Gareth Thomas Portrait

Gareth Thomas

Labour (Co-op) - Harrow West

First elected: 1st May 1997

Shadow Minister (International Trade)

(since April 2020)

Co-operatives, Mutuals and Friendly Societies Bill
23rd Nov 2022 - 30th Nov 2022
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill
7th Sep 2022 - 18th Oct 2022
Compensation (London Capital & Finance plc and Fraud Compensation Fund) Bill
8th Jun 2021 - 15th Jun 2021
International Trade Committee
2nd Mar 2020 - 8th Jun 2020
International Trade Committee
8th May 2019 - 6th Nov 2019
Party Chair, Co-operative Party
1st Jul 2000 - 8th Jun 2019
Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)
9th Oct 2016 - 15th Jun 2017
Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
7th Oct 2013 - 30th Mar 2015
Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)
7th Oct 2011 - 7th Oct 2013
Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills)
8th Oct 2010 - 7th Oct 2011
Shadow Minister (International Development)
12th May 2010 - 8th Oct 2010
Minister of State (Department for International Development)
5th Oct 2008 - 6th May 2010
Minister of State (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade, Investment and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development)
5th Oct 2008 - 5th Jun 2009
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform) (Trade and Consumer Affairs) (also Department for International Development)
2nd Jul 2007 - 5th Oct 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary(Department for International Development) (Trade Policy) (also Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)
2nd Jul 2007 - 5th Oct 2008
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Development)
13th Jun 2003 - 28th Jun 2007
Environmental Audit Committee
12th Nov 1997 - 25th Nov 1999


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Gareth Thomas has voted in 682 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Greg Hands (Conservative)
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
(75 debate interactions)
Bill Esterson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
(52 debate interactions)
James Duddridge (Conservative)
(31 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department for International Trade
(174 debate contributions)
Department for Business and Trade
(85 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(45 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(28 debate contributions)
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Harrow West Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petition Debates Contributed

Ensure Water companies treat the sewage they are responsible for. Not discharge it into rivers and water courses. After all what goes into the ocean comes back as the fish we eat.


Latest EDMs signed by Gareth Thomas

5th July 2022
Gareth Thomas signed this EDM as a sponsor on Tuesday 5th July 2022

The contribution of the co-operative movement in the UK economy

Tabled by: Mark Hendrick (Labour (Co-op) - Preston)
That this House recognises the vital contribution of the UK co-operative movement to the economy; further notes that co-operatives in the UK operate across a wide range of sectors, all guided by the values and principles of co-operation that include concern for community and member economic participation; recognises the importance …
19 signatures
(Most recent: 17 Oct 2022)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 8
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Liberal Democrat: 2
Conservative: 1
Green Party: 1
Scottish National Party: 1
17th May 2022
Gareth Thomas signed this EDM on Wednesday 29th June 2022

Specialist Huntington’s Disease Services

Tabled by: Hilary Benn (Labour - Leeds Central)
That this House notes that Huntington’s Disease is a rare, hereditary and incurable neurological condition that slowly robs patients of their ability to walk, talk, eat, drink, make decisions and care for themselves; notes that a University of Aberdeen study, published in the Journal of Neurology, highlights that the number …
112 signatures
(Most recent: 26 Oct 2023)
Signatures by party:
Scottish National Party: 41
Labour: 37
Liberal Democrat: 14
Independent: 5
Democratic Unionist Party: 5
Plaid Cymru: 3
Conservative: 3
Alba Party: 2
Social Democratic & Labour Party: 1
Alliance: 1
Green Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gareth Thomas, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Gareth Thomas has not been granted any Urgent Questions

1 Adjournment Debate led by Gareth Thomas

Wednesday 15th September 2021

12 Bills introduced by Gareth Thomas


The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to provide that any Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union shall not have effect without a vote by the electorate of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar to that effect; to make arrangements for the holding of such a public vote; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 40%

Last Event - 2nd Reading: House Of Commons
Friday 8th February 2019

A Bill to enable co-operatives to issue permanent shares; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Wednesday 29th March 2023
(Read Debate)

A Bill to establish a presumption in public sector procurement in favour of purchasing goods and services from businesses based in the UK; to require the Secretary of State to publish data on the value of Government contracts awarded to such businesses, and estimates of jobs created as a result, by region and nation; to make provision for a kitemark scheme for goods of predominantly UK origin; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 16th March 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to transfer the ownership of the Royal Bank of Scotland to its customers and employees; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 13th December 2016
(Read Debate)

A Bill to require the Secretary of State to make provision for extending the autonomy of the government of London, in particular in relation to duties and powers for the Greater London Authority (GLA) in respect of income tax, property tax and valuation, other fiscal matters, economic management including a London minimum wage and its enforcement, housing policy and planning, the regulation of rents chargeable within the private residential housing sector and skills and employment training; the devolution of responsibilities for health and the NHS in London to the GLA and appropriate London authorities; the Secretary of State to consult the Mayor about decisions on justice and education expenditure, administration and policy as they relate to London and mandatory membership for the Mayor or his representative of the boards of certain public bodies with responsibilities affecting London; to require proposals for extending the autonomy of the government of London to be approved by the residents of Greater London in a referendum before they may come into force; to make provision for such a referendum; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 8th September 2015

A Bill to make provision about the entitlement of employees to benefit from profits made by their employers in certain circumstances; to require a company to allocate one seat on its board to an employee representative; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 26th January 2016

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 19th November 2014

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to provide for the establishment of a credit union for members of the armed forces and family members who live in the same household; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 18th December 2013

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to amend section 157 of the Housing Act 1985 to extend the use of local occupancy clauses to certain urban areas with the permission of the Secretary of State; to increase the qualifying period of local occupancy clauses from three years to either five or ten years; to place a duty on the Homes and Communities Agency and local authorities with housing and planning responsibilities to promote co-operative and mutual housing options and report annually in this regard; to require the Homes and Communities Agency, local authorities and the Land Registry to identify land available for housing development which has not been developed and to publish a report on the available options for development of housing on such land; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Wednesday 30th January 2013

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require new energy generation companies to offer a proportion of shares for purchase by residents in local communities; to provide that residents in local communities have the right to invest in ownership of local electricity distribution grids; to establish an agency called Community Power Direct to advise local communities on matters relating to energy generation; to require local planning authorities to consult Community Power Direct when considering planning applications involving energy generation; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 6th March 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to require firms offering regulated private pensions services to exercise a fiduciary duty of care to consumers and other users of financial services, to exercise due diligence when making decisions on behalf of consumers, to provide clear information to consumers on all charges and costs paid by the consumer or the pension fund on the consumer’s behalf and to disclose any conflict of interest and potential conflict of interest including commercial relationships that might result in or be perceived to result in financial detriment to consumers or undermine the integrity of financial markets; to make provision for disclosure by postcode of the location of investors in private pension funds; to make provision for an Annual General Meeting for each private pension fund; and for connected purposes.

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Thursday 1st March 2012

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. A Bill to make provision for the establishment of a Royal Commission to consider the future challenges facing London in housing, transport, the environment, population, equality, the City and the wider economy, and such other matters as the Royal Commission considers appropriate; and for connected purposes

Commons - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Commons
Tuesday 12th October 2010

Latest 50 Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
26th Jan 2023
To ask the Attorney General, what steps she is taking to increase the proportion of cases relating to violence against women and girls that are prosecuted.

Tackling violence against women and girls remains one of the government’s top priorities, and we are doing all we can to make our streets and homes safer.

We’re prioritising prevention, supporting survivors, and strengthening the pursuit of aggressors.

Victoria Prentis
Attorney General
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Attorney General, what discussions (a) Ministers, and (b) senior officials in his Department had on the 1984 Cammell Laird shipyard dispute between 1997 and 2007 with (i) other Government departments, (ii) representatives of the GMB trade union, and (iii) other stakeholders; and if he will make a statement.

In respect of discussions within Government, by convention, whether the Law Officers have been asked to provide advice, and the contents of any such advice, is not disclosed outside of Government. This protects the Law Officers’ ability as chief legal advisers to the Government to give full and frank legal advice.

In respect of discussions between the then Attorney Generals and officials and those outside of Government, I can confirm that we have no record of any discussions in relation to the 1984 Cammell Laird shipyard dispute between 1997 and 2007.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
5th Sep 2022
To ask the Attorney General, how many prosecutions were brought forward by the Serious Fraud Office against (a) corporates and (b) individuals in each year between 2013 and 2021 inclusive.

The table below sets out how many prosecutions the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) brought forward in each year and whether they relate to a corporate or an individual. The term “brought forward” has been taken to mean the instigation of a charge against an individual or corporate. This includes cases where charges were brought but the case did not progress to conviction, including cases resolved through Deferred Prosecution Agreements.

Year

Prosecutions brought against individuals

Prosecutions brought against corporates

2013

27

3

2014

18

2

2015

10

3

2016

25

2

2017

27

5

2018

7

1

2019

7

2

2020

14

4

2021

7

4

Detailed information regarding SFO cases be found on their website: https://www.sfo.gov.uk.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
5th Sep 2022
To ask the Attorney General, how many convictions were secured by the Serious Fraud Office against (a) corporates and (b) individuals in each year between 2013 and 2021 inclusive.

The table below sets out how many convictions were secured in Serious Fraud Office (SFO) cases in each year and whether they relate to a corporate or an individual. This does not include cases that were resolved through Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs), where the SFO have entered into 12 DPAs since their introduction in 2014.

Year

Convictions secured against individuals

Convictions secured against corporates

2013

14

0

2014

17

1

2015

5

1

2016

9

1

2017

12

1

2018

19

1

2019

5

0

2020

1

0

2021

1

2

In 2022 to date, the SFO have secured convictions of four individuals as well the conviction of one corporate. An additional 12 individuals will be standing trial in cases this year that are yet to conclude. Detailed information regarding SFO cases be found on their website: https://www.sfo.gov.uk/.

Michael Tomlinson
Minister of State (Minister for Illegal Migration)
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Attorney General, whether her Department has had any (a) financial contract and (b) meetings with (i) Clifford Chance LLP, (ii) FTI Consulting or (iii) Fenchurch Advisory Partners in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.

The Attorney General’s Office has not had any financial contracts or meetings with Clifford Chance LLP, FTI Consulting or Fenchurch Advisory Partners.

Details of Government contracts above £10,000 are published on Contracts Finder: https://www.contractsfinder.service.gov.uk/Search.

Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK

Alex Chalk
Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
29th Mar 2023
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will take steps with Cabinet colleagues to review the implementation of the Single Trade Window to ensure it meets the needs of small businesses; and if he will make a statement.

The world-leading Single Trade Window (STW) will provide a simplified experience for businesses interacting with the Government and significantly reduce the administrative burden, including for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Through the STW, SMEs and other businesses will only need to submit their data once and in one place. Better use of technology and real-time data will ensure a more streamlined experience and represents an important step in our endeavour to create the most effective border in the world.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
15th Dec 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to Article 210 of the UK/EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, what assessment he has made of the steps taken by the European Union to identify ways to expand access to and use of public government information for (a) all businesses and (b) small and medium sized enterprises since that agreement came into effect.

The UK is at the forefront of a global movement centred on demonstrating the value of open data to economic growth and how this can be used effectively, creatively and responsibly. We share best practice with European and international partners including the Open Government Partnership of 77 countries, the G8 and the OECD Open Government Data project. We will assess the European Union’s latest approaches to open data and the re-use of public sector information as part of our ongoing strategy.

Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
8th Dec 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff in his Department have been allocated to deal with issues related to international trade in (a) each of the past five years and (b) the next two years; and if he will make a statement.

There are currently 13 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff working on trade in the Cabinet Secretariat and 6 FTE working on international government procurement, which includes procurement policy within trade negotiations. That number has fluctuated over the past five years, including when staff were redeployed on a temporary basis in support of the Government's response to the war in Ukraine and to tackle the Covid pandemic. We are in the process of planning workforce arrangements for the next two years.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make available all documents related interactions between Jack Straw and stakeholders representing those involved in the Cammell Laird industrial dispute of 1984.

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer given to PQ 59415 on 20 October by the then Minister for the Cabinet Office, my Right Honourable friend, the member for Croydon South.

29th Nov 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make available all documents related interactions between Vera Baird and stakeholders representing those involved in the Cammell Laird industrial dispute of 1984.

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer given to PQ 59415 on 20 October by the then Minister for the Cabinet Office, my Right Honourable friend, the member for Croydon South.

14th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate HMRC has made of the number of companies that have stopped trading in the European Union since the end of the Brexit transition period; and if he will make a statement.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority.

A response to the Hon. Member's Parliamentary Question of 14 October is attached.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Oct 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) senior officials in his Department had on the 1984 Cammell Laird shipyard dispute with (i) other Government departments, (ii) the GMB trade union and (iii) other stakeholders between 1997 and 2007; and if he will make a statement.

The Cabinet Office does not hold any documents on the 1984 Cammell Laird dispute. Records created in 1984 have been transferred to The National Archives, as required by the Public Records Act 1958. We cannot answer what discussions were had over the 10 year period, as answering would produce disproportionate costs.

Chris Philp
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Jul 2022
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department holds documents on the 1984 Camell Laird dispute; and whether he will make a statement.

The Cabinet Office does not hold any documents on the 1984 Cammell Laird dispute. Records created in 1984 have been transferred to The National Archives as required by the Public Records Act 1958.

10th Jan 2022
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether his Department has had any (a) financial contract and (b) meetings with (i) Clifford Chance LLP, (ii) FTI Consulting and (iii) Fenchurch Advisory Partners in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

Cabinet Office has not identified records of any live financial contracts with Clifford Chance LLP, FTI Consulting or Fenchurch Advisory Partners within the department in the last five years.

Details of ministerial meetings are published quarterly and can be found on GOV.UK.



27th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many complaints his Department has received from companies complaining that they were unable to get the attention of officials with respect to the supply personal protective equipment from February 2020 to August 2020; and if he will make a statement.

We rapidly processed over 24,000 offers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from over 15,000 suppliers who approached the National PPE Sourcing team via the online portals the Government established in March 2020. The webform ensured that offers of support were recorded effectively and taken forward as necessary.

Offers were triaged and those which could potentially deliver significant quantities of high-quality PPE quickly were prioritised. All offers then went into exactly the same Technical Assurance, Closing (i.e. contract negotiation) and Procurement (i.e. contract award) process, managed by officials. This process led to the award of 339 contracts by the Department of Health and Social Care. A high number of offers were rejected at different stages of being taken through this process for different reasons.

27th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what information he holds on the number of occurrences civil servants in his Department raised concerns regarding the price paid for personal protective equipment from February 2020 to August 2020; and if he will make a statement.

Suppliers’ offers were taken through a number of review stages by the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) team made up of civil servants. At various stages of the review process offers were declined as a result of prices being too high. HM Treasury put in place measures with which the Department of Health and Social Care had to comply in order to protect the taxpayer from mispricing. Measures included comparing the latest spot prices for each offer against market prices and benchmarking prices to make sure the Government was not overpaying.

27th Oct 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, if he will make an assessment of the compliance with the Special advisers: code of conduct of Ms Munira Mirza in respect of the award of contracts to Pharmaceuticals Direct; and if he will make a statement.

The award of contracts to Pharmaceuticals Direct was subject to a legal challenge that was set aside by the High Court in June 2021. The Government believes that the case was without merit and is contesting an appeal in relation to that decision, so it would not be appropriate to comment further on the matter at this time.

20th Sep 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the level of staffing required to implement the commitments within the Northern Ireland Protocol on checks between Great Britain and Northern Ireland and checks on goods coming to the UK from the EU under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement; whether those staffing levels have been met; and what additional funding has been allocated to support those staffing requirements.

On staffing, I refer the Hon. Member to the answer given to PQ31420 on 27 July 2021.

As announced on 14 September, full customs declarations and checks on goods coming to the UK from the EU under the Trade and Cooperation Agreement will be introduced as planned on 1 January 2022, although safety and security declarations will not be required until 1 July 2022. The Northern Ireland Protocol is still under review and therefore providing an accurate estimate of the level of staffing would not be substantive.

22nd Jul 2021
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress has been made on the formal set up of governance structure, including the 23 specialised committees that will be responsible for the oversight, amendment, and dispute settlement of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement; and if he will make a statement.

The first meeting of the Partnership Council took place on 9 June. It launched the governance structures of the TCA. It also agreed to facilitate establishing the Civil Society Forum (CSF) so it can meet this year and encouraged the respective Parliaments of the UK and EU to establish the Parliamentary Partnership Assembly.

Three of the eighteen TCA Specialised Committees have now met, including the committee on Social Security Coordination which met on 6 July, the committee on Energy which met on 14 July and the committee on Fisheries which met on 20 July. All the other Specialised Committees are due to meet this autumn.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
26th Nov 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, whether he plans to require his Department and its agencies to provide a payroll deduction service to allow staff to save more easily with a credit union; and if he will make a statement.

The Cabinet Office is continuing to investigate various financial wellbeing options. Announcements will be made in due course.

Julia Lopez
Minister of State (Department for Science, Innovation and Technology)
20th Jul 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what plans he has to establish an independent public inquiry on the Government's handling of the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

The Government has always been clear that there will be opportunities to look back, analyse and reflect on all aspects of COVID-19. As the Prime Minister has said, this will include an independent inquiry at the appropriate time. For now the Government is focused entirely on responding to the pandemic and saving lives. Further details will be set out in due course and announced in the usual way.

Penny Mordaunt
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
6th Mar 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how much funding her Department and its predecessor Department allocated to the (a) Turkish-British Chamber of Commerce, (b) British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce, (c) British Chamber of Commerce in Brazil, (d) UK-India Business Council, (e) Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and (f) British Chamber of Business in Southern Africa in each of the last 10 years.

The Department for Business and Trade and the former Department for International Trade have not provided any funding to the Chambers of Commerce requested except for the UK-India Business Council. The funding provided to it is as follows:

Year

Spend

2013 (October-March inclusive)

£441,344.54

2014

£3,428,243.20

2015

£2,269,682.03

2016

£1,955,098.94

2017

£1,499,191.33

2018

£1,311,455.20

2019

£1,059,669.00

2020

£828,695.00

2021

£1,115,025.00

2022

£270,835.00

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
8th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether she will make an assessment of the potential impact of tariffs on battery electric truck tractors on net zero targets.

The UK's trade policy is intended to support the achievement of government objectives and is kept under review. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles works across government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. Zero Emission vehicles will help the UK decarbonise and Government remains committed to the Net Zero 2050 target.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
5th Feb 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to Appendix 1, Section B, Subsection 1, A, 2 of the Annex Modifications to Annex 1 to the UK-Andean Trade Agreement, signed in Quito on 15 May 2019, CP 122, what the (a) timing and (b) process is of the examination of the improvement of tariff liberalisation of goods included in staging category BA; against what criteria she plans to assess the potential impact of that improvement; what plans she has to consult countries potentially affected; and whether she plans to publish an impact assessment.

The examination of goods included in Appendix 1, Section B, Subsection 1, A, 2 of the Annex Modifications to Annex 1 to the UK-Andean Trade Agreement must take place within two years of entry into force of the UK-Andean Countries Trade Agreement. The agreement entered into force for all parties in June 2022.

In the review, the UK will consider the interests of businesses and consumers alongside our development objectives. The Government will engage stakeholders and meet our existing commitments for consultation in the UK-Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement.

There are no plans to publish an impact assessment.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answers of 14 and 18 December 2023 to Questions 6067, 6068 and 6383 and the Answer of 10 January 2024 to Question 7471 on Tractors: Batteries, if she will make an assessment of the potential impact on the UK's transition to electric vehicles of tariffs on battery electric truck tractors from the EU in each year to 2030.

The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors to facilitate tariff free trade have been in force since 1 January 2021 and were not due to change in 2024. The Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) works across government to support the transition to zero emission vehicles. Zero emission vehicles will help the UK decarbonise and Government remains committed to the Net Zero 2050 target.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
30th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what estimate she has made of the number of prosecutions involving potential Printed Postage Impressions fraud in the last 15 years; and what estimate she has made of the number of cases alleging wrongful prosecutions in relation to those cases in the last 15 years.

Operational matters, which include those relating to the Printed Postage Impressions service, are the direct responsibility of Royal Mail. The Government is not involved in the day- to-day operations of the company and does not play a role in handling or resolving issues in relation to postage fraud.

Royal Mail has a well-established process in place to deal with suspected postage fraud. This is handled by the Royal Mail Revenue Protection team, who would be best placed to answer any queries in relation to this issue.

Kevin Hollinrake
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
17th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business and Trade during the debate on UK Export Performance of 18 September 2023, Official Report, column 1200, how many people work in the dedicated free trade agreement utilisation team as of 17 January 2024; and how many people he plans to work in that team on average over the next two financial years.

The Free Trade Agreement Utilisation team has around 20 full time employees who work closely with business-facing teams across the Nations and regions of the UK, teams based overseas, and across all of our Department’s export support ecosystem to raise awareness of our new FTAs and ensure business can seize the opportunities in those fast growing markets.

Future years' resourcing will be decided as part of business planning for each financial year.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
15th Jan 2024
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, how many people who paid into the British Shipbuilders pension fund were not receiving pension payments on 15 January 2024.

British Shipbuilder pensions were transferred to Legal & General on 1 December 1994. His Majesty’s Government does not hold any data on the number of former employees who are in receipt of pensions.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
19th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answers of 14 and 18 December 2023 to Questions 6067, 6068 and 6383 on Tractors: Batteries, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of maintaining rules of origin import taxes on battery electric truck tractors from the EU on the UK's transition to electric vehicles.

The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors have been in force since 1 January 2021 and were not due to change in 2024. Zero emission vehicles will help the UK decarbonise and meet our Net Zero 2050 targets. The Government is committed to supporting the transition to these vehicles.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
12th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that the proposed three-year extension of the rules of origin for electric vehicles and batteries under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement will include electric (a) truck tractors and (b) truck tractor batteries.

The Commission has proposed a 3-year delay to the rules of origin for certain electric accumulators and electrified vehicles. The scope of the proposal is limited to only those rules which were staged over several years and due to change in 2024 and in 2027. The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors were not due to change in 2024 and have been in force since the end of the transition period.

We continue to listen closely to the concerns of the sector and work with industry to maximise the benefits provided by the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what representations she has received from manufacturers of zero-emission tailpipe HGVs on including battery electric vehicle truck tractors in the proposed three-year delay to the introduction of new rules of origin.

The Commission has proposed a 3-year delay to the rules of origin for certain electric accumulators and electrified vehicles. The scope of the proposal is limited to only those rules which were staged over several years and due to change in 2024 and again in 2027. The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors were not due to change in 2024 and have been in force since the end of the transition period.

We continue to listen closely to the concerns of the sector and work with industry to maximise the benefits provided by the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
11th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what assessment she has made of the potential impact of the rules of origin of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the production of battery electric vehicle truck tractors if they are not included in the proposed three-year postponement of the introduction of new rules of origin on electric car batteries.

The Commission has proposed a 3-year delay to the rules of origin for certain electric accumulators and electrified vehicles. The scope of the proposal is limited to only those rules which were staged over several years and due to change in 2024 and again in 2027. The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors were not due to change in 2024 and have been in force since the end of the transition period.

We continue to listen closely to the concerns of the sector and work with industry to maximise the benefits provided by the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
8th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 7 December 2023 to Question 4799 on Small Businesses: Exports, how the £200 million of funding to support small and medium-sized enterprises (a) has been spent in each of the last three years and (b) will be spent on (i) the UK Export Academy, (ii) International Trade Advisors, (iii) Help to Grow, (iv) the Export Support Service and (v) the Business Support Helpline.

Between 2022-2025, DBT currently plan to spend, including expenditure incurred, a maximum of £86.1 million on the Help to Grow: Management scheme and Business Support Helpline, £19.4 million on the Export Support Service Digital enquiry service and International Markets service, and Export Support delivered by DBT teams in the English Regions (which includes International Trade Advisers in England and the UK wide Export Academy) expect to spend £84.2 million

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
4th Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will commission an independent assessment into the compatibility of membership of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership with membership of the (a) European Patent Office and (b) European Patent Convention.

The UK has ensured that accession negotiations with CPTPP are consistent with the UK’s interests, the Government’s policies and priorities on intellectual property, and with the UK’s existing international obligations, including the non-EU European Patent Convention (EPC) which establishes the European Patent Office.

The UK has not agreed to any provisions that would require us to diverge from the EPC and therefore an independent assessment is not required. With respect to Article 18.38 of the agreement (Grace Period), the UK has agreed with the CPTPP Parties that we will only comply with that article once necessary amendments to the EPC have been made in line with Article 18.38, and not before.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
1st Dec 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister of State of 30 November 2023, Official Report, column 1043, how the £200 million of funding to support small and medium-sized enterprises (a) has been and (b) will be spent.

The Department for Business and Trade have a range of programmes dedicated to supporting SMEs to grow and export. This includes the UK Export Academy, International Trade Advisors, Help to Grow, the Export Support Service, our growth hubs and Business Support Helpline, we also support through the British Business Bank, including Future Fund: Breakthrough.

We are also supporting SMEs to adopt advanced digital technologies through the expansion of our Made Smarter programme; and the setting up of a Digital Adoption Taskforce.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether her negotiating objectives for a new trade deal with Canada include access to cheese tariff rate quotas similar for those in the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the EU and Canada.

Negotiations with Canada on market access are ongoing. Both countries share the view that free and fair trade is good for economies, good for business and good for consumers. The UK’s key aim is to secure comprehensive access for UK agricultural goods into the Canadian market through the reduction or elimination of tariffs.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether negotiations on a UK-Canada trade deal will include an extension to the rules of arguing provision and annual origin quotas for certain agricultural products.

Negotiations with Canada on this issue are ongoing. The UK is seeking to develop simple and modern rules of origin that reflect UK industry requirements and consider existing, as well as future, supply chains supported by predictable and low-cost administrative arrangements.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
29th Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, whether negotiating objectives for a trade deal with Canada include the option of retaining an entry price system which could require certain types of fruit and vegetables to have a pre-determined import price or have a tariff applied.

The EU’s Entry Price System was removed by the UK with the introduction of the UK Global Tariff in 2021. Market access negotiations between Canada and the UK are ongoing.

Nusrat Ghani
Minister of State (Minister for Europe)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish a list of domestic agencies that will be required to certify imports from CPTPP countries once the agreement has been ratified.

Imports from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Members to the UK must comply with UK import requirements, including any relevant product regulations, and any relevant tariffs. This is true of all imports and includes products from the EU and other longstanding trading partners, which includes many of the existing Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership Members.

Food and feed imports from the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership countries are already, and will remain subject, to the UK's official controls regime, including documentary, identification, and physical checks at the border. The UK assurance system for official controls in the agri-food chain is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/assuring-standards-in-uk-food-and-farming-after-eu-exit.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish a list of products that will receive additional tariff rate quotas once the CPTPP accession has been ratified.

Tariff rate quotas for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership can be found at https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/free-trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements-in-force/cptpp/comprehensive-and-progressive-agreement-for-trans-pacific-partnership-text-and-resources/, as New Zealand acts as the depositary for all Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership documents.

These documents should be read in conjunction with Annex A of the UK Accession Protocol, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accession-protocol-of-the-uk-to-the-cptpp.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish a list of exports that will have tariff free access to CPTPP countries once the UK ratifies the agreement.

Tariff rate quotas for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership can be found at https://www.mfat.govt.nz/en/trade/free-trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements-in-force/cptpp/comprehensive-and-progressive-agreement-for-trans-pacific-partnership-text-and-resources/, as New Zealand acts as the depositary for all Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership documents.

These documents should be read in conjunction with Annex A of the UK Accession Protocol, which can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/accession-protocol-of-the-uk-to-the-cptpp.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Nov 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, if she will publish a list of global trade shows which her Department has encouraged businesses to attend in each of the last two years.

Over the last two financial years (including 2023-24), the Department for Business and Trade has organised international activations for UK export-ready small and medium sized enterprises at over 90 international trade shows listed below.

2022-23

Trade show

Country

Cannes Lion

France

Aero India

India

Arab Health

UAE

BETT Asia

Malaysia

Bio Convention - San Diego

USA

Chemspec Europe

Germany

DSEI Japan

Japan

ExpoNaval

Chile

Fruit Attraction

Spain

Gulfood (February 2023)

UAE

IACP

USA

IDEX

UAE

Indo Defence

Indonesia

Indo Pacific

Australia

Innotrans

Germany

International Atomic Energy Agency General Conf

Austria

Intersec

UAE

Investing in Africa Mining, Indaba

South Africa

JP Morgan Healthcare conf

USA

Kidscreen

USA

Medica

Germany

Middle East Beauty

France

Mobile World Congress (MWC)

Spain

Money 2020

USA

International Defence Industry Exhibition MSPO

Poland

Pitti Uomo

Italy

Posidonia 2022

Greece

Sial

France

Singapore Fintech Week

Singapore

SMM Hamburg

Germany

SOFIC

USA

South By South West (SXSW)

USA

Web Summit 2022

Portugal

2023-24

Trade show

Country

AAHAR

India

Agritechnica

Germany

Anuga

Germany

Arab Health

UAE

Asia Pacific Maritime

Singapore

Australia Space Policy Forum

Australia

Bengalaru Tech Summit

India

BETT Asia

Malaysia

Big 5 Construction

UAE

BIO International

USA

Cannes Lions

France

Chemspec

Germany

CPHI

Spain

Defense & Security

Thailand

DIMDEX

Qatar

Dubai Airshow

UAE

DUPHAT

UAE

FoodEx

Japan

GCC Beauty World ME

Dubai

Global Health Expo

Saudi Arabia

Global Space & Technology Convention

Singapore

GULFOOD 2024

UAE

IACP

USA

Indo Pacific

Australia

InFlavour

Saudi Arabia

Intersec

UAE

Investing in Africa Mining Indaba

South Africa

International Defence Industry Exhibition (MSPO)

Poland

International Defence Industry Fair (IDEF)

Turkey

Intersec

UAE

Intersec KSA

Saudi Arabia

JP Morgan Health Tech

USA

Kidscreen 2024

USA

Kormarine

ROK

Medica

Germany

METSTRADE

Netherlands

Middle East Rail

UAE

Mobile World Congress

Spain

Money 2020

USA

NorShipping

Norway

Paris Air Show

France

PCHI (Personal Care and Homecare Ingredients)

China

Photonics West

USA

Pitti Uomo

Italy

Prowein

Germany

ReBuild Ukraine

Poland

Seafood Expo

USA

Singapore Fintech Week

Singapore

Singapore Maritime Week

Singapore

SOF Week

USA

Space Tech Expo

Germany

SXSW

USA

Web Summit

Portugal

Wind Europe

Denmark

Wind Europe 2024

Spain

World Defense Show

Saudi Arabia

World New Energy Vehicle Congress

China

World Nuclear Exhibition

Paris

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, what her Department’s (a) budget and (b) staff headcount is for trade and investment hubs in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) Darlington.

The budgets and FTE for the trade and investment hubs, as at period end 30 September 2023, are:

Hub

Budget

Headcount

Scotland

£1,775,602

12

Wales

£1,351,775

12

Northern Ireland

£1,251,975

10

This excludes the budget for the Northern Ireland Investment Summit.

There are Trade and Investment staff based in Darlington; however, they work across part of a larger team which focus on a range of activities across the UK.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 114620, what the cost to the public purse of the attendee element of the UK Tradeshow Programme was; and how many attendees received support through the scheme in financial year 2021-22.

The UK Tradeshow Programme 2021-2022 had a total allocated budget of £1,522,768. The actual spend for that period was £739,161.74 or 48.5%.

The exhibitor element of the scheme launched on 30 November 2021 with a budget of £251,427.36 and supported eight shows. The exhibitor spend was £13,600. Four exhibitor applications were received, two were successful.

The attendee element was launched on 20 January 2022 and the total attendee spend for 2021-22 was £0. Three complete applications were received, two not reaching the required criteria and one offer made but declined.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2022 to Question 114620, how much and what proportion of the £1.5 million allocated to the Exhibit element of the UK Tradeshow Programme was spent; and how many exhibitors received support through the scheme in the financial year 2021-22.

The UK Tradeshow Programme 2021-2022 had a total allocated budget of £1,522,768. The actual spend for that period was £739,161.74 or 48.5%.

The exhibitor element of the scheme launched on 30 November 2021 with a budget of £251,427.36 and supported eight shows. The exhibitor spend was £13,600. Four exhibitor applications were received, two were successful.

The attendee element was launched on 20 January 2022 and the total attendee spend for 2021-22 was £0. Three complete applications were received, two not reaching the required criteria and one offer made but declined.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2023 to Question 126731 on the UK Tradeshow Programme, how much and what proportion of funding allocated to the Attendee element of the UK Tradeshow Programme pilot scheme was spent in 2022-23; and how many attendees received support through the scheme.

The UK Tradeshow Programme 2022-2023 had a total allocated budget of £904,512.00 with actual spend totalling £347,755.67.

From 2022-2023, the Department spent a proportion of this on identifiable exhibitor and attendee elements. £191,057.54 on the exhibitor element and £41,020 on attendees’ elements. In the same period, the Department provided 56 exhibitors and 35 attendees with support.

The Tradeshow Programme offered an insight into how the Government can support business. We will continue to analyse the ways in which we can develop business support programmes to meet business needs, such as the Help to Grow scheme, and Business Academy programmes.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
16th Oct 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for Business and Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 9 February 2023 to Question 126730 on the UK Tradeshow Programme, how much and what proportion of the funding allocated to the Exhibit element of the UK Tradeshow Programme pilot was spent in 2022-23; and how many exhibitors received support through the scheme that same year.

The UK Tradeshow Programme 2022-2023 had a total allocated budget of £904,512.00 with actual spend totalling £347,755.67.

From 2022-2023, the Department spent a proportion of this on identifiable exhibitor and attendee elements. £191,057.54 on the exhibitor element and £41,020 on attendees’ elements. In the same period, the Department provided 56 exhibitors and 35 attendees with support.

The Tradeshow Programme offered an insight into how the Government can support business. We will continue to analyse the ways in which we can develop business support programmes to meet business needs, such as the Help to Grow scheme, and Business Academy programmes.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)