Results 1–20 of 643 for speaker:Conor Burns

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Remedies Authority: Trade Unions (4 May 2020)

Conor Burns: The independence of the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) Board will be crucial to safeguarding the impartiality and objectivity of the TRA, and to ensure it acts in the national interest. We are committed to staffing the TRA Board with an appropriate range of backgrounds and experience. It is essential that Board members are appointed on merit to ensure that the Board has the right blend of...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Bill 2019-21 (4 May 2020)

Conor Burns: The House Authorities are working with all parties to ensure that legislation can proceed through all parliamentary stages in accordance with guidelines on social distancing. The Government will adhere to these guidelines.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate: Public Appointments (29 Apr 2020)

Conor Burns: The Chief Executive Officer Designate of the shadow Trade Remedies Authority, and Director of the Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate, is Claire Bassett. As announced on Gov.uk website on 28th April, Claire Bassett has given notice of resignation and is stepping down from her role on 31 August 2020. The Chair Designate of the Trade Remedies Authority is Simon Walker. The Department...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Official Hospitality (28 Apr 2020)

Conor Burns: The Department for International Trade (DIT) has spent the amounts listed below for catering and hospitality in the financial years 2017/2018, 2018/2019 and 2019/2020. This cost includes both the UK and overseas. The breakdown is as follows: Financial Year Amount April 2017 - March 2018 £118,579.00 April 2018 - March 2019 £158,236.00 April 2019 – March 2020 £207,652.07 Total...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties: Public Consultation (28 Apr 2020)

Conor Burns: To inform the development of the UK Global Tariff, the Government launched a four-week public consultation, beginning on 6 February 2020 and closing on 5 March 2020 at 23:59 GMT. The Government encouraged everyone with an interest to take part and provide their views. The Government is now carefully considering the available evidence, including consultation responses, and HMG will...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (21 Apr 2020)

Conor Burns: The Government is committed to the international free trade agenda. During these unprecedented times we are looking at options to conduct negotiations in a way that reflects the current situation and respects public health. Negotiating objectives will be published before the launch of negotiations.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Wines (21 Apr 2020)

Conor Burns: It is not possible to separate the cost of English wine, or wine from other countries, from ‘other catering and hospitality costs’ in the Department’s finance system. As a representative department, small amounts of alcohol may be served at external events where there is a clear business need and it is appropriate given the importance of the occasion and standing of the guests, but we...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Trade Unions (26 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: This Government is committed to seeking views from the widest range of stakeholder groups to create an inclusive and transparent trade policy that works all parts of the UK. We must balance the need for transparency with ensuring that the United Kingdom’s economic interests are protected in what are, after all, sensitive negotiations. We have established engagement mechanisms to ensure a...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Off-payroll Working (23 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: All off-payroll public sector staff are subject to being checked against IR35 legislation which came into effect in 2017. New legislative changes for off-payroll workers were confirmed with an implementation by 6thApril 2020 with implications for both public and private sector companies. The Government have since announced that this implementation will be delayed until 6th April 2021. The...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Caribbean (18 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: The UK and thirteen CARIFORUM States have signed the CARIFORUM-UK Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), a development-focused trade agreement that will come into effect at the end of the transition period agreed between the EU and UK. Through future dialogue under the EPA we will seek to encourage the creation of stable business environments that promote trade and investment between the UK...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Cote d'Ivoire (18 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: We are continuing our programme to replicate the effects of existing EU trade agreements with trading partners to ensure continuity for UK businesses following the transition period. This includes the existing EU-Côte d’Ivoire Stepping Stone Economic Partnership Agreement and engagement is ongoing to replicate this agreement.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Israel: Overseas Trade (17 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: Her Majesty’s Government is deeply committed to promoting the UK’s trade and business ties with Israel, a vital element of the flourishing partnership between the two countries. In 2019, the total value of trade between the UK and Israel was £4.7 billion, an increase of 8.3% since 2018, and we want to promote even greater bilateral trade. The UK and Israel signed the Trade Continuity and...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Generalised System of Preferences (17 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: After the Transition Period, the UK will have a trade preference scheme which at least maintains the preferential market access we currently offer to developing countries. We intend that the scheme will have three tiers: • The General Framework for low and lower-middle income countries that receive the EU’s standard Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) • The Enhanced Framework for...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties (17 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: Budget announced that the government will legislate to amend section 15 of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018 via the Finance Bill.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Mexico (13 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: On 9 March 2020 the Government welcomed the Mexican Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Julián Ventura, to London for the ninth UK-Mexico High Level Economic Talks. I also personally met with Under-Secretary Ventura during his visit. These talks reviewed the implementation of the UK-Mexico Partnership for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, which includes our shared ambitions on trade. During...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Israeli Settlements (12 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: The UK routinely updates our guidance to British businesses on the Overseas Business Risk website. This is voluntary guidance to British businesses. Ultimately it will be the decision of an individual or company whether to operate in occupied territories.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Imports: Israeli Settlements (12 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: The settlements are not covered by the EU-Israel Association Agreement, which currently governs our trade with Israel, nor by the UK-Israel Trade and Partnership Agreement, which will enter into force at the end of the Transition Period. We are committed to maintaining this position.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Rwanda (12 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: The Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Act enables the UK to put in place a UK trade preferences scheme for developing countries. This will grant duty-free quota-free access to UK markets for Least Developed Countries, including Rwanda. The UK looks forward to discussing the possibility of a trade agreement in East Africa with Rwandan partners in the near future.

Trade Deals and Fair Trade — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (11 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer, for my first speech as a Minister in Westminster Hall. I congratulate the hon. Member for Swansea West (Geraint Davies) on securing the debate, and other hon. Members not only on their contributions but on their ingenuity in using this occasion at the end of Fairtrade fortnight to widen the debate into one about our future free...

Trade Deals and Fair Trade — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (11 Mar 2020)

Conor Burns: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. I know that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, when he served as Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary —I was his Parliamentary Private Secretary at the time—was frustrated to a degree by the disconnect that sometimes existed between DFID and the Foreign Office in pursuing Britain’s overall development and foreign policy objectives. It absolutely...


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