Results 541–560 of 755 for speaker:Lord Grimstone of Boscobel

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Trade Advisory Groups (TAGs) have been created to access strategic and technical expertise from within specific sectors that are vital to the British economy. The TAGs are just one part of HM Government’s external engagement on international trade. The Department for International Trade continues to engage regularly with a wide range of interested parties, including one-to-one meetings...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Pursuing accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a priority for the Government and is a key part of our trade negotiations programme. We have engaged with all eleven member countries, at both ministerial and official level. All CPTPP members have welcomed our interest in accession. Most recently, on 9th September 2020, my Rt Hon....

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Colombia (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The United Kingdom and the Andean countries, including Colombia, signed the UK-Andean Countries Trade Agreement on 15 May 2019. The agreement includes specific clauses on labour in the Trade and Sustainable Development chapter, which maintain high labour standards and protections for both the United Kingdom and our partners. The United Kingdom will use the Trade and Sustainable Development...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: South Asia (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Department has an ambitious agenda to strengthen bilateral trade relations between the United Kingdom and the Indian subcontinent. With India herself, we are developing an Enhanced Trade Partnership with the objective of deeper trade policy cooperation and the removal of barriers to doing business. We are also facilitating trade with other countries across the subcontinent, including Sri...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Commonwealth (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Commonwealth includes some of our closest friends and greatest allies. We share strong bonds and I hope the Noble Lord will welcome our commitment to work closely with Commonwealth countries to remove barriers and liberalise the global trading environment. At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in 2018, chaired by the United Kingdom, we committed to boosting...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Latin America (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Department for International Trade works extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean to strengthen the United Kingdom’s trade and investment relationships, with staff based in?19 countries?across the region. The United Kingdom has concluded trade continuity agreements with Chile, CARIFORUM, six Central American countries and the Andean Community (Colombia, Peru and Ecuador), which...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) will be finalised and signed in the coming weeks, before the full text is laid in parliament and made publicly available. Furthermore, a parliamentary report, setting out in detail any areas where there are material differences between the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement and the CEPA, will be published, alongside a full...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Food (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: We remain committed to our high food safety, environmental, product and labour standards, and will use the full range of measures available to us to uphold Britain’s high regulatory standards. HM Government passed the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, to convert EU law – as it was applied as of exit – into the law of the land. Furthermore, my Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: British arms sales are subject to an export licence. All export licence applications are assessed against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (the ‘Consolidated Criteria’). The Consolidated Criteria take into account our obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty and other relevant rules of international law. They provide a thorough risk assessment framework and...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Arms Trade: Saudi Arabia (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: British arms exports are subject to an export licence. All export licence applications are assessed against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria (the ‘Consolidated Criteria’). As set out in my Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade’s Written Statement of 7th July 2020, we have developed a revised methodology in respect of all allegations...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: We have published reports alongside all signed agreements, outlining our approach to delivering continuity with all partners, and we will continue to do so for all continuity agreements yet to be signed. We will publish further business guidance on trade agreements on GOV.UK this autumn. Businesses and consumers are already able to find more information about continuity agreements, including...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government is committed to an inclusive and transparent trade policy. We have published Scoping Assessments for agreements with the United States, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. These Scoping Assessments set out the potential economic impacts, and we will publish impact assessments following the outcome of negotiations that will include an assessment of the impacts on every part of the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Uighurs: China (19 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government has serious concerns about the situation in Xinjiang, with reports of the use of forced labour. It has always been the case that, where we have concerns, we raise them – as we did on this issue at the UN Human Rights Council, most recently in September. We advise businesses with supply chain links in Xinjiang to conduct appropriate due diligence to satisfy themselves that...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 92 (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Lansley for his interest in the UK trade preference scheme. The Government share his interest in using trade preferences to support trade and development, and I am happy to discuss the Government’s commitments in this area. I reassure the Committee that the Government have made long-standing commitments, including to Parliament, to replicate the EU...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 86 (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, if it is a parliamentary expression, I may perhaps first say touché to the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, in relation to our earlier exchanges and I look forward to receiving his letter on those matters. On my amendments, I was perhaps too optimistic and hopeful in describing them as minor and technical government amendments. So that I can give a full and accurate response to noble Lords...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 86 (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, this group consists of three government amendments, which are minor and technical in nature, together with an amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Stevenson. I will present the government amendments, before responding to Amendment 89. The amendments all relate to the data disclosure provisions at Clauses 8 and 9. On government Amendment 86, it has always been our intention...

Trade Bill - Committee (6th Day): Amendment 81 (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, we have had a most interesting debate on this group of amendments, particularly touching on many aspects of corporate governance. To put my cards on the table, I am a fervent believer that good corporate governance leads to good decisions. Noble Lords were absolutely right to make their comments about the importance of governance. I thank the noble Lords, Lord Bassam of Brighton and...

Trade and Agriculture Commission and Trade Remedies Authority - Question (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the commission members are unpaid and are reimbursed for reasonable travel costs. They are supported by a secretariat run by DIT, made up of officials from various government departments and paid for out of their respective departmental budgets. We estimate the cost of the commission’s secretariat to be £770,000 over the duration of its term. The 2020-21 financial year budget for...

Trade and Agriculture Commission and Trade Remedies Authority - Question (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am afraid that I do not agree with my noble friend. The commission is an independent body and is made up of independent-minded representatives from across the agriculture, retail, consumer, hospitality, animal health and environmental sectors. It questions their integrity to think that they are other than completely independent.

Trade and Agriculture Commission and Trade Remedies Authority - Question (15 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, current plans are for the TRA to have 129 posts. Currently, more than 75% are filled within the TRID. I am certain that there are enough resources and the authority will be able to undertake the duties given to it.


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