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)
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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Sarah Olney (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)
Emily Thornberry (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Trade)
Shadow Ministers
Bill Esterson (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Paul Blomfield (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade) (Brexit and EU Negotiations)
Gareth Thomas (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (International Trade)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Jul 2020, 9 a.m.
To secure our future prosperity, we must trade more with all parts of the 🌎.​ Our new Smart Distance Selling Process sends 🇬🇧 food & drink boxes to overseas buyers, before our virtual tastings match buyers & producers.​ Read more about how it works: https://t.co/r4OONRa3Ao https://t.co/CXahMEbUbz - Link
3 Jul 2020, 8:01 a.m.
What's powering the UK's latest tech unicorn, @octopus_energy ? UK-Australian partnership. 🤝 This is why a 🇬🇧-🇦🇺 free trade agreement is so important. #freetrade #tradedeals https://t.co/X7S9PBPtR5 - 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
Jun. 18 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 18 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions US Tariffs: Scotch Whisky
Jun. 30 Written Statements Negotiations on the UK's Future Relationship with the US: Update
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 Committee Debate: 8th sitting: House of Commons 25 June, 2020 (1) (2) 29 Jun 2020, 10:15 a.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
Laid
9 Jun 2020
In Force
1 Jul 2020
Department for International Trade Export Control (Somalia) (Amendment) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order, which comes into force on 1st July 2020, amends the Export Control (Somalia) Order 2011 (S.I. 2011/146) (“the 2011 Order”).
Laid
3 Feb 2020
In Force
1 Mar 2020
Department for International Trade Trade Remedies (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations are made by the Secretary of State to further amend 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
3 Jul 2020, 1:16 p.m. Protective Clothing: Coronavirus Emily Thornberry

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps her Department took with the Department for Health and Social Care in January 2020 to source personal protective equipment to help prepare for the effect of covid-19 on the UK.

Answer (Mr Ranil Jayawardena)

Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has been working closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to assist the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) in identifying sources for the personal protective equipment (PPE) that they needed. The combined DIT, FCO and DHSC efforts have resulted in new purchase orders from the DHSC for over 30.7 billion items of PPE being raised through new global sources, alongside existing British suppliers to the NHS.

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