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UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Graham Stuart: It is a great pleasure, Mr Evans, to serve under your chairmanship on the first outing for this ingénue Minister. I congratulate and thank my hon. Friend the Member for Bolton West (Chris Green) for raising this important topic. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Sefton Central (Bill Esterson), who served with me on the Education Committee for many years. It is now 70 years...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Graham Stuart: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The Department for International Trade was set up precisely to promote trade around the world, not only to enrich this country but in the sure knowledge that trade and an open, liberal, rules-based system enriches everybody, and most of all the poorest. In places such as Palestine, which are on a developmental path, it is absolutely essential that we...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Graham Stuart: I give way to my predecessor.

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Graham Stuart: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention. Of course, it is always a pleasure to take a job and have one’s predecessor giving instructions on how to carry out that job. Any decision about the resourcing in Israel is subject to a decision by Her Majesty’s trade commissioner for Europe, and that will come about in due course. However, I will take this intervention as strong...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Graham Stuart: I really have very little time, so if my hon. Friend will allow me, I will not take any more interventions. We are seeing our links grow on an institution-to-institution basis, such as the Royal Society’s co-operation agreement with the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities, which was signed in 2015. We are also seeing growing co-operation between our Governments. In May, we signed...

UK-Israel Trade — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (3 Jul 2018)

Graham Stuart: I am afraid that I will not give way. As I was saying, that comes on top of the existing UK-Israel tech hub at our embassy in Tel Aviv—the first country ever to establish a tech hub at an embassy. That kind of co-operation, as the hon. Member for Strangford and others have said, will not only help our trade; it will have a real effect on our nation’s health. I have very little...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: Mr Speaker, before I begin, I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Slaughter as the Department for International Trade’s new director general for investment. Mark took up his new role this month and will lead the Department’s work on inward and outward investment. The Department for International Trade provides support to companies in Wales and the rest of the UK...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: I pay tribute to the hon. Gentleman, who is a great champion of his local exporting businesses. We need the right arrangements going forward to support the strong export growth we have seen. He will note that, since 2010, export growth for Wales has gone up by 82%.

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Lady is right to mention the importance of ensuring that British companies know support is in place. In DIT, we have for the first time in our history a Department of State whose only job is to support international economic exports, investment and trade policy. The GREAT campaign has been very significant in promoting that and we have trade advisers throughout the country. Indeed,...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Gentleman is right and, along with many of his colleagues, he is a great champion of local businesses. That is why it was particularly disappointing that we saw so many of his colleagues shaking their heads in disbelief when they heard the shadow Secretary of State the other day refusing to support the EU-Canada trade deal and refusing to support the EU-Japan trade deal. He will...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for all the work he does in supporting international trade. He is absolutely right. We work closely in partnership, and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State meets regularly with, representative business organisations because we need to change the culture. Our assessment is that there are more British companies that could export and do not, than there are...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: Of course, the Trade Bill is fundamental to the continuity of existing EU trade deals. It puts in place the framework to allow us to move them over from the EU to the UK. Labour failed earlier this week to support jobs, and it has repeatedly voted against the very Bill that would allow us to ensure continuation of trade.

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: What my right hon. Friend is absolutely right about is that there will be real opportunities for the UK when it leaves the EU. The appetite throughout the world is first for continuity, but among so many of our existing trade partners there is also a real desire to deepen that relationship and thus support British exports in a way that, sadly, the shadow Secretary of State seems signally not...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: I am happy to give those assurances, but earlier this week we saw the Scottish National party—the hon. Gentleman’s party, under his leadership in this area—vote against a deal that fully supports the continuity of existing protections. It is interesting that the Scotch Whisky Association, and all the thousands who work in the Scotch whisky business, strongly support that...

International Trade: Exports in Global Markets (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: The truth is that the Department is growing. It is less than two years old and it is building its capacity. Today I announced the appointment of a new director general for investment, we recently announced the appointment of a director general for exports, and, of course, we are soon to complete the appointments of eight HM trade commissioners around the world, who will deploy our resources...

International Trade: Topical Questions (28 Jun 2018)

Graham Stuart: The hon. Gentleman is right to emphasise the importance of access to talent, both in agriculture and elsewhere. We aim to ensure that that continues after Brexit so that the enormous growth—of 70% in exports from Scotland since 2010—can continue, including that of the produce that he mentioned.

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Textile and Fashion Industry (17 May 2018)

Graham Stuart: I am delighted to tell the hon. Lady that 2017 saw our fashion and textile exports up 6%, that a new creative industries trade and investment board is being created and that trade associations are being extensively consulted ahead of the launch of our new export strategy.

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Textile and Fashion Industry (17 May 2018)

Graham Stuart: I pay tribute to the hon. Lady. This week, the meeting was on the Commonwealth; the last meeting, I believe, was on China. She is doing a great job with the APPG, focusing on the importance of fashion to the UK economy. It goes without saying that, however poorly dressed I am that day, I will be thrilled to go along and meet the much more fashionable members of that APPG.

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Textile and Fashion Industry (17 May 2018)

Graham Stuart: I thank my hon. Friend for his question. He is right. Inward investment in Scotland has included Chanel buying Barrie in Hawick and we have trade working groups covering 21 countries. The very formation of this Department means that for the first time we have a Department of State only focused on our international economic competitiveness. For the fashion industry, for Scotland and for the...

International Trade: Leaving the EU: Textile and Fashion Industry (17 May 2018)

Graham Stuart: I am pleased to say that the fashion sense of the good people in the hon. Gentleman’s constituency is different from his—that is why they are so well dressed. Not only that, but they have a different, optimistic view about the future of the UK outside the European Union, and that is why, unlike the hon. Gentleman, they voted overwhelmingly to leave.


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