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Written Question
Trade Agreements: Dispute Resolution
12 Jun 2020

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many cases have been taken against the UK under investor-state dispute settlement provisions and what the outcome was of those cases.

Answered by Ranil Jayawardena

The United Kingdom has never had an investor-state dispute settlement case against her that proceeded to arbitration.

The United Kingdom has more than 90 Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) in force with countries across the world. HM Government has made clear that our investment policy will continue to protect the United Kingdom’s right to regulate in the public interest.


Written Question
World Trade Organisation
22 May 2020

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the UK's policy is on the future of the World Trade Organisation.

Answered by Greg Hands

The UK believes a strong, rules based, multilateral trading system, with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at its core, is in the best interests of all nations. The UK is working to strengthen and reform the WTO, so it can continue to deliver?a?free, fair, non-discriminatory, transparent framework for trade between countries. This will play an important role?in resolving the economic effects of the global pandemic.

We are engaging closely with the WTO Secretariat and the wider Membership to achieve an early resumption of the WTO’s regular work. Our priorities are making progress on updating the WTO rulebook, in particular in the areas of digital, services and the environment, and to improve transparency.

We continue to support a fully-functioning dispute settlement system with an appeal function and remain committed to finding a permanent resolution to the impasse of the Appellate Body.