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

 Portrait

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)

Labour
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)

Labour
Baroness Chapman of Darlington (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Bill Esterson (LAB - Sefton Central)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
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
Thursday 27th January 2022
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Department for International Trade
Legislation - Grand Committee
27 Jan 2022, 1 p.m.
Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill - debate before second reading
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 10th February 2022
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Department for International Trade
Legislation - Grand Committee
10 Feb 2022, 1 p.m.
Commercial Rent (Coronavirus) Bill – committee stage
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Debates
Thursday 20th January 2022
Oral Answers to Questions
Oral Questions
Select Committee Docs
Monday 28th February 2022
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Call for Evidence
Call For Evidence
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
Tuesday 25th January 2022
Trade Remedies
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will list the trade remedies which are no longer …
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
Thursday 20th January 2022
14:04

Department for International Trade Commons Appearances

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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.

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Westminster Hall
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Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


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

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


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

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

Department for International Trade - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations 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

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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
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

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 Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many letters her Department has received for hon. Members regarding trade remedies and the assembly of bicycles; and if she will make a statement.

Since the end of the transition period, the department has received 9 letters from hon. Members regarding trade remedies on the assembly of bicycles.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish her predecessor's Ministerial diary for 20 May 2020.

Ministers regularly meet with departmental officials and external stakeholders. Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will list the trade remedies which are no longer applicable since the UK's departure from the EU; and if she will make a statement.

Since the UK’s exit from the EU, the Trade Remedies Authority has completed four transition reviews covering 6 of the measures leading to the revocation of the measure on PSC wire from China and welded pipes and tubes from Russia.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many and what proportion of her departmental staff are employed to work directly for the Trade Remedies Authority.

No DIT staff are employed to work directly for the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA).

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when the Trade Remedies Authority plans to report to Parliament on its work; and if she will make a statement.

Under the Trade Act 2021, the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) must prepare a performance report of its functions and include the statement of accounts in respect of each financial year. Under the terms of the Act, the TRA’s first financial year will cover the period from initiation on 1 June 2021 to 31 March 2023.

The TRA will report to my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade as soon as reasonably practicable after 31 March 2023 and the Secretary of State will lay the report before Parliament.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the remarks made by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel on 21 October (HL Deb, col 252), what steps have they taken to (1) detect, or (2) require others to detect, the prevalence of Xinjiang Cotton in garments (a) manufactured in, or (b) imported into, the UK.

HM Government have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We advise all businesses with Xinjiang supply chain links to conduct appropriate due diligence to satisfy themselves that their activities do not support any violations or abuses.

We have committed to introduce financial penalties for non-compliance with section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act, which asks large businesses to report on how they are tackling forced labour in their operations and supply chains. More widely we are committed to ongoing discussions on cotton and trade related matters at the WTO and continue to update Overseas Business Risk guidance.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how her Department will track the value of services sold to Australia under the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA); and how it will assess whether that trade of services would not have occurred without a FTA.

The Department has committed to conducting and publishing a monitoring report two years after entry into force of the UK-Australia FTA, and every two years thereafter.

This will monitor the implementation of the FTA by measuring the evolution of trade flows and utilisation of the agreement. It will also discuss, where possible, the extent to which short-term changes in trade flows can be attributed to an FTA itself rather than wider factors.

The Department has also committed to publishing an evaluation report five years after entry in to force. This will analyse a broad range of impacts, including those relating to trade in services.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to address the effects of (a) Brexit and (b) covid-19 pandemic on UK trade.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is working to ensure its International Trade Service best supports DIT’s strategic objectives and HM Government’s approach to economic recovery from the pandemic. We announced a refreshed cross-government Export Strategy: Made in UK, Sold to the World on 17 November 2021 at the United Kingdom’s first International Trade Week. At its centre is our new Export Support Service (ESS), providing a single point of contact and entry for businesses exporting to Europe, helping businesses to navigate HM Government support.

In addition, DIT has initiatives such as the UK Export Academy and grants from the Internationalisation Fund which enable firms to grow internationally and build their capability to export. We have also agreed trade deals with 70 countries plus the EU, accounting for £766bn of UK bilateral trade in 2020, helping our nation become an open and truly Global Britain.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress her Department has made on securing a free trade agreement with the United States.

We have had five productive rounds of negotiations to date and agreed a significant proportion of legal text across multiple chapters.

In September 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Prime Minister and the President of the United State agreed to continue working towards a future Free Trade Agreement.

In December 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade travelled to the US to bolster UK-US trade ties, support increased transatlantic trade and investment, and build on our shared interests and priorities with the US.

During my visit in December, I held productive meetings with Governors, Mayors, Commissioners, and business leaders. These stakeholders had great interest in doing more trade with the UK, including Memoranda of Understanding agreement, which we are following up.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings have there been of the CPTPP UK Accession Working Group; how many of those meetings Ministers have (a) been invited to and (b) attended; and if she will make a statement.

The first CPTPP UK Accession Working Group meeting which the UK attended took place on 28th September 2021. This was a senior official level meeting attended by Chief Negotiators, without ministerial invitation. There have been no further CPTPP UK Accession Working Group meetings to date but further technical written and oral discussions are continuing in a range of areas to ensure accession takes place smoothly.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made on trade negotiations with Canada.

I refer the Hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich to the answer given by my Hon. Friend, the Minister for International Trade, on 25 November, UIN: 79336.

Work continues on developing the British negotiating mandate, and we look forward to formally commencing talks this year. On 13 December 2021 HM Government of Canada notified its Parliament of intentions to begin negotiations with the UK, triggering a 90-day notification period which, we are advised, must be completed before negotiations can commence for Canada.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she (a) has had and (b) plans to have with relevant stakeholders on strengthening trade ties with the Mercosur countries.

Ministers and officials engage regularly with stakeholders to understand the opportunities and challenges to increasing trade and investment with the region, including at a Mercosur-focused roundtable discussion with businesses chaired by my Hon. Friend the Minister for International Trade last July, and on a visit to Uruguay in September. In November, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade discussed collaboration on trade and health with Argentina's Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero. On Tuesday, the Secretary of State spoke with her Brazilian counterpart Roberto Fendt to discuss opportunities to improve our trade. The Secretary of State and I look forward to further engagement around the next UK-Brazil JETCO later this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps her Department have taken to secure a free trade agreement with the United States.

We have had five productive rounds of negotiations to date and agreed a significant proportion of legal text across multiple chapters.

In September 2021, my Rt.Hon. Friend the Prime Minister and the President of the United States agreed to continue working towards a future Free Trade Agreement.

In December 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade travelled to the US to bolster UK-US trade ties, support increased transatlantic trade and investment, and build on our shared interests and priorities with the US.

During my visit in December, I held productive meetings with Governors, Mayors, Commissioners, and business leaders. These stakeholders had great interest in doing more trade with the UK, including Memoranda of Understanding agreement, which we are following up.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
17th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the potential effect of her Department’s trade policies on growth for British businesses.

We recently set out the potential benefits of a Free Trade Agreement with India in our published ‘Scoping Assessment’, which shows that the British economy could grow by between around £3,300 million and £6,200 million in the long run as a result of an agreement.

An ‘Impact Assessment’ has been published on the recently signed agreement with Australia too, which shows that the British economy could increase by around £2,300 million in the long run, compared to without the deal.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has had any (a) financial contract and (b) meetings with (i) Clifford Chance LLP, (ii) FTI Consulting and (iii) Fenchurch Advisory Partners in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has a contract with Clifford Chance LLP which can be found Here. DIT had a number of meetings with Clifford Chance LLP in order to set up this contract and has ongoing meetings to contract manage it. DIT has no financial contract with FTI Consulting and Fenchurch Advisory Partners.

Since 2015, DIT has interacted with Clifford Chance on at least 65 occasions, FTI Consulting on 97 and Fenchurch Advisory Partners twice. These interactions include meetings with officials and attendance at events.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

In addition, DIT has previously had meetings with these companies as part of our commitment to working hard to promote Financial Services Trade and Investment, and a Partner from Clifford Chance LLP is a member of one of DIT’s Trade Advisory Groups.

Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase trade with Australia.

The UK recently signed a Free Trade Agreement with Australia on 16th December 2021. The deal is expected to increase trade with Australia by 53% in the long run. The UK and Australia have committed to removing tariffs on a vast array of popular products which can now be more easily traded between the two countries including eliminating tariffs on 100% of UK exports. This deal is tailored to British strengths providing benefits for our world-class services industry, unprecedented new opportunities for UK professionals to work in Australia and trading digitally.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to ensure that SMEs in Newport West constituency can benefit from free trade agreements.

It is important that UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including those in Newport West, can trade with confidence.

HM Government has achieved and will continue to seek specific SME chapters in all our Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). These chapters ensure that SMEs are provided with the information necessary to take informed commercial decisions and benefit from the reduction in trade barriers achieved throughout our FTAs. This supports our SMEs to seize these new trade opportunities.

HM Government encourage SMEs to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by our FTAs and it will continue to ensure their needs are factored in throughout new FTAs.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the full day by day itinerary of the Minister of State’s visit to the US in December 2021; and if she will make a statement.

Between 5 and 15 December I visited California; Atlanta, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee, Oklahoma City and Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina.

The visit included productive meetings with Governors, Mayors and Agriculture and Economic Development Commissioners. I also met with business leaders from sectors including fintech, and agriculture. These stakeholders had great interest in doing more on trade with the UK, including Memoranda of Understanding agreements, which we are following up.

I also spoke to Members of Congress from other states including Washington State, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Missouri; building bridges for the UK at federal and state level.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the World Trade Organisation on the level of international tariffs on forest risk products.

The Secretary of State for International Trade has had no discussions at the World Trade Organisation on the level of international tariffs on forest risk commodities.

The Department continues to support the Government’s ongoing work to promote the sustainable trade in forest risk commodities, and is considering the role of the WTO and other fora in this effort.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans the Maritime Capability Campaign Office has to engage with the UK's maritime industry to set priorities and support maritime businesses to export.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is developing ambitious plans to support exports and investment in the Maritime sector as part of the upcoming National Shipbuilding Strategy Refresh. We will be able to provide more detail on these plans following publication of the Refresh. DIT is committed to the maritime sector and works closely with it on a wide range of export issues and opportunities.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to help increase the number of businesses in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) the rest of the UK develop exports abroad.

The refreshed Export Strategy launched last November focuses on the barriers faced by UK businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), by helping them at every stage of exporting, as part of our UK-wide Export Support Service (ESS).

We are establishing a trade and investment hub in Belfast this year to bring more investment, jobs and export opportunities into Northern Ireland. The team will be improving access to DIT services for Northern Ireland businesses.

In addition to negotiating free trade agreements with SME chapters, our work on market access includes removing non-tariff barriers – last year we resolved 200 of such barriers across 74 countries.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department plans to publish a response to the consultation, Trade with India: call for input, which concluded on 31 August 2021; when she plans to publish an economic impact assessment relating to any future free trade agreement between the UK and India; and if she will make a statement.

A summary of responses to the consultation and the Department’s response was published on 13 January 2022. This was part of a broader suite of documents on the UK-India Free Trade Agreement, including an economic scoping assessment.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade made a Written Ministerial Statement on the 13th of January about the launch of negotiations. Once the provisions of the agreement have been negotiated, HM Government will publish a full impact assessment reflecting the outcome.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the (a) dates and (b) outbound destinations for each occasion when (i) she and (ii) her predecessor made use of the VIP suites at Heathrow Airport in (A) 2019, (B) 2020 and (C) 2021.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade has never used the VIP suites at Heathrow Airport. Her predecessor also did not use them during her time as Secretary of State for International Trade.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
12th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish an updated impact assessment of access to the CPTPP; and if she will make a statement.

Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full impact assessment will be published. This will present estimated economic impacts of the agreement, including impacts on UK sectoral output and employment and the potential implications for the UK nations and English regions. This Government is committed to transparency, and we will ensure that parliamentarians have access to the information they need on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) through our robust scrutiny process.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the activities conducted by each trade envoy since their appointment; and if she will make a statement.

The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Programme has 34 Trade Envoys, covering 72 markets, who support the UK Government’s overall strategy to drive economic growth, promote UK trade and encourage inward investment, helping to level up the country. When undertaking their role they meet numerous people, including key government contacts, stakeholders and businesses and undertake to make two visits to their respective market(s) per year, although this varies depending on the market and the commercial opportunities being pursued. A summary of their activity will be published in the Department's annual report.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which clauses of the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement require parliamentary approval.

Parliament has a statutory scrutiny role for treaties (including Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)), under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act (CRaG) 2010.

Parliament will also be required to approve any primary and secondary legislation needed to implement the UK-Australia FTA. As per the draft explanatory memorandum for the agreement the need for primary legislation has been identified in order to implement the Procurement Chapter of the Treaty. Secondary legislation will be required for provisions of the Intellectual Property chapter. The Government will also implement changes to tariffs under the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish (a) a list of the contracts for consultancy services her Department has issued in each of the last three years, (b) how much each contract cost and (c) the services that were provided.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search. DIT’s consultancy contracts can be found on here which include the maximum value of the contract and the services provided.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff are temporarily employed in her Department (a) in total and (b) in positions within the senior civil service; and if she will make a statement.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) interprets ‘Temporarily employed’ staff for the purposes of this response to be those working on DIT objectives under Contingent Labour arrangements. This response does not cover staff on loan from Other Government Departments working on DIT objectives, secondees, Fast Stream employees, Interns, or Fixed Term Appointees.

A total of 217 staff were employed under Contingent Labour arrangements, of which 19 worked within U.K. Export Finance and 198 within the DIT Ministerial department as of June 2021.

Of the above, there are 0 Senior Civil Servants currently employed under Contingent Labour arrangements across both U.K. Export Finance and DIT.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish (a) details of visits to Canada and (b) other activities conducted by the hon. Member for Bournemouth West whilst he was Trade Envoy to Canada; and if she will make a statement.

My Hon. Friend for Bournemouth West was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Canada on 23rd August 2021. His term ended on 16th September 2021, when he was appointed as Minister of State to Northern Ireland. Due to only having spent a short time as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy for Canada, there was insufficient time for a visit to Canada or external meetings.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff in her Department are assigned specifically to promote and support exports of UK food and drink manufacturers; and if she will make a statement.

Food and drink manufacturers are supported through the breadth of the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) services, including the Export Support Service, the digital GREAT.gov.uk platform, the Export Academy and UK Export Finance. DIT has a team in the UK dedicated to supporting the food and drink sector. Resource levels are kept under regular review to ensure we can meet demand as interest and opportunities grow in new markets.

DIT also has more than 100 staff overseas, either on a full or part time basis, who are specifically supporting businesses in the agriculture, food, and drink sector. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and DIT recently announced that eight new specialist agricultural attachés would be placed in priority markets to tackle trade barriers, building on existing roles in China and the United Arab Emirates.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
5th Jan 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to establish a "labour consultative or advisory body, or similar mechanism, for members of the public, including representatives of labour and business organisations, to provide views on" matters in the UK–Australia Trade Agreement, as provided for in Article 21.15 of that Agreement.

We recognise the importance of the involvement and monitoring of labour-related issues by UK stakeholders on this agreement.

That is why this deal establishes a committee for cooperation, and UK stakeholders will have the opportunity for consultation and active engagement. The provisions agreed allow for businesses and other labour organisations to support the effective implementation of the agreement. We are currently considering options for how this can be best achieved.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS449 on Trade Policy Update, whether she received representations from representatives of human rights organisations on the potential effect impact of that statement on the quantity of export licenses granted .

We did not receive representations from human rights organisations; however, officials are meeting with representatives of non-governmental organisations to discuss the revised Criteria on 18 January.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS449 on Trade Policy Update, whether her Department has undertaken an impact assessment on the recent changes announced to UK arms export control.

On the revised Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, no impact assessment was carried out as we do not expect the changes to have a significant impact on the level of arms exports.

An impact assessment was carried out on the proposed changes to the Military End-Use Control. The assessment concluded the changes would have a minimal impact on legitimate trade while allowing the Government to prevent exports of otherwise non-controlled items that pose threats to national security, international peace and security, and human rights in embargoed destinations.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS449, on Trade Policy Update, whether she received representations from the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs on the impact of those changes on arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

My Rt. Hon. Friends, the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs and the Secretary of State for Defence, were fully involved in the preparation of the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. The revised Criteria were agreed by all three Secretaries of State.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS449 on Trade Policy Update, what assessment her Department made of the potential effect of those changes on levels of arms exports to (a) Saudi Arabia and (b) United Arab Emirates.

We do not expect the revised Strategic Export Licensing Criteria to have a significant impact on the level of arms exports to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Risks in relation to human rights and international humanitarian law remain key parts of our assessment.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what data her Department holds on how much funding the UK has invested in Kazakhstan's energy sector in each of the last ten years.

The Department for International Trade does not produce or hold data on how much funding the UK has invested in Kazakhstan’s energy sector. However, data on UK investment is published by the Office for National Statistics, and can be accessed via the Department for International Trade and Investment Factsheets: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/trade-and-investment-factsheets

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect of the EU’s steel tariff deal with the US on the UK’s steel industry.

Securing a deal with the US on their Section 232 tariffs is a priority. Both the steel and aluminium industries are important pillars of our economy.

The US-EU deal has only just come into effect, but we are working closely with industry to understand the possible impacts and prepare for our own resolution with the US. The Secretary of State stands ready to take the necessary action to minimise the impact of a US deal with the EU on UK industry. This includes responding to the department’s consultation on the UK’s rebalancing measures.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 December, HCWS449 on Trade Policy Update, whether the Government held (a) formal and (b) informal consultations with representatives of the defence industry in advance of that announcement.

When preparing the written statement of 8 December, HCWS449 which introduced the current Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, there were no advance formal or informal consultations with industry or representatives of industry.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS449, on Trade Policy Update, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of new arms licensing criteria in preventing (a) internal repression and (b) the commission of violations of international humanitarian law.

The revised Criteria announced in the Written Statement of 8 December 2021, HCWS449, reflect the UK’s policy considerations and take into account a full range of factors including our international legal obligations including the Arms Trade Treaty.

HM Government is satisfied that the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria provides a thorough risk assessment framework for assessing all export licence applications. With regard to internal repression and the commission of violations of international humanitarian law, the key tests are Criterion 2a and Criterion 2c. These criteria have not substantially changed; indeed they have been made stronger by the addition of “facilitation” within their scope.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what specific measures she has secured in the trade agreement with Australia to protect British agricultural interests from unfair trading practices.

The Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) includes various instruments to protect British agricultural interests. Quotas on products such as beef set a maximum level for tariff-free imports for up to 10 years. Product specific safeguards for beef and lamb allow the UK to impose higher tariffs when imports exceed a certain threshold in years 10 to 15. On lamb, quota and safeguard volumes can be periodically reduced by 25% when fill rates are high. Additionally, a general bilateral safeguard mechanism allows for the temporary withdrawal of tariff preferences which will protect industry.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department plans to take to support the growth of British agriculture (a) at home and (b) in the Australian market.

Our support for exporters is underpinning jobs and economic growth in the agriculture sector at this critical time. In November we launched a refreshed Export Strategy. The strategy is focused on tackling trade barriers, opening new markets, providing the services exporters need to compete in global markets and helping businesses maximise the opportunities generated by new free trade agreements. We support businesses through all stages of their export journey to Australia and other markets, including through our GREAT.gov.uk platform, our Export Academy, our new Export Support Service. We have dedicated agriculture, food and drink trade advisers in the UK and overseas in markets such as Australia to support businesses in taking up these services.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the total floor area of her departmental estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The Department for International Trade was established in July 2016. The total floor area for the Department’s estate since inception was as follows:

Year

Total Floor Space (M2, Net Internal Area)

2016/17

0

2017/18

898

2018/19

13993

2019/20

0

2020/21

0

During the first two financial years, our estate was partially owned by another Department while transfers where formalised.

The Department subsequently transferred ownership of its property assets to the Government Property Agency (GPA) from September 2019. The GPA will report the space separately for 2019/20 onwards in the Cabinet Office response.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with the government of Israel on a free trade agreement.

Officials and Ministers are in regular contact with their Israeli counterparts on our existing bilateral free trade agreement and ambitions for our future relationship. On Wednesday 24th November 2021, my Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade met the Israeli Ambassador and discussed ways in which we can enhance our existing trade relationship over time.

The Government will open a Call for Input on an enhanced bilateral free trade agreement with Israel early this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her timetable is for brokering a deal to allow UK steel exports to be transported to the US without incurring tariffs.

The removal of additional US tariffs on steel and aluminium is a key priority for the Government. The Secretary of State has been pushing for a speedy resolution to the Section 232 tariffs issue and during her December visit to the US she spoke to both the US Trade Representative Katherine Tai as well as the Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo about it. We are engaging with the US Administration regularly on this issue and continue to push for the start of negotiations and the removal of Section 232 tariffs as soon as possible.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if her Department will agree to a temporary waiver of the TRIPS Agreement for the production of mRNA covid-19 vaccines; and if she will make a statement.

I refer the Hon. Member for Harrow West to the answer given by my Hon. Friend, the Minister for Exports, to the Hon. Member for Preston on 17 December, UIN: 90349.

The G7 Trade Ministers’ communique of 22nd October notes our determination to achieve an impactful outcome on trade and health, including how the international IP framework can best support the WTO’s pandemic response.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the total value of bilateral trade with Israel in the last five years, and what steps she is taking to increase that value in the next five years.

Our bilateral trade relationship with Israel is already strong at almost £5 billion per year. Total trade between the UK and Israel has grown over the last five years from £3.5 billion in 2015 to £4.8 billion in 2020.

Officials and Ministers are in regular contact with their Israeli counterparts on our existing bilateral free trade agreement and ambitions for our future relationship. The Government will open a Call for Input on an enhanced bilateral free trade agreement with Israel early this year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many Departmental staff were stationed in each of the 28 states of India in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) employees working overseas are often stationed at a central base, such as a High Commission, but operate across India. DIT has several overseas bases within India as part of the British overseas network, such as Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, New Delhi, Chandigrah and Kolkata. Total workforce numbers have been provided to protect anonymity of individuals working at some of these locations:

Date

Headcount

30-Nov-21

121

30-Nov-20

109

30-Nov-19

110

30-Nov-18

97

30-Nov-17

106

Please note: The headcount figures include overseas UK based staff, country-based staff and country-based staff interns (there are no country-based staff interns in India).

These figures do not include UKEF staff, those on loan from Other Government Departments who remain on their home departments payroll, contractors, military staff, people on secondment from other organisations, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, or on unpaid special leave or career break.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much his Department has spent on advertising the Export Support Service to British businesses.

Between 1st October 2021, the date Export Support Service was launched, and Friday 17th December 2021, the Department has incurred costs of £113,705 excluding VAT on Export Support Service advertising to businesses across the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
15th Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to lead new initiatives to sustain (1) trade, and (2) economic growth, in (a) Bosnia and Herzegovina, and (b) the Western Balkans.

The Government has signed Trade, Partnership and Cooperation Agreements with Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania, supporting jobs and economic growth, allowing us to build on our trade and investment relationships. UK Export Finance is also an important part of our offer to the region, providing competitive financing for large infrastructure projects.

With Bosnia and Herzegovina, we are working to secure a Partnership, Trade and Cooperation Agreement that will ensure preferential terms of trade between the UK and Bosnia and Herzegovina and promote stability and prosperity in the region. We are keen to conclude this as soon as possible.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)