Trade Bill - Committee (1st Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:45 pm on 21st January 2019.

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Photo of Lord Lansley Lord Lansley Conservative 4:45 pm, 21st January 2019

I am sorry to interrupt my noble friend. She will know that part of this process is, as she rightly said, the sharing with the WTO of the prospective schedules for our accession to the GPA. Those schedules are about not just which government entities are on the list but also the coverage. Is it the Government’s intention, presumably already shared, that the coverage schedules—for example, and this is something to be particularly aware of, the extent to which health service procurement is covered by the GPA rules—are the same as the EU’s? Could my noble friend share with us by what mechanism a consultation would take place if the Government proposed to change the coverage schedules?