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Written Ministerial Statements — Department for International Trade: Trade Remedies (28 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: On 28 November the Government published a Call for Evidence to identify UK interest in existing EU trade remedy measures. Currently, there are a number of trade remedy measures being applied by the EU, some of which are relevant and significant to UK industry. In preparation for the UK being an independent trading nation, it is important that we provide certainty and continuity to UK...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department for International Trade: Trade Matters (27 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: The Secretary of State has announced the Government’s decision to appoint nine Her Britannic Majesty's Trade Commissioners (HMTCs) to head the overseas operations for the Department of International Trade (DIT). These HM Trade Commissioners will lead export promotion, investment (inward and overseas direct investment) and trade policy overseas. These are Senior Civil Service...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: *No heading* (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: My Noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion (Baroness Fairhead), will lead the creation of a new export strategy, bringing together expertise from across Government and the private sector. This strategy will ensure that Government has the right financial, practical and promotional support in place to allow businesses to benefit from growth opportunities, generating...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Small Businesses (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: Small Business Saturday is a nation-wide grass roots campaign, celebrating small businesses across the UK. It is now in its fifth year and will take place on Saturday 2 December 2017. DIT Ministers will be supporting this activity to promote our small businesses and their essential contribution to the UK economy. I am hosting a roundtable in Portishead to discuss exporting issues for SMEs and...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: Before I begin, I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Simon Speirs, who tragically lost his life while on board the Great Britain yacht during the Clipper round the world race last weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very sad time. The Department for International Trade is building a world-class trade policy and negotiation...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: The Trade Bill is about maintaining the effects of our current trading arrangements to ensure continuity for businesses, workers and consumers as we leave the European Union. That means the powers in the Trade Bill will be used only to transition our existing trade agreements that the EU has already signed prior to exit. Work is ongoing to establish how we will deal with future free trade...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: Yes, there will be. The trade White Paper, which is of course very separate from the Trade Bill, asked for views on what a future engagement and scrutiny framework should look like on trade. We are considering the responses and we will engage in the coming months. Given the changes we see, with Pascal Lamy describing a move away from the protection of producers to consumer precaution, we will...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: We will want to see what the best deals we can get for the UK are, how we can get our trading volumes and value up, and what opportunities we can take as we leave the EU. Of course we are pleased to continue to go along with the British public’s view on the referendum, and the hon. Gentleman will no doubt want to do the same, as his constituency voted overwhelmingly to leave—that...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: We will want to ensure that those are replicated in United Kingdom law on the day we leave the EU because, whether there is an agreement or not, we will have to have a legal basis for trading with those countries.

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: Again, to make it clear, before we leave the European Union we have to be able to transition the existing EU free trade agreements to give ourselves the legal basis to trade. Of course, up to that point and beyond, we will want to see what new opportunities are available. If, during an implementation period, we decide that we are not going to introduce and put into effect new trade...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: I shall help the hon. Gentleman out of his confusion. As I have said on numerous occasions, it is not possible simply to copy and paste the existing agreements. For example, we must take into account the disaggregation of tariff-rate quotas, so it is not quite that simple.

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: Not all that many people bounce into my office, although they regularly bounce out of it. We are an incredibly optimistic Department and we look to the future with great confidence. Let me give some figures: the most recent time we advertised jobs in the Department, there were 1,698 applicants for the 92 jobs available. That suggests to me that there is a great deal of optimism, even in our...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: New Trade Agreements (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: It is nice to see that “Project Fear” never dies. Rather than going on projections, let me tell the hon. Gentleman what our economy has actually done. He is right that global trade has been growing at around 3%, but UK exports have been up 13.1% in the past year—in goods they are up by more than 16%. That is the real performance of the UK economy. There is incredible slack...

International Trade: Exports: South-west (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: I am glad my hon. Friend asks about our export promotion capability. In 2016, exports of goods from the region, which includes my own constituency, grew by 10.6% compared with 2015, with double-digit growth for markets such as Singapore and South Korea. DIT stands ready to support these businesses, including through the global growth pilot, which offers deeper export support, or through a...

International Trade: Exports: South-west (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: Photonics is about the science of light generation and manipulation, Mr Speaker—of course, you and all other Members already knew that. DIT’s local international trade adviser engages with businesses in the photonics sector and with the Torbay Development Agency, and will soon address the Torbay manufacturing forum. DIT specialists will meet the Torbay Development Agency in...

International Trade: Exports: South-west (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: Yes. The Government are committed to ensuring as smooth as possible an exit from the EU, including for all our business sectors, which obviously covers agriculture. Beyond that, the Department is particularly focused on finding new markets for our agricultural sector. There is substantial growth in demand for agricultural products in countries such as China and India. Given that the...

International Trade: Ethiopia: Human Rights (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is responsible for policy on human rights across the whole of Government. The UK has a strong history of protecting human rights and promoting our values globally. We will continue to encourage all states to uphold international human rights obligations, including when we meet them both in the UK and on overseas visits.

International Trade: Ethiopia: Human Rights (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: In my official meeting with the Ethiopian Prime Minister, we discussed the need for long-term political and economic stability, as well as the political space. We did, indeed, raise the consular case mentioned by the right hon. Gentleman in private and with our ambassador. I hope that we will see the results of that interaction soon.

International Trade: Ethiopia: Human Rights (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: It is always the aim of our Government to get other Governments to replicate our values in a clear and practical way. I second my hon. Friend’s vote of thanks to our ambassador for the work that she and her staff are doing. He makes a valid point that we need to take into consideration some of the extreme pressures that some countries are under. Taking 1 million refugees is not an easy...

International Trade: Topical Questions (23 Nov 2017)

Liam Fox: My Department has three tasks: promoting UK exports of goods and services, investment both inwards and outwards, and trade policy. In furtherance of this, since we last met for departmental questions on 12 October, Ministers have undertaken visits to Europe, the Gulf, Asia and Africa. Today I shall be travelling to New Zealand and then Australia. I would also like to formally welcome...


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