (CON - North East Hampshire)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Scheduled Event
Monday 4th July 2022
14:00
International Trade Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
4 Jul 2022, 2 p.m.

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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 6th July 2022
09:30
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
6 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with New Zealand
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 6th July 2022
12:45
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
6 Jul 2022, 12:45 p.m.
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with Australia
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 14th July 2022
Department for International Trade
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
Draft Cat and Dog Fur (Control of Movement etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 21st July 2022
09:30
Department for International Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
21 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
International Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Thursday 30th June 2022
Select Committee Inquiry
Friday 14th January 2022
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with India

The Committee is scrutinising the Government’s free trade negotiations with India. It will take evidence when the Government publishes: …

Written Answers
Monday 4th July 2022
Exports: Bolton South East
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many businesses her Department has supported to increase exports in …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 20th June 2022
Bills
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill 2022-23
Enable the implementation of, and the making of other provision in connection with, the government procurement Chapters of the United …

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
Jun. 16
Oral Questions
Jun. 28
Written Statements
Jun. 13
Westminster Hall
Oct. 21
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament


Enable the implementation of, and the making of other provision in connection with, the government procurement Chapters of the United Kingdom’s free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand.

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Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 11th May 2022

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 amend the Customs (Additional Duty) (Russia and Belarus) Regulations 2022 (S.I. 2022/376).
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.

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closed 1 year, 7 months 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 Chair since 29th January 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
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
Tony Lloyd Portrait
Tony Lloyd (Labour - Rochdale)
International Trade Committee Member since 13th July 2021
Mike Wood Portrait
Mike Wood (Conservative - Dudley South)
International Trade Committee Member since 14th December 2021
International Trade Committee: Upcoming Events
International Trade Committee - Private Meeting
4 Jul 2022, 2 p.m.
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International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with New Zealand
6 Jul 2022, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Professor Lorand Bartels MBE - Chair at Trade and Agriculture Commission
At 10.45am: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP - Secretary of State for International Trade at Department for International Trade
Crawford Falconer - Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser at Department for International Trade

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International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with Australia
6 Jul 2022, 12:45 p.m.
At 1.00pm: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP - Secretary of State for International Trade at Department for International Trade
Crawford Falconer - Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser at Department for International Trade

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50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the proportion of the UK's external trade with countries with which the UK has a free trade agreement.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made on achieving its aim of covering 80 per cent of the UK's external trade by trading with countries with which the UK has entered into a free trade agreement.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to her Department’s inward investment results published on 28 June 2022, how many of the (a) 16,174 jobs safeguarded in 2020-21 and (b) 6,665 jobs safeguarded in 2021-22 related to involved FDI projects verified as net-zero investments aligned to the ten point plan for a green industrial revolution.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to her Department’s inward investment results published on 28 June 2022, how many of the (a) 1,131 involved FDI projects recorded in 2020-21 and (b) 1,174 involved FDI projects recorded in 2021-22 have been verified as net-zero investments aligned to the ten point plan for a green industrial revolution.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
28th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to her Department’s inward investment results published on 28 June 2022, how many of the (a) 47,784 new jobs created in 2020-21 and (b) 72,906 new jobs created in 2021-22 related to involved FDI projects verified as net-zero investments aligned to the ten point plan for a green industrial revolution.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many businesses her Department has supported to increase exports in Bolton South East constituency since July 2016.

We are unable to publish a breakdown of the number of companies The Department for International Trade has helped by constituency. Export support for businesses in Bolton is provided through our Northern Powerhouse regional team. Of the £38m Internationalisation Fund, £16.5m is allocated to the Northern Powerhouse alone, with the target of providing co-investment to over 3,300 companies. We provide a range of support mechanisms, and for instance, this June, the Northern Powerhouse team brought an inward delegation of international buyers to the Global Offshore Wind Summit in Manchester, highlighting to the world the North’s capability in this sector.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much money from the public purse has so far been allocated to the Maritime Capability Campaign Office.

The Maritime Capability Campaign Office (MCCO) was launched on 10 March 2022, to support maritime exports and investment opportunities. The MCCO's spend for 2021/22 financial year was £1.432m this was to carry out initial development work. The MCCO has been allocated an additional £10.569m for 2021/2025 subject to approval of a full business case. This business case is currently under review by HM Treasury.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many full-time staff are employed by the Maritime Capability Campaign Office.

The Maritime Capability Campaign Office (MCCO) was launched on 10 March 2022 to support maritime exports and investment opportunities. We are still in the process of recruiting to the MCCO but as of 27 June 2022 the MCCO employed 17 full-time staff and 5 part-time staff.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what total cost to the public purse, inclusive of VAT, was incurred by her Department between May 2018 and May 2022 for media buying services provided under the Crown Commercial Service's media buying framework agreement reference RM6003.

The Media Buying framework agreement (RM6003) started 7 November 2018 and ended 21 May 2022 and has now expired. The framework agreement was awarded to OMD Group Ltd (OmniGov) following a competitive tendering process in 2018. Customers used this framework agreement by putting in place a call-off contract.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has spent £39.7m (excluding VAT, which is recoverable) under RM6003 between May 2018 and May 2022. This has delivered marketing campaigns both domestically and internationally, promoting British goods and services and working to secure investment into the UK.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if the Government will take steps to support the time limited waiver on covid-19 vaccine manufacture in the global south ahead of the World Trade Organisation’s 12th Ministerial Conference from 12 to 15 June 2022.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Membership reached a consensus-based decision on the TRIPS Agreement at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), held between 12 and 17 June 2022. The Decision, which has a five-year duration and is limited to COVID-19 vaccines, streamlines compulsory licencing processes for developing countries. The UK engaged constructively in the discussions with the wider WTO Membership, including India, the US, South Africa and the EU, demonstrating flexibility to help broker consensus.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her counterparts in (a) India, (b) the US, (c) South Africa and (d) the EU on an agreed draft deal for a time limited waiver on covid-19 vaccine manufacture ahead of the World Trade Organisation’s 12th Ministerial Conference from 12 to 15 June 2022.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Membership reached a consensus-based decision on the TRIPS Agreement at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), held between 12 and 17 June 2022. The Decision, which has a five-year duration and is limited to COVID-19 vaccines, streamlines compulsory licencing processes for developing countries. The UK engaged constructively in the discussions with the wider WTO Membership, including India, the US, South Africa and the EU, demonstrating flexibility to help broker consensus.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
27th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has held discussions with the Prime Minister on appointing a Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Mexico.

The Department for International Trade is constantly reviewing suitable markets to identify where the appointment of a Trade Envoy can be of greatest benefit to the trade and investment aims of the UK.

Discussions are ongoing with respect to the appointment of a Trade Envoy to Mexico.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
24th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she intends to answer Question UIN 13663, tabled on 7 June 2022.

I refer the Right Honourable Member for Islington South and Finsbury to the answer I have given today, UIN 13663.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what human rights safeguards her Department plans to include in its proposed Developing Countries Trading Scheme.

On 23rd June, the Prime Minister announced that the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will be launched on 6th July 2022. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade will lead the launch.

HM Government believes that growing trading relationships increases UK influence in open conversations with partners on a range of difficult issues, including human rights. The UK will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international human rights obligations and hold those who violate human rights to account.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she will publish the final Developing Countries Trading Scheme.

On 23rd June, the Prime Minister announced that the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will be launched on 6th July 2022. My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade will lead the launch.

HM Government believes that growing trading relationships increases UK influence in open conversations with partners on a range of difficult issues, including human rights. The UK will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international human rights obligations and hold those who violate human rights to account.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase foreign direct investment into (a) Solihull constituency and (b) England.

The Department for International Trade’s regional teams engage with Metro Mayors, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, and our overseas network to promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in England, supporting 925 single site projects and creating 28,012 new jobs in 2020-21.

The Department leads several activities promoting FDI across the UK through mechanisms such as the Investment Atlas, our High Potential Opportunities Programme, and the GREAT global trade campaign.

We continue to promote Solihull’s investment capabilities through schemes such as Arden Cross. This is one of the UK’s largest development projects, which will be crucial to the Government’s levelling up agenda.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what meetings they have had with ambassadors at the World Trade Organisation with (1) the African group, and (2) the Least-developed countries group, about negotiations on the COVID-19 text produced by the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Council.

The UK has continuously engaged with the African Group and the Least Developed Countries Group, represented by Tanzania and Bangladesh respectively, throughout the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) debate. A consensus-based agreement on a TRIPS Decision was reached at the World Trade Organisation’s 12th Ministerial Conference, which both groups are eligible to use.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department spent on consultancy fees in the last five years.

The Department for International Trade reported spend on consultants in its Annual Report and Accounts and this information is publicly available on www.gov.uk on the following links:

The 2021-2022 consultancy spend will be published in the 2021-2022 Annual Report and Accounts in the coming weeks.

Department for International Trade Annual Report and Accounts 2016 to 2017, page 49

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-international-trade-annual-report-and-accounts-2016-to-2017

Department for International Trade annual report and accounts 2017 to 2018, page 115

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-international-trade-annual-report-and-accounts-2017-to-2018

Department for International Trade Annual Report and Accounts 2018 to 2019, page 120

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ukgwa/20200704143806/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-international-trade-annual-report-and-accounts-2018-to-2019

Department for International Trade Annual Report and Accounts 2019 to 2020, page 109

https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ukgwa/20200716232216/https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/department-for-international-trade-annual-report-and-accounts-2019-to-2020

Department for International Trade Annual Report and Accounts 2020 to 2021, page 137

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1002839/DIT-annual-report-2020-to-2021.pdf

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the (a) objectives her Department has prioritised for the text-based negotiations on the latest TRIPS waiver text; and what constructive engagement her Department has committed to in respect of the text-based negotiations on the latest TRIPS waiver.

The WTO Membership reached a consensus-based decision on TRIPS at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), held between 12 and 17 June 2022. The Decision focuses on streamlining compulsory licencing processes for developing countries to produce and export COVID-19 vaccines. The UK engaged constructively in the discussions, demonstrating flexibility to help broker consensus.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase Foreign Direct Investment into (a) Bournemouth East constituency and (b) England.

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT’s) regional teams engage with Metro Mayors, local enterprise partnerships (LEPs), local authorities, and our overseas network to promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in England, supporting 925 single site projects and creating 28,012 new jobs in 2020-21.

The Department leads several activities promoting FDI across the UK through mechanisms such as the Investment Atlas, our High Potential Opportunities (HPO) Programme and GREAT global trade campaign.

DIT are showcasing the Sustainable Aquaculture HPO won by Dorset LEP to international investors. Our Southern England investment team promote further investment capability in the area through supporting on projects such as the Dorset Innovation Park and BattleLab.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make an assessment of the applicability to decisions on tax treatment in the UK of the precedent established in the October 1958 GATT dispute initiated by Austria against Italy, case reference GD/54, and the resolution agreed between those countries in May 1961, publication reference SR 18/4.

GATT dispute reports are often considered at the World Trade Organisation in dispute settlement proceedings. However, GATT dispute reports do not set precedents in the way that judgments do in the domestic legal system.

The particular case referred to (GD/54) was settled following consultations (SR.18/4) and never came before a GATT adjudicator. There was therefore no GATT dispute report for this case.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 17 June 2022 to Question 14638 on Energy Charter Treaty, what proportion of cases brought by UK companies under that Charter have been in the (a) renewable energy sector and (b) oil, gas and mining sector; and if she will make a statement.

According to information held by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases have been brought by UK investors under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) on 16 occasions. Of these, 8 relate to the renewable energy sector, and 8 to the oil, gas, and mining sectors. Full case details can be found on the UNCTAD website.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will consider entering into negotiations with the United States and Commonwealth countries to establish a single free trade agreement involving all of those nations.

The United Kingdom already has trade deals with 33 Commonwealth nations. In addition, we are negotiating free trade agreements with India, as well as Brunei and Malaysia through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

A further fifteen Commonwealth nations, who qualify as developing nations, will benefit from reduced tariffs under the new Developing Countries Trading Scheme.

The United Kingdom is ready to progress negotiations on a trade deal with the United States when they are ready to do so. In the meantime, both sides have agreed to develop a roadmap to further strengthen Anglo-American trade.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact on the UK economy in pounds sterling of the Memorandum of Understanding on economic cooperation and trade relations between the US state of Indiana and the UK over the next 12 months.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential impact on the UK's GDP of the Memorandum of Understanding on economic cooperation and trade relations between the US state of Indiana and the UK.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the (a) procurement reference, (b) start date, (c) end date and (d) maximum value, inclusive of VAT, is of the contract that her Department has agreed with Manning Gottlieb OMD for the provision of strategic media activation services under the terms of the Crown Commercial Service's media services framework agreement reference RM6123.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department plans to include human rights safeguards in its proposed Developing Countries Trading Scheme; and if she will make statement.

The detailed proposals for the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will be published in 2022. When these proposals are published, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade will provide a written ministerial statement.

HM Government believes that growing trading relationships increases UK influence in open conversations with partners on a range of difficult issues, including human rights. The UK will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international human rights obligations and hold those who violate human rights to account.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department's proposed Developing Countries Trading Scheme will include (a) equivalent or (b) improved human rights protections in comparison to the Generalised Scheme of Preferences; and if she will make a statement.

The detailed proposals for the Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) will be published in 2022. When these proposals are published, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade will provide a written ministerial statement.

HM Government believes that growing trading relationships increases UK influence in open conversations with partners on a range of difficult issues, including human rights. The UK will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international human rights obligations and hold those who violate human rights to account.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will take steps to encourage the US administration to grant Irish whiskey from Northern Ireland the same level of distinctive product protection as currently afforded to Scotch whisky.

I am aware of the concerns raised by the Irish Whiskey Association with regard to protection of Irish whiskey, and their objective that Irish whiskey be offered equivalent protection to Scotch whisky in the US. We sought to address this issue through our previous free trade agreement negotiations, and we will continue to raise it in our ongoing engagement with the US.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2022 to Question 155847 on Department for International Trade: Belfast, how many staff work in the Trade and Investment hub in Belfast.

As of June 2022, nine full time employees are employed in the Department for International Trade’s Northern Ireland hub.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to increase the proportion of UK trade through free trade agreements.

We have secured trade agreements with 70 countries plus the EU, partners that accounted for £808bn of UK bilateral trade in 2021.

The Department for International Trade can report significant progress this year. We have signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with New Zealand and a Digital Economy Agreement with Singapore. We have completed three rounds of FTA negotiations with India and one round with Canada. We have completed a Call for Input on an enhanced FTA with Israel, and launched FTA negotiations with Mexico, Switzerland and Greenland. We are preparing to launch FTA negotiations with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has had recent discussions on potential aerospace trade with (a) the UK Aerospace Industry and (b) her international counterparts in countries with which the UK seeks future trade deals.

The Aerospace sector is a critical part of our economy and great example of the exporting potential of the UK, having exported £24.3bn of goods and services in 2020, over 97% of total production.

The Secretary of State and the DIT ministerial team has regular engagement with several aerospace companies to help boost their exports and secure vital foreign investment into the sector.

The aerospace sector is governed by bi-lateral and multilateral agreements that facilitate low and zero tariffs on the trade in aircraft goods, but the sector can also benefit from provisions in FTAs, for example digital and innovation.

Leveraging our extensive overseas network, Ministers are constantly looking for opportunities for British companies, including those in the Aerospace sector.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
15th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what total cost to the public purse, inclusive of VAT, was incurred by UK Export Finance between May 2018 and May 2022 for media buying services provided under the Crown Commercial Service's media buying framework agreement reference RM6003.

UK Export Finance spent £7,915,609.69 (including VAT) over the four year period between May 2018 and May 2022 through framework agreement RM6003.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her international counterparts on Russia’s role in the global food crisis.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has significantly exacerbated one of the most severe food and energy crises in recent history, which now threatens the poorest and most vulnerable globally.

The G7 is committed to providing support to those countries who need it and ensuring any sanctions against Russia have no direct impact on food security or supply chains.

The UK is working with Ukraine and international partners to help Ukraine export its grain and play its role as the breadbasket of the world. We will continue to fund humanitarian aid and economic support for those who need it most.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the answer of 27 April 2022 to Question 155629 on Department for International Trade: Visits Abroad, for what reason the declaration of ministerial travel has not been updated as of 14 June 2022.

The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 24 May 2022 to Question 5415 on Trade Agreements: Gulf States, whether any of the polling questions asked by Ipsos Mori concerned UK attitudes on human rights in the Gulf region.

I refer the hon. Lady to the answer I gave her on 14th June (UIN 15271).

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her US counterpart on reducing market barriers with the United States.

During the Dialogues in Baltimore and Aberdeen, Ambassador Tai and my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade agreed to work together to develop an ambitious roadmap for further bilateral collaboration over the coming weeks, including further collaboration on reducing market barriers.

Last month we signed our first state-level trade and economic development Memorandum of Understanding with Indiana, creating a framework to help remove barriers to trade and investment. We hope to sign more MOUs this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she has taken to protect domestic food standards when negotiating free trade agreements.

We have not and will not compromise on our high food safety through our trade negotiations. These decisions are made independently of free trade agreements (FTAs).

The independent Trade and Agriculture Commission considers whether our FTAs affect the United Kingdom’s statutory protections in relation to animal or plant life or health, animal welfare, and the environment - and recently concluded that the United Kingdom-Australia FTA does not.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her US counterpart on reducing market barriers with the United States.

In the last 12 months the UK and US have worked together to deliver some major trade breakthroughs, such as resolving the long-running Large Civil Aircraft dispute and agreeing to terminate the Section 301 investigation and suspend tariffs relating to the Digital Services Tax. We have also secured the lifting of the long-standing US ban on the import of British beef and lamb.

Most recently, we successfully removed Section 232 tariffs on imports of UK steel and aluminium products. This will bring welcome relief to the UK steel and aluminium industries which support the jobs of around 80,000 people across the UK supply chain. In response the UK has suspended the rebalancing measures on imports of US products.

During the Trade Dialogues in Baltimore and Aberdeen, Ambassador Tai and Secretary of State Trevelyan agreed to work together to develop a roadmap for further UK US Trade, including further collaboration on reducing market barriers.

We have also recently signed our first state-level trade and economic development Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Indiana, which will create a framework to discuss removal of barriers to trade and investment. We hope to sign more MOUs this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to lift US tariffs on imports from the UK.

In the last 12 months the UK and US have worked together to deliver some major trade breakthroughs, such as resolving the long-running Large Civil Aircraft dispute and agreeing to terminate the Section 301 investigation and suspend tariffs relating to the Digital Services Tax. We have also secured the lifting of the long-standing US ban on the import of British beef and lamb.

Most recently, we successfully removed Section 232 tariffs on imports of UK steel and aluminium products. This will bring welcome relief to the UK steel and aluminium industries which support the jobs of around 80,000 people across the UK supply chain. In response the UK has suspended the rebalancing measures on imports of US products.

During the Trade Dialogues in Baltimore and Aberdeen, Ambassador Tai and Secretary of State Trevelyan agreed to work together to develop a roadmap for further UK US Trade, including further collaboration on reducing market barriers.

We have also recently signed our first state-level trade and economic development Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Indiana, which will create a framework to discuss removal of barriers to trade and investment. We hope to sign more MOUs this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what provisions for the protection of human rights defenders are included in the United Kingdom–Andean Countries Trade Agreement; and what enforcement measures are in place.

Respect for democratic principles and fundamental human rights underpins the United Kingdom–Andean Countries Trade Agreement. The treaty allows for ‘appropriate measures’ to be taken by any member state ‘in accordance with international law’ where breaches occur. The agreement also includes a Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) chapter, which aims to ensure that both Parties encourage high levels of environmental and labour protection. This chapter provides for an annual TSD Sub-Committee, which is an opportunity for the UK to raise concerns with partner countries where we believe there have been violations of workers’ rights or environmental commitments. The Sub- Committee last met in April 2022.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that workers’ rights are maintained in all UK trade agreements.

The Government shares the public’s high regard for workers' rights and the Prime Minister has been clear that there will be no reduction in UK protections in signing up to new Free Trade Agreements.

The agreements secured with both Australia and New Zealand demonstrate our resolve to maintain workers’ rights, and our commitment to maintain high standards.

The Government has also committed to maintaining these standards in various public mandates, that set out our approach to trade negotiations.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
8th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the impact of Investor-State Dispute Settlements within the Energy Charter Treaty on the domestic renewable energy industry.

I refer the Hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth to the answer given by my Hon. Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Minister for International Trade, on 9 June, UIN: 13147.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to increase foreign direct investment in the UK’s green industries.

In a speech on 18 May, the Secretary of State for International Trade set out the UK's ambitions to become a global leader on Green Trade, including through driving greater investment into green industries that will boost economic growth, strengthen supply chains and increase exports, whilst cutting emissions.

The Department has already taken major steps to build the UK’s green industrial base, including those detailed in my answer to the hon. Member for Stockton South on 19 April 2022 (UIN 148430), and my answer to the hon. Member for Hendon on 30 November 2021 (UIN 79334).

To build on successes to date, this Autumn the Department for International Trade, along with the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, will host a Green Trade and Investment Expo in the North East of England, to showcase green investment opportunities, as well as promoting the UK’s climate solutions to overseas buyers.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of UK sanctions against Russia on reducing trade with that country.

In lockstep with allies, we continue to impose the largest, most severe economic sanctions Russia has faced.

Sanctions imposed by the UK and international partners are having damaging consequences for Putin’s ability to wage war, with around £275 billion – up to 60% of Russian foreign currency reserves – currently frozen.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office analysis shows Russia is heading for the deepest recession since the Soviet Union’s collapse, deeper than the 2008 global financial crisis. Estimates for Russia’s GDP in 2022 range from -8% to -15%, with the IMF forecasting the economy to continue shrinking a further 2.3% in 2023.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
9th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to Answer of 24 May 2022 to Question 5415, did any of the questions in the polling research carried out by IPSOS Mori on member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council relate to attitudes of individuals in the UK in regards to human rights in the Gulf.

The Department carries out such research for internal use to aid ongoing negotiations, and details are not released due to negotiation sensitivities.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of UK Export Finance in supporting UK businesses.

As advised in my response to the Honourable Member’s previous question (UIN 148424), during financial year 2020/21 UK Export Finance (UKEF) provided support of £12.3 billion to UK exporters selling to 77 countries around the world, supporting 549 companies directly (of whom 79% were small and medium sized enterprises), and thousands more indirectly in supply chains. During that year, UKEF supported around 107,000 UK jobs. UKEF provided £29 billion of support to UK exporters during the period 2016/17 to 2020/21.

UKEF was recently named the world’s best ECA at the International TFG Trade Awards 2022.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to reduce barriers to global trade for British businesses.

In the financial year 2020-21, we resolved over 200 trade barriers across 74 countries. Removing these barriers supports British businesses to trade globally, such as opening access to Indonesia’s cosmetics market that imports £374 million a year, and access to the US for British lamb that is estimated to be worth £37 million in first five years of trade.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
6th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase trade with South American nations.

This year, we reached the final phase of the process to join the £9 trillion GDP Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade bloc, which includes Chile and Peru.

Beyond trade agreements, we are working with regional partners to grow trade and open markets. British pork producers are now able to export to Chile, a market worth over £280 million in 2021 and, through initiatives like our annual roadshow, we are helping British businesses to seize opportunities in the region, like GlaxoSmithKline who are set to open a new vaccine distribution centre in Uruguay.

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