Implementation of international trade agreements

Trade Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:44 pm on 17th July 2018.

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Amendments made: 36, page 2, line 18, leave out “the regulations are made” and insert

“a draft of the regulations is laid”.

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 75.

Amendment 37, page 2, line 20, leave out “the regulations are made” and insert

“a draft of the regulations is laid”.

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 75.

Amendment 38, page 2, line 27, leave out “the regulations are made” and insert

“a draft of the regulations is laid”.

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 75.

Amendment 39, page 2, line 29, leave out “the regulations are made” and insert

“a draft of the regulations is laid”.

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 75.

Amendment 42, page 2, line 37, at end insert—

“(6A) In this section, a reference to a draft of regulations being laid is to a draft of the regulations, or the instrument containing the regulations, being laid before—

(a) each House of Parliament, in the case of regulations to which paragraph 3A(1) or 3B of Schedule 2 applies (regulations of a Minister of the Crown, or a Minister of the Crown acting jointly with a devolved authority);

(b) the Scottish Parliament, in the case of regulations to which paragraph 3A(2) of Schedule 2 applies (regulations of the Scottish Ministers);

(c) the National Assembly for Wales, in the case of regulations to which paragraph 3A(3) of Schedule 2 applies (regulations of the Welsh Ministers);

(d) the Northern Ireland Assembly, in the case of regulations to which paragraph 3A(4) of Schedule 2 applies (regulations of a Northern Ireland department).”—(George Hollingbery.)

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 75.

Amendment proposed: 19, page 2, line 40, at end insert—

“(a) No regulations may be made under subsection (1) in respect of a free trade agreement unless the text of that agreement has been subject to consultation prior to its ratification by Parliament, in line with any guidance or code of practice on consultations issued by Her Majesty’s Government.

(b) A consultation under paragraph (a) shall actively seek the views of—

(i) Scottish Ministers,

(ii) Welsh Ministers,

(iii) a Northern Ireland department,

(iv) representatives of businesses and trade unions in sectors which, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, are likely to be affected by the proposed free trade agreement, and

(v) any other person or organisation which appears to the Secretary of State to be representative of interests affected by the proposed free trade agreement, including local authorities.”—(Barry Gardiner.)

This amendment would require the Government to have published the text of each UK free trade agreement and opened it to consultation with business, trade unions, the devolved administrations and other parties prior to its ratification.

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The House divided:

Ayes 285, Noes 315.

Division number 218 Trade Bill — Implementation of international trade agreements

Aye: 283 MPs

No: 315 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.

Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. There is a great deal of concern across Parliament about the mysterious disappearance of Sir Vince Cable. He has been missing since last night. This morning, he was texting about being the only person really fighting Brexit. I just wonder if you and the parliamentary authorities could ascertain his whereabouts and whether he is indeed safe, and report back to me and all those people who are so concerned.

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion Committee

I would not want to take upon my shoulders such a major responsibility. I must advise the hon. Gentleman that I wish all the best to Sir Vince Cable. I have no reason to be perturbed on his account. I am not aware that he is indisposed, and I very much hope that he is not. Tom Brake is beaming in a mildly eccentric manner from a sedentary position.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Thank you for letting me raise this. On the same subject, have you had any concerns raised with you about the absence of the Leader of the Opposition in relation to fighting against Brexit for the past two years? Has anyone shared any concerns that they may have on that score?

Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Speaker of the House of Commons, Chair, Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, Chair, Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Chair, Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion Committee

I am not concerned unduly about either matter. They do not fall within the auspices of the Chair, but the point has been made by each right hon. and hon. Member, and I trust that we can leave it there.

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