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Written Question
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership
2 Dec 2020

Questioner: Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops - Bishops)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the economic, and (2) the diplomatic, consequences for the UK of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Answered by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel

As a supporter of free trade, the UK takes a close interest in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which should help standardise rules and facilitate trade between partners in the region. The Government is committed to enhancing our trade in Asia Pacific through our trade negotiations with Japan, Australia and New Zealand, our intention to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and our bilateral trade engagement with partner countries.


Written Question
Hikvision: China
23 Nov 2020

Questioner: Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops - Bishops)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Barran on 10 November (HL9675), what representations they have made to Pyronix-Hikvision about the use of that company’s technology in Uighur detention facilities.

Answered by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel

We are concerned about the credible reports of human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang and continue to raise these concerns with the Chinese authorities and Chinese companies as necessary. We also advise UK companies with business operations in Xinjiang to conduct appropriate due diligence to satisfy themselves that their activities do not support, or risk being seen to support, human rights violations or abuses.

Pyronix has stated publicly that neither its equipment nor technology were sold to China after October 2019.


Written Question
Agricultural Products: Trade Agreements
7 Jan 2020

Questioner: Lord Bishop of St Albans (Bishops - Bishops)

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to exclude agriculture from future trade deals.

Answered by Earl of Courtown

In negotiating free trade agreements after the UK leaves the EU, the Government will pursue an agenda that will deliver prosperity for the whole of the UK. Mandates for future negotiations are still under consideration and the Government will publish its negotiating objectives in due course. The Government has committed that the NHS will not be on the table in any trade agreement.