Department for International Trade

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



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

Liberal Democrat
Lord Purvis of Tweed (LD - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (International Trade)
Sarah Green (LD - Chesham and Amersham)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Gareth Thomas (Lab - Harrow West)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Ruth Cadbury (Lab - Brentford and Isleworth)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Nia Griffith (Lab - Llanelli)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
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Debates
Friday 3rd February 2023
Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 26th April 2023
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Select Committee Inquiry
Wednesday 18th January 2023
UK trade sanctions on Russia

In this inquiry, the Committee will explore the role of the Department for International Trade (DIT) regarding trade-related sanctions on …

Written Answers
Friday 17th February 2023
Overseas Trade: Northern Ireland
To ask His Majesty's Government how businesses and organisations in Northern Ireland can get involved with the proposed Northern Ireland …
Secondary Legislation
Tuesday 8th November 2022
Extraterritorial US Legislation (Sanctions against Cuba, Iran and Libya) (Protection of Trading Interests) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 …
Bills
Wednesday 11th May 2022
Trade (Australia and New Zealand) Act 2023
Enable the implementation of, and the making of other provision in connection with, the government procurement Chapters of the United …
Dept. Publications
Friday 8th December 2023
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Department for International Trade Commons Appearances

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Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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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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Jan. 26
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Feb. 03
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Bills currently before Parliament

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Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 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.

This Bill received Royal Assent on 23rd March 2023 and was enacted into law.


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 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 17th December 2020 and was enacted into law.

Department for International Trade - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 8(1) of, and paragraph 21 of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (“the 2018 Act”) to address failures of retained EU law to operate effectively and other deficiencies arising from the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. In particular, these Regulations address deficiencies under paragraphs (a), (c), (d) and (g) of section 8(2) of the 2018 Act.
These Regulations amend legislation implementing 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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Petition Closed
11 Nov 2020
closed 3 years, 3 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.

In 2019 UK Government finalised a free trade agreement (FTA) with Faroe Islands which allows for £100 million of exports of wild caught and farmed fish to Britain per annum (20% of the Faroe Islands global trade). This FTA should be suspended until all whale & dolphin hunts on Faroe Islands end

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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.


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International Trade Committee: Previous Inquiries
The COVID-19 pandemic and international trade Defence sector exports The work of the Department for International Trade inquiry The Trade Bill inquiry UK-US trade relations inquiry Continuing application of EU trade agreements after Brexit inquiry Trade and the Commonwealth: Australia and New Zealand inquiry UK-US trade relations inquiry Support for exports and investment inquiry UK trade options beyond 2019 inquiry Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement inquiry Continuity of trading arrangements with Turkey inquiry UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny – follow-up inquiry Developments at the WTO inquiry UK Trade Remedies Authority: follow-up inquiry Inquiry on Department for International Trade’s support for exports UK trade in services inquiry Free ports inquiry UK trade with China Trade and the environment inquiry Trade in seafood: exports in a no-deal scenario inquiry No deal: impacts for trade with non-EU countries inquiry Trade implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative inquiry Implications of arrangements for Ireland - Northern Ireland border for wider UK Trade Policy inquiry Trade and the Commonwealth: developing countries inquiry UK Trade Remedies Authority inquiry UK investment policy inquiry The impact of UK-EU arrangements on wider UK trade policy inquiry UK Trade Policy Transparency and Scrutiny inquiry UK trade sanctions on Russia Export opportunities Continuity of trading arrangements with Turkey Developments at the WTO Department for International Trade’s support for exports EU trade policy Free ports The impact of UK-EU arrangements on wider UK trade policy Trade and the Commonwealth: Australia and New Zealand No deal: impacts for trade with non-EU countries Trade and the environment The Trade Bill Trade implications of China’s Belt and Road Initiative Trade in seafood: exports in a no-deal scenario UK trade with China UK investment policy UK trade in services UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny – follow-up UK Trade Remedies Authority: follow-up The work of the Department for International Trade

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

7th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the (1) roles, and (2) expectations, of the Prime Minister's trade envoys.

Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys are appointed to a wide spectrum of countries where they are able to make a significant contribution to the Government’s trade and investment objectives.

They champion Global Britain and promote the UK as a destination of choice for inward investment across all regions of the UK, helping to level up the country by supplementing the UK’s existing trade relations in their respective markets, working with our regional Trade Commissioners and global network to promote British business across the globe.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
7th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what countries of strategic trade interest to the UK do not have a Prime Minister's trade envoy appointed to them; and what are the reasons in each case.

Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys are appointed to a wide spectrum of countries where they are able to make a significant contribution to the government’s trade and investment objectives and the ultimate decision is the Prime Minister’s. The government tailors our business and investor support in different countries depending on market conditions and opportunities. We are regularly reviewing countries and markets to identify where the appointment of a Trade Envoy can be of greatest benefit.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they have made in planning for the proposed trade and investment conference due to be held in Northern Ireland in 2023.

In Autumn Statement 2022, the Chancellor announced a fund of up to £2 million for the then Department for International Trade, now the Department for Business and Trade, to: “work with local partners including Invest Northern Ireland to host a trade and investment event in Northern Ireland in 2023.”

The Department is working closely with partners at pace to define the event and will deliver the event in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland. We will shortly engage a range of businesses and organisations across Northern Ireland.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government how businesses and organisations in Northern Ireland can get involved with the proposed Northern Ireland trade and investment conference.

In Autumn Statement 2022, the Chancellor announced a fund of up to £2 million for the then Department for International Trade, now the Department for Business and Trade, to: “work with local partners including Invest Northern Ireland to host a trade and investment event in Northern Ireland in 2023.”

The Department is working closely with partners at pace to define the event and will deliver the event in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland. We will shortly engage a range of businesses and organisations across Northern Ireland.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
6th Feb 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government who will receive the £2 million announced in the Autumn Statement for a trade and investment conference in Northern Ireland; and what organisation will be responsible for organising and hosting the conference.

In Autumn Statement 2022, the Chancellor announced a fund of up to £2 million for the then Department for International Trade, now the Department for Business and Trade, to: “work with local partners including Invest Northern Ireland to host a trade and investment event in Northern Ireland in 2023.”

The Department is working closely with partners at pace to define the event and will deliver the event in collaboration with Invest Northern Ireland. We will shortly engage a range of businesses and organisations across Northern Ireland.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department will take to align the UK to the principles of the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate.

The UK is committed to ensure trade supports long-term climate action, in line with the Coalition of Trade Ministers’ principles of leadership, transparency, inclusivity and cooperation.

The Secretary of State attended the launch of this at the World Economic Forum in Davos this January and we continue to advocate for collective action at the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other multilateral fora. For example, the UK has been a leading voice on the proposed G7-led ‘Climate Club’ – aiming to make it as inclusive as possible. Meanwhile, we are supporting the Net Zero transition through our Clean Growth export programme, foreign direct investment, UK Export Finance, and through overseas aid.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has he made of the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia in preventing UK companies from trading in Russia; and what steps she is taking to close loopholes in those sanctions.

The UK has wholly or partially sanctioned £20 billion of UK-Russia goods trade – 96% of 2021 values. Compared to before the invasion, UK goods imports from Russia have fallen by 99.1%, and goods exports to Russia have fallen by 80%. Additional sanctions on services trade will further erode Russia’s ability to keep pace with Western countries.

Sanctions are starving Russia of advanced technologies and degrading their military capabilities, especially as many high-precision weapons rely on Western components.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has had discussions with representatives of the state government of (a) Alabama, (b) Mississippi and (c) Arkansas on securing memorandums of understanding on trade in the last two years.

We regularly engage states through our network of consulates on how we can enhance our strong, existing trade relationships. My predecessor also met with the Governor of Arkansas in April last year to discuss how we could boost trade further.

We welcome continued interest from states in strengthening trade ties and will continue to focus on how best we can work together to deliver the greatest impact for business.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent steps she has taken to include the mutual recognition of pharmaceutical products in trade agreement negotiations.

The UK has secured a number of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) on Good Manufacturing Practices for pharmaceutical products in recent years. They comprise standalone MRAs with the US, Australia and New Zealand, with similar commitments contained in our Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Switzerland, Israel and Canada. New Free Trade Agreement negotiations are ongoing with Israel and Canada.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
3rd Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many (a) fossil fuel-, (b) electric- and (c) hybrid-powered road-legal vehicles their Department purchased in the last 24 months.

The Department has not purchased any road legal vehicles in the past 24 months. It uses the Government Car Service for vehicle provision. Cars provided to Departments by the Government Car Service will be included in the return for the Department for Transport.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many meetings her (a) Ministers and (b) officials had with car manufacturers on the memorandum of understanding between the UK and South Carolina before the signing of that agreement.

Government officials and Ministers regularly engage with the automotive industry to support the growth of British businesses and address market access barriers.

UK sector experts in the US engaged regularly with industry representatives in the formulation of the UK-South Carolina Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Trade officials further engaged the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and other industry representatives through the Department’s established Trade Advisory Groups. The UK will continue to engage industry in the delivery of this MOU in 2023.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, in which countries does her Department employ staff based in UK (a) embassies (b) consulates.

As of 31 January 2023, this department employed UK-based staff in UK embassies in the following countries:

Algeria, Azerbaijan, Chile, China, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Myanmar.

UK-based staff in UK consulates in the following countries:

Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United States, Vietnam.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps their Department takes to comply with section 181 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992; and if they will make a statement.

There is a range of HR information which is published on GOV.UK and therefore publicly available:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/sections-181-185-of-the-trade-union-and-labour-relations-consolidation-act-1992

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-trade

In addition, the Department for International Trade, now the Department for Business and Trade, meets regularly with their recognised Trade Unions and presents and shares a range of information and data where it is appropriate and in line with privacy statements. This helps inform decision making through negotiation, engagement and consultation as appropriate.

This department is therefore complying with section 181 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and we always seek to work constructively with trade unions.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) have also provided a similar response to confirm that UKEF is therefore complying with section 181 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Paul Smith Limited has been granted an exception or licence to sell luxury fashion items in Russia.

Between 14 April 2022 and 30 September 2022, the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has not issued licences by exception for the export of luxury fashion items or cars for these specific companies to Russia. This is the latest period published in the Official Export Control Statistics.

Information on Russia Sanctions relating to luxury goods (as specified in Schedule 3A to the Regulations) can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/russia-sanctions-guidance/russia-sanctions-guidance

The Government takes the enforcement of sanctions very seriously, and any UK person or company anywhere in the world that is selling or exporting sanctioned goods to Russia, directly or indirectly, may be in breach of sanctions law and potentially faces a heavy fine or imprisonment.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Agent Provocateur has been granted an exception or licence to sell luxury fashion items in Russia.

Between 14 April 2022 and 30 September 2022, the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has not issued licences by exception for the export of luxury fashion items or cars for these specific companies to Russia. This is the latest period published in the Official Export Control Statistics.

Information on Russia Sanctions relating to luxury goods (as specified in Schedule 3A to the Regulations) can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/russia-sanctions-guidance/russia-sanctions-guidance

The Government takes the enforcement of sanctions very seriously, and any UK person or company anywhere in the world that is selling or exporting sanctioned goods to Russia, directly or indirectly, may be in breach of sanctions law and potentially faces a heavy fine or imprisonment.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether Rolls-Royce has been granted an exception or licence to sell luxury cars in Russia.

Between 14 April 2022 and 30 September 2022, the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has not issued licences by exception for the export of luxury fashion items or cars for these specific companies to Russia. This is the latest period published in the Official Export Control Statistics.

Information on Russia Sanctions relating to luxury goods (as specified in Schedule 3A to the Regulations) can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/russia-sanctions-guidance/russia-sanctions-guidance

The Government takes the enforcement of sanctions very seriously, and any UK person or company anywhere in the world that is selling or exporting sanctioned goods to Russia, directly or indirectly, may be in breach of sanctions law and potentially faces a heavy fine or imprisonment.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
1st Feb 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much her Department spent on recruitment consultants in each of the last three years.

The total cost of support from external recruitment consultants for 2020, 2021 and 2022 was £648,408.47. This covers support for recruiting substantive civil servants at delegated grades and Senior Civil Servants (SCS) grades and Non-Executive Directors (NEDs), at the Department for International Trade and UK Export Finance.

Recruitment consultant support is used when the department is looking to recruit for roles that require a specialised or senior skillset to ensure we maximise our reach, and to help attract external candidates.

Year

Total Spend

20/21

£183,480.00

21/22

£161,970.70

22/23 year to date 31/01/23

£302,957.77

Total

£648,408.47

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when she will provide a full response to Question 118845 tabled on 9 January 2023 by the hon. Member for Bristol East.

I refer the hon. Member for Bristol East to the answer I gave her today, UIN 118845.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
9th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent assessment she has made of the potential impact of the US Inflation Reduction Act on the level of investment in UK industry.

We are engaging closely with the US administration to address our serious concerns about the Inflation Reduction Act, as well as talking to our friends and allies across the world who are similarly affected, we will continue to robustly defend the interests of UK industry.

During the Secretary of State's visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos last month, the Inflation Reduction Act was atop of her agenda. She held meetings with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai to reaffirm her concerns about the legislation and a potential global subsidies race, as well as EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, where she continued to push for both sides to work together and with other international partners on our response to the Inflation Reduction Act.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
31st Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to support exports of pharmaceutical products produced in the UK.

Pharmaceuticals are one of the UK’s top exports, valued at £20.3 billion in 2021, employing more than 136,000 people with a turnover of £64.2 billion. In line with the Export Strategy’s 12-point plan and as set out in the Board of Trade report on Life Sciences, the Department pursues an ambitious, targeted and strategic approach to promoting exports. This includes addressing market barriers, global defence of free trade, running novel innovation challenges, publishing targeted international sector-specific propositions and delivering focused export campaigns. These initiatives have been and continue to successfully showcase the UK's pharmaceutical national strengths to international audiences.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on exports from the UK to the European Union.

UK trade has been affected by several shocks in recent years, including the Covid Pandemic, exiting the EU and war in Ukraine. In the period since leaving the EU, the value of UK exports to the EU is back to pre-Covid levels. Latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that the UK total exports of goods and services to the EU were worth £330.2bn in the 12 months to September 2022. This represents an overall increase of 10% in current prices compared to pre-Covid levels in 2018, with services exports growing by 12% in current prices in this period.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
31st Jan 2023
ORIGINAL: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 27 January 2023 to Question 126639 on Trade Promotion, whether her Department identifies a difference between diaspora and diversity.

The question answered on 27 January, UIN: 126639, made reference to both diversity and diaspora, and the response from my Hon. Friend for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, the former Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Exports, highlighted our department’s commitment to diversity, however, we do not hold data on the involvement of diverse diaspora in trade delegations.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what administrative, logistical, and financial support is provided to UK trade envoys when they travel overseas in that capacity.

The Department for International Trade, now known as the Department for Business and Trade, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the programme and each Trade Envoy has a Civil Servant relationship manager. Relationship managers act as the Trade Envoy’s point of contact, coordinating their activity and provide administrative support when they undertake overseas visits, by arranging flights, visas, a programme of activity and briefing.

The Trade Envoy role is unpaid, but this department meets the costs of any travel expenditure such as transport and accommodation to allow them to carry out their role.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what are the roles and lines of accountability for UK trade envoys and trade commissioners, including their accountability to Parliament.

Trade Envoys are Parliamentarians appointed by the Prime Minister to support the Government’s trade and investment agenda in one or more specific markets. They report to my Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State and are ultimately accountable to the Prime Minister.

HM Trade Commissioners are senior Civil Servants recruited under fair and open competition and appointed to head the overseas operations for this department. They are accountable to the Permanent Secretary and ultimately to the Secretary of State.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government, following the visits to the Dominican Republic and the Republic of Columbia by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Americas and Caribbean), what plans they have to assist UK businesses in trading with companies in those countries.

The Department for International Trade, now known as the Department for Business and Trade, works to support UK businesses in their trading endeavors in the Dominican Republic and Colombia.

This includes promotional activity in the UK, such as the upcoming LATAC Roadshow where our experts will showcase opportunities in these markets for UK businesses. Additionally, my noble Friend Baroness Hooper and my Hon. Friend for Fylde are active Trade Envoys for these countries, engaging with businesses in the UK and abroad.

Following recent Ministerial visits, the Government has hosted a senior Colombian rail delegation to promote UK expertise in this sector and is pursuing an ambitious multi-billion pound pipeline of infrastructure projects in the Dominican Republic.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
26th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what (1) opportunities have been introduced to the UK, and (2) transactions have been completed, by each of the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys in respect of (a) each sector, and (b) each country, in the last two years.

Trade Envoys are appointed by the Prime Minister to support the Government’s trade and investment objectives. Trade Envoys add value in their respective markets, through the soft power influence they bring in developing relationships with key influencers and feedback has been very positive. Trade Envoys are one part of the Department’s support for British businesses seeking to export and win contracts overseas and we do not separate out the impact of Trade Envoys from our broader departmental work.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, to outline how many times the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy for Ukraine has visited that country since (a) being appointed and (b) February 2022.

Due to travel restrictions arising from Covid 19 and FCDO’s strict advice not to travel due to the ongoing war, the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ukraine has been unable to visit since being appointed.

However, the Department for International Trade, now known as the Department for Business and Trade, has delivered trade sanctions to help cripple Putin’s war machine, agreed a Digital Trade Agreement with Ukraine, removed all tariffs under the UK-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement, and continues to play a big role in supporting Ukrainian reconstruction efforts.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many applications have been made to the Attendee element of the UK Tradeshow Programme; and how much has been spent on that element in 2022-2023.

A total of 258 and 164 applications have been submitted to the UK Tradeshow Programme, seeking support to either exhibit at, or attend, overseas trade shows respectively.

Forecasted spend for 2022-23 is £228k for exhibitor support and £53k for support to attendees. In addition, there is a further £16k of spend on Export Academy training across both elements of the programme.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many applications have been made to the Exhibit element of the UK Tradeshow Programme; and how much has been spent on that element in 2022-2023.

A total of 258 and 164 applications have been submitted to the UK Tradeshow Programme, seeking support to either exhibit at, or attend, overseas trade shows respectively.

Forecasted spend for 2022-23 is £228k for exhibitor support and £53k for support to attendees. In addition, there is a further £16k of spend on Export Academy training across both elements of the programme.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department is seeking further state-level trade and economic memorandums of understanding with US states; and if she will make a statement.

The Government sees huge potential to grow trade with US states by promoting UK business, tackling barriers, and attracting investment.

Building on Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) concluded last year with Indiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina, the Government is actively engaging with further states, including Oklahoma, Utah, Texas, and California.

Signature is just the start. Using MoUs to deliver results for business, the UK has already completed working groups with Indiana and North Carolina, which highlighted opportunities in government procurement and offshore wind respectively. The Government will hold expanded sessions with each state involving UK industry later this year.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
31st Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if they will take steps to (a) publish an equality impact assessment and (b) consult with trade unions when proposing new HR policies for their Department; and if they will make a statement.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF) conduct Equality Impact Assessments (EQIA) as part of internal process where there is anticipated to be a people-related impact of change to policy, process, or organisational design. These are conducted through engagement with departmental networks and Trade Unions. EQIA documentation is for internal use and therefore is not routinely published.

As part of internal processes, DIT and UKEF both consult with Departmental Trade Unions when introducing new policies or incorporating major changes to existing policies and guidance.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she is taking steps to increase trade with Taiwan.

The UK and Taiwan share a deep, £8bn trade and investment relationship. Longstanding Trade Talks with Taiwan are held annually to boost trade and support economic growth. In November 2022 my Rt. Hon. Friend for Chelsea and Fulham, the former Minister of State for Trade Policy, co-hosted the UK-Taiwan 25th annual Trade Talks in Taipei, during which discussions were held on areas of mutual interest, including on barriers to trade in sectors like fintech, food and drink and pharma, aimed at helping more UK firms export and invest in Taiwan. We are exploring a range of opportunities to further enhance our trade partnership.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether any chapters have been concluded during negotiations for a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council.

Two rounds of negotiations on a free trade agreement with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have been held, covering all the objectives outlined in the UK’s Strategic Approach. The UK has exchanged draft chapter text with the GCC across most policy areas.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
25th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has notified staff to (a) tell or (b) remind them that they can sell annual leave in the last four months.

The Department does not currently operate a policy which enables staff to sell annual leave. The Department has not notified staff to (a) tell or (b) remind them that they can sell annual leave in the last four months.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
30th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department last met the (a) Strategic Trade Advisory Group, (b) Civil Society Roundtable, (c) Trade Advisory Groups and (d) Thematic Working Groups.

The Strategic Trade Advisory Group and Civil Society Roundtable last met on 13 June 2022. There are eleven Trade Advisory Groups and the most recent meeting for a group took place on 2 December 2022. There are ten Thematic Working Groups, and the most recent meeting was on 26 January 2023.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to help support the UK food industry to export into the EU.

We support our food producers through all stages of their export journey to the EU. This includes the Export Support Service, GREAT.gov.uk platform, the Export Academy, UK Export Finance and high profile events and trade shows such as SIAL in France and Anuga in Germany. The Department for International Trade has a network of agriculture, food and drink trade advisers across EU markets overseen by our Trade Commissioner in Europe

We have also established a new Food and Drink Export Council which brings together the UK Government, Devolved Administrations, and industry, to harness collective capability, expertise, and resources in boosting UK food and drink exports to global markets, including Europe.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
20th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure her Department complies with section 2.1.6 of the Civil Service Management Code; and whether that monitoring data gathered is shared with union representatives.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) routinely captures and monitors personal information as specified in section 2.1.6 of the Civil Service Management Code from candidates and staff to ensure best practice and legal compliance. DIT uses Equality Impact Assessments to examine the impacts of policies and processes on the Department’s workforce and take action to mitigate against any unintended impacts.

The data gathered is shared with trade union representatives where appropriate. Detailed information on the Civil Service workforce is collected and published centrally as part of the Annual Civil Service Employment Statistics and can be found on Gov.uk.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
26th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to ensure her Department complies with section 2.1.6 of the Civil Service Management Code; and whether that monitoring data gathered is shared with union representatives.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him today, UIN 128655.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department is taking to increase (a) the global profile of and (b) investment in research and development in cities outside the London-Oxford-Cambridge triangle; and what plans she has to use trade delegations to achieve those objectives.

The Government is continuing to drive forward Manifesto commitments on science and technology including increasing both public and private investment in R&D, across all regions of the UK.

Our High Potential Opportunities Programme, which can be found on our Investment Atlas presents commercially attractive investment opportunities from across the UK to investors. Examples include immersive technology in the Northeast and MedTech health in Wales.

This year we have delivered 18 Trade Missions to advance our trade and investment ambitions, including a mission to the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, November 2022 where a globally renowned digital consultancy firm, with a UK branch in the Hon. Member’s constituency, attended.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
27th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish the results of the Export Client Survey for each of the last five years.

The Export Client Survey launched in 2018 and the findings for the 2018-2019 financial year have been published: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trade-export-client-survey-ecs.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how much of the Internationalisation Fund has been allocated to exporters in 2022-23.

During the 2022-23 financial year, the Internationalisation Fund has paid £7 million to 1,093 exporters in England as of 20 January 2023.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)
18th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government whether they use customs data to map market changes over time in (1) quantity, (2) pricing, (3) number of suppliers, and (4) number of importers, for each harmonized system code; and whether they use any artificial intelligence-based solution to do so.

The Department makes use of customs data to monitor and better understand patterns of demand for imports and exports of goods and is continuously looking at ways improve and integrate complex datasets and techniques further.

The Department also uses customs data from HMRC and UN COMTRADE to analyse trade flows in the context of supply chains. This is done to improve the visibility of UK critical supply chains and inform government resilience strategies. The Department also leads a cross-Government project called the ‘Global Supply Chains Intelligence Pilot’ which aims to combine government and commercial datasets, along with big data analytics, to map global supply chains.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
23rd Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps she is taking to increase trade between Somalia and the UK.

My Department will introduce the UK’s Developing Countries Trading Scheme (DCTS) in early 2023, which will facilitate Somalia’s integration into global supply chains through reformed rules of origin and allow 99% of goods exported from Somalia duty-free access to UK markets.

The Department for International Trade’s Export Support Service also provides specialist overseas support to small-and-medium-sized UK businesses looking to export and grow in Africa, including Somalia.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she had discussions at the World Economic Forum on restoration of the WTO rules-based trade regime.

The Secretary of State had important discussions at the World Economic Forum on strengthening the multilateral trading system, including by achieving a fully functioning World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement system. These included bilateral meetings with the US, European Commission and other allies, a meeting with the WTO Director General, attendance at the Coalition of Trade Ministers on Climate, and a WTO mini-ministerial.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
18th Jan 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government what progress they are making in regard to a free trade agreement with India.

On 12-13 December 2022 the Secretary of State for International Trade visited India to meet the Minister for Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal, and to initiate the sixth round of the UK-India Free Trade Agreement negotiations. A written ministerial statement on the latest negotiation round can be found here.

Lord Johnson of Lainston
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether their Department has purchased mobile UV virus irradiation units.

The Department has not purchased any mobile UV virus irradiation units.

Nigel Huddleston
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether she is taking steps to increase trade between the UK and Nepal.

The Government is committed to driving mutual prosperity between the UK and Nepal, enabling UK businesses to take full advantage of Nepal’s high growth sectors such as renewable energy, education and retail. Officials have worked with colleagues in country to remove barriers to trade, such as the recent lifting of import restrictions on luxury goods, and the removal of a lock-in period for foreign funds investing in Nepal. In January the Department for International Trade supported a Clean Growth and Infrastructure event in Kathmandu for industry and Government, focusing on improving standards and regulations for the sector.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
24th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how often her Department plans to conduct ex-post evaluations of the implementation of new free trade agreements.

The government has committed to publishing evaluations of each of the UK-Japan, UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand agreements, within 5 years of each agreement’s entry into force.

Greg Hands
Minister of State (Department for Business and Trade)
18th Jan 2023
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has taken steps to consult with the UK based Indian diaspora during the process of choosing (a) trade envoys and (b) delegations to India; and whether her Department holds a list of Indian diaspora organisations.

The UK is home to a vibrant Indian diaspora that contributes to the UK’s culture, innovation, and economy.

To help support the growth of UK businesses with trade and investment opportunities in India, including business delegations, the Department for International Trade (DIT) engages with groups such as the UK India Business Council, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Confederation of Indian Industry and the India (Trade and Investment) All Party Parliamentary Group, as well as the relevant teams at the High Commission of India. These organisations engage with a wide range of groups in the UK and India.

Andrew Bowie
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Energy Security and Net Zero)