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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (29 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: We continue to work with the Government of Japan to ensure the process to protect more UK products is smooth. Unless there are exceptional circumstances - like a Japanese producer of Cornish clotted cream opposing that Geographical Indication - this should be a straightforward process. In the event that such proposals faced opposition in Japan we would inform relevant UK stakeholders and...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (29 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK Government was approached by a producer of Irish Poteen, who requested that Irish Poteen be included in the Geographical Indications (GIs) for protection under the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (CEPA). We confirmed that we intended to include Irish Poteen in these GIs. The UK Government has not been approached by any other UK businesses regarding this. The UK...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (29 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: On 30th April, the UK will provide Japan with 77 new GIs. These will then go through Japan’s procedures.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (29 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: We note that in February 2021 the EU and Japan agreed to protect an additional 28 products from 12 EU countries under the EU Japan agreement. The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) sets out an improved process for the addition of new Geographical Indications (GIs). Under CEPA, it has been agreed that all eligible UK products will be put through Japan’s GI approval...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Free Zones: Tees Valley (27 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: My Department has dedicated teams of Civil Servants across the UK including sector specialists and industry experts who work closely with Mayors and Local Enterprise Partnerships to help them define commercial investment opportunities which we showcase to potential investors through our global networks. The Government does not comment on commercial transactions by independent parties.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Economic Partnership Agreements: Cameroon (27 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: We expect the UK-Cameroon Economic Partnership Agreement to complete its Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 scrutiny process on Thursday 10 June, subject to Parliamentary timetabling.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Taiwan (26 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK remains committed to strengthening its rich and wide-ranging trading relationship with Taiwan. Total trade in goods and services between the UK and Taiwan was £7.0 billion [in the four quarters to the end of Q3 2020]. We are working with Taiwan to increase this further, including through our annual Trade Talks, ministerial engagement, and through engagements by the Prime Minister’s...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Old Admiralty Building (22 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Old Admiralty Building (OAB) is the first Government Hub delivered by the London Whitehall Campus Programme, which aims to consolidate and rationalise the Government’s London estate. The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Government Art Collection are tenants of the Hub in OAB and the Government Property Agency (GPA) is the landlord. The GPA drafted and submitted the Full...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Old Admiralty Building (21 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: Old Admiralty Building (OAB) is the first Government Hub delivered by the London Whitehall Campus Programme, which aims to consolidate and rationalise the Government’s London estate. The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Government Art Collection are tenants of the Hub in OAB and the Government Property Agency (GPA) is the landlord. For financial year 20-21, DIT was allocated...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Members: Correspondence (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade’s correspondence team has transferred your letter to the Cabinet Office for a response as the subject of the letter sits within their portfolio. Rosie Cooper's letter to Liz Truss (pdf, 204.5KB)

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) employs both domestic and overseas staff, who are contracted separately through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Staff working on DIT objectives, but contracted through the FCDO total 1,560. This consists of 148 UK staff deployed overseas, 1,357 local staff and 55 local staff interns. The table attached shows the breakdown of...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Great (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: Policy responsibility for the GREAT Britain and Northern Ireland campaign (GREAT) transferred from the Department for International Trade (DIT) to the Cabinet Office via a Written Ministerial Statement laid in Parliament on 20 April. The Prime Minister requested that GREAT was moved to the Cabinet Office. GREAT can play an enhanced role at the heart of government rather than within a specific...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: A HM Government report relating to the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia – in compliance with the provisions under section 42 of the Agriculture Act 2020 – will be laid before Parliament before the proposed FTA is laid before Parliament under Part 2 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Members: Correspondence (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade’s correspondence team has transferred your letter to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a response as the subject of the letter sits within their portfolio. Rosie Cooper's letter to Liz Truss (pdf, 288.5KB)

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) employs both domestic and overseas staff, who are contracted separately through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Staff working on DIT objectives but contracted through the FCDO and based in the Europe region total 335. The table attached shows the individual country locations of where these staff are based. These figures do...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties: Serbia (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom has been trading on Most Favoured Nation (MNF) terms with Serbia since the 1st January 2021. Prior to this imports of frozen fruit from Serbia had been eligible for tariff free access to the UK. Overseas trade data is only available for the first two months of 2021, but the UK has imported approximately £350,000 of frozen fruits from Serbia in this period. Estimated...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade and Agriculture Commission (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Trade and Agriculture Commission will be composed of independent experts in their field, whose expertise will be driven by the scope of the provisions of the amendment to the Trade Bill. This includes UK animal welfare standards, as well as UK animal and plant health standards, UK environmental standards relating to agricultural products, and international trade law and policy.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Question (16 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: We are seeking environment provisions with all partners we are currently negotiating with, to ensure future trade is sustainable and upholds the UK’s high environmental standards. The precise details of any free trade agreement are a matter for formal negotiations, and I would not seek to pre-empt these discussions.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Export Duties: Iron and Steel (13 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government’s objective is to secure the swift removal of unjustified measures on exports of steel and aluminium and has already raised this with the new US administration. We want to de-escalate the conflict and come to a negotiated settlement so we can deepen our trading relationship with the US.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel (30 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) does not have any procurements classified as Major Projects to which the steel reporting applies. The Department does not have any departmental public bodies or agencies.


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