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)
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel - Minister of State (Department for International Trade)
Baroness Berridge - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Graham Stuart MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
Mr Ranil Jayawardena MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

18 Sep 2020, 12:01 p.m.
One week ago, we agreed a trade deal with #Japan. What does that mean for UK businesses? We asked ceramics company @burleighpottery how it could benefit from more trade with Japan. 👇 #UKJapan #tradedeal - Link
16 Sep 2020, 5:04 p.m.
Last week, the UK took a major step towards joining the #CPTPP trade group. For the first time @trussliz met with Chief Negotiators from all 11 countries to discuss the UK's accession to this large and dynamic free trade area.​ Read more 👉 - 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
Sep. 03 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions No-deal Brexit: Schedule of Tariffs
Mar. 11 Westminster Hall Women in the Commonwealth: Trade and Investment
Jul. 01 Adjournment Debate Covid-19: International Language Schools
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Department for International Trade - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Trade Bill 2019-21 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 8 September, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

29 Sep 2020

17 Sep 2020, 7:13 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.

Department for International Trade - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
2 Sep 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department for International Trade Prevention of Trade Diversion (Key Medicines) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
Regulation (EU) 2016/793 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 to avoid trade diversion into the European Union of certain key medicines, as that Regulation applies in Great Britain at the end of the transition period, is amended by these Regulations.
14 Jul 2020
In Force
5 Aug 2020
Department for International Trade Trade Remedies (Amendment) (EU Exit) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations, which come into force on 5th August 2020, amend the statutory instruments implementing the United Kingdom trade remedies system.
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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
18 Sep 2020, 10:17 a.m. Trade Agreements: Vietnam Emily Thornberry


To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, when her Department last held negotiations with the Government of Vietnam on a potential trade agreement that would take effect when existing EU trade agreements no longer apply to the UK; and at what level those negotiations were held.

Answer (Mr Ranil Jayawardena)

HM Government has ambitious goals for British trade; our aim is to have 80% of United Kingdom trade with countries covered by free trade agreements within the next three years, starting with the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Work to transition EU trade agreements contributes to this ambition.

To date, the United Kingdom has signed, or agreed in principle, 21 trade agreements, with 49 countries. This includes the United Kingdom–Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, which was agreed in principle on 11th September 2020. Our total trade with these countries was worth £142 billion in 2019.

We are continuing our work to replicate existing EU trade agreements with trading partners, to secure continuity for British businesses at the end of the transition period. Negotiations continue on the remaining trade continuity agreements in a way that reflects the reality of the current situation.

An up-to-date list of trade continuity agreements, signed and in discussion, is available on GOV.UK at:

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