Nigel Huddleston: I refer the Hon. Member for Brentford and Isleworth to the answer I gave her today, UIN: 112152.
Nigel Huddleston: The full details of Department for International Trade Ministerial travel can be found at the following location: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dit-ministerial-g ifts-hospitality-travel-and-meetings.
Nigel Huddleston: The Department for International Trade does not disclose the names of hotels used by either officials or ministers for security reasons.
Nigel Huddleston: £2,058.10: The location for this hotel is Busan, South Korea. This transaction relates to four nights hotel accommodation costs incurred for three UK Defence and Security Exports staff who attended the Maritime Defence Industry International Exhibition (Madex 2021). £1,724.20: The location for this hotel is Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The accommodation covered four nights and was for the former...
Nigel Huddleston: The UK has investment agreements with ISDS provisions with over 90 trading partners, including within the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). There has never been a successful ISDS claim brought against the UK, nor has the threat of potential claims affected the Government’s legislative programme.
Nigel Huddleston: The Department for International Trade have started collecting food waste data from April 2022 and the data for April 1st 2022 to December 31st 2022 will be published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report Annual Report covering 2022-2023.
Nigel Huddleston: The Department made 2,756 transactions on a government procurement card valued under £500 in 2021.
Nigel Huddleston: As of 11 January, there are 8 members of staff in the Information Rights Unit (7.8 FTE).
Nigel Huddleston: Additional training on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has been given to civil servants responsible for drafting and reviewing FOI responses at the Department for International Trade in line with the action plan. This training is in addition to broader awareness sessions and dates are available for colleagues to book.
Nigel Huddleston: None.
Nigel Huddleston: The details of ministerial and senior officials’ overseas travel, including that to the United States of America (USA) is published as part of the Department’s commitments under the transparency process. This data, including the costs of travel and accommodation can be found at the following locations: Ministerial travel - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dit-ministerial-g...
Nigel Huddleston: Most trade-related training in the Department for International Trade is organised by a central team, and the team has not arranged for any individuals or teams to attend courses at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). We have no records of anyone independently attending WTO courses.
Nigel Huddleston: HM Government only holds information on items exported by Elbit Systems UK Limited which were subject to strategic export controls. We can advise that since 2011 the company have had licences granted for the items below: Items licenced for export Control Entry Licence Issued components for military communications equipment, military communications equipment, software for military...
Nigel Huddleston: The Government does not make an assessment on the economic impact of imposing tariffs on every product from every trading partner.
Nigel Huddleston: This spend relates to an internal team-building and planning exercise, funded from a delegated learning and development budget. The total cost includes room hire, equipment hire and light-refreshments for 30 attendees. No hotel rooms were included in this booking. This was an event organised by civil servants for civil servants, the Secretary of State did not attend.
Nigel Huddleston: Details of such payments are published in the departmental annual reports and accounts, and ministerial salaries are published on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ministerial-salar y-data/salaries-of-members-of-his-majestys-government-april- 2022-html
Nigel Huddleston: The UK currently applies the UK Global Tariff of 20% to imports of tuna from the Maldives. This rate is also applied to imports from all other trading partners where preferential arrangements are not in place. The Government continues to explore pragmatic opportunities to enhance bilateral trade relations with the Maldives in areas of mutual interest, including fishing.
Nigel Huddleston: The Government response to the report of the Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) was laid in Parliament as a Command Paper on 9 January 2023 in line with the deadline set by the CAEC. The paper is a joint response from the Secretaries of State for International Trade, Defence and for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, including contributions from His Majesty’s Revenue...
Nigel Huddleston: Inclusion of Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) in UK treaties is considered where it is in the UK's interests and where we agree with partners that it can play a useful role in supporting the bilateral investment relationship. These considerations are negotiation sensitive, and therefore not appropriate for publication. Investment protections and ISDS can provide reassurance to UK...
Nigel Huddleston: The Department for International Trade has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.