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Trade Bill - Committee (4th Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:30 pm on 4th February 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 4:30 pm, 4th February 2019

My noble friend will be aware that “consultation” has a specific meaning now in legal terms, which is quite an onerous responsibility of the process. We could seek ways to discuss—perhaps with BEIS as part of the industrial strategy—or to engage with others who are interested. He mentioned Humberside, Teesside and others, and I think we could look at ways in which that could be done. I am very happy to take that thought back to the Treasury and write to him further on that.