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Economic Environment: Growth and Jobs - Motion to Take Note (11 Jul 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: My Lords, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Neville-Rolfe on raising this important issue and thank her for her many contributions to UK business over her impressive career. In terms of being a good place for business, we perform well internationally. We are number 9 out of 190 countries and, as my noble friend Lord Leigh of Hurley said, our unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1974,...

NHS: Future UK Trade Deals - Motion to Take Note (4 Jul 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe, for tabling this debate as it raises two topics that sit at the heart of our country’s identity and of our future—the National Health Service and our future trading relationships. I hope that this debate will flush out two things. The first is that although there is quite properly a fierce desire to protect the NHS for everything that it...

Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Swiss Confederation - Motion to Regret (1 May 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: I am happy to deal with that. I was given the wrong information that I had two minutes left in which to sum up. I apologise: I rushed through, rather. We share the text when it is in a stable form; it goes to the devolved Administrations at the same time as it goes to Ministers. We realise that we have to work with the devolved Administrations. We offer briefing sessions on the continuity...

Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Swiss Confederation - Motion to Regret (1 May 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: My understanding is that there were conversations at official level. After the debate in this House, we made a change and shared the full text of the agreement. For all agreements in place from 20 March, they will get the full text of the treaty. Prior to that, we gave them the text when it was initialled in draft form. We are learning as we go through this process, and fully understand the...

Trade Agreement between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Swiss Confederation - Motion to Regret (1 May 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, for drawing the House’s attention to the UK-Switzerland continuity trade agreement. I add my thanks to him and the committee for their work. Just to read a synopsis of the report shows how much work has gone into this one agreement, so we owe a genuine debt of gratitude. I also thank all your Lordships for contributing to this debate, which has...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Kiribati (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: Our first priority is to deliver continuity in our trading arrangements on leaving the EU. The Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Act enables the UK to put in place a UK trade preferences scheme for developing countries once we leave the EU. This will provide the same level of access as the current EU trade preference scheme by granting duty-free, quota-free access to 48 Least Developed Countries,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Indonesia (30 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: The Government is working with the Indonesian Government to address existing trade barriers between the two countries, and to consider options for strengthening our bilateral trading relationship in the future. We also continue to support the ongoing EU-CEPA negotiations. To support trade with developing countries, the Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Act enables the UK to put in place a UK...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: EU External Trade: USA (25 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: The UK has consistently supported the European Commission in engaging with the US to stress the importance of de-escalating trade tensions, which are in no one’s interest. We have been clear in our opposition to US tariffs on steel and aluminium and threatened tariffs on autos. These are unjustified and have, and will have, a negative impact on the UK as an EU Member State and after exit...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: China (25 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: The Government works actively to increase trade between the UK and China, including through our overseas network led by HM Trade Commissioner for China, bilateral working groups, and through the broad support the Department for International Trade provides to UK exporters and to Chinese companies wishing to invest in the UK. Ministerial travel also supports this, and provides the necessary...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade (17 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: The latest WTO forecasts revised 2019 global trade growth from 3.7% to 2.6%, rising to 3.0% in 2020. Forecasts assume a smooth Brexit with a transition period until 2020. Weak air freight shipment figures, declining global export orders, increased economic policy uncertainty and a fall in the global GDP outlook are cited as reasons for downward revisions to forecasts. The WTO notes the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Arms Trade: Yemen (17 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: All arms supplied by UK companies to Saudi Arabia require an export licence. We assess each export licence application very carefully against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (the Consolidated Criteria). The Consolidated Criteria provide a thorough risk assessment framework and require us to think hard about the impact of providing equipment and its...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Imports: Israeli Settlements (16 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: It has been the position of the UK Government since 1967 that, in line with relevant UN Security Council Resolutions, the Occupied Palestinian Territories (the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza) are not lawfully part of the State of Israel. The UK does not recognise Israeli settlements as part of Israel. The UK’s position on settlements is clear. They are illegal under...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Imports: Israeli Settlements (16 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: As referenced in my Written Answer on 2 April (HL14807), products produced in the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) are not entitled to benefit from preferential tariff treatment under the EU-Israel Trade Agreements. These areas are set out in a list of postcodes, which will be hosted on gov.uk, alongside a notice to importers. Tariff preferences will be...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade: China (15 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: In 2017 the United Kingdom, together with 26 other countries, endorsed the “Guiding Principles on Financing the Development of the Belt and Road”. We continue to engage closely with China on the Belt and Road Initiative. The Department for International Trade assists UK firms by scoping project opportunities, providing finance where appropriate through UK Export Finance, and then...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Nigeria (10 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: When we leave the EU, we will provide the same level of preferential access to Nigeria. The Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Act enables the UK to put in place a UK trade preferences scheme for developing countries, including Nigeria. A trade agreement between the EU and 16 West African States has been signed by almost all the parties, but it is not currently in force. Therefore, as no...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Vanuatu (10 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: The Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Act enables the UK to put in place a UK trade preferences scheme for developing countries when we leave the EU. This will provide the same level of access as the current EU trade preference scheme, granting duty-free, quota-free access to Least Developed Countries, including Vanuatu. On 14 March 2019, the UK-Pacific States Economic Partnership Agreement (UK...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Commonwealth (2 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: At last year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), hosted by the UK, leaders adopted a six-point Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment to boost intra-Commonwealth trade to $2 Trillion by 2030. As Chair-In-Office, the UK is committed to working with our Commonwealth partners to achieve this target. That is why at CHOGM we launched three new programmes aimed at promoting...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Imports: Israeli Settlements (2 Apr 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: The EU-Israel Trade Agreements and the transitioned UK-Israel Trade Agreement apply to the State of Israel. The UK has been clear that it does not recognise the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs), including the settlements, as part of the State of Israel and that the OPTs are not covered by the UK-Israel Agreement. The EU-Palestinian Authority Interim Agreement and the transitioned...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Local Government (28 Mar 2019)

Baroness Fairhead: The Department for International Trade has regular engagement with local government through the Department’s regional network. In a recent series of events across the UK, to support consultations on future free trade agreements, there was attendance by representatives from local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and local growth hubs. The department invited a representative from...


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