Department for International Trade

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


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Secretary of State

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

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


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Jan 2021, noon
🗣️@NissanUK is set to produce new electric vehicle batteries at its Sunderland plant, creating new jobs in the process. Read more: https://t.co/d1d8tZ4iRD Trade = jobs - Link
21 Jan 2021, 10:58 a.m.
The UK continues to dominate FinTech in Europe with more deals and capital invested in the UK than Germany, Sweden, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands combined. Read the full story from @InnFin👇 https://t.co/qGgghZKGxB? Investment = jobs https://t.co/2ZZ17We2r7 - Link
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Department for International Trade Commons Appearances

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

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

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

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Jan. 14 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Nov. 17 Urgent Questions Continuity Trade Agreements: Parliamentary Scrutiny
Jan. 06 Written Statements Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Programme
Nov. 16 Westminster Hall Trade Deals and the NHS
Jul. 01 Adjournment Debate Covid-19: International Language Schools
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Department for International Trade - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


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

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


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


Last Event - Programme motion: House of Commons
Tuesday 19th January 2021
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Next Event - Ping Pong
Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Department for International Trade - Laid Secondary Legislation

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

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

Omit the NHS from any future trade deal with the US

Gov Responded - 23 Jun 2020 Debated on - 16 Nov 2020
11 Nov 2020
closed 2 months, 1 week ago

As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.

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Department for International Trade Select Committee

Department for International Trade Select Committee Home Page

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, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Department for International Trade Publications


Department for International Trade Written Questions

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

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

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
22 Jan 2021, 2:42 p.m. Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West) Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Department's policy is on excluding existing and future investments in fossil fuels from the scope of investment protection in the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT); what assessment she has made of the effect of such an exclusion on the modernisation of the ECT; and if she will make a statement.

Answered by Graham Stuart - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

The United Kingdom supports the renegotiation of the investment protection provisions in the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), which seek to bring the Treaty in line with modern investment treaty practices. We have not made a policy decision to seek the exclusion of fossil fuel investments from coverage by the ECT nor have we assessed the likely effect if such an exclusion was made.

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