Results 1–20 of 96 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Mobarik

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: My Lords, can I say just how much I have enjoyed listening to today’s debate? I thank all noble Lords for their contributions. It is a reminder of the depth of interest in and support for the Commonwealth in this House. Today’s debate has really done justice to such an important subject. I add my voice to those of other noble lords in paying tribute to my noble friend Lady Anelay for her...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I think the noble Baroness has raised this question in a previous debate. Perhaps I should write to her to clarify our position on that issue. My noble friends Lord Popat and Lord Sheikh rightly recognised the important role played by our trade envoys in delivering our vision for a truly global Britain, particularly in enhancing our relationships with Commonwealth partners. I commend my noble...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I apologise to the noble Lord if I have confused the two issues. I will certainly look at what he said on that issue and get back to him in due course. Another way in which we are strengthening our ties with the Commonwealth is through our support for reform. We want to see the organisation delivering effectively for its members as well as demonstrating its value and relevance on the world...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I have it on good authority that we are meeting with a large number of civil society groups and we believe that the Kaleidoscope Trust is one of them. We believe the Commonwealth’s experience would be particularly relevant in promoting the golden thread of good governance, transparency and the rule of law, as set out in UN sustainable development goal 16. My noble friend Lady Berridge asked...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: It is the Commonwealth Secretary-General who leads on these issues and I am unable to give the noble Lord an answer today. I know that he is very committed to that cause and feels passionately and deeply about it but I am afraid that that is the only answer I can offer him today. In response to the noble Lord, Lord Collins, we are continuing our transparency and anti-corruption work both with...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I can say only that this is outwith the scope of this debate. I am afraid that I am not able to give the noble Baroness any more than I have already. In response to the noble Lord, Lord Cashman, of course we will look very carefully at all the speeches and contributions made by noble Lords on the particular issue of LGBT human rights. We will remain in touch and I am sure that this will be an...

Commonwealth - Motion to Take Note (16 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: Once again, I have it on good authority that we will look at all the points raised here today, in what was an opportunity for noble Lords to express their views. The whole debate was very wide-ranging and useful, and it will be ongoing ahead of the summit next year in 2018. But today’s debate was on the whole very positive in its content. It was constructive and I am very delighted that we...

UK Exports - Question for Short Debate (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: My Lords, I begin by saying how much I have enjoyed today’s debate. The depth, breadth and scope of the speeches really reflects the wealth of experience in your Lordships’ House. This is exactly the kind of broad and creative thinking that the Government are encouraging to inform our strategy as we move forward. It is a pleasure to respond on behalf of the Government. I thank noble Lords...

UK Exports - Question for Short Debate (8 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I fully take that on board. As I have said, there may be outstanding questions. I absolutely accept the question put by my noble friend Lord Marland and will definitely take it back and write in due course. I am sure that your Lordships’ House will continue to play an invaluable role in informing the Government on this crucial and important subject as we go forward.

Brexit: Options for Trade (EUC Report) - Motion to Take Note (2 Mar 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for tabling this debate and for his excellent speech. I also thank the EU Internal Market Sub-Committee and the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee for their report, Brexit: The Options for Trade, which provides a rigorous analysis of how the Government might approach a new trading relationship with the European Union. The committees...

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: My Lords, our priority is to put government resources where they can have the greatest impact on UK businesses. The Department for International Trade runs 200 high-value campaigns across a range of markets and sectors. We have a proven framework for analysing where government interventions can add the most value for the benefit of the whole of the UK.

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: The noble Baroness is absolutely right. I can reassure her that the Prime Minister has been clear: we seek a bold and ambitious free-trade agreement with the European Union, covering tariff and barrier-free trade in goods and services, offering the fullest possible access to the single market for British companies. In relation to particular areas and sectors, since 2015 the Department for...

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I do not have the exact details, but we are looking at all the measures and all the issues moving forward.

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I assure my noble friend that the Department for International Trade has been engaging widely with individual businesses and trade associations since the referendum and will continue to do so. We are committed to fully understanding the views of stakeholders, limiting uncertainty and ensuring that we build a trading environment that works for everyone.

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I am afraid that I do not have the exact numbers but I will endeavour to write to the noble Lord with that information.

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: The noble Lord asks a valid question. In the last year, UK Export Finance supported the highest number of UK exporters in a quarter of a century, 23% more than in the previous year. However, UKEF is not complacent. The doubling of its capacity announced by the Chancellor will enable even more UK businesses to export. UKEF’s offering is a key component of the UK’s success as a global...

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I agree with my noble friend that services are an important part of our economy. However, we work in a whole range of different sectors and we have market sector priorities; for example, every year we consider which country sector combinations the Government can add most value to. Services are of course a huge part of that. We have to keep it in mind that the UK is the fifth-largest economy...

UK Exports - Question (24 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I can reassure the noble Baroness that we are promoting all parts of our economy.

Principle of Comparative Advantage: Bicentenary - Question (17 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: My Lords, free trade is and will remain fundamental to the prosperity of UK citizens and of people around the world. We will celebrate this bicentenary by delivering the best environment in which UK trade can thrive and the benefits of free trade can be felt by all.

Principle of Comparative Advantage: Bicentenary - Question (17 Jan 2017)

Baroness Mobarik: I think I will leave arranging the party to my noble friend, and he can draw up the guest list. But I reassure him that whatever the setting, the UK will remain a strong and proud proponent of free trade, which, as Ricardo’s work predicted, has spread prosperity, lifted millions out of poverty and enhanced political stability across the globe.


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