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

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
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 MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Mr Ranil Jayawardena MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)
Emily Thornberry (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
Lord Bassam of Brighton (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Trade)
Lord Purvis of Tweed (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Trade)
Shadow Ministers
Bill Esterson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Paul Blomfield (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade) (Brexit and EU Negotiations)
Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (International Trade)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, 10:05 a.m.
What does UK-Japan trade look like? For small businesses like @lofigames it looks like £1.5m in sales and an entry into the Asian market with hit game, @KenshiOfficial. Find out how DIT helped the Bristol-based game developer win big overseas 👇 - Link
4 Aug 2020, 8:01 a.m.
French car manufacturer @Peugeot is set to open a new facility in Bristol, creating new jobs in an industry that already employs 823,000 people in the UK. The UK remains an attractive place to invest in auto. Read more 👇 ​ @BristolCouncil #InvestInGREAT - 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
Jun. 18 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions No-deal Brexit: Schedule of Tariffs
Mar. 11 Westminster Hall Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment
Jul. 01 Adjournment Debate Covid-19: International Language Schools
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Department for International Trade - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Trade Bill 2019-21 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 21 July, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

8 Sep 2020

30 Jul 2020, 3:54 p.m.
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.

Department for International Trade - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
14 Jul 2020
In Force
5 Aug 2020
Department for International Trade Trade Remedies (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations, which come into force on 5th August 2020, amend the statutory instruments implementing the United Kingdom trade remedies system.
9 Jun 2020
In Force
1 Jul 2020
Department for International Trade Export Control (Somalia) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order, which comes into force on 1st July 2020, amends the Export Control (Somalia) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/146) (“the 2011 Order”).
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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
4 Aug 2020, 12:36 p.m. Expert Trade Advisory Groups Lord Foster of Bath


To ask Her Majesty's Government how many meetings there have been of each of the 17 Expert Trade Advisory Groups, either in person or virtually; on what dates these meetings were held; and what plans there are for further meetings of each group.

Answer (Lord Grimstone of Boscobel)

Our Expert Trade Advisory Groups (ETAGs) have met 84 times to date. The table below shows how many meetings there have been for each of the 17 ETAGs and the dates on which they were held.

ETAG name

Total number of meetings held to date

Date of each meeting held



04/07/2019, 21/08/2019, 25/09/2019, 24/10/2019, 14/01/2020, 12/02/2020, 05/03/2020, 27/05/2020, 06/07/2020



13/07/2019, 14/08/2019, 26/09/2019, 21/10/2019, 30/01/2020, 12/02/2020, 27/05/2020, 20/07/2020



22/08/2019, 10/02/2020



14/01/2020, 14/02/2020, 03/06/2020



14/08/2019, 11/09/2019, 09/10/2019, 30/10/2019, 17/12/2019, 24/01/2020, 12/02/2020, 29/04/2020, 08/07/2020



08/07/2019, 14/02/2020, 21/07/2020



04.11.2019, 09/01/2020, 12/02/2020, 01/06/2020

Financial Services


16/09/2019, 28/10/2019, 10/01/2020, 31/01/2020, 02/03/2020, 29/05/2020, 03/07/2020



30/09/2019, 20/01/2020, 08/06/2020, 21/07/2020



05/09/2019, 24/01/2020, 05/06/2020

Life Sciences


27/09/2019, 05/02/2020, 04/06/2020, 09/07/2020



03/09/2019, 28/01/2020, 28/04/2020, 03/06/2020



17/02/2020, 20/03/2020, 12/06/2020, 02/07/2020



16/08/2019, 13/02/2020, 15/05/2020



18/09/2018, 11/12/2018, 18/06/2019, 20/02/2020, 06/07/2020



02/02/2018, 24/10/2018, 21/03/2019, 15/07/2019, 09/10/2019, 28/02/2020, 19/05/2020

Transport Services


16/09/2019, 28/01/2020, 27/01/2020, 02/06/2020, 12/06/2020

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, HMG’s publication priorities shifted and the planned publication of ETAG membership was delayed in the Spring. The Department is now undertaking a review of the ETAGs, the outcome of which will be communicated in due course.

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