Results 1–20 of 978 for speaker:Ranil Jayawardena

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: There are currently prohibitions to duty drawback and exemptions in agreements with Canada, Chile, Mexico and Singapore. In addition, there are restrictions on duty drawback and exemptions in place with most trading partners that are signatories to the Pan-European-Mediterranean Convention.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Western Europe (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: The United Kingdom signed an interim trade agreement on goods with Norway and Iceland, which provides continuity for our trading arrangements, including for fish. This agreement has been in force since 1st January 2021. There is a shared ambition to build on this interim agreement and deliver a comprehensive free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Norway, Iceland and...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Free Ports (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: Freeports will be national hubs for international trade, innovation and commerce, attracting new businesses, spreading jobs, and bringing investment to towns and cities across the country. Our approach to trade negotiations with the US, Australia, New Zealand and to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is published on GOV.UK.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Cairn Energy: India (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: HM Government respects the rights of both parties to pursue the legal options available to them and we note the award made by the arbitral tribunal in the case brought by Cairn Energy under the United Kingdom-India Bilateral Investment Treaty. HM Government is not a party to these legal proceedings, so it would be inappropriate to comment. The Department for International Trade...

International Trade: Steel Import Tariffs (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: First, may I associate myself with the tributes on Monday led by you, Mr Speaker, and the Prime Minister on the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, and the Humble Address of the House of Commons to Her Majesty? We are committed to defending British industry and jobs and will not hesitate to take firm action where necessary, which is why we have safeguard measures in place. We know...

International Trade: Steel Import Tariffs (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: When the Trade Remedies Authority is set up, it will conclude its investigation, which it would be wrong to pre-empt. We are of course working for every corner of our United Kingdom, backing British businesses and supporting Scottish jobs as much as we are supporting those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland—at a time when the Scottish National party wants to cut itself off from its...

International Trade: Steel Import Tariffs (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: I do love the authenticity with which the hon. Gentleman asked his question; of course, if it were a political decision, he would be calling for it to be independent. It is an independent decision. The Trade Remedies Authority has teeth and will act accordingly. Just like this Government, our Trade Remedies Authority is going to defend the British national industry, back British jobs and...

International Trade: UK Steel Producers: Level Trading Field (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: The Government back the British steel industry, as we have heard already this morning, and the unjustified US tariffs on steel, aluminium and derivatives imports from Britain are completely unfair and wholly unnecessary. Our rebalancing measures in response to the US section 232 on additional tariffs show that we will defend the British national interest and the rules-based system.

International Trade: UK Steel Producers: Level Trading Field (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: As the hon. Member knows, the British steel industry has benefited from investment of more than £500 million in recent years to help with the costs of energy, and we have announced a £250 million fund to support the decarbonisation of the industry. So this Government are dedicated to supporting the future of the steel industry and we will continue that work.

International Trade: UK Steel Producers: Level Trading Field (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: Mr Speaker, there are only so many times that I can say the same thing in a different way, but we have transitioned 19 of the EU’s measures and we have adopted systems in Britain for trade remedies based on international best practice to ensure that there is independence in this area. I say to the hon. Lady, as I have said already to her Scottish nationalist colleague, that the biggest...

International Trade: Arms Exports: International Humanitarian Law (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: All arms exports require an export licence. I can assure the House that we take our export control responsibilities very seriously. We rigorously assess every application on a case-by-case basis against the consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria, taking advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Ministry of Defence. We will not issue an export...

International Trade: Arms Exports: International Humanitarian Law (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: Not only are Her Majesty’s Government one of the biggest donors of aid around the world, including to Yemen, but as was set out in the Secretary of State’s written statement, we have devised a clear and revised methodology to make sure we will only license such products if they are consistent with the consolidated criteria.

International Trade: Trade Sanctions on Exports from Xinjiang (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: The Secretary of State spoke with the US trade representative, Katherine Tai, on 22 March. They discussed a number of issues, including how the United Kingdom and the United States will collaborate to address shared concerns on serious matters such as forced labour. The Secretary of State also discussed the issue of forced labour with Ambassador Tai and her G7 counterparts during the G7...

International Trade: Trade Sanctions on Exports from Xinjiang (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: We are adopting a targeted approach to this issue, to make sure that we address the violations of rights and responsibilities. We have designated individuals and entities that have been involved in such violations. This is a smart tool, carefully targeted to achieve its goals, while minimising potentially negative wider impacts. It is not designed with a view to imposing sanctions on sectors...

International Trade: Trading Relationship with Tunisia (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his work as the Prime Minister’s trade envoy to Tunisia and Libya. There is great merit in strengthening the trading relationship with Tunisia. Our trade deal entered into force at the beginning of this year and it provides a platform to deepen trade and investment. As he knows, we are already supporting businesses such as Unilever, AstraZeneca and...

International Trade: Trading Relationship with Tunisia (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: I am aware of this matter and am keen to make sure that businesses can make the most of our transition to trade agreements, so I will look into it. I look forward to working with my hon. Friend and my Tunisian counterpart to open up and promote opportunities for British and Tunisian businesses; more trade means more jobs.

International Trade: Trade Relationship with the Middle East (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: Britain has strong bilateral trading relationships with our friends in the middle east and a clear ambition to deepen them. As my right hon. Friend knows, we are undertaking a joint trade and investment review with the Gulf Co-operation Council, with which total trade stood at over £33 billion in the year to September 2020. The Government have also signed trade agreements with Jordan and...

International Trade: Trade Relationship with the Middle East (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: Indeed I do join my right hon. Friend in wishing all Israelis a happy independence day. He is right to recognise the strong relationships that we have with the state of Israel. We welcome the normalisation of relations, which creates many opportunities for increased trade, tourism and cultural links as well. Britain is well placed to support Israel in this endeavour. Total trade between us...

International Trade: Topical Questions (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: The text, and a parliamentary report and explanatory memorandum, will of course come before Parliament in due course. We wish to utilise the agreement to strengthen the trade ties between our two countries. I look forward to the Labour party supporting our agenda to create more jobs in every part of this country and in Cameroon.

International Trade: Topical Questions (15 Apr 2021)

Ranil Jayawardena: Not at all. We have always been clear that more trade need not come at the expense of our values, as my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made clear earlier today. We have one of the most robust systems of arms export controls in the world and have always been clear that we will only permit exports on a case-by-case basis where the consolidated criteria are upheld.


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