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Written Question
Department for International Trade: Pay
Thursday 23rd January 2020

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department complies with the requirement set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code that time off with pay for safety representatives will not be set against facility time allowed under existing arrangements.

Answered by Conor Burns - Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)

The Government recognises there are significant benefits to both employers and employees when organisations and unions work together effectively to deliver high quality public services, but facility time within the public sector must be accountable and represent value for money.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has an obligation to provide reasonable paid time off to recognised trade union representatives to undertake trade union duties. This includes paid time off for safety representatives as set out in section 3.1.8 of the Civil Service Management Code. This is also referenced in the internal Industrial Relations Policy, which is accessible to staff.

DIT also publishes information relating to facility time for recognised trade union representatives at Gov.uk.


Written Question
Department for International Trade: Trade Unions
Thursday 23rd January 2020

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation affects the right of recognised unions in her Department to bargaining information as set out in Section 181 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Answered by Conor Burns - Minister of State (Northern Ireland Office)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) works closely with our recognised Trade Unions and values the benefit of these effective working relationships in delivering the department’s objectives.

General Data Protection Regulation has not affected the rights of unions in DIT to bargaining information provided under section 181 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.


Written Question
Arms Trade: Turkey
Thursday 24th October 2019

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of a suspension of arms sales to Turkey as a result of Turkish operations in northern Syria; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Graham Stuart - Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The Government continues to monitor the situation in Syria very closely and is considering the licensing position in the light of recent developments. No further export licences to Turkey for items which might be used in military operations in Syria will be granted while we do so.


Written Question
Department for International Trade: Brexit
Tuesday 15th January 2019

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the additional staff required by his Department in the event that the UK leaves the EU (a) with and (b) without a deal.

Answered by George Hollingbery

The Department of International Trade was created as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. Individual roles are not classified according to particular EU Exit scenarios, including leaving without a deal.

Since the department’s establishment in July 2016, DIT has grown from 2,504 to 3,925 at the end of December 2018. These figures includes staff working at UK Export Finance (UKEF).

The DIT workforce is ready to respond to a range of EU Exit scenarios. The numbers of additional staff needed will depend on the nature and timing of those scenarios and on the Government’s policy priorities.

The figures above include all people engaged in DIT and UKEF business activities. This includes employees (including those working overseas), contractors and those on loan from other government departments or seconded from organisations external to the Civil Service.


Written Question
Department for International Trade: Staff
Monday 14th January 2019

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff were employed in his Department on (a) 20 December 2018 and (b) 23 June 2016.

Answered by George Hollingbery

When the Department for International Trade (DIT) was formed in July 2016, the number of staff was 2,504. This figure includes staff working at UK Export Finance (UKEF).

The number of staff working for the Department for International Trade and UKEF as at 31 December 2018 is 3,925.

The number of people working for the department is calculated at the end of each month. Therefore, the closest dataset available has been shown.

The figures above include all people engaged in DIT and UKEF business activities. This includes employees (including those working overseas), contractors and those on loan from other government departments or seconded from organisations external to the Civil Service.


Written Question
Department for International Trade: Universal Credit
Monday 29th October 2018

Asked by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)

Question to the Department for International Trade:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) proportion of staff employed by his Department in receipt of universal credit; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by George Hollingbery

The Department of International Trade (DIT) does not record or collate information on staff in receipt of Universal Credit.