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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 MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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.
|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|
|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.|
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.
|Apr. 06||Coronavirus: DIT offers support to exporters and investors||News and Communications|
|Mar. 26||DIT senior officials travel, hospitality and Permanent Secretary meetings: October to December 2019||Transparency|
|Mar. 26||DIT business appointment rules advice October to December 2019||Transparency|
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.
|31 Mar 2020, 12:03 p.m.||Expert Trade Advisory Groups: Public Appointments||Lord Foster of Bath|
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.