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)

6 Nov 2019, 7 a.m.
From 6 November 2019, the UK Government will enter a pre-election period, also known as purdah. This means until a new Government is formed, our social channels will be quieter than usual - we will not be posting new proactive content. - Link
5 Nov 2019, 1:50 p.m.
#DidYouKnow that the 🌍’s largest offshore wind farm is in the UK’s #NorthernPowerhouse?​ Today, we are at the Northern Powerhouse Clean Energy & Growth Conference to showcase the region: from smart energy to renewables, the #NPH leads in energy innovations & commercial success. - 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
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
5 Nov 2019, 4:51 p.m. Department for International Trade: Honours Seema Malhotra


To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what proportion of staff in her Department in receipt of each category of Honour in (a) December 2018 and (b) June 2019 were (i) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (ii) female aged (A) under 30, (B) 31 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) aged over 50.

Answer (Conor Burns)

The Government is committed to ensuring that the honours system is fully representative of UK society. The proportion of women and people from ethnic minorities receiving recognition on each honours list is available on GOV.UK and a breakdown of ethnicities of recipients is published on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website at Information on ages is not correlated with other diversity factors.

The numbers of honours recipients in the Department for International Trade are very small and vary from year to year. Releasing the requested data would identify the individuals when they have given permission for their data to be used for statistical purposes only.

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