Results 41–60 of 625 for speaker:Lord Grimstone of Boscobel

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

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, if the noble Lord is referring to the establishment of the Trade and Agriculture Commission, that commission has now been set up in shadow form. It will fulfil the statutory duties which it would fulfil if it were on a statutory basis. As I have explained to the House previously, it is a technical matter that it is on a non-statutory basis. This is to allow some allowances to be...

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

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, my noble friend is assiduous in raising this important matter with the House. I dare say that, as the weather gets colder, we may hear more from him on this topic. We are in regular touch with the British Association of Snowsport Instructors, British Mountain Guides and GB Snowsport over this. It is a complicated matter. We have now established a recognition arrangements team in...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (27 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government has secured trade deals with 69 non-EU countries, many of which sought to replicate the effect of EU trade agreements. This meant that, when rolling over these agreements, the majority of EU texts remained unchanged and some language was retained with the understanding that it may require modifications once we had taken back control of our trade policy. When implementing...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agriculture: Trade Agreements (26 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Government published its response to the report of the Trade and Agriculture Commission on 21 October. The Government response explicitly upholds and affirms the manifesto commitment to not compromise on the UK’s high food production, animal welfare and environmental standards for which our country is rightly renowned. Our response makes clear that we will not pursue any trade deals...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Arms Trade: Turkey (22 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Licences for arms exports continue to be issued to Turkey, but only where they are consistent with the Oral Statement to Parliament on 15th October 2019 made by my right hon. Friend the then Foreign Secretary, which clarifies that no export licences are currently being issued to Turkey for items that might be used in military operations in Syria. All export licence applications are assessed...

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, Her Majesty’s Government are committed to upholding the UK’s high environmental standards in our trade policy. We consider a wide range of environmental issues in our trade policy and in what we are seeking to pursue in multilateral fora, as well as under our new free trade agreements. This includes upholding commitments in the Paris Agreement, maintaining our right to regulate...

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: We will certainly raise the impact of trade policies at COP 26. On the noble Baroness’s point about where our trade agreements are being made, of course it might have been better if Australia and New Zealand were close to Europe, but they are not. They are important countries to make trade agreements with, and that trumps the question of geography, in this case.

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The most effective audit we have is the deep scrutiny that noble Lords give our trade agreements and trade policy. We have some of the most advanced scrutiny mechanisms in the world, and noble Lords do a good job of auditing us and holding us to account.

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, as soon as I heard the magic words “Trade and Agriculture Commission” being mentioned by the noble Lord, I thought he was going to congratulate me on that fact that the Government have today published our response to the report of the Trade and Agriculture Commission on how best to advance the issues of British farmers, food producers and consumers in future trade policy. As to...

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My noble friend makes some excellent points. I wish I had made his point on lamb myself, so I thank him for that, and for drawing the House’s attention to the agreement in principle with New Zealand being reached, as announced today. The environmental chapter of that agreement will break new ground for the UK and New Zealand in supporting our shared climate and environment goals, clean...

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The noble Baroness is right to draw attention to scrutiny. I am always happy to repeat our commitment to scrutiny from the Dispatch Box. Both the Australia and New Zealand agreements are at the in-principle stage, at the moment. The full texts will be published in due course. They will be made available to the House in good time and will be scrutinised by the TAC and by your Lordships’...

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am very pleased to be able to comment categorically that the leaked document to which the noble Lord refers is not government policy and is not being considered by Ministers.

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, it is of course a great pleasure to have God on our side in these matters. The noble Lord is right: we are a global trading nation. Our future prosperity depends on us being a global trading nation. This will remain one of the core priorities of this Government.

Trade Policy: Environmental Considerations - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The noble Baroness’s question veers toward the unfair. What do I see when I read the Australia free trade agreement? I see a comprehensive environment chapter with Australia that protects our rights to regulate to meet net zero, sets our shared commitment to building mutually supportive trade and environment policies, and establishes co-operative efforts to support our green economy through...

Cotton Imports - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the Government recognise the role that technology can play in improving the traceability of goods in global supply chains and are working with businesses to build understanding and raise awareness of its potential use. We encourage business and industry to collaborate and share expertise on innovative solutions that will improve supply chain transparency.

Cotton Imports - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the Government are fully committed to tackling the issue of Uighur forced labour in global supply chains. The measures we have taken do not currently include import bans, but we have announced a range of other measures, including a comprehensive review of export controls as they apply to Xinjiang. I assure noble Lords that we continue to keep our policy response under close review.

Cotton Imports - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, we continue deliberations with a whole range of businesses, including, of course, the fashion business. Ensuring a tough response to modern slavery remains a priority for this Government. We are committed to strengthening the landmark transparency provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and these measures include the introduction of financial penalties on organisations which fail...

Cotton Imports - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: For the first part of my noble friend’s question, I refer to the answer I gave previously. On investment generally, we continue to pursue a positive economic relationship with China and we think that it is in our interests to increase trade with China. As an open economy, we welcome trade and investment; however, as I have said on many occasions, we are not so stupid as to welcome harmful...

Cotton Imports - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the same rules and advice apply to PPE as to other goods that we import into the UK. As noble Lords know, we take a market-first approach to critical supply chain resilience and are committed to championing free trade in a rules-based system. However, we have learned many lessons from the pandemic about the importance of resilience in supply chains; we continue to apply those...

Cotton Imports - Question (21 Oct 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord for bringing that matter to my attention. He always has the most up-to-date news on these matters at his fingertips. I will ensure that that particular company is looked at by my officials.


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