Results 21–40 of 151 for speaker:Lord Livingston of Parkhead

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Trade Agreements (10 Feb 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Switzerland and the European Union have entered into a significant number of free trade agreements. Switzerland has around 30 FTAs and the EU approximately 50. Services have been included in some of these agreements but not all. The UK Government is a strong supporter of the inclusion of Services in free trade agreements, because it creates a more stable and transparent trading and...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU External Trade (10 Feb 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The European Union is currently negotiating free trade agreements with Japan, the United States, India (currently at a standstill) and an investment agreement with China. Each of these negotiations includes services. For the EU, trade in services is of strategic importance. The sector accounts for some three-quarters of EU gross domestic product (GDP) and of EU jobs. Liberalising trade...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Overseas Companies: Burma (10 Feb 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The report was prepared & published by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) staff members at the British Embassy in Rangoon as part of their normal work in advising UK companies on how to do business in the market. £260 was spent on the printing of hard copies of the report for distribution.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Investment: Treaties ( 4 Feb 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The effectiveness of individual Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions depends upon the specific terms of the relevant investment protection treaty, of which there are over 3000 in force worldwide. Over the life of all these agreements investors have filed over 560 claims. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), by the end of 2012, of...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Arms Trade: Exports ( 4 Feb 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Government supports a responsible defence and security industry that helps meet the legitimate defence needs of other states, and contributes to their security and law and order. Export licence applications are rigorously assessed against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking into account all prevailing circumstances at the time of application....

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards ( 2 Feb 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The New York Convention allows parties who have chosen to resolve their disputes through international arbitration a route to achieving recognition and enforcement of an arbitral award in the courts of other signatory states. This has helped the development of international commerce by allowing for a broadly effective dispute resolution mechanism with awards that can be enforced widely, even...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Arab States ( 2 Feb 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The UK is taking steps both bilaterally and in the European Union to support stronger economic ties with Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries. The Gulf Cooperation Council suspended negotiations with the EU in 2008. However, the UK is working closely with European partners to build on existing Association Agreements (AA) in the region through the Union for the...

Exports: Government Support — Motion to Take Note (29 Jan 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, I am extremely grateful to my noble friend Lady Wheatcroft for initiating this important debate. It seems only a few years ago that we were both in the retail industry. She was then editor and part-owner of Retail Week and I was a mere finance director at Dixons group. We have aged not at all since then. I am also encouraged to hear so many positive interventions in support of UK...

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: EU External Trade: East Africa (26 Jan 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: This Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) will place our trade relationship on a more equitable, mature and development-focussed relationship with East Africa. It will secure long term, WTO-compatible, duty-free, quota-free access to the EU market for East African countries even if they no longer qualify for ‘Everything But Arms’. This is already the case for Kenya. The East Africa...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Poland (14 Jan 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Her Majesty’s Government is actively engaged in encouraging more exports to Poland. UKTI Poland is part of a nine country regional network, focussed on helping British firms secure business wins and benefit from high value opportunities in key sectors (energy, infrastructure, defence & security, healthcare and life sciences, services and advanced engineering), together with FCO colleagues....

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Seychelles (Accession to the WTO) ( 8 Jan 2015)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I wish to inform the House that the Government has opted in to the Council Decision relating to the Accession of the Seychelles to the World Trade Organisation. We are strong supporters of trade liberalisation, which promotes prosperity and jobs. Opting in will help to achieve the Government’s trade policy objective of expanding the WTO’s membership. The Government has supported the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Israel (17 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Government’s review of extant export licences for Israel, the results of which were announced on 12 August, found that the vast majority of licences are not for items that could be used by Israeli forces in operations in Gaza. However the review did identify 12 licences for components which could be part of equipment used by Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza. These licences include...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Trade with EU (17 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The joint HMG and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) e-book on the UK and the Future of the Single Market, “Twenty Years On” (2012), looked at a wide range of benefits of the European Single Market to the UK. Specifically related to trade, the report notes that European markets account for just under half of UK exports of goods and services and following the enlargements of 2004...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Membership of EU (16 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Department conducts Impact Assessments of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between the European Union (EU) and other major economies, including, as far as possible, impacts on United Kingdom (UK) trade. Impact Assessments have been published on the FTAs between the European Union and Korea; and between the EU and the Andean countries (Colombia and Peru). These are available at...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sri Lanka (15 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: In 2010 some trade preferences, known as GSP+, were removed from Sri Lanka by the European Union following investigations and reports which found significant shortcomings in respect of Sri Lanka’s implementation of three human rights conventions. Sri Lanka continues to receive beneficial but less generous trade preferences from the EU under the ‘standard’ GSP scheme. As was the case for...

UK and Sri Lanka: Bilateral Trade — Question for Short Debate (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Sheikh for initiating this important debate and for his wider contribution to the relationship between Sri Lanka and the UK. I have to admit that I was concerned this morning when I came in and saw the annunciator saying that the final QSD today was on the subject of trade with Syria. It is a relief for all of us that this was incorrect. I also thank the...

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, the UK balance of trade will depend on a number of factors, including the exchange rate and economic performance of our trading partners. This Government will continue to make supporting our exporters a key priority.

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I commend the noble Lord for his enthusiasm for exporting, although I think that he does the UK some disservice. We are the sixth largest exporter in the world—the second largest exporter of services. I agree with him that it has not been a key priority for past Governments, but it most certainly is for this Government. With regard to import substitution, while I would not refer to it in...

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The original Question was on the balance of trade, not the balance of payments; they are, of course, two quite different things. The balance of trade is in deficit to around £30 billion; it is a deficit of about 2% of GDP, which is significantly better than under the previous Government, when it was on average 2.5% of GDP. As the UK is growing much faster than its partners it is difficult to...

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The noble Lord is correct that services have been and remain a very strong surplus for the UK. It has to be recognised that, increasingly, services and goods are becoming intermingled. I know that when Rolls-Royce sells a jet engine, almost half the value is a service. One of the things that we should cease doing to a degree is separating off goods and services, because increasingly they are...


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