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)

Labour
Lord Bassam of Brighton (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and International Trade)
Lord Lennie (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and 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
Bill Esterson (LAB - Sefton Central)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Gareth Thomas (LAB - Harrow West)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
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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)
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The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, published in March 2021, set out the Government’s …

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Wednesday 8th December 2021
Trade Agreements: Dorset
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect on Dorset of …
Secondary Legislation
Tuesday 17th August 2021
Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2021
These Regulations amend the Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”).
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Tuesday 15th December 2020
Trade (Disclosure of Information) Act 2020
A Bill to make provision about the disclosure of information relating to trade.
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Wednesday 8th December 2021
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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 amend the Trade Remedies (Dumping and Subsidisation) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the 2019 Regulations”).
These Regulations allow the Secretary of State to make a public notice applying tariff rate quotas to particular steel products. Regulation 3 provides that these tariff rate quotas may only be applied to steel products that were included in a taxation notice made under regulation 47(2) of the Trade Remedies (Increase in Imports Causing Serious Injury to UK Producers) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (“the Regulations”). For the purposes of the Regulations and the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 (“the Act”), regulation 4 provides that the public notice has effect as if it were made under section 13(3) of the Act and any tariff rate quota applicable under it has effect as if it were a tariff rate quota applied by virtue of paragraph 16(3) of Schedule 5 of the Act. Regulation 5 makes further provision for what should be contained within a notice made under these Regulations.
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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.

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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International Trade Committee

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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
Craig Williams Portrait
Craig Williams (Conservative - Montgomeryshire)
International Trade Committee Member since 2nd March 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

50 most recent Written Questions

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30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she has taken to ensure that free trade agreements protect and support British (a) agriculture and (b) agricultural exports.

HM Government will always consider the opportunities and other impacts on the agricultural industry of any trade agreement we negotiate. In addition, the independent Trade and Agriculture Commission will scrutinise new free trade agreements once they are signed, providing an additional layer of independent scrutiny.

Our trade agreements unlock new opportunities for our agriculture, food and drink sector and we will continue to work with producers and suppliers to make sure the sector is represented in future free trade agreements.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to boost British exports.

The Department for International Trade announced a refreshed Export Strategy, Made in UK, Sold to the World on 17 November at the UK’s first International Trade Week. This business-centred 12-Point Plan is designed to transform our support for exporters, encourage them to ‘sell to the world’ and accelerate our race to £1 trillion exports per year.

The Made in the UK, Sold to the World campaign will boost demand for UK exports internationally. Supported by the Export Support Service (ESS), the UK Export Academy, UK Export Finance, our International Trade Advisers and global networks, UK businesses will be supported at every stage in their export journey.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect on Dorset of free trade agreements signed by the UK since leaving the EU.

We have secured trade agreements with 70 countries, plus the EU, covering trade worth £766 billion last year, delivering benefits for communities across the country.

An impact assessment is published when the text of a new free trade agreement is laid in Parliament, which presents the economic benefits of the deal. For example, compared to the United Kingdom not having an agreement with Japan, output in the South West of England is expected to be £90 million higher in the long run (in 2017 terms).

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure the participation of (a) women and (b) marginalised groups in the development of trade agreements.

The Department for International Trade works for people across the country. We speak to businesses, trades unions, think tanks and other organisations on a regular basis, and our public consultations have provided the opportunity for everyone to share their views.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what income thresholds were used to define the global middle class in her departmental paper UK Accession to CPTPP: The UK’s Strategic Approach, published on 22 June 2021.

Each assessment references the sources used.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what income thresholds were used to define the (a) global and (b) Indian middle class in her departmental information note on a Free Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom and India, published on 25 May 2021.

Each assessment references the sources used.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what income thresholds were used to define the global middle class in the Board of Trade's report Global Britain, Local Jobs, published on 10 March 2021.

Each assessment references the sources used.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which of the income thresholds referred to in Footnote 5 of her departmental strategy paper, Made in Britain, Sold to the World, published on 17 November 2021, were used to define the global middle class in Chart 2.

Each assessment references the sources used.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure the UK Government’s trade policy is aligned to its international commitments on women’s rights.

HM Government is committed to equality of opportunity for men and women, including through our trade policy. We want the World Trade Organisation’s work to take this issue into account routinely, building on progress already made in implementing the Buenos Aires Declaration. Further, we have sought commitments in our bilateral free trade agreements to date, securing stand-alone chapters on this with Australia and New Zealand.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the finding by UK National Contact Point that JCB was in breach of Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development guidelines for Multinational Enterprises; and what steps they are taking to ensure that UK companies adhere to those guidelines.

The UK National Contact Point (UK NCP), which operates independently of the Department for International Trade, has not found that JCB violated human rights. However, in line with the OECD Guidelines, the UK NCP has advised JCB to develop a policy commitment to respect human rights and to carry out human rights due diligence in supply chains.

The UK NCP will request an update from JCB on the implementation of its recommendations in a year’s time and in the interim is available to provide support as necessary.

As part of its commitment to the OECD Guidelines, the UK NCP promotes the Guidelines to business, NGOs and trade unions, and is available to provide advice on adhering to the recommendations it contains.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports by the BBC on 18 November that conflict in Ethiopia has (1) reduced Djiboutian trade by 80 per cent, (2) cost Djibouti $1.7 billion, and (3) affected supply chains and trade across the region.

Trade, and the overall prosperity of a nation, suffers when there is conflict such as in Ethiopia. HM Government is encouraging all parties in Ethiopia to come to a quick and peaceful resolution to provide stability there and in the immediate region.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether their (1) trade envoys, and (2) special representatives for Trade and Investment, are required to declare any (a) gifts they receive, and (b) conflicts of interest they may have, in the course of their duties; whether they will publish a list of all such gifts and conflicts of interest for the last 10 years; and what sanctions apply to any envoys or special representatives who fail to make the appropriate declarations.

Trade Envoys and Special Representatives appointed by the Department are required to declare gifts and hospitality that they receive in their roles. Trade Envoys and Special Representatives are also required to declare any interests (perceived or actual). The Department for International Trade (DIT) considers if any mitigations are needed on a case-by-case basis. We have no plans to publish a list of all such gifts and conflicts of interest for the last 10 years. It is the responsibility of the Trade Envoy to inform the Department of any change in their circumstances, and the Government can terminate any appointment where appropriate declarations have not been made.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 18 October to Question 52516 on Human Rights: India, what representations her Department has made to the Government of India on ensuring that freedom of religion or belief protections are enshrined in any future trade agreement.

The United Kingdom is committed to defending freedom of religion or belief for all, and promoting respect between different communities.  Promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief is one of the United Kingdom’s longstanding overseas priorities.

We believe that trade is vital for our economy and future prosperity, but it need not come at the expense of our values. We engage with India on a range of matters, independent of a Free Trade Agreement, as part of our ongoing bilateral relationship. This involves working with Union and State Governments, and with non-governmental organisations, to build capacity and share expertise.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
1st Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if the Government will stipulate the release of political prisoners held in Indonesia, such as Victor Yeimo, being a condition for negotiating any future trade agreements with that country.

HM Government is committed to ensuring that our trade policy is consistent with our international obligations. We are clear that more trade need not come at the expense of our values.

The United Kingdom respects the territorial integrity of Indonesia, including the provinces of Papua and West Papua. We recognise challenges in the region and regularly discuss Papua with our Indonesian counterparts.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to work with the shipping industry to reduce container shipping prices; and if she will make a statement.

I refer my Hon. Friend for Wycombe to the answer I gave him on the 26th November 2021, UIN: 77444.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will introduce a rolling review process for future Free Trade Agreements to protect the interests of UK agriculture.

We will always consider the effects of any trade agreement we negotiate on the agricultural industry, and we have a range of tools to defend British farming against any unfair trading practices. The Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Agreements both include safeguards for our farmers.

In addition, the independent Trade and Agriculture Commission will scrutinise new free trade agreements once they are signed, providing an additional layer of independent scrutiny.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has plans to move civil servant jobs in (a) her Department and (b) non-departmental public bodies and government agencies associated with her Department to York.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) intends to grow over 550 roles outside London by 2025 as part of the cross-Government Places for Growth programme. DIT’s second major location will be the Darlington Economic Campus, alongside three new trade and investment offices in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. While DIT does not currently have plans for an office location in York, the Darlington Economic Campus will support delivery of the Levelling Up agenda in the across the North of England, including through increased job opportunities and associated economic benefits.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her US counterparts on removing US tariffs on UK steel and aluminium.

My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade has spoken with the US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, most recently on 12 November, to press for a quick resolution to the Section 232 tariffs. The removal of additional US tariffs on steel and aluminium is a key priority for the Government. We are engaging with the US Administration regularly on this issue and continue to push for the start of negotiations and the removal of 232 tariffs as soon as possible.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she has plans to negotiate the removal of US tariffs on UK steel and aluminium.

My Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade has spoken with the US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, most recently on 12 November, to press for a quick resolution to the Section 232 tariffs. The removal of additional US tariffs on steel and aluminium is a key priority for the Government. We are engaging with the US Administration regularly on this issue and continue to push for the start of negotiations and the removal of 232 tariffs as soon as possible.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
18th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there are any countries, other than Iran, to which the UK owes money for contracts agreed, and for which money was received, but for which goods were not delivered; and if so, (1) which countries are involved, and (2) what reasons are there for the decision to withhold delivery of the goods in each case.

There are no such countries, other than Iran.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the 787 market access barriers reported to the Government’s Digital Market Access Service between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021 were (a) fully resolved or (b) partly resolved within that same period.

133 of the barriers fully or partially resolved in the financial year 2020-21 were reported to the Digital Market Access Service (DMAS) during the year. 84 of the market access barriers marked as fully or partially resolved in the year were reported to DMAS in a previous year.

161 of the barriers fully or partially resolved in the financial year 2019-20 were reported to DMAS during the year. 20 of the market access barriers marked as fully or partially resolved in the year were reported to DMAS in a previous year.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the 217 market access barriers fully or partly resolved in financial year 2020-21 were reported to the Government’s Digital Market Access Service prior to 1 April 2020.

133 of the barriers fully or partially resolved in the financial year 2020-21 were reported to the Digital Market Access Service (DMAS) during the year. 84 of the market access barriers marked as fully or partially resolved in the year were reported to DMAS in a previous year.

161 of the barriers fully or partially resolved in the financial year 2019-20 were reported to DMAS during the year. 20 of the market access barriers marked as fully or partially resolved in the year were reported to DMAS in a previous year.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many of the market access barriers fully or partly resolved by her Department between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020 were reported to the Government’s Digital Market Access Service (a) between those two dates or (b) prior to 1 April 2019.

133 of the barriers fully or partially resolved in the financial year 2020-21 were reported to the Digital Market Access Service (DMAS) during the year. 84 of the market access barriers marked as fully or partially resolved in the year were reported to DMAS in a previous year.

161 of the barriers fully or partially resolved in the financial year 2019-20 were reported to DMAS during the year. 20 of the market access barriers marked as fully or partially resolved in the year were reported to DMAS in a previous year.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the (a) level of greenhouse gas emissions that will be generated and (b) impact on the UK’s commitments on climate change as a result of the financial support provided by UK Export Finance to the natural gas project in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique.

We are unable to provide the information requested because UK Export Finance’s support for the Mozambique LNG project in Cabo Delgado is currently the subject of judicial review proceedings.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans her Department has to provide SMEs in the maritime sector with grants to support their attendance at international trade shows.

The Department for International Trade recently launched its new Export Strategy which included announcing the UK Tradeshow Programme. The scheme provides eligible UK businesses in all sectors, including Maritime, with bespoke trade show educational support to help maximise their potential and optimise their exhibition experience. Some applicants will also be offered financial assistance towards eligible costs.

Applications opened on 30 November 2021 with the aim of supporting businesses who are looking to exhibit. The programme will expand from January 2022, offering support to businesses to attend a show as a precursor to deciding whether to exhibit in the future. Further information, including details on how companies can apply for the programme, can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/uk-tradeshow-programme.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
30th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate she has made of the number of UK jobs created each time the UK signs a new free trade agreement.

HM Government publishes scoping assessments to provide a preliminary assessment of a free trade agreement (FTA) in advance of negotiations. Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full Impact Assessment is published.

These set out HM Government’s current assessment of a new FTA, including the impact on wages and composition of employment across sectors.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made on securing free trade agreements with countries around the world.

I refer my Hon. Friend for West Bromwich West to my previous answer to my Hon. Friend for Hendon on 30th November (UIN: 79331).

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions she has had with her Indian counterpart on increasing bilateral trade and strengthening economic ties.

Strengthening the United Kingdom-India bilateral trade relationship to support jobs and economic growth across the country is a priority for HM Government.

Ministers are in regular contact with our counterparts to make progress on a future bilateral Free Trade Agreement, building on our Enhanced Trade Partnership announced by my Rt Hon. Friend the Prime Minister in May 2021, as well as wider trade ambitions set out in the United Kingdom-India 2030 Roadmap.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if manufacturers in the Teesside Freeport making tariff-free imports of raw materials can utilise the tariff reductions agreed in the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement when exporting their finished products to Canada.

In certain cases, businesses will need to choose between the duty drawback or the preferential rates. This is the case for the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement.

The UK has plans to renegotiate its agreement with Canada and will carefully assess its position on such restrictions.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if manufacturers in the Teesside Freeport making tariff-free imports of raw materials can utilise the tariff reductions agreed in the UK-Singapore Free Trade Agreement when exporting their finished products to Singapore.

In certain cases, businesses will need to choose between the duty drawback or the preferential rates.

However, in the case of the UK-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, traders would not be affected by this in practice because Singapore applies a zero Most Favoured Nation (MFN) rate to most tariff lines.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether manufacturers in the Teesside Freeport making tariff-free imports of raw materials can utilise the tariff reductions agreed in the UK-Israel Trade and Partnership Agreement when exporting their finished products to Israel.

In certain cases, businesses will need to choose between the duty drawback or the preferential rates. This is the case for UK-Israel Trade and Partnership Agreement.

The UK-Israel relationship is already strong and growing and we are planning to start work on upgrading our trade agreement next year.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if manufacturers in the Teesside Freeport making tariff-free imports of raw materials can utilise the tariff reductions agreed in the UK-Mexico Trade Continuity Agreement when exporting their finished products to Mexico.

In certain cases, businesses will need to choose between the duty drawback or the preferential rates. This is the case for UK-Mexico Trade Continuity Agreement.

The UK has plans to renegotiate its agreement with Mexico and will carefully assess its position on such restrictions.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what temperature goal scenario was used in the climate assessment for UK Export Finance support of the Mozambique LNG.

UK Export Finance’s climate change report considered, among many other factors, the project’s alignment to the Paris Agreement.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
24th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the estimated breakeven price is for gas from the Mozambique LNG project, supported by UK Export Finance.

UK Export Finance is unable to provide this information for reasons of commercial sensitivity.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reason the figure of 1,238 published in her Department’s Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20 on 16 July 2020 for the number of market access barriers reported to the Digital Market Access Service in financial year 2019-20 is different to the figure of 1,099 published in Market Access Barrier Statistics: financial year 2020-21 on 25 November 2021 for the same figure.

Barriers reported refers to the number of cases identified as being registered on the Digital Market Access Service (DMAS) over a given time period, based on the data at the point of extraction. DMAS is an operational database used by government officials to assist in the removal of market access barriers.

As such, entries on DMAS are subject to ongoing revision to reflect activity and regular system administration updates are made to make sure the database is kept accurate. This can involve archiving cases established to be duplicates or identified not to be market access barriers after further investigation. This means that an extract taken from the live database on different occasions covering the same time period can return different figures.

Figures published in the Department for International Trade (DIT) Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) 2019-20 on the number of market access resolved barriers in that financial year were based on the number of barriers reported and resolved within the year. For the DIT ARA 2020-21, this measure was changed to include barriers resolved regardless of when they were reported.

This makes sure the full range of resolution activity is measured, rather than only barrier resolutions soon after identification and reflects that, for some barriers, resolution will take longer because of the complexities involved.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
26th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, for what reason the figure of 175 published in her Department’s Annual Report and Accounts 2019/20 on 16 July 2020 for the number of market access barriers fully or partly resolved in financial year 2019-20 is different to the revised figure of 181 published in Market Access Barrier Statistics: financial year 2020-21 on 25 November 2021 for the same figure.

Barriers reported refers to the number of cases identified as being registered on the Digital Market Access Service (DMAS) over a given time period, based on the data at the point of extraction. DMAS is an operational database used by government officials to assist in the removal of market access barriers.

As such, entries on DMAS are subject to ongoing revision to reflect activity and regular system administration updates are made to make sure the database is kept accurate. This can involve archiving cases established to be duplicates or identified not to be market access barriers after further investigation. This means that an extract taken from the live database on different occasions covering the same time period can return different figures.

Figures published in the Department for International Trade (DIT) Annual Report and Accounts (ARA) 2019-20 on the number of market access resolved barriers in that financial year were based on the number of barriers reported and resolved within the year. For the DIT ARA 2020-21, this measure was changed to include barriers resolved regardless of when they were reported.

This makes sure the full range of resolution activity is measured, rather than only barrier resolutions soon after identification and reflects that, for some barriers, resolution will take longer because of the complexities involved.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many senior civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

Senior Civil Servants employed by Department for International Trade based in 12 NUTS1 UK regions in March 2019, March 2020, March 2021 and September 2021 are detailed in the attached.

These figures are represented as Headcount (e.g., count of individuals). These figures provide information on domestic payroll staff only. These figures do not include those on Loan from Other Government Departments (OGDs) who remain on their home departments payroll, Contractors, Military staff, Individuals on secondment from other organisations, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, on unpaid special leave or career break. UK Export Finance are not included in the above figures. UKEF figures are below:

Mar-19

Mar-20

Mar-21

Sep-21

Scotland

Wales

Northern Ireland

North East (England)

North West

Yorkshire and Humberside

East Midlands

West Midlands

East of England

London

17

21

26

28

South East

South West

Counts of less than five have been supressed and totals for each month not shown in order to prevent individuals from being identified, as guided by the Office for National Statistics guidance.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2021 to Question 75126 on UN Climate Conference 2021: Government, how many Ministers in her Department travelled to COP26 by airplane.

No Department for International Trade Ministers travelled to COP26 by airplane.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department takes to ensure that at least one official from her Department is present during all (a) meetings and (b) phone calls relating to Government business between Ministers and third parties.

Ministers holding meetings or phone calls on government business are routinely accompanied by a private secretary or other official, in line with the expectations of paragraph 8.14 of the Ministerial Code.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proposal in respect of a time limited waiver on covid-19 vaccine manufacture the Government plans to support at the forthcoming WTO TRIPS meeting.

I refer the Hon. Gentleman for Rochdale to the answer given to the Hon.Gentleman for Sefton Central on 23 November to Question UIN: 77440.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he Department will take to encourage global investment in the UK's maritime sector.

The Department is already taking steps to increase global investment into the UK’s maritime sector to complement the Government’s ambitions. The UK intends to establish 10 freeports across the country with at least one in every nation of the UK. Several of these will promote maritime clusters and will act as national hubs for global trade and investment across the UK. Additionally, the recent launch of DIT's Investment Atlas allows prospective investors to navigate the UK’s investment environment. The tool identifies several maritime sub-sectors such as off-shore wind and green shipping as areas of potential.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants employed by her Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

Civil Servants employed by Department for International Trade (DIT) based in 12 NUTS1 UK regions in March, June and September 2021:

UK region

Mar-21

Jun-21

Sep-21

London

2316

2144

2361

West Midlands (England)

18

21

24

North West (England)

15

19

22

Scotland

11

16

21

Yorkshire and the Humber

17

16

16

South East (England)

120*

9

11

South West (England)

7

8

10

East of England

7

7

7

North East (England)

10

7

11

East Midlands (England)

8

7

9

Wales

4

5

12

Grand Total

2533

2259

2504

*Changes to figures in the South East of England from March 2021 are based upon the creation of the Trade Remedies Authority who now report people information separately to DIT.

These figures are represented as Headcount (e.g., count of individuals). These figures provide information on domestic payroll staff only. These figures do not include those on Loan from Other Government Departments (OGDs) who remain on their home departments payroll, Contractors, Military staff, Individuals on secondment from other organisations, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, on unpaid special leave or career break. UK Export Finance are not included in the above figures.

Penny Mordaunt
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what progress her Department has made in securing free trade agreements.

We have made great progress in securing trade deals around the world; to date, we have agreed deals with 70 countries, plus the EU, covering trade worth £766 billion last year.

This year, we signed a new deal with the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and we have reached Agreement-in-Principle with both Australia and New Zealand.

We have begun the accession process for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP); are preparing for negotiations with India, Canada and Mexico; and have also launched a public consultation on a trade deal with the Gulf Cooperation Council. We are due to begin work next year on an enhanced and improved FTA with Israel too.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 78372, Teesside Freeport: Switzerland, which products that were previously subject to duty drawback prohibitions under the UK-Switzerland FTA are now not subject to those terms.

The United Kingdom-Switzerland Joint Trade Committee updated the Rules of Origin protocol through a Joint Committee Decision on 16th July 2021. The changes have been provisionally applied since 1st September 2021, whilst the United Kingdom and Switzerland undergo parliamentary procedures to bring the amendment into force.

The changes reflect the revision of the rules between Switzerland and the EU as part of the updates to the Regional Convention on Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) Preferential Rules of Origin that Switzerland are subject to. They provide modernised rules of origin provisions, including removing the duty drawback prohibition on all products other than textiles, as is the case in the revised PEM rules of origin.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 25 November 2021 to Question 78372, on Teesside Freeport: Switzerland, when and through which forums were changes to the rules of origin provisions in the UK-Switzerland FTA agreed.

The United Kingdom-Switzerland Joint Trade Committee updated the Rules of Origin protocol through a Joint Committee Decision on 16th July 2021. The changes have been provisionally applied since 1st September 2021, whilst the United Kingdom and Switzerland undergo parliamentary procedures to bring the amendment into force.

The changes reflect the revision of the rules between Switzerland and the EU as part of the updates to the Regional Convention on Pan-Euro-Mediterranean (PEM) Preferential Rules of Origin that Switzerland are subject to. They provide modernised rules of origin provisions, including removing the duty drawback prohibition on all products other than textiles, as is the case in the revised PEM rules of origin.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
22nd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department has taken to increase foreign investment in the UK’s green industries.

On 19th October Her Majesty the Queen and the Prime Minister hosted the UK’s Global Investment Summit which was held in London and attended by over 170 global investors and decision makers.

The event was used to showcase that the UK is open for business and the country’s green and clean growth capabilities aligned to the Prime Minister’s 10-Point Plan. During the event, the Prime Minister also announced over £9billion of foreign investment across the UK in multiple clean and green sectors.

The Department for International Trade also launched the new Investment Atlas – an online platform designed to help international investors identify investment opportunities across the whole of the UK. The Atlas was launched with 53 initial strategic investment opportunities, each with a strong sustainability element aligned with the key themes set out in the Prime Minister’s 10-point plan. The number of opportunities will continue to grow over the coming months.

The Department, together with Office for Investment, are now working with No.10 colleagues to ensure that HM Government can capitalise on the momentum and legacy of this historic event.

Mike Freer
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the competitiveness of UK-produced steel in the US market compared to that of steel produced in the EU in the 12 month period (1) before, and (2) after, the US lifted tariffs on steel imports from the EU.

The US-EU deal on the application of Section 232 tariffs comes into effect from 1 January. The Government continues to work closely with the steel and aluminium industries to understand the potential implications of the US-EU deal.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
15th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in negotiations with the US about lifting the US tariffs on UK-produced steel; and when they expect those tariffs to be lifted.

Following the announcement of a US-EU deal on the application of Section 232 tariffs, the US issued a statement reflecting our ongoing discussions on this issue and committing to resume talks with the UK. In preparation, we continue to work closely with the steel and aluminium industries to understand the implications of the US-EU deal. Any deal that the UK secures with the US must work for the steel and aluminium sectors. We also continue to engage with UK importers, and will publish a response to the public consultation on our rebalancing measures in due course.

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the announcement on 22 September 2021 of an end to the ban on the export of UK lamb to the United States, when she plans to update her Department’s list of market access barriers to that effect.

We are pleased that US Department of Agriculture is looking to remove the import restrictions for ‘sheepmeat’. This will be a major milestone in the process of restoring access to the American market. It will be followed by further steps, including agreeing specific SPS and certifications conditions and requirements with Food Safety Inspection Service in the US; and domestic preparations, such as audits of British production establishments. We look forward to supporting the resumption of exports once this is finalised.

Ranil Jayawardena
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)