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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK Trade With EU (14 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2018 to Question 125208 on UK trade with EU, which of the EU free trade agreements and other EU preferential arrangements listed have been prioritised by his Department.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Turkey (8 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, pursuant to the Answer 31 January 2018 to Question 125209 on Trade Agreements, whether maintaining the arrangements of the EU free trade agreements with Turkey will require the retention of the provisions of the Customs Union.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Trade Agreements: Switzerland (8 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 1 February 2018 to Question 125248 on trade agreements, whether the 20 EU-Switzerland joint committees to oversee bilateral agreements will be replicated by UK-Switzerland joint committees.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Trade Agreements (8 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to his Answer of 1 February to Question 125248 on Trade Agreements, whether the continuity for business, investors and consumers will include UK membership of the (a) European Free Trade Association and (b) European Economic Area Joint Committee in order to maintain economic relations with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Trade Agreements: Switzerland (8 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 26 January 2018 to Question 125209 on Trade Agreements, whether an agreement to maintain the EU free trade arrangements with Switzerland will require the maintenance of provisions for the free movement of people.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Trade Agreements: Switzerland (8 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, pursuant to the Answer of 31 January 2018 to Question 125209 on trade agreements, whether in maintaining the effects of existing EU free trade agreements with Norway, the UK will maintain the existing provisions for free movement.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: The Minister can ask, but he will not be successful. We will press it to a vote.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I, too, would like to express, on behalf of all my team, my thanks to you, Mr Davies, to Ms Ryan and Mr Gray, and to all the officials who so ably supported the Minister. We tried to throw as many difficult questions at him as possible, and they tried to field them and provide him with answers as quickly as possible. I have to say we were not always convinced by the answers he came up with,...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: Does the Minister understand that the new clause’s intention is not to run counter to or prevent what we hope the Government will bring forward in that Bill? It seeks to establish the hierarchy of principles in international trade so that a necessity test or any other precursor in the clauses and paragraphs that deal with such issues cannot mean that animal welfare is of a lower order...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: Will the Minister give way?

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: May I just point out to the Minister that I voted for the ban on hunting mammals with dogs? I believe that most of the Conservative party voted to retain hunting mammals with dogs. I also voted to secure an end to cosmetic testing on animals, to ban fur farming and to introduce the Animal Welfare Act 2006. So there were a number of occasions on which my voting record on animal welfare and...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: It is not about a disagreement with Tony Blair or the European Union, because actually we did vote to ban the export of animals on the hoof in that Government. That was precisely about trade—it was banning live exports. The Minister has to accept that I have a very clear record on animal welfare in terms of not only domestic legislation in this country but international trade.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Role of Joint Ministerial Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: One of the trade agreements that we have repeatedly come back to, which makes it quite clear that this is not the simple roll-over of the existing trading arrangements that the Minister is talking about, is the treaty we currently have with Norway. Fisheries are an important part of Norway’s economy. It is almost inconceivable that in the roll-over of that agreement, there will not need...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Role of Joint Ministerial Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: Had I been disposed not to press the new clause, the Minister’s final remarks would have made me all the more determined to do so. However, I was not so disposed, and we will press the new clause to a vote.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. This is the last new clause we will deal with in Committee, and it is our last attempt in Committee to introduce a high-level principle into the Bill. We have tried to establish the legal framework for an ethical trading policy that respects human rights, labour standards, environmental integrity and the needs of countries and communities...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Animal welfare and sentience (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: That is one on which I will probably write to the right hon. Gentleman. I am convinced that there were a number of occasions when I did exactly that. I will try to dig them out from my records and send them to him. I am delighted that he did not stand up to repudiate the remarks recorded in Hansard, as he did the other day. Given that, I take it that he stands by them. Sadly, the...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Role of Joint Ministerial Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I thank my hon. Friend, because that evidence is absolutely apposite to the new clause. All we are seeking to do is assist the Government in any future negotiations they may have as they seek to roll over agreements to corresponding agreements. We want to make it easier for them to persuade a trading partner that there will be no problems in implementing the agreements. The Joint Ministerial...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Role of Joint Ministerial Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I hope that that will all be unnecessary, because I trust that the Government will see the error of their ways and introduce those amendments themselves. If they do not, I reiterate my assurance to the hon. Gentleman that the Opposition will.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Role of Joint Ministerial Committee (1 Feb 2018)

Barry Gardiner: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I made brief reference to this new clause during our discussion of new clause 3, but let me set out in a little more detail why we believe it is required. We have heard from the Minister about the Government’s intention to engage with the devolved authorities in respect of matters that may fall within devolved competences. However,...


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