Department for International Trade

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

Secretary of State

Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
Ministers of State
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)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

17 Aug 2019, 10 a.m.
UK exports of sporting equipment are at an all-time high, rising by 10% to £510 million in 2018. Midlands stadium designers @StadiArena1 have increased their turnover by 80% through exporting to 🇮🇳, 🇬🇷, 🇺🇸 & 🇦🇺. ​ They explain how they benefitted from DIT's help 👇 - Link
17 Aug 2019, 9 a.m.
Here's some chocolate trade facts about the 🇬🇧:​ 🍫 we sell chocolate to every single continent (even Antarctica)​ 🍫 we exported more than £800m of chocolate in 2018​ 🍫 we're home to the International Cocoa Quarantine Centre, located in Reading​ #FoodIsGREAT - 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
Apr. 25 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 06 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Feb. 13 Urgent Questions EU Trade Agreements: Replication
Jul. 22 Written Statements Off-payroll Engagements
Jul. 23 Westminster Hall UK Trade and Investment Strategy
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 2017-19 3rd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 20 March, 2019 23 May 2019, 3 p.m.
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 Jul 2019, 12:22 p.m. Exports: Angus Kirstene Hair


To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what support is being provided to businesses in Angus to access new foreign markets and increase export volumes.

Answer (Graham Stuart)

The Department for International Trade provides support to companies in Angus, Scotland and the rest of the UK through key programmes including the GREAT campaign, sector specific export initiatives, assistance for exporters in 108 overseas markets and the financial assistance to exporters offered by UK Export Finance. We are committed to seeking continuity in current trade and investment relationships, including those covered by EU third country Free Trade Agreements and other EU preferential arrangements.

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