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Free Trade Agreement: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - Motion to Take Note (14 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord. That was the first intervention I have ever had at this Dispatch Box, so it was a pleasure that, perhaps unsurprisingly, it came from the noble Lord, Lord Purvis. I quite accept the importance of the point that he raises. You cannot get all that you ask for, of course, when you negotiate these agreements. The agreement is as it is, but, if I can provide more...

Free Trade Agreement: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - Motion to Take Note (14 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Perhaps the noble Earl could remind me what the concordat point was.

Free Trade Agreement: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - Motion to Take Note (14 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Earl. My memory flooded back as soon as he started to explain that. I thought that the report from the IAC was very good, as a marking of progress over the last year. It has made recommendations, which we are studying closely, and we will of course respond to the IAC on that in the normal way within the agreed timeframe. Coming back to this debate, I look forward to...

Free Trade Agreement: Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway - Motion to Take Note (14 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Earl, Lord Kinnoull, for tabling today’s Motion, and I congratulate the European Affairs Committee on its first foray into reporting on free trade agreements. Given the quality of this report, the IAC will need to look to its laurels. I also thank the committee for acknowledging the speed and pace at which these negotiations were successfully concluded and the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Conditions of Employment (1 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The UK is committed to ensuring that the rights of workers are upheld in trade deals. HM government has made clear that trade does not have to come at the expense of labour standards, and this is reflected in our UK trade policy. In its public mandates, the Government committed to protect the UK’s world-leading labour standards.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK Trade with EU (1 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: UK goods trade (excluding precious metals) with the EU was £368.9bn in 2020, down 15.8% compared to 2019, mainly due to decreases in April 2020 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. UK trade in goods with the EU suffered a further decrease in January 2021, down 36.0% for the month (compared to December 2020). Since January 2021, monthly goods trade has increased, with monthly exports now...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (30 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government signed a new free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) in July. Building on the success of the United Kingdom’s recent Agreement-in-Principle with Australia, we have been accelerating talks to reach an Agreement-in-Principle with New Zealand too. We are progressing plans to accede to the Comprehensive and Progressive...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: China (23 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Neither Ministerial colleagues nor officials in London have met with the Chinese administration during this time.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (23 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Department has engaged extensively with the Devolved Administrations throughout the accession process thus far, both at the Chief Negotiator and at Ministerial level, including the sharing of negotiation positions in devolved areas. At every stage, we have taken into consideration their views and priorities. Our programme of engagement totals hundreds of hours at official level and dozens...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Environment Protection (22 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The UK is seeking ambitious environmental provisions in all future trade deals, including those which preserve our high levels of environmental protection and ensure our trade and environment policies are mutually supportive. Negotiations, including with both Australia and New Zealand, are progressing and the UK is also preparing for the next phase of negotiations, including with India,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Human Rights (22 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government is clear that more trade will not come at the expense of human rights. The UK will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international human rights obligations and hold those who violate human rights to account. By having stronger economic relationships with partners, we can have more open discussions on a range of issues, including human rights.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Ukraine (21 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The United Kingdom-Ukraine Political, Free Trade and Strategic Partnership Agreement is in force and operating effectively. It is standard practice for agreements to be amended, corrected or updated over time, depending upon individual circumstances. However, there are no plans for a wholesale reopening of the agreement.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Arms Trade: Afghanistan (21 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: In 2020, 16 Standard Individual Export Licences (SIELs) were granted for military rated items to Afghanistan, with a value of £21,710,485. In addition, one Open Individual Export Licence (OIEL) was granted for military rated items. Because OIELs are open-ended, they are not restricted by quantities or values for the specific items the licence is granted for. For the period 1st January to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Promotion (20 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Programme supports British businesses overseas and attracts investment into the UK. The programme works in collaboration with other trade promotion activities, and it focuses on emerging and high growth markets where additional senior interactions can be valuable, or larger economies where multiple interactions at different levels are effective. Trade Envoys...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Promotion (20 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys are drawn from both Houses and across the political spectrum. They are chosen based on relevant skills and experience required to undertake the role. This experience can be related to their assigned market or UK industry knowledge, or their Government-to-Government experience, as well as willingness and an ability to undertake some international travel. The...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Promotion (16 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: In 2019-20 the cost of the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy Programme was £651,387. All costs incurred are subject to departmental restrictions and guidelines which apply to the programme’s use of public funds.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Promotion (16 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: There are currently 36 Trade Envoys. A full list including their political affiliation is below. Trade Envoy Political party 1 Andrew Selous Conservative (1) 2 Baroness Hooper Conservative (1) 3 Baroness Meyer Conservative (1) 4 Baroness Morris of Bolton Conservative (1) 5 Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne Conservative (1) 6 Conor Burns Conservative (1) 7...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Promotion (16 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: There has been no change in title or accountability of the ‘Prime Minister’s Trade Envoys’, however the formal title is occasionally shortened to ‘Trade Envoys’ for brevity.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Promotion (13 Sep 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: To make access to UK Export Finance (UKEF) support quicker and easier for firms, the General Export Facility is being delivered through leading high street lenders on a delegated basis, so that in many instances a guarantee can be granted automatically and with little waiting time. UKEF has also increased the amount that participating banks can administer automatically from £2 million to £5...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Tradeshow Access Programme (3 Aug 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: We have not carried out economic analysis of the impact of the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) as a standalone service. However, we know that the businesses we support in attending trade shows view it very highly, which suggests a positive return on their investment. When surveyed, 89% of businesses stated they were satisfied with their experience of TAP (DIT Export Client Quality Survey,...


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