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)

30 Oct 2020, 8:30 a.m.
It’s been exactly one week since the UK signed our first trade deal as an independent trading nation. Here’s a quick look at some key milestones in UK-Japan trade over the years. 🇬🇧🇯🇵 #Japan #FTA #trade #history https://t.co/hticEDMPUV - Link
29 Oct 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Today @trussliz set out her vision for the future of UK trade policy in a speech @ChathamHouse. Watch speech here in full: https://t.co/kyI96mO8Hw Read here: https://t.co/mN7RW0MeWd - 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
Oct. 08 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 24 Urgent Questions Gender Recognition Act Consultation
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 Committee: 2nd sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 15 October, 2020 26 Oct 2020, 11:20 a.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
Laid
15 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Trade Export Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
Explanatory text not available
Laid
21 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Trade Common Rules for Exports (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers in section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21(b) of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (“the Act”) (in particular under section 8(2)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (g)) in order to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. These Regulations are also made under section 8C(1) of the Act in order to implement the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the EU Withdrawal Agreement (“the Protocol”). They make amendments to the retained domestic version of Regulation (EU) 2015/479 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 11th March 2015 (“the EU Regulation”), which applies in Great Britain after IP completion day. Regulation (EU) 2015/479 is EU legislation listed in Annex 2 of the Protocol which, by virtue of section 7A of the Act and Annex 2 of the Protocol, continues to be directly applicable in Northern Ireland after IP completion day.
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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
26 Oct 2020, 4:53 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, whether it is her Department's policy to bring forward implementing legislation for trade agreements that are not roll-over deals.

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

Parliament already has a statutory role in the scrutiny of treaties under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act. This allows Parliament to approve or resolve against any treaty.

HM Government will always negotiate Free Trade Agreements that will best serve the interests of British businesses, consumers and communities. We will bring forward legislation to implement future such agreements, where existing powers do not exist on the statute book. Parliament is able approve or reject legislation.

The work of HM Government remains subject to scrutiny from Parliament. The Department for International Trade will continue to make sure that future Free Trade Agreements are negotiated and implemented subject to such scrutiny, whilst protecting the national interest.

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