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Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (9 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, it is even more of a pleasure to do this Report with the debate having started in such a positive way. I thank noble Lords for that and say unreservedly that the scrutiny and discussions that I have had with noble Lords over the last few months have improved the Bill to the point that it has reached today. It is a great pleasure to welcome the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, back to the...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Report: Amendment 1 (9 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, it is a pleasure to be back debating the Professional Qualifications Bill on Report. I thank noble Lords for continuing to meet my officials and me over the Summer Recess, and I think we shall see the fruits of those meetings as we progress through this stage of the Bill today. May I also take this moment to wish many happy returns to the noble Lord, Lord Kennedy, who I understand...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Ports: Wales (9 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Department for International Trade does not hold the data requested. The Intrastat data collection (collected by HMRC), which does not collect port information, is still being used in 2021 for Great Britain imports from the EU. Cabinet Office and HMRC continue to monitor the flow of freight vehicles travelling between the UK and EU nations, including those travelling between the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Sheep Meat: New Zealand (5 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: New Zealand is already able to export its lamb to the UK tariff free via a sizeable World Trade Organisation tariff rate quota. Usage of this quota has been declining, and in 2020 less than half of this quota was filled. It is therefore unlikely there will be an increase in lamb imports from New Zealand as a result of a new deal. Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full impact...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: New Zealand (5 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The agreement includes a range of measures to safeguard UK agriculture. Tariff liberalisation for sensitive products will be staged over time and tariff rate quotas and product specific safeguards for sensitive agricultural products such as beef, lamb, butter and cheese will limit the level of annual tariff-free imports from New Zealand and last for up to 15 years. The agreement also...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia and New Zealand (4 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: We have engaged closely with farmers seeking their views throughout negotiations. The Agreements will include protections for the agriculture industry, and we have a range of tools to defend British farming against any unfair trading practices. Following the conclusion of negotiations, full impact assessments will be published which set out the impacts of the Agreements.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Sheep Meat: New Zealand (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full impact assessment will be published prior to scrutiny by Parliament. This will present the results of economic impacts of the agreement, including on UK sectoral output and employment. It will provide an assessment of the potential implications for the UK nations and English regions.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: New Zealand (3 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Department for International Trade (DIT) has established an extensive engagement framework and has consulted regularly with the UK agricultural sector throughout the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with New Zealand. Prior to the start of talks, the Government carried out one of the largest consultations ever undertaken to inform its approach to FTAs, including New Zealand....

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Gulf States: Human Rights (1 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: On 8th October, my Rt. hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade and my hon Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, the Minister for International Trade, met with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Secretary General H.E. Dr. Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf and the GCC Chief Negotiator H.E. Abdulrahman Al Harbi. The Bahraini Commerce Minister H.E. Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Gulf States (1 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Gulf Cooperation Council is a major trading partner of the United Kingdom, with an overall trade relationship worth £30.3 billion in 2020. On 8th October, HM Government opened a public consultation, requesting input from consumers, businesses, and civil society to help us craft a deal that levels up our nation. HM Government is clear that more trade need not come at the expense of our...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Food: Imports (1 Nov 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government remains committed to Britain’s high animal welfare, food safety, environmental, product and labour standards. We have established the Trade and Agriculture Commission and placed it on a statutory footing to independently help us make sure that British food safety standards are protected throughout trade negotiations.

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the UK is committed to using its multilateral and bilateral trade policy to encourage the uptake and spread of clean technologies as a lever to remove market distortions and to help countries to adapt to the challenges and impacts of climate change in pursuit of our Paris Agreement and the 2050 net-zero target.

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, environmental policies are at the forefront of our minds when we negotiate free trade agreements and in the areas to which the noble Lord refers. But, of course, these agreements are negotiated. We push very hard for the inclusion of all the lines we want but sometimes, necessarily, there has to be a bit of give and take in these agreements.

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My noble friend is an assiduous champion of these matters. Our ambitious trade deal with Australia includes the first substantive climate change article that Australia has included in a deal, which affirms both parties’ commitment to the Paris Agreement. Of course, our very recent agreement in principle with New Zealand goes beyond this and breaks new ground on climate change. It will...

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the shipping industry is of course very important to the United Kingdom. I am sure noble Lords have noted that my right honourable friend the Chancellor of Exchequer gave some relief to the shipping industry yesterday in terms of tonnage tax. If I may, I will follow up in a letter the particular points the noble Lord has raised this morning.

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am happy to repeat again from this Dispatch Box our commitment to maintaining very high standards of animal welfare, and of course food safety, in relation to free trade agreements. I do not fully agree with the points the noble Lord makes. We do seek to secure these points in free trade agreements, as I said earlier, and we are absolutely committed to upholding the UK’s high...

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, as we transition to net zero, of course the UK recognises the importance of addressing the risk of carbon leakage to ensure that our ambitious policy of decarbonisation is not undermined. We have ambitious carbon pricing through our emissions trading schemes, and we have committed to review this to ensure that it is consistent with our net-zero pathway and carbon priceable mechanisms.

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, internationally, we believe that the first step is to use climate diplomacy to encourage our trading partners to ambitiously mitigate climate change in co-ordination with each other for this very reason: to reduce the leakage risk across economies. But the noble Lord makes a point, and we will also consider of course the full range of options to address the risk of carbon leakage,...

Climate Change: Trade Policy - Question (28 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I think the noble Baroness is uncharacteristically rather unfair on this matter. I am prepared to repeat again that we are committed to upholding the UK’s high environmental standards. I do not agree with her about the Budget given in the other place by my right honourable friend yesterday. I repeat again: we will continue to pursue the whole range of mechanisms available to us to...


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