Results 101–120 of 151 for speaker:Lord Livingston of Parkhead

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sudan (13 Mar 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: UK Trade and Investment Defence & Security Organisation does not support sales of defence and security equipment to Sudan in accordance with United Nations and EU arms embargoes in force applying to the promotion and export of military or dual-use goods. We have no record of any support being given since 2005, other than alerting UK companies to the embargo. Details of the embargoes and...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Export Guarantee Advisory Council: Triennial Review (12 Mar 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: A triennial review of the Export Guarantees Advisory Council (EGAC), a statutory non-departmental public body of the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD; operating as UK Export Finance), was announced on 9 October 2013 (Official Report, column WS31). The review has now been completed and accepted by the Government. EGAC is a statutory body which provides independent and expert advice...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Trade and Investment (10 Mar 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) tracks references and enquiries for its services in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland through its customer data management system database. When customers submit enquiries about exporting through the UKTI website at www.ukti.gov.uk the enquiry is automatically forwarded for action to the appropriate UKTI office in England or the equivalent trade...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Trade and Investment (10 Mar 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The devolved administrations and the UK Government have concurrent powers to promote international trade and inward investment. Support for exports is delivered through a partnership between UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the devolved administrations. This means that businesses based in the devolved administrations have access to the significant expertise and global reach of UKTI as well as...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: EU: Foreign Affairs Council (10 Mar 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The EU Informal Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) took place in Athens on 27 and 28 February 2014. I represented the UK on all the issues discussed at the meetings. A summary of those discussions follows. Dinner on 27th February Doha Development Agenda (DDA) At a working dinner on 27th, there was consensus among Member States that implementation of the package agreed at last year’s Bali WTO...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: EU: Competitiveness Council ( 4 Mar 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The EU Competitiveness Council took place in Brussels on 20 and 21 February 2014. The UK was represented by Lord Livingston on day one (industry and internal market) and David Willetts on day two (research and space). A summary of those discussions follows. The main internal market and industry issues discussed were industrial competitiveness and the Annual Growth Survey. The Council began...

Written Answers — House of Lords: China (24 Feb 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The government does not routinely respond formally to reports produced by All Party Parliamentary Groups, but will consider the findings of the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for East Asian Business, and take into account its recommendations where appropriate.

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: UK Membership (10 Feb 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The estimate of 3.5 million jobs linked to trade with the European Union is based on the assumption that the share of UK employment linked to trade with the EU is equal to the share of total UK value added (GDP) generated in the production of goods and services exported to the EU. The calculation uses data from UK Input-Output tables to estimate the proportion of UK value-added content...

Written Answers — House of Lords: EU: UK Membership (24 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: No estimates have been made by HM Government of the number of jobs United Kingdom membership of the European Union brings to the other 27 Member States.

International Trade — Motion to Take Note (23 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Harrison, for initiating this important debate. I am very much aware of the noble Lord’s contribution in this area, and his expertise has been shown by his thoughtful comments. I will seek to outline our Government’s approach to trade, as requested by the noble Lord, Lord Liddle, and other noble Lords. International trade is, of course, essential to...

International Trade — Motion to Take Note (23 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: I will write separately regarding the matter of insurance. I have tried to pick up the various issues that have been raised and if I have missed any other detailed questions put by noble Lords I will be more than happy to discuss them or write separately on them. I will also come back to the role of Parliament in approving such agreements. As I was saying, the EU has launched negotiations...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Trade and Investment (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) does not receive guidance as such on the promotion of inward investment but the 'UK First' principle is followed. This means that the very best locations the UK as a whole can offer are promoted. The specific location choices that clients are offered are determined by the individual needs of clients. Local factors including sector strengths, access to markets...

Written Answers — House of Lords: UK Trade and Investment (22 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The number of inward investment projects which have been successfully landed in the North-East of England with the support of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) in each of the last three years is: 2012-13—37 projects; 2.8% of total projects landed by UKTI 2011-12—55 projects; 4.7% of total projects landed by UKTI 2010-11—21 projects; 2.5% of total projects landed by UKTI

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The EU is currently negotiating 12 free trade agreements, including those with major trading partners such as the United States and Japan. The EU has also reached conclusion on 10 more agreements that have yet to enter force, adding to the 50 that have already been agreed and are now active. These negotiations are complicated endeavours, but I believe that the EU has made good progress. The...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My noble friend is right to draw attention to TTIP, the US-EU agreement, which will indeed bring substantial benefits. I believe that the UK is expected to gain around £10 billion a year, which is about £400 for every family in the UK, the US is expected to gain about £80 billion and the EU about £100 billion, so there are very substantial gains. In addition, there will be very...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: If we were to exit the EU, there would be no certainty that any of the free trade agreements would actually continue. While the UK is a significant economy in its own right—and that is important—these agreements take many years to negotiate. Even assuming that we could renegotiate them, we would not have the leverage that the EU has, as the single largest trading bloc in the world, to...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The noble Baroness makes a good point in raising those countries. There has been a lot of focus on the most developed nations, but we also have an obligation to continue to push the economic partnership agreements that we have been trying to make with Caribbean and African countries. However, I would stress that there was a major breakthrough with the WTO agreements. The WTO agreement to aid...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: Indeed, the Indian agreement would be of great benefit. Of course, India is one of the major powers and is growing fast. However, as we know from our debates in this House, there are challenges with internal Indian beliefs on trade and there are elections in India in, I believe, April this year. Discussions are ongoing, and I believe there will be discussions in Davos with the Indian trade...

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: The discussions are still ongoing. Clearly, we would like to see free trade of all descriptions, but the TTIP agreement will be largely focused on reducing import tariffs and particularly on the convergence of rules, which will help all countries. We would certainly like to see its energy exports being made available all around the world, as is the case with UK exports from the North Sea.

EU: Free Trade Agreements — Question (13 Jan 2014)

Lord Livingston of Parkhead: My noble friend is entirely right that the TTIP will bring a lot of benefit to consumers. When you get a convergence of standards, global models being made and lower tariffs, prices will come down and consumers will have more choice, not just in the UK or the EU but in the US as well. Certainly, we feel it is very important—Her Majesty’s Government have done a number of pieces of good...


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