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)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Oct 2019, 7 p.m.
Founded in 2005, @Tregothnan is the first-ever English tea company to grow its product on British soil. They recently secured a deal to export their tea to Kazakhstan.​ #DidYouKnow that Kazakhstan 🇰🇿 is the biggest consumer of tea with milk outside 🇬🇧?​ - Link
16 Oct 2019, 6:06 p.m.
Indonesia is one of the world’s fastest growing economies & is predicted to become one of the top 20 global economies by 2050.​ As the UK prepares to leave the EU on 31 October, markets like Indonesia will provide significant opportunities for both UK businesses & households. - 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
Oct. 07 Urgent Questions US Tariffs: Scotch Whisky
Oct. 08 Written Statements No-deal Brexit: Temporary Tariff Regime
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 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
8 Oct 2019, 4:13 p.m. Foreign Investment in UK Jim Shannon


To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what guidance his Department issues to foreign companies planning to invest in the UK.

Answer (Graham Stuart)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) plays a critical role in promoting the UK as the natural choice for overseas investment. The Department provides support to inward investors who wish to set up in the UK.

These services range from providing information, guidance and support on the UK business environment, to access to finance, talent and skills, visas and migration, research and innovation, and sector experts.

DIT also provides an end-to-end service for investors, through initiatives such as the Strategic Relationship Management Programme, both in the UK and overseas, working with colleagues across government, in London, UK regions and Devolved Administrations. This suite of services helps investors prosper and succeed, which in turn leads them to reinvest further in the UK. The UK has the highest stock of FDI of any nation in Europe.

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