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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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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
Ministers of State
Rt Hon Greg Hands MP
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Rt Hon Conor Burns MP
Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Graham Stuart MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Barry Gardiner (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Trade)
Shadow Ministers
Bill Esterson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Judith Cummins (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

6 Apr 2020, 5 p.m.
.@ABI_Electronics' Willian Santos shares how to fight #coronavirus while reducing waste.​ ABI Electronics is also offering free training on repairing components of medical equipment such as ventilators.​ #thankyou | #StayHomeSaveLives https://t.co/k531gjyBek - Link
6 Apr 2020, 1 p.m.
Today we emailed 160,000 🇬🇧businesses to let them know what support is available to help them.​ This includes​: ✅Help for businesses: https://t.co/5YJMyDtpH0​ ✅Guidance for those trading internationally: https://t.co/wGn2yHHeVe​ Read the full letter 👉https://t.co/b32BH3TbvG https://t.co/7muheSiFIz - Link
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Department for International Trade Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Mar. 05 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Mar. 11 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions US Tariffs: Scotch Whisky
Feb. 06 Written Statements Export Licences: Saudi Arabia
Mar. 11 Westminster Hall Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment
Mar. 20 Adjournment Debate Small Business Exports
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Department for International Trade Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Trade Bill 2019-21 1st reading: House of Commons (no debate) 18 Mar 2020, 5:56 p.m.
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.
Trade Bill 2017-19 3rd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 20 March, 2019 23 May 2019, 3 p.m.
The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress. 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.

Department for International Trade Select Committee

Department for International Trade Select Committee Home Page

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, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Department for International Trade Publications


Department for International Trade Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
31 Mar 2020, 12:03 p.m. Expert Trade Advisory Groups: Public Appointments Lord Foster of Bath

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Department for International Trade selected the membership of its Expert Trade Advisory Groups.

Answer (Viscount Younger of Leckie)

There are currently 17 Expert Trade Advisory Groups (ETAGs), covering a range of sector and thematic policy areas. Over 250 organisations are members of the network of Expert Trade Advisory Groups. The Department intends to publish the names of these organisations in due course.

We have established engagement mechanisms, such as the ETAGs, to ensure a broad range of stakeholders have the opportunity to inform the UK’s trade policy. Any further opportunities for engagement during negotiations will be set out in due course.

The membership of ETAGs varies according to the needs of the Group, and may include a range of stakeholders from industry, consumer groups, business associations, trade unions or NGOs. Members were selected based on experience and expertise in the relevant sectoral or thematic area.

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