Results 1–20 of 103 for speaker:Lord Grimstone of Boscobel

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Southern Africa: Trade Agreements (10 Aug 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: As of 4th August 2020, Botswana and South Africa have completed their domestic ratification procedures. Britain completed her own domestic scrutiny procedures, in accordance with the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act, on 5th February 2020. We continue to monitor progress closely in the remaining countries. Our preference is that all our Southern Africa Customs Union + Mozambique...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Southern Africa: Trade Agreements (6 Aug 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Britain is working hard to understand the requirements of Southern Africa Customs Union and Mozambique (SACUM) to implement our Economic Partnership Agreement effectively, which is due to enter into force at the end of the transition period. This is part of a broader programme of £8 million of technical assistance to the region that was announced in August 2018.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Expert Trade Advisory Groups: Membership (4 Aug 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Our Expert Trade Advisory Groups (ETAGs) have met 84 times to date. The table below shows how many meetings there have been for each of the 17 ETAGs and the dates on which they were held. ETAG name Total number of meetings held to date Date of each meeting held Agri-food 9 04/07/2019, 21/08/2019, 25/09/2019, 24/10/2019, 14/01/2020, 12/02/2020, 05/03/2020, 27/05/2020, 06/07/2020 ...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (3 Aug 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: British environmental and safety standards will apply to all vehicles operating on British roads. This is as true of vehicles imported under a free trade agreement as it is to vehicles that have been manufactured here. Vehicles exported to the United States will similarly need to adhere to the environmental and safety standards that are in force there. This is true of both federal and state...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia (3 Aug 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Written Ministerial Statement (WMS) of 7th July 2020 set out details of the revised methodology developed to comply with the Court of Appeal’s judgment of 20th June 2019 and applied to re-take the decisions remitted by the Court of Appeal on the correct legal basis. It also set out why my Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade assessed that there is not a clear...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: NHS (30 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Trade is vital for the NHS, which relies heavily on crucial goods and services that come wholly, or in part, from suppliers based overseas. Trade enables the NHS to buy the best possible medicines and medical devices that industry – here and overseas – has to offer. At the same time, Britain’s international public procurement commitments do not apply to the procurement of British...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Motor Vehicles (29 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The United Kingdom is currently in negotiations with the USA, Australia and New Zealand to establish new Free Trade Agreements, and with Japan based upon the existing Economic Partnership Agreement between Japan and the EU. The UK intends to pursue accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). We are also undertaking ongoing discussion with...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (29 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: This is not the case. All treaties that require ratification are subject to the scrutiny procedures laid out in the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010. Further, the constitutional arrangements of the United Kingdom mean international treaties cannot themselves amend domestic legislation. Should any changes to our law be needed to implement a future Free Trade Agreement, legislation...

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, total trade between the UK and Russia stood at £15.8 billion in the year to March 2020, an increase of £290 million over the same period last year. UK exports to Russia in this period amounted to £5.9 billion, with Russian imports in the same period totalling £9.9 billion.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, let me make it quite clear that money obtained through criminality or corruption is not welcome in the UK. We have long recognised the corrosive risk of dirty money, including from Russia, being laundered in the UK. We continue to bring the full capabilities of law enforcement to bear against serious criminals, corrupt elites and their assets.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the Department for International Trade team at our embassy in Moscow is working with a pipeline of over 90 Russian companies that have expressed an interest in the UK. This work is taking place this year and will continue in the following year, notwithstanding external factors.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, trade between Russia and the UK is broadly stable. Our objectives for Russia are driven by our Russia strategy, which holds that trade and investment can be a lever for stabilising relations, increasing prosperity, supporting deeper ties and binding Russia to the rules-based international order. There are no plans at present to attempt to negotiate a free trade agreement with Russia.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thought that I had made it clear that there are no trade negotiations going on at the moment with Russia. I resent the assumption that Ministers would in any way be influenced by the matters to which the noble Lord refers.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the quotation to which the noble Lord refers was a selective quotation picked up by Chinese newspapers from a much longer speech. I hold no candle for any authoritarian regime and I am pleased to confirm that in front of the House.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, UK companies are well aware of what aspects of trade are covered by sanctions. I would be most surprised if any of them do not abide by those rules strictly. We believe that trade that is not covered by sanctions can, as I have said before, be a lever for stabilising relationships.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, we are quite clear that trade does not have to come at the expense of labour, the environment, human rights or sustainable development. We use trade because we want to ensure that economic growth and development and environmental protection can go hand in hand.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, as a previous banker, I abhor illicit finance working its way through the City. It benefits nobody, and no respectable City firm would want to touch it. At every opportunity, I will certainly raise the points that have just been made.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am afraid that I do not have the fine print on that with me, so, if I may, I will write to the noble Baroness.

Russia: Trade - Question (28 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the UK reported a total trade deficit of £4 billion with Russia in the year to March, compared to a figure of £4.6 billion in the previous year. External factors such as Covid-19 may have an impact on the UK’s international trade in 2021, so at this moment it is impossible to forecast. I very much applaud the fact that the voice of the BBC can be heard clearly and loudly by the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (23 Jul 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Government published its objectives for UK-US Free Trade Agreement negotiations on gov.uk on 1st March 2020. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-uks-approach- to-trade-negotiations-with-the-us Due to their sensitive nature, it is not appropriate to provide further detail while negotiations are ongoing.


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