Department for International Trade

We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.



Secretary of State

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Labour
Nick Thomas-Symonds (LAB - Torfaen)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

Liberal Democrat
Christine Jardine (LDEM - Edinburgh West)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)

Plaid Cymru
Hywel Williams (PC - Arfon)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Trade)

Liberal Democrat
Lord Purvis of Tweed (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Trade)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Ruth Cadbury (LAB - Brentford and Isleworth)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Nia Griffith (LAB - Llanelli)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Gareth Thomas (LAB - Harrow West)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Ministers of State
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (CON - Life peer)
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Penny Mordaunt (CON - Portsmouth North)
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Mike Freer (CON - Finchley and Golders Green)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Ranil Jayawardena (CON - North East Hampshire)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Scheduled Event
Wednesday 25th May 2022
09:30
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
25 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with New Zealand
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Scheduled Event
Thursday 16th June 2022
09:30
Department for International Trade
Oral questions - Main Chamber
16 Jun 2022, 9:30 a.m.
International Trade (including Topical Questions)
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Debates
Thursday 12th May 2022
Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 18th May 2022
16:37
Select Committee Inquiry
Friday 14th January 2022
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with India

The Committee is scrutinising the Government’s free trade negotiations with India. It will take evidence when the Government publishes: …

Written Answers
Thursday 19th May 2022
Developing Countries: Food Supply
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she (a) has had and (b) plans to have …
Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Customs (Variation of Import Duty) (Amendment) Regulations 2022
These Regulations, which come into force on 1st June 2022, amend the Customs (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 …
Bills
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Bill 2022-23
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Dept. Publications
Thursday 19th May 2022
17:24

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.

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Oral Questions
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Westminster Hall
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Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament


Enable the implementation of, and the making of other provision in connection with, the government procurement Chapters of the United Kingdom’s free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand.

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Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 11th May 2022

Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 29th April 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision about the disclosure of information relating to trade.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 17th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Department for International Trade - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations, which come into force on 1st June 2022, amend the Customs (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/1489).
This Order amends the Export Control Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/3231) (“the 2008 Order”), which implements the strategic export controls of the United Kingdom.
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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).

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The Government should explore using the new sanctions regime that allows individuals and entities that violate human rights around the world to be targeted, to impose sanctions on members of the Nigerian government and police force involved in any human rights abuses by the Nigerian police.

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11 Nov 2020
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

As the Coronavirus escalates, there are concerns that a trade deal between the UK Government and the US deal might not exempt our NHS, leaving it vulnerable to privatisation and in direct contradiction to promises this would not happen.

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Departmental Select Committee

International Trade Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the International Trade Committee
Angus Brendan MacNeil Portrait
Angus Brendan MacNeil (Scottish National Party - Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
International Trade Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
Mick Whitley Portrait
Mick Whitley (Labour - Birkenhead)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Martin Vickers Portrait
Martin Vickers (Conservative - Cleethorpes)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Menzies Portrait
Mark Menzies (Conservative - Fylde)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Hendrick Portrait
Mark Hendrick (Labour (Co-op) - Preston)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Paul Girvan Portrait
Paul Girvan (Democratic Unionist Party - South Antrim)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Mark Garnier Portrait
Mark Garnier (Conservative - Wyre Forest)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Lloyd Russell-Moyle Portrait
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Labour (Co-op) - Brighton, Kemptown)
International Trade Committee Member since 28th September 2020
Anthony Mangnall Portrait
Anthony Mangnall (Conservative - Totnes)
International Trade Committee Member since 9th November 2020
Tony Lloyd Portrait
Tony Lloyd (Labour - Rochdale)
International Trade Committee Member since 13th July 2021
Mike Wood Portrait
Mike Wood (Conservative - Dudley South)
International Trade Committee Member since 14th December 2021
International Trade Committee: Upcoming Events
International Trade Committee - Oral evidence
UK trade negotiations: Agreement with New Zealand
25 May 2022, 9:30 a.m.
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Peter Dawson - Policy and Sustainability Director at Dairy UK
Phil Stocker - Chief Executive at National Sheep Association
David Swales - Head of Strategic Insight at Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
Miles Beale - CEO at Wine and Spirit Trade Association
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Sue Davies - Head of Consumer Rights and Food Policy at Which?
Dr Barbara Allen - Senior Lecturer at School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Jason Paul Mika - Associate Professor at School of Management, Massey University
Sir Lockwood Smith - New Zealand politician and former High Commissioner of New Zealand at New Zealand Parliament

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50 most recent 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

12th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what discussions she (a) has had and (b) plans to have with the WTO on food security in developing countries.

Food insecurity in developing countries caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a critical global issue. The UK-led action at the World Trade Organization (WTO) committed members to ensuring open and predictable trade and the continued free flow of food. This action has now been endorsed by fifty-four other members. We have placed priority on guaranteeing that the World Food Programme is unhindered by export restrictions, allowing it to best use its funding. We aim to build on this at the WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference in June, urging Members to create a more sustainable, efficient and resilient global food system.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what criteria her Department plans to use to assess the success of the Open General Export Licence with India for defence procurement.

We are continuing to work with relevant departments on the Open General Export Licence announced by my Rt Hon. Friend the Prime Minister, at the press conference with India’s Prime Minister Modi on 22nd April 2022.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 25 April 2022 to Question 153700 on Exports: Arts, which of the international creative sector events listed in that Answer Ministers attended; what their itinerary was at those events; and if she will make a statement.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) Ministers did not attend any of the events listed in the answer to Question 153700 as during the pandemic in 2021/22 support for exporters at key events was overwhelmingly virtual. In person events attended by Ministers were:

  • Launch of the “Made in UK sold to the world” Creative Industries Campaign. London, September 2021. DIT Minister Freer and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Minister Lopez attended.
  • International Trade Week in Birmingham in November. DIT Minister Freer attended.
  • Create Week, Dubai Expo, November 2021; DIT led event attended by DCMS Minister Huddleston.

In 2022/2023 with international markets reopening, DIT is planning work to support more than 600 companies at 30 key events across the globe. Current support planning includes Ministerial presence at key creative industries’ events such as South X South West in the US in March 2023.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish for (a) which countries and (b) what reasons her Department has (i) refused to grant and (ii) revoked arms export licenses in accordance with the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria in each year since 2010.

HM Government publishes Official Statistics (on a quarterly and annual basis) for export licences granted, refused and revoked to all destinations on GOV.UK and these reports contain detailed information, including the overall value, the type (e.g. Military, Other), and a summary of the items covered by these licences. The data for 2021 was published on 12th April 2022.

The Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, was superseded by Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, announced in the Written Statement of 8th December 2021, HCWS449.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish how many arms exports applications to Israel her Department has (a) licensed and (b) rejected in each year since 2010.

HM Government publishes Official Statistics (on a quarterly and annual basis) for export licences granted, refused and revoked to all destinations on GOV.UK and these reports contain detailed information, including the overall value, the type (e.g. Military, Other), and a summary of the items covered by these licences. The data for 2021 was published on 12th April 2022.

The Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, was superseded by Strategic Export Licensing Criteria, announced in the Written Statement of 8th December 2021, HCWS449.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 28 April 2022 to Question 158971 on Trade Agreements: Gulf States, what the value in pounds is of the research conducted by Ipsos Mori between February and May 2022 in relation to members states of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

£88,525.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Answer of 28 February 2020 to Question 15096 on Export Credit Guarantees: Iran, whether the £28.4 million debt owed by Iran to UK Export Finance (UKEF) has (a) been closed or (b) is still being pursued by UKEF following the settlement of the IMS dispute in March 2022.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps is he taking to help increase the level of exports of (a) pork and (b) beef from the UK to China.

China is the number one export destination for UK pork in terms of value and quantity, despite the challenges of Covid-19.

The UK continues to negotiate with China to lift the ban on exporting British beef, which came into force last year following a single case of BSE. The Chief Veterinary Office wrote to Chinese officials at the end of 2021 on this issue.

The UK government's agriculture, food and drink counsellor, based in Beijing, supports UK food and drink companies to successfully export to China. Increasing exports of pork and regaining market access for beef are among DIT’s top priorities for that market.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the potential to increase UK spirits exports to Brazil as part of an enhanced trade partnership.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce a strategy for foreign investment growth that increases (1) jobs, (2) skills, and (3) productivity, across the UK.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing Project DEFEND; and how has it contributed to (1) national resilience, and (2) a reduction in supply chain dependency on the People's Republic of China.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to launch a new Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) Trade Support Fund to help firms trade internationally.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will make it her policy to implement the 21 recommendations in the first annual report from the UK Trade and Business Commission.

HM Government is getting on with the job, setting up engagement mechanisms to make sure the United Kingdom’s position is well-informed and reflects the interests of the British people. These engagement mechanisms include the Ministerially-chaired Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG), eleven sector-specific Trade Advisory Groups (TAGs), and ten cross-government Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) currently.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2022 to Question 154006 on Trade Agreements: Gulf States, if she will publish (a) which organisation is conducting research for the Department's internal use relevant to ongoing negotiations, (b) over what timeframe that research has been conducted and (c) to which countries that research relates.

Research is being conducted by Ipsos Mori between February and May 2022. It covers member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council. This research will be used to inform negotiations.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the potential to increase UK spirits exports to Nigeria.

Increasing and promoting trade with Nigeria is a priority for the UK Government. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nigeria was £3.5 billion last year (ending Q3 2021), an increase of 1.9% or £65 million from the previous year. At the most recent bi-annual UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum government to government dialogue, held on 26 April, Ministers from both countries agreed to start a working group to discuss how to enhance the bilateral trading relationship.

Officials are working to support British business access foreign exchange facilities through the Economic Development Forum and the associated Finance and Financial Services Working Group.

From 2016 to 2021 UK exports of spirits to Nigeria increased by 92.1%. DIT continues to offer a wide range of support for British alcohol and spirit producers wishing to export into Nigeria. Through our work, import adjustment tax is now no longer applicable on Scotch Whisky exports to Nigeria.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the Government's plans are to increase trade with Nigeria; and what recent assessment she has made of the potential for an enhanced trade partnership with Nigeria along the lines of the partnership proposed for Brazil.

Increasing and promoting trade with Nigeria is a priority for the UK Government. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nigeria was £3.5 billion last year (ending Q3 2021), an increase of 1.9% or £65 million from the previous year. At the most recent bi-annual UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum government to government dialogue, held on 26 April, Ministers from both countries agreed to start a working group to discuss how to enhance the bilateral trading relationship.

Officials are working to support British business access foreign exchange facilities through the Economic Development Forum and the associated Finance and Financial Services Working Group.

From 2016 to 2021 UK exports of spirits to Nigeria increased by 92.1%. DIT continues to offer a wide range of support for British alcohol and spirit producers wishing to export into Nigeria. Through our work, import adjustment tax is now no longer applicable on Scotch Whisky exports to Nigeria.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help support British businesses trying to secure hard currency in Nigeria.

Increasing and promoting trade with Nigeria is a priority for the UK Government. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nigeria was £3.5 billion last year (ending Q3 2021), an increase of 1.9% or £65 million from the previous year. At the most recent bi-annual UK-Nigeria Economic Development Forum government to government dialogue, held on 26 April, Ministers from both countries agreed to start a working group to discuss how to enhance the bilateral trading relationship.

Officials are working to support British business access foreign exchange facilities through the Economic Development Forum and the associated Finance and Financial Services Working Group.

From 2016 to 2021 UK exports of spirits to Nigeria increased by 92.1%. DIT continues to offer a wide range of support for British alcohol and spirit producers wishing to export into Nigeria. Through our work, import adjustment tax is now no longer applicable on Scotch Whisky exports to Nigeria.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ban all imports from China’s Xinjiang region unless they could be proven not to involve forced labour.

It has not proved possible to respond to this question in the time available before Prorogation. Ministers will correspond directly with the Member.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure that dairy farmers (a) benefit from trade agreements and (b) have standards retained.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the impact of the war in Ukraine on international food and agriculture supply chains.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has plans to amend or remove any trade regulations imposed since the UK's departure from the EU for the purposes of facilitating the shipping of aid and donations to Ukraine.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what her Department’s plans are to support Scotch whisky exports to China (a) in general and (b) through supporting continued adherence to a high whisky standard in domestic regulation.

UK food and drink, including Scotch whisky, is renowned worldwide for its quality and provenance. In 2021, whisky was the highest value UK food and drink export to China and amounted to £200.1m. The UK government’s agriculture, food and drink counsellor in China works closely with the Scotch Whisky Association and whisky companies to promote whisky in China. This includes supporting the protection of intellectual property and whisky tasting and educational events and promotions, including via digital media. Our success is built on our strong domestic standards and the quality and safety of our products.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to Answer of 8 March to Question 131344, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of a Free Trade Agreement with India on jobs and investment in Stockport.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has made an assessment of the financial cost to the Exchequer of potential ISDS claims against the UK on entering the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

The UK has never lost a tribunal under Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions despite having such arrangements in place with over 90 treaty partners. UK firms have over £100 billion invested in Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries, which will be protected by CPTPP’s investment chapter.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2022 to Question 155768, in addition to the scoping assessment published on 22 June 2021, whether her Department has made additional assessments of the potential impact of investor-state dispute settlements on the UK's Net Zero policy.

The UK has Investor-State Dispute Settlement arrangements with 90 treaty partners and has never lost a case or even been taken to a tribunal under these provisions. UK firms have over £100 billion invested in Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) countries, including pension funds. The CPTPP investment chapter offers protection for UK investments and businesses abroad. CPTPP protects countries right to regulate and will not undermine the UK’s net zero objectives.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to ensure future trade deals tackle poverty in line with the Government's commitments to deliver the sustainable development goals.

Our Free Trade Agreements are a key means to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to reduce poverty and inequality. In line with the Government’s levelling up agenda, we are committed to ensuring that our Free Trade Agreements deliver opportunities for the whole of the UK.

Our recent Free Trade Agreement with Australia is expected to boost the economy by £2.3 billion and add £900 million to household wages each year in the long run. Government analysis suggests that the West Midlands, North East, North West, South East, South West and Wales are set to see the biggest gains.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether (a) she and (b) her officials have had discussions with Ministers and officials in the Department for Health and Social Care on the shortage of hormone replacement therapy treatments.

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings officials in her Department have had with representatives of companies (a) producing and (b) supplying hormone replacement therapy treatments in the UK in each of the last six months; and on what dates those meetings took place.

Department for International Trade (DIT) officials in the UK and around the world regularly engage with a large number of companies. These engagements are focussed on export and inward investment opportunities, which is DIT's remit.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April to Question 149189 and her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 23 January 2020, (a) whether the total cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, meals and other expenses excluding travel when visiting Washington DC in August 2019 was £0.00; and (b) who paid for any costs incurred above that amount.

Transparency returns include the best information available to the department at the time of publication. On some visits, accommodation, transport and other services are provided by Embassies or host governments. Information on the costs of these services is not centrally held.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149190, on Department for International Trade: Aviation, and her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 23 January 2020, whether the total cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, meals and other expenses, excluding travel, when visiting New Zealand, Australia, Japan in September 2019 was £0.00; and who paid for any costs incurred above that amount.

Transparency returns include the best information available to the department at the time of publication. On some visits, accommodation, transport and other services are provided by Embassies or host governments. Information on the costs of these services is not centrally held.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149192, on Department for International Trade: Aviation, and her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 4 February 2021, whether the total cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, meals and other expenses, excluding travel, when visiting Washington DC in August 2020 was £274.12; and who paid for any costs incurred above that amount.

Transparency returns include the best information available to the department at the time of publication. On some visits, accommodation, transport and other services are provided by Embassies or host governments. Information on the costs of these services is not centrally held.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149193, on Department for International Trade: Aviation, and her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 15 July 2021, whether the total cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, meals and other expenses, excluding travel, when visiting India in February 2021 was £509.65; and who paid for any costs incurred above that amount.

Transparency returns include the best information available to the department at the time of publication. On some visits, accommodation, transport and other services are provided by Embassies or host governments. Information on the costs of these services is not centrally held.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149194, on Department for International Trade: Aviation, and her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 21 October 2021, whether the total cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, meals and other expenses, excluding travel, when visiting the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in April 2021 was £259.87; and who paid for any costs incurred above that amount.

Transparency returns include the best information available to the department at the time of publication. On some visits, accommodation, transport and other services are provided by Embassies or host governments. Information on the costs of these services is not centrally held.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149195, on Department for International Trade: Aviation, and her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 21 October 2021, whether the total cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, meals and other expenses, excluding travel, when visiting Israel in June 2021 was £989.39; and who paid for any costs incurred above that amount.

Transparency returns include the best information available to the department at the time of publication. On some visits, accommodation, transport and other services are provided by Embassies or host governments. Information on the costs of these services is not centrally held.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 146, on Trade Agreements: Japan, whether she plans to correct her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 7 May 2021 to reflect the accurate cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s subsistence and other expenses excluding travel when visiting Japan in October 2020.

The declaration will be updated in the next 30 days.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, further to the Answer of 18 May 2021 to Question 147, whether she plans to correct her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 7 May 2021 to reflect the cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, subsistence and other expenses excluding travel when visiting Singapore and Vietnam in December 2020.

The declaration will be updated in the next 30 days.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the extent to which UK free trade agreements support women's rights and gender equality.

Promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment is central to the Government’s ‘Modernising Trade’ agenda and features explicitly in UK negotiation objectives.

We are using our FTAs to open new opportunities for women. We have already secured dedicated chapters with Japan, Australia, and New Zealand as well as important additional commitments across these agreements.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has been made on securing a free trade agreement with the United States.

We have had five productive rounds of negotiations to date and agreed a significant proportion of legal text across multiple chapters.

My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade attended the first UK-US Future of Atlantic Trade Dialogue last month and hosted the second in Aberdeen this week to progress mutual priorities with USTR Katherine Tai.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment her Department has made of the level of compliance by China of its World Trade Organisation obligations.

The UK statement at China’s World Trade Organization Trade Policy Review in October 2021 sets out the Department’s position on China’s level of compliance.

We recognise China’s progress but have called on China to fully meet the commitments set out in its Accession Protocol. We have concerns about lack of transparency in various areas, including subsidies and state-owned enterprises, and practices which distort markets.

The statement can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/wto-trade-policy-review-of-china-uk-statement.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
30th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much departmental expenditure she has allocated over the next four years for the costs of implementing the UK's trade agreements with (a) Australia and (b) New Zealand.

The Department has begun preparing for implementation of the Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Agreements. This is a cross-government effort, with teams considering pre-entry into force legislative and domestic preparations, and implementation post entry into force.

DIT has allocated £46.3m in 2022-23, £48.3m in 2023-24 and £48.5m in 2024-25 for the negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements, however, it is not possible to identify funding solely for the implementation of the UKs trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand. The Department has no allocated funding for 2025-26.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
29th Mar 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether goods can be imported into Northern Ireland via Tariff Rate Quota Schemes under the trade deals which the UK has agreed with other countries since 1 January 2021.

Traders importing into Northern Ireland can access UK TRQs by moving goods to Great Britain and clearing customs, then moving to Northern Ireland under the UK Trader Scheme, provided the goods moved meet wider requirements to be not “at risk,” as outlined on GOV.UK: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-can-declare-goods-you-bring-into-northern-ireland-not-at-risk-of-moving-to-the-eu

At present, EU regulation 2020/2170, passed unilaterally by the EU in December 2020, significantly limits the terms on which NI traders can access quotas under the UK’s new trade agreements directly.

The UK put forward proposals to address this issue in our Command Paper of July 2021 and is continuing to press for solutions in negotiations with the EU on the Protocol.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 6 April 2022 to Question 149191 and her Department’s declaration of ministerial travel published on 23 January 2020, whether the total cost to the public purse of her predecessor’s accommodation, meals and other expenses excluding travel when visiting New York in September 2019 was £3.00; and who paid for any costs incurred above that amount.

There was a typo in my answer of 6 April. The correct cost of the flight was £5,575.72. The department’s transparency return published in January 2020 included flight costs only.

Transparency returns include the best information available to the department at the time of publication. On some visits, accommodation, transport and other services are provided by Embassies or host governments. Information on the costs of these services is not centrally held.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
7th Apr 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they require businesses importing from Israel to specify that their products do not originate in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

The existing United Kingdom-Israel Trade and Partnership Agreement requires that goods originating in Israel are declared as such upon import into the United Kingdom.

Goods imported from illegal Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are not entitled to benefits from preferential trade and we are committed to maintaining that approach.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
21st Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Minister for Trade policy's oral contribution of 21 April, to Question 23, if she will publish a copy of any written offer to the TUC to join the Trade Advisory Board.

It is not practice to publish such correspondence but the Hon. Gentleman is mistaken as to the meeting and offer in question.

It is a matter of public record that the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have seats on the Department’s Trade Union Advisory Group and Strategic Trade Advisory Group respectively.

Following the TUC’s request, the Department has offered a number of seats on Trade Advisory Groups (TAGs) for representatives of trades unions, but the TUC have not taken up these seats yet.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what (a) working groups or (b) structured dialogues have been launched following the trade discussions in Baltimore; and how those groups or dialogues compare with the 10 US-EU Trade and Technology Council Working Groups in place.

At the first UK-U.S. Trade Dialogue on 21-22 March in Baltimore, the UK and U.S. made a number of commitments (found here in the Joint Statement), including re-launching the joint Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Dialogue. We will continue to identify further steps to move forward our important U.S.-UK bilateral trade relationship at the next Trade Dialogue on 25-26 April in Aberdeen.

The UK has its own unique interests and relationship with the United States. Our independent trade policy allows us to pursue this in detail, and discussions at the UK-U.S. Joint Dialogues have been tailored to our bilateral interests.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will take steps with her international counterparts to discourage trade with Russia that may aid or assist that state's invasion of Ukraine.

In lockstep with our allies, we are introducing the largest and most severe package of economic sanctions that Russia has ever faced, to maximise the impact on Russia’s campaign in Ukraine and cut off funding for Putin’s war machine.

Whilst we do not speculate on future sanctions, we will continue to consider further measures to increase pressure on Putin’s regime.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to help ensure that the UK's trade partners do not refrain from exporting food products as a result of the war in Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine placed global food security under increased pressure. Russia has compounded this by restricting exports of some of its basic foods and fertilisers. As the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General has pointed out, trade is of paramount importance in preventing hunger, and use of export restrictions can trigger a spiral of further price rises and restrictions.

G7 leaders committed to avoiding export bans and other trade restrictive measures and called on others to do likewise. The United Kingdom has been leading efforts in the WTO to put food security and the importance of open markets on the agenda for MC12, and in particular called for the prohibition of the use of export restrictions on humanitarian purchases made by the World Food Programme.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
31st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the estimated average agent utilisation rate has been during core operating hours for the Export Services Contact Centre in each month from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

The ESS helpline was launched 1 October to support business – availability, quality, speed and cost of service all matter. Calls are answered quickly; 93% within 30 seconds, 59% of enquiries are dealt with in a single call, and users report an 89% satisfaction rate. The Department has optimised the service since launch; reducing costs by 18% and adding new services. The utilisation rate fluctuates by the hour. Average weekly rates range from 18%, peaking at 57% in March 2022. Average monthly rates since launch are 8% (October), 6% (November), 6% (December), 8% (January), 7% (February), and 32% (March). Having very high utilisation rates (for example, above 85%) will almost certainly impact service quality with longer waiting time and reduced satisfaction rates.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
14th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of trends in UK (a) export and (b) import levels compared with other economies.

UK trade flows are increasing, with the latest figures showing that in the 12 months ending February 2022 UK exports were up almost £50bn (8.2%) compared to the previous 12 months, whilst imports were up 15.6%.

Since the beginning of 2020 UK trade flows have largely been lower, driven by factors associated with the COVID pandemic, global recession, supply chain disruption, and adjustment to a new trading environment.

The impact of the global recession hit the UK harder than many other countries, in part because of our specialisation in services, which have been more negatively affected by COVID than goods production. Understanding the full impact of the different shocks, uncertainty and multiple factors in play will take time.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)