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Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:00 pm on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 4:00 pm, 4th February 2019

The noble Lord will remember from day three of Committee last week that one of the questions asked was whether we could provide the Committee with some running status on where we are with all those free trade agreements. That is a perfectly reasonable approach and it is something that my noble friend Lady Fairhead agreed to take back to look at and come back on ahead of Report. Rather than using this opportunity to rehearse that, I will say that it is something that we are looking at. Specifically on the EU and Japan, I was going to come to that topic and say that there is a working group with Japan to seek to replicate its effect as part of the continuity arrangements.