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 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 MP (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade)
Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (International Trade)
Shadow Ministers
Bill Esterson MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)
Judith Cummins MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (International Trade)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Jan 2020, 10:15 a.m.
As we leave the 🇪🇺 and become an independent member of the WTO, DIT will use all aspects of the 🇬🇧’s independent trade policy to support SMEs. We welcome the active engagement of @fsb_policy who are working to amplify the voice of 🇬🇧 SMEs in free trade agreements. #Readytotrade - Link
22 Jan 2020, 7 a.m.
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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
Oct. 17 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 17 Topical Questions Topical Questions
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions US Tariffs: Scotch Whisky
Oct. 30 Written Statements Work of the Department
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.
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 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
21 Jan 2020, 12:08 p.m. Raytheon: Saudi Arabia Lloyd Russell-Moyle


To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to extant licences for the export of controlled goods from Raytheon UK to Saudi Arabia, if she will set out (a) the type of those licences, (b) their start and end dates, (c) their item codes in the Consolidated list of strategic military and dual-use items that require export authorisation and (d) the quantity of goods exported under those respective licences.

Answer (Graham Stuart)

Providing the detailed information requested would disclose commercially sensitive information, however we can advise there is one extant Standard Individual Export Licence (SIEL) granted to Raytheon UK for export to Saudi Arabia. The licence was issued in the first quarter of 2018, with a two year validity and covers the item rating ML4.

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