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

Greg Hands: As the Prime Minister has made clear, the UK will be leaving the EU Customs Union on the 29th March 2019. This position has not changed. We want our future customs arrangements with both the EU and Turkey to enable as frictionless trade as possible in goods, whilst enabling us to exercise an independent international trade policy. Our trade dialogue with Turkey is focused on how this can be...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Capita (7 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade does not hold any major contracts with Capita. The Department uses Capita Business Services in some instances for the provision of ad hoc training and development and has raised twenty-eight purchase orders with a spend to date of £57,646.79 in financial year 2017/18. The Department has also used Capita Resourcing for the provision of ad hoc...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department of Trade: Public Appointments (6 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: Advisers to the Board of Trade are selected through Civil Service processes, with the Board being convened by the President. The role of Advisers to the Board of Trade, drawn from across the UK, was publically announced by the Department for International Trade on 12 October 2017. Advisers, as prominent figures from business and politics, provide local expertise to guide the Board on trade...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department of Trade: Meetings (6 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: The Board of Trade met for the first time on 12 October 2017. This meeting was attended by my Rt. Hon Friends the Secretary of State for Scotland, the Secretary of State for Wales, and my Hon Friend the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The next quarterly meeting of the Board will be in February.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Bill 2017-19 (6 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: Under clause 7, Treasury reserve the power to specify the type of information to be collected and how it will be requested. Once in force, clause 7 creates a function for HMRC to seek to collect data. Therefore, HMRC officials will be required to seek to collect the data. Businesses, on the other hand, will only have to provide the data on a voluntary basis. The provision of the information...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Bill 2017-19 (6 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: The hon. Member for Sefton Central raised, at column 180, the subject of positive and negative lists that set out market access for services in the General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The remarks made acted to clarify that the EU’s service commitments in the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA), which determine access...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Members' Interests (5 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: I was referring to the oral contribution of the Member for Sefton Central of 30 January 2018, Official Report, column 233.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Remedies Authority: Public Appointments (5 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: All public appointments to the Trade Remedies Authority will be made as part of a competitive process. We are consulting with the Cabinet Office on conducting these appointments in line with the principles of the Governance Code for Public Appointments, which sets out the roles of various parties in the process – including Ministers – and the standards they should adhere to. This...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Remedies Authority (5 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: The Government’s first priority is to ensure that UK industries have recourse to protections if they suffer injury, and therefore recognises that a swift response is crucial to UK industry. On receiving a recommendation from the Trade Remedies Authority, it is my Rt. Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade’s responsibility to respond in a timely manner, while...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Revenue and Customs: Disclosure of Information (5 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: The collection of information to assist the Government to confirm the number and identity of UK exporters is a new function and therefore must be defined in legislation. Clause 7, subsection 1, creates this new function.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Public Expenditure (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Hands: Since the formation of the department in July 2016 there has been no spend on art. Art on display is on loan from the Government Art Collection. It is not possible to separate the cost of wine from other catering and hospitality. As a representative department, small amounts of alcohol may be served where appropriate to the importance of the occasion.

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

Greg Hands: Mr Davies, I thank you and everybody concerned with this Bill. I am delighted that we have so thoroughly scrutinised this short yet important Bill over the last five Committee sessions. I thank Committee members for the constructive way in which they have engaged in the debate. I am pleased that we have completed proceedings within the allotted time. In fact, we have a little time to spare....

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

Greg Hands: I am not accusing the hon. Lady of spreading misinformation, of course, but a lot of the reactions to that vote spread a lot of misinformation. Various otherwise reputable news outlets such as The Independent and Evening Standard had to retract and withdraw and to print clarifications and apologies for putting out misinformation about the Government’s view on animal sentience. The...

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

Greg Hands: The Government have made clear that we intend not only to retain our existing standards of animal welfare once we have left the European Union but, indeed, to enhance them. We are proud to have some of the highest animal welfare standards anywhere in the world, and they will not be watered down when we leave the EU. Our food is held in high repute thanks to our animal welfare standards. The...

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

Greg Hands: Let us try to separate out those two issues. We will deal with animal sentience in the draft Animal Welfare (Sentencing and Recognition of Sentience) Bill. What we are talking about here is transitioning existing trade agreements. I will return to the intervention I made on the hon. Gentleman in relation to existing trade agreements, but let me first point out a few more things in the draft...

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

Greg Hands: Of course—maybe he has remembered.

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

Greg Hands: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention, because I now find it even more illuminating. He has now been able to remember all these other occasions when he stuck up for animal welfare, but he still cannot remember a single occasion when, in relation to EU trade agreements, which is what the Bill is all about—

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

Greg Hands: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman has now remembered the single occasion. I will give him another opportunity to tell us all about this disagreement he had with Tony Blair or the European Union.

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

Greg Hands: I am still looking forward to the letter. The hon. Gentleman has still not remembered a single occasion when he raised this in relation to a European Union trade agreement. He has an opportunity. I am sure he will take a little bit of time to prepare the letter, and I am sure that all members of the Committee will look forward to receiving it. The hon. Gentleman did mention live animal...

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

Greg Hands: If the hon. Gentleman is a strong believer in EU law, surely he should be voting, and have voted, for the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which seeks to take all of this retained EU law into the UK domestic environment. To return to the issue, we have a manifesto commitment to take early steps to control live animal exports as we leave the European Union. The hon. Member for Brent North...


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