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)

8 Apr 2021, noon
Dubai-based @DP_World is to invest £40m in Southampton's container terminal. The investment will include £10m for new low-emission carriers to make the port's operations more sustainable. Read more: https://t.co/fVRVu1aYrC Trade = investment - Link
7 Apr 2021, noon
Australian FinTech unicorn @airwallex is expanding its investment in the UK after quadrupling its team. 🇬🇧 🇦🇺 The start-up intends to capitalise on the UK's strength in financial services as it grows its global footprint. More: https://t.co/BRqh1HrKGP Trade = investment = jobs - 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
Apr. 15 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 17 Urgent Questions Continuity Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny
Mar. 15 Written Statements Future Trading Relationship with Australia
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 - Lords
Tuesday 23rd March 2021
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Department for International Trade - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
1 Apr 2021
In Force
23 Apr 2021
Department for International Trade Trade Preference Scheme (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
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.
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
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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 5 months, 1 week 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
International Trade Committee: Upcoming Events
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 2.30pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP - Minister of State for Media and Data at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport<br/>Rt Hon Greg Hands MP - Minister of State for Trade Policy at Department for International Trade<br/>Graham Floater - Director of Trade Policy at Department for International Trade<br/>Nick Russell - Deputy Director of the Digital Trade Team at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport<br/>
21 Apr 2021, 2 p.m.
Digital trade and data
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International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 10.00am: Oral evidence</i><br/>James Webber - Partner at Shearman and Sterling<br/>Dr Emily Lydgate - Deputy Director at UK Trade Policy Observatory (University of Sussex)<br/>Dr Damian Raess - Professor at the World Trade Institute at University of Bern<br/>
22 Apr 2021, 9:30 a.m.
UK-EU trading relationship
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International Trade Committee - Private Meeting
22 Apr 2021, 3:45 p.m.
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Department for International Trade Publications


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
16 Apr 2021, midnight None Alex Davies-Jones (Labour - Pontypridd)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential effect of her Department’s trade policy on the protection of animal welfare.

Answered by Elizabeth Truss - Minister for Women and Equalities

I am proud of our world-leading animal welfare standards and these will be upheld throughout our trade negotiations. We have established the Trade and Agriculture Commission in law, which will provide independent scrutiny of the effect on animal welfare our trade deals.

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