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
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
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
Wednesday 27th October 2021
09:45
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
27 Oct 2021, 9:45 a.m.
COP26 and international trade
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 27th October 2021
15:00
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
27 Oct 2021, 3 p.m.
UK trade negotiations
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 9th November 2021
Department for International Trade
Legislation - Main Chamber
Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] – report stage
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 2nd December 2021
09:30
Department for International Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
2 Dec 2021, 9:30 a.m.
International Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Thursday 21st October 2021
Cotton Imports
Lords Chamber
Select Committee Docs
Friday 31st December 2021
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Call for Evidence
Call For Evidence
Select Committee Inquiry
Thursday 21st October 2021
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with New Zealand

Scope

The Committee is scrutinising the Government’s free trade negotiations with New Zealand. It will take written and oral …

Written Answers
Friday 22nd October 2021
Alcoholic Drinks: Excise Duties
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the terms of (a) Article III of GATT, (b) The …
Secondary Legislation
Tuesday 17th August 2021
Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021
These Regulations amend the Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”).
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
Friday 22nd October 2021
17:05

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.


Bills currently before Parliament

Department for International Trade does not have Bills currently before Parliament


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 Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”).
These Regulations allow the Secretary of State to make a public notice applying tariff rate quotas to particular steel products. Regulation 3 provides that these tariff rate quotas may only be applied to steel products that were included in a taxation notice made under regulation 47(2) of the Trade Remedies (Increase in Imports Causing Serious Injury to UK Producers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the Regulations”). For the purposes of the Regulations and the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 (“the Act”), regulation 4 provides that the public notice has effect as if it were made under section 13(3) of the Act and any tariff rate quota applicable under it has effect as if it were a tariff rate quota applied by virtue of paragraph 16(3) of Schedule 5 of the Act. Regulation 5 makes further provision for what should be contained within a notice made under these Regulations.
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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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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
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
International Trade Committee: Upcoming Events
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
COP26 and international trade
27 Oct 2021, 9:45 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP - Secretary of State for International Trade at Department for International Trade

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International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
UK trade negotiations
27 Oct 2021, 3 p.m.
At 3.30pm: Oral evidence
The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP - Minister for Trade Policy at Department for International Trade
Victoria Prentis MP - Minister of State at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Chris Heaton - Deputy Director in International Trade Policy at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Oliver Phillips - Senior Civil Service Lead for Agriculture 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

18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how the Government plans to decide which trade shows are eligible for grant funding in its successor to the Trade Show Access Programme.

The successor to the Tradeshow Access Programme, when launched, is designed to address market failures whilst aligning to the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Strategy. Supported shows are identified through departmental business planning, and prioritised collaboratively by DIT’s Campaigns, Sectors and Events Team.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Musikmesse Frankfurt take place in 2022-23 and will be prioritised through business planning for the coming financial year. Music China was not selected as a priority show for 2021-22.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will ensure that grant money for businesses in the music industry is provided in time to allow their representation at the National Association of Music Merchants show, Music China and Musikmesse Frankfurt.

The successor to the Tradeshow Access Programme, when launched, is designed to address market failures whilst aligning to the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Strategy. Supported shows are identified through departmental business planning, and prioritised collaboratively by DIT’s Campaigns, Sectors and Events Team.

National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and Musikmesse Frankfurt take place in 2022-23 and will be prioritised through business planning for the coming financial year. Music China was not selected as a priority show for 2021-22.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the terms of (a) Article III of GATT, (b) The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement and (c) the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership allow HM Treasury to apply lower excise duties to UK manufactured alcoholic beverages than are applied to the equivalent alcoholic beverages imported from one of the other contracting parties to those agreements.

The UK champions rules-based multilateral trade at the WTO. The National Treatment rule under GATT Article III sets out the principle that imported products should not be subject to higher internal taxes than similar domestic products. The UK-EU TCA and CPTPP agreements reiterate this GATT Article III commitment on National Treatment. Measures such as setting excise duties on alcoholic beverages are consistent with the UK’s WTO rights and obligations, including GATT Article III commitments.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Oct 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are currently granting licences for arms exports to Turkey; and what plans they have, if any, to suspend the issue of new licences.

Licences for arms exports continue to be issued to Turkey, but only where they are consistent with the Oral Statement to Parliament on 15th October 2019 made by my right hon. Friend the then Foreign Secretary, which clarifies that no export licences are currently being issued to Turkey for items that might be used in military operations in Syria.

All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking into account all Relevant factors at the time of the application, including how the goods will be used.

HM Government publishes official statistics (on a quarterly and annual basis) about export licences on GOV.UK including detailed information on the type of export licences issued, refused or revoked, by destination, type (e.g. military, other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the statistics release published on her Department’s website on 14 October 2021, entitled Net zero related inward investment in the UK: 18 November 2020 to 24 September 2021, if she will publish a breakdown by (a) location, (b) sector and (c) project of the 2,296 jobs referenced in that release.

Due to the commercial sensitivities, the figures released on 14th October 2021 were published in aggregate form. There were 46 individual investments included in the publication and, if they were broken down by characteristics such as location or sector, the small numbers would risk disclosure of the commercial sensitivity.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which UK cheese products are currently (a) designated as having full geographical indication status in Japan, or (b) awaiting the completion of domestic procedures in Japan prior to the designation of protected geographical indication status, in accordance with Chapter 14, Section B, Sub-Section 3 and Footnote 2 of Annex 14-B of the UK-Japan CEPA.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) currently secures the protection of the following UK Geographical Indications (GIs) in Japan: Stilton White Cheese, Stilton Blue Cheese, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese, Scottish Farmed Salmon, Irish Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Cream, Scotch Whisky.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which UK alcoholic beverages are currently (a) designated as having full geographical indication status in Japan, or (b) awaiting the completion of domestic procedures in Japan prior to the designation of protected geographical indication status, in accordance with Chapter 14, Section B, Sub-Section 3 and Footnote 2 of Annex 14-B of the UK-Japan CEPA.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) currently secures the protection of the following UK Geographical Indications (GIs) in Japan: Stilton White Cheese, Stilton Blue Cheese, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese, Scottish Farmed Salmon, Irish Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Cream, Scotch Whisky.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to Footnote 2 of Annex 14-B of the UK-Japan CEPA, for which (a) agricultural products, and (b) alcoholic beverages the Government has to date received notifications from the Japanese authorities informing them of the completion of domestic procedures required to designate those items as having protected geographical indication status, in accordance with Chapter 14, Section B, Sub-Section 3 of that agreement.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) currently secures the protection of the following UK Geographical Indications (GIs) in Japan: Stilton White Cheese, Stilton Blue Cheese, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese, Scottish Farmed Salmon, Irish Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Cream, Scotch Whisky.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which UK fish and shellfish products are currently (a) designated as having full geographical indication status in Japan, or (b) awaiting the completion of domestic procedures in Japan prior to the designation of protected geographical indication status, in accordance with Chapter 14, Section B, Sub-Section 3 and Footnote 2 of Annex 14-B of the UK-Japan CEPA.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) currently secures the protection of the following UK Geographical Indications (GIs) in Japan: Stilton White Cheese, Stilton Blue Cheese, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese, Scottish Farmed Salmon, Irish Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Cream, Scotch Whisky.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which UK meat products are currently (a) designated as having full geographical indication status in Japan, or (b) awaiting the completion of domestic procedures in Japan prior to the designation of protected geographical indication status, in accordance with Chapter 14, Section B, Sub-Section 3 and Footnote 2 of Annex 14-B of the UK-Japan CEPA.

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) currently secures the protection of the following UK Geographical Indications (GIs) in Japan: Stilton White Cheese, Stilton Blue Cheese, West Country Farmhouse Cheddar Cheese, Scottish Farmed Salmon, Irish Whiskey/Whisky, Irish Cream, Scotch Whisky.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the analysis by London Economics of the Tradeshow Access Programme to the UK economy; and what discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for that programme in this financial year.

The London Economics report was from 2008, and as the Tradeshow Access Programme had evolved (and now ceased), some implications no longer apply. We are discussing revised support for trade shows with HM Treasury (HMT), which considers key implications raised in the analysis. We continually review support to ensure maximum impact and that services meet business needs in the current economic context.

2021-22 programme funding was discussed with HMT during the 2020 Spending Review.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
15th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make it her policy to integrate firm climate commitments into all future free trade agreements and aligned with (a) the Paris Agreement and (b) the UK’s climate and environmental goals.

HM Government is committed to upholding our climate commitments in free trade agreements. We will seek to maintain the United Kingdom’s high levels of environmental protection and sovereign right to regulate in pursuit of net zero by 2050, and affirm our commitments to multilateral environment agreements, including the Paris Agreement. As an example, such provisions were recently agreed with Australia and set out at Agreement in Principle.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of China’s application to join the CPTPP; and if she will make a statement.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a group of economies which promotes free and fair trade and requires members to meet high standards, particularly against unfair trading practices.

As a non-member, the UK is not commenting on the specifics of other economies’ interest in the agreement. It’s for the members to consider China’s application.

Once the UK has joined CPTPP it will have the same rights as other parties in respect of future applicants. There has to be a consensus of all the parties to admit any new economy.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, on what date she was made aware of the £900 million in loans and guarantees made by UK Export Finance to the Mozambique LNG project.

In line with the requirements of the OECD Common Approaches, the fact that UK Export Finance was considering support for the project was published on its website in August 2019. Following that consideration, my predecessor collectively consulted with ministerial colleagues before UK Export Finance support was made available.

More broadly, I would observe that in December 2020, the Prime Minister announced at the Climate Ambition Summit that the UK will end new direct support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas. The Prime Minister announced that the UK Government will no longer provide any new direct financial or promotional support for the fossil fuel energy sector overseas, other than in exceptional circumstances, and align its support to enable clean energy exports. This policy shift applies to any new official development assistance, investment, export credit and trade promotion activity overseas. Following consultation, this new policy came into effect from 31 March 2021.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the Mexican Government takes steps to tackle violations of (a) freedom of association and (b) other International Labour Organisation before finalising a trade deal with that country; and if she will make a statement.

The United Kingdom has a trade deal with Mexico, which is supporting jobs in communities across our country.

HM Government has announced plans to negotiate a new trade deal, so asked the British people, British businesses and other organisations for their views, including on issues such as labour. We are analysing the responses in advance of setting a mandate.

HM Government has made clear that trade does not have to come at the expense of our values, and this is reflected in British trade policy.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what representations (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have made to the Government of India on the human rights of Christian and Muslim minorities in that country in the context of forthcoming trade negotiations; and if she will include clauses recognising the centrality of human rights, including those of freedom of religion or belief, in any future trade agreement with India.

In May, the United Kingdom and India announced our intent to negotiate a free trade agreement. Since then, the Department of International Trade has launched a public consultation about our approach to negotiations.

HM Government has a history of promoting British values globally, including freedom of religion, and we are clear that upholding rights and responsibilities go hand-in-hand with our trading ambitions. We engage with the Government of India on a range of matters.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Government's proposal to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of requesting an exemption to Investor State Dispute Settlement clause; and if she will make a statement.

The UK’s independent investment policy makes it easier for UK firms to invest overseas and reinforces the UK’s position as the top destination in Europe for investment and the third in the world. Accession to Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will help to secure the UK’s already strong position in investment.

The UK has negotiated investment agreements with investment protections and Investor-State Dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions with over 90 existing treaty partners, including CPTPP partners, and recognises the important role that these provisions can play in protecting UK investors abroad.

CPTPP is a high standards agreement. It is in the UK’s interests to meet these standards, not to re-write the agreement, and for future applicants to meet these standards too.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to (a) ensure that the Domestic Advisory Groups that it is establishing are independent and (b) ensure that there are consequences when nations breach human and labour rights commitments they have agreed to in trade deals with the UK; and if she will make a statement.

The United Kingdom is committed to implementing the ‘Trade and Sustainable Development’ chapters in her trade agreements and, in support of this, HM Government is considering options for setting up the ‘Domestic Advisory Group(s)’.

We will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international rights and responsibilities and will hold those who violate them to account. HM Government takes a balanced and proportionate approach with all international partners, delivering the best outcome for the United Kingdom.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
16th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that the rights of workers are protected in future trade deals.

The UK is committed to ensuring that the rights of workers are upheld in trade deals. HM government has made clear that trade does not have to come at the expense of labour standards, and this is reflected in our UK trade policy.

In its public mandates, the Government committed to protect the UK’s world-leading labour standards.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of trends in the level of UK trade with the EU since January 2020.

UK goods trade (excluding precious metals) with the EU was £368.9bn in 2020, down 15.8% compared to 2019, mainly due to decreases in April 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

UK trade in goods with the EU suffered a further decrease in January 2021, down 36.0% for the month (compared to December 2020).

Since January 2021, monthly goods trade has increased, with monthly exports now almost at pre-covid levels (July 2021 was 5.6% below 2019 monthly average), and imports growing but still below pre-covid levels (July 2021 was 14.6% below 2019 monthly average).

UK trade in services with the EU have shown little recovery since falling in April 2020. Services trade with the EU was £160.2bn in the 12 months to end of June 2021 down 22.3% on the previous 12 months.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent progress they have made in negotiating new Free Trade Agreements.

HM Government signed a new free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) in July. Building on the success of the United Kingdom’s recent Agreement-in-Principle with Australia, we have been accelerating talks to reach an Agreement-in-Principle with New Zealand too.

We are progressing plans to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and recently concluded a public consultation for FTA negotiations with India, as well as a call for input for new FTA negotiations with Canada and Mexico.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has commissioned legal advice under her Department's contracts with (a) TLT LLP, (b) McDermott Will & Emery LLP or (c) Borden Ladner Gervais LLP on the potential effect of the Government's proposals to ban online adverts for foods high in fat, sugar and salt on the UK's exposure to Investor State Dispute Settlement claims under the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the currently suspended provisions of that chapter.

Acceding to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will not prevent the UK regulating in the public interest. CPTPP explicitly reaffirms states' right to regulate under international law. It also protects this right through numerous safeguards, including procedural provisions to minimise the impacts of frivolous and unsuccessful Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) claims faced by states.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has commissioned legal advice under her Department's contracts with (a) TLT LLP, (b) McDermott Will & Emery LLP or (c) Borden Ladner Gervais LLP on the potential effect of the Government’s review of football governance, ownership and financial sustainability and any policies that may arise from that review on the UK's exposure to Investor State Dispute Settlement claims under the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the currently suspended provisions of that chapter.

Acceding to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will not prevent the UK regulating in the public interest. CPTPP explicitly reaffirms states' right to regulate under international law. It also protects this right through numerous safeguards, including procedural provisions to minimise the impacts of frivolous and unsuccessful Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) claims faced by states.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has commissioned legal advice under her Department's contracts with (a) TLT LLP, (b) McDermott Will & Emery LLP or (c) Borden Ladner Gervais LLP on the potential effect of (i) the review of the Gambling Act 2005 and (ii) any changes to gambling legislation that may arise from that review on the UK's exposure to Investor State Dispute Settlement claims under the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the currently suspended provisions of that chapter.

Acceding to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will not prevent the UK regulating in the public interest. CPTPP explicitly reaffirms states' right to regulate under international law. It also protects this right through numerous safeguards, including procedural provisions to minimise the impacts of frivolous and unsuccessful Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) claims faced by states.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has commissioned legal advice under her Department's contracts with (a) TLT LLP, (b) McDermott Will & Emery LLP or (c) Borden Ladner Gervais LLP on the potential effect of the (i) health and social care levy and (ii) increase in dividend tax rates announced on the 7 September 2021 on the UK's exposure to Investor State Dispute Settlement claims under the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the currently suspended provisions of that chapter.

Acceding to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) will not prevent the UK regulating in the public interest. CPTPP explicitly reaffirms states' right to regulate under international law. It also protects this right through numerous safeguards, including procedural provisions to minimise the impacts of frivolous and unsuccessful Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) claims faced by states.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase global export opportunities for British ceramics.

The British ceramics industry is world-renowned and can access new markets more easily through our future Free Trade Agreements. For example, in June, we reached Agreement in Principle with Australia. This fundamentally liberalising agreement removes tariffs on all UK exports, including ceramics.

Alongside our trade deals, we provide a range of exporting support to help businesses grow internationally, including trade advisers locally and overseas; financial exporting support from UK Export Finance’s specialists; access to the UK Export Academy and the Digital Exporting Programme. This includes access to one-to-one guidance on digital sales and marketing.

Businesses interested in more information on export opportunities for British ceramics can visit https://www.great.gov.uk/.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
21st Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she plans to publish the impact assessments of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement in Principle.

A full impact assessment will be published following the conclusion of negotiations, prior to scrutiny by Parliament.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she plans to respond to Question 44264 on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Pitcairn Islands, tabled on 7 September 2021 by the Rt. hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury.

Question 44264 was answered on 22nd September.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which companies have supplied Union Jack flags to her Department since 2019.

Union Jack flags flown by the Department’s buildings were supplied by:

  • Flag Consultancy
  • House of Flags

The Department’s ceremonial Union Jack flags were supplied by;

  • JW Plant – The Flag Company
Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many and what proportion of Union Jack flags purchased by her Department in each of the last two years were manufactured in the UK.

There were 14 Union Jack flags purchased in the last two years for use by the Department, all of which were manufactured in the United Kingdom.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Strategic Export Controls: Country Pivot Report 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2020 published in July 2021, which (a) companies, (b) individuals and (c) others were end user or users of machine gun components for which Colombia-specific OIELs were issued.

In 2020, one such Open Individual Export Licence was granted, for specific use by the Brazilian Navy in the maintenance and repair of their fleet while in port in Colombia.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking in response to President Ursula von der Leyen's State of the Union 2021 address in which she said that the EU will propose a ban on products on its market that have been made with forced labour; and what steps she plans to take to work with President von der Leyen to help ensure that products made by force labour from Xinjiang are not sold in the UK.

HM Government continues to keep its policy response to goods produced using forced labour under close review. We are working closely with our international partners, through the G7 trade track to ensure that global supply chains are free from the use of forced labour. G7 Trade Ministers will aim to identify areas for strengthened cooperation and collective action towards the eradication of forced labour in global supply chains in October.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23243 on Forced Labour, what progress has been made on convening a technical discussion with G7 partners to share data and evidence and develop recommendations based on best practices to prevent, identify, and eliminate forced labour in global supply chains.

Department for International Trade officials convened a technical discussion with G7 partners on the 7th of September to share data, evidence and develop recommendations based on best practices to prevent, identify, and eliminate forced labour in global supply chains. Experts from international and domestic organisations and the United Kingdom's Modern Slavery Envoy were invited to identify challenges and opportunities for governments. G7 members shared their respective best practices and identified areas for strengthened cooperation. G7 Trade Ministers will discuss the recommendations when they meet in October.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
20th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July 2021 to Question 28243 on Overseas Trade: China, whether her Department plans to begin discussions on (a) state-to-state trade or (b) a Sino-British Investment deal with China while that country maintains sanctions on hon. Members, British lawyers and British academics.

HM Government has no plans to negotiate a trade deal with China. We do not have dates for the next United Kingdom-China Joint Economic and Trade Committee (JETCO), which is our long-established trade dialogue with China.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
15th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations regarding the UK’s application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Department has engaged extensively with the Devolved Administrations throughout the accession process thus far, both at the Chief Negotiator and at Ministerial level, including the sharing of negotiation positions in devolved areas. At every stage, we have taken into consideration their views and priorities. Our programme of engagement totals hundreds of hours at official level and dozens at Ministerial level.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
9th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings they have had with the government of China since 12 January at which representatives of the Department for International Trade were present; and what was discussed at each of those meetings.

Neither Ministerial colleagues nor officials in London have met with the Chinese administration during this time.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners on inserting clauses on human rights into future trade deals.

HM Government is clear that more trade will not come at the expense of 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. By having stronger economic relationships with partners, we can have more open discussions on a range of issues, including human rights.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with UK trade partners on inserting clauses on environmental standards into future trade deals.

The UK is seeking ambitious environmental provisions in all future trade deals, including those which preserve our high levels of environmental protection and ensure our trade and environment policies are mutually supportive.

Negotiations, including with both Australia and New Zealand, are progressing and the UK is also preparing for the next phase of negotiations, including with India, Mexico and Canada.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the timetable will be for the review of the Trade Remedies Authority, committed to in May 2021; and what the terms of reference are for that review.

The Department for International Trade is working closely with the Trade Remedies Authority to make sure the review is concluded as soon as possible, in accordance with the Written Ministerial Statement of 30th June.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July to Question 28135 on Department for International Trade: Treaties, whether she has (a) sought and (b) received legal advice on the possible inclusion of the Pitcairn Islands in the UK’s application for accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The UK is responsible for the international relations of all UK Overseas Territories, including the Pitcairn Islands, and will seek legal advice if, and where, appropriate as negotiations with trading partners progress.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what errors, if any, have been identified in the Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement with Ukraine; and what is the status of that agreement until any errors have been rectified.

The United Kingdom-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement is in force and operating effectively. It is standard practice for agreements to be amended, corrected or updated over time, depending upon individual circumstances. However, there are no plans for a wholesale reopening of the agreement.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many arms export licences to Afghanistan they approved in (1) 2020, and (2) 2021; and what was their total financial value.

In 2020, 16 Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) were granted for military rated items to Afghanistan, with a value of £21,710,485. In addition, one Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL) was granted for military rated items. Because OIELs are open-ended, they are not restricted by quantities or values for the specific items the licence is granted for.

For the period 1st January to 31st March 2021, four SIELs were granted for military rated items, with a value of £533,350; and one OIEL was granted.

Information on licences granted between 1st April to 30th June 2021 will be published as Official Statistics GOV.UK on 12th October 2021; and information on licences granted from 1st July to 30th September 2021 in January 2022.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the effect on long-term trends in imports of UK legal services in (a) cash and (b) percentage terms of the (i) free trade agreement with (A) Australia, (B) New Zealand and (C) Japan and (ii) UK's accession to the CPTPP.

Legal services are crucial to the UK economy, contributing £29.2 billion (1.6%) to the UK’s gross value added (GVA) in 2020. The published assessments for these agreements assess the potential long-term impact on GVA for all business services, however they do not include a breakdown of the potential impact on legal services imports.

To support UK success in this sector, the Department for International Trade is seeking ambitious commitments in its Free Trade Agreements on cross-border trade in services, investment, mobility, and digital trade. This will reduce trade barriers, providing certainty and transparency for UK businesses, including legal services suppliers.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff of her Department were based in EU countries in each of the last three years; if she will publish how many such staff were based in each country; and if she will make a statement.

Headcount as of 31st March for those staff working for the Department for International Trade in each of the 27 EU member states for each of the last three years is set out in the table below:

Year

Headcount

2019

253

2020

282

2021

306

The above includes both UK Based Staff working overseas and Country Based Staff employed in country.

The Department for International Trade publishes all workforce transparency returns required by the Cabinet Office. This does not currently include how many staff are based in each country as this number can vary depending on joiners, movers and leavers each month.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any of the agricultural imports on which tariffs are proposed to be reduced as part of the agreement in principle with Australia, announced on 17 June 2021, meet the definition of imports of lower welfare as set out in the Government’s Call for Evidence on Labelling for Animal Welfare, published on 13 September 2021.

We will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare, and food standards.

All goods coming into the United Kingdom must meet our relevant domestic rules. Legal protections for food standards and import requirements remain in place, including through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and our other EU Exit legislation. This provides a firm basis for maintaining the same high level of protection for both domestic and imported products.

The responses to the call for evidence will be used to inform any future policy proposals on animal welfare labelling.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether agricultural imports on which tariffs will be reduced as part of the agreement in principle with Australia, announced on 17 June 2021, will be required to meet the baseline UK welfare regulations set out in the Government’s Call for Evidence on Labelling for Animal Welfare, published on 13 September 2021.

We will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare, and food standards.

All goods coming into the United Kingdom must meet our relevant domestic rules. Legal protections for food standards and import requirements remain in place, including through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and our other EU Exit legislation. This provides a firm basis for maintaining the same high level of protection for both domestic and imported products.

The responses to the call for evidence will be used to inform any future policy proposals on animal welfare labelling.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the implications for her agreement in principle with Australia, announced on 17 June 2021, of the proposals set out in the Government’s Call for Evidence on Labelling for Animal Welfare, published on 13 September 2021.

We will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare, and food standards.

All goods coming into the United Kingdom must meet our relevant domestic rules. Legal protections for food standards and import requirements remain in place, including through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and our other EU Exit legislation. This provides a firm basis for maintaining the same high level of protection for both domestic and imported products.

The responses to the call for evidence will be used to inform any future policy proposals on animal welfare labelling.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what legal advice she has (a) sought and (b) received on the compatibility of sections (a) 1.1, (b) 1.2, (c) 1.7 and (d) 1.8 of her agreement in principle with Australia, announced on 17 June 2021, with the proposals set out in the Government’s Call for Evidence on Labelling for Animal Welfare, published on 13 September 2021.

We will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare, and food standards.

All goods coming into the United Kingdom must meet our relevant domestic rules. Legal protections for food standards and import requirements remain in place, including through the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and our other EU Exit legislation. This provides a firm basis for maintaining the same high level of protection for both domestic and imported products.

The responses to the call for evidence will be used to inform any future policy proposals on animal welfare labelling.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has held discussions with her Australian counterpart on the implications for the agreement in principle with Australia, announced on 17 June 2021, of the proposals set out in the Government’s Call for Evidence on Labelling for Animal Welfare, published on 13 September 2021.

HM Government has negotiated an unprecedented animal welfare chapter in the Anglo-Australian Trade Deal that includes a non-regression clause and cooperation commitments. Nothing in the agreement will prevent the United Kingdom from amending or introducing any new labelling requirements for products to be sold here.

This deal will not compromise our animal welfare standards and does not create new permissions for imports from Australia. All agri-food imports imported into the United Kingdom under existing or future free trade agreements will, as now, must comply with our import requirements.

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