Results 41–60 of 151 for speaker:Lord Livingston of Parkhead

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I certainly confirm that that is a key priority: both extending the single market to services, which we are pushing for in the EU, and the trade and services agreement, which is a plurilateral agreement between many countries. The UK is championing that. As such a large producer of services, we certainly support both those measures to increase trade.

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: First, I thank the noble Lord for his contribution to life sciences, which is very much appreciated. The life science sector is hugely important. From pharmaceuticals onwards, the UK has a very strong position. The appointment of George Freeman as the Minister responsible shows how important it is, and the measures taken on R&D allowances and tax relief on the exploitation of IP in the UK...

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The north-east, indeed, is one of our manufacturing powerhouses and is part of the UK that actually has a trade surplus with the rest of the world. The Nissan factory is producing more cars than the whole of Italy. I recognise that a number of exporters wish to remain in the EU but I also recognise that they wish to remain in a reformed EU—and that is what we on this side of the House are...

Trade Balance — Question (11 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Government’s industrial strategy brings together academia, the Government and also businesses in producing a long-term commitment to the next generation of technologies and industries. I know that the motor vehicle industry in particular welcomes this. I mentioned earlier the Reshore UK proposal. These things together are helping significantly, both with companies coming back to the UK...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Poland ( 8 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: In 2013 the UK had a trade deficit with Poland of £4.3 billion. This consists of UK exports to Poland of £5.2 billion and UK imports from Poland of £9.5 billion in 2013. These data are taken from The United Kingdom Balance of Payments 2014 (The Pink Book). HMG is actively seeking to encourage more exports to Poland, including through six UKTI regional strategic campaigns in key sectors...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Trade with EU ( 2 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: UK’s trade deficit with the European Union was £28.5bn in 2010, £21.7bn in 2011, £39.5bn in 2012 and £56.2bn in 2013. Currently, UK trade balance figures cover the period up to the second quarter of 2014. In the first half of 2014, UK’s trade deficit with the European Union was £25.5bn. Source : ONS UK Economic Accounts 2014Q2

Written Answers — House of Lords: Artificial Sweeteners: Imports ( 1 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: According to HMRC, UK import figures for ‘artificial sweeteners’ are contained within HMRC Overseas Trade Statistics database code HS 21069092 (‘food preparations’, see full definition below). This captures a range of food preparations; it is not possible to split the data to show the amount (value or volume) of UK imports of artificial sweeteners in 2013 separately. The HMRC data...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU Internal Trade ( 1 Dec 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Single Market encourages competition by removing barriers to trade between EU members. An increase in competition can be expected to reduce prices and increase choice for consumers, encourage firms to innovate, reallocate resources to more productive means, and boost macroeconomic performance. The European Commission have estimated that the competition and innovation impacts of the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: European Union (24 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: A large number of EU treaties offer some level of protection to investors or investment. All of these are publically available and can be found on the EUR-lex database of law at http://eur-lex.europa.eu.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Overseas Trade: Cuba (24 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The data we have is as below. Please see notes for further explanation. Value of UK Trade (exports plus imports) with Cuba: current prices (£ million) Year Goods Services Goods + Services 2004 24 2005 25 2006 29 2007 23 149 172 2008 25 155 180 2009 19 171 190 2010 21 196 217 2011 69 145 214 2012 62 188 250 2013 138 213...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU External Trade: USA (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Transatlantic Trade and Investment partnership (TTIP) will be an agreement with 28 EU countries and the US. In the case of the UK, it has over 90 existing bilateral investment treaties with other countries across the world, UK domestic courts and the UK legal system remain the main route for resolving the overwhelming majority of disputes that foreign investors may have with the actions...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Membership of EU (19 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The Civitas report aims to identify whether there are advantages to the UK of being an ‘EU insider’ in terms of setting the rules of the Single Market. The report focuses on growth in UK exports as the measure of this benefit. It does not account for the broader positive impacts of the Single Market on the UK, including enhanced competition and innovation at home. The report refers to...

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, the Government have ongoing discussions on investor-state dispute settlement provisions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, with EU member states, the European Commission, MEPs and other stakeholders. We want investment protection provisions that guarantee the right of Governments to legislate in the public interest while ensuring access to justice for...

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My noble friend is entirely correct that investor-state dispute settlement provisions have existed for a long time. There are a great number of them and, to the extent that they are used, they are often used by the EU and not by US corporations. We are having detailed discussions not just with other member states and the Commission but with MEPs. I had the joy of two days in Brussels just...

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The noble Baroness is entirely correct. The agreement with Canada is far more the state of the art. Although we are waiting to see the results later next month of the consultation on ISDS, I hope and assume that they will incorporate much of what we have learnt from CETA. From speaking to the US representatives, I know that they too are very much for things like transparency in ISDS clauses,...

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, my noble friend is entirely right. The substance of the ISDS clauses is nowhere near as fearful as some of the claims. Although we can improve the transparency of the discussions, and the UK is certainly seeking to do that, the EU should at least be commended on the degree of public consultation that has taken place on these discussions.

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Given the scale of investment by our two countries, it is appropriate that companies of all sizes have protections. It is also important that we create the right sort of clause for the future. We should not have two classes of country: ones with which we have ISDS clauses, because we do not trust their legal systems, and those with which we do not. It is important to establish the right sort...

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The President of the EU, President Barroso, has made it very clear that TTIP is not about lowering standards. It was much the same with the single market which did not, I believe, create lower standards. EU laws and fundamental rights are going to be protected as part of these discussions and in discussions with the US. The US is not seeking to change that, although it regards some of the EU...

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I can assure the noble Lord that such claims would not arise because of TTIP, although there may be contractual claims which are a matter of domestic law. CETA, which was mentioned earlier, states: “The EU reserves the right to adopt or maintain any measure with regard to the provision of all health services which receive public funding or State support in any form”. It is quite clear...

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I can very much give that assurance. The groups we consult with in the UK and the steering group used by the EU are a mixture of large and small companies, consumer groups and NGOs. That will continue and we are hearing their voices very strongly. It must be understood that TTIP is going to be most beneficial to consumers, who will see lower prices, and to small companies which find the...


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