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

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I am sure that that will be discussed in the usual channels and considered by the Leader of the House at the appropriate time. If I find more information, I will write to the noble Lord.

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 78 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Lansley, for that question. I have some skin in this game, because I was the author of the public appointments code in which these requirements appear. I shall certainly consider the point that he has raised and write to him about it, but, frankly, with no great confidence that I will agree with him when I do so.

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 78 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I recognise that the amendments tabled by noble Lords are intended to reinforce the independence and impartiality of the TRA, but I reassure them that this legislation has already been designed with this in mind. Both the Trade Bill and the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act have inbuilt protections of the TRA’s impartiality that already address many of these points. I reassure the...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 71 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I will address Amendments 71 and 72, tabled by the noble Lords, Lord Clement-Jones and Lord Freyberg. I express my sympathy to the noble Lord, Lord Freyberg, having heard the background to his interest in health data. Before I turn to the detail of these amendments, I hope I made clear on the second day of Committee the Government’s absolute commitment that the NHS is not, and...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 68 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I turn to Amendments 68 and 76A in the name of the noble Lords, Lord Alton of Liverpool, Lord Forsyth of Drumlean and Lord Adonis, and the noble Baroness, Lady Falkner of Margravine, which seek to ensure that any regulations made under Clauses 1 or 2 are revoked in the event that the High Court makes a preliminary determination that they should be revoked because the partner country...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 64 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Lansley for his amendment and his wise words in his introduction, honed by his years of experience. As discussed when I met my noble friend to speak about this amendment, international trade agreements are not worth the paper they are written on if businesses and consumers are not educated and enabled to take advantage of their contents. I also fully...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 54 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, we have had yet another interesting debate where the expertise of noble Lords has been on full display, even if that meant repeating what have perhaps become familiar arguments. Amendments 54 and 55 in the names of my noble friend Lady McIntosh of Pickering, and the noble Baronesses, Lady Henig, Lady Ritchie of Downpatrick, and Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb, would set up a new trade...

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 54 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I have nothing to add to those perceptive comments from my noble friend.

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 54 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord for his question. We will come to GSPs in a later debate; if the perceptive points he made are not answered then, I will perhaps write to him. Secondly, I always keep an open mind about the matters that we debate. We will reflect on the debate that happened in the other place last night.

Trade Bill - Committee (5th Day): Amendment 42 (13 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I welcome this amendment, put down by the noble Lord, Lord Purvis of Tweed, and the noble Baroness, Lady Suttie. As I told the House on the first day of Committee, and as we have touched on since, our continuity agreements seek to replicate the effects of EU agreements, and the 21 agreements that we have already signed show that we are not diverging or introducing new obligations....

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Expert Trade Advisory Groups (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The following “Expert Trade Advisory Groups” continue to exist at the present time: Continuity; Customs; Financial Services; Intellectual Property; Procurement; Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs); Sustainability; and Trade for Development. The review of how these groups will continue to operate within the Department for International Trade’s broader engagement is ongoing.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Expert Trade Advisory Groups (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The two groups serve different purposes. The Strategic Trade Advisory Group (STAG) provides a forum for high-level strategic discussions between HM Government, and a cross-section of interests from all parts of the UK on trade policy matters. The Trade Advisory Groups’ principal purpose is to provide the blend of strategic and technical expertise required to ensure the United...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Expert Trade Advisory Groups: Membership (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Trade Advisory Groups (TAGs) do not include trade union representation. 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 though. The Department for International Trade continues to engage regularly with a wide...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Human Rights (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: We have provided extensive information to Parliament on our negotiations, including publishing our objectives and economic scoping assessments prior to negotiations beginning. We continue to engage closely with the relevant scrutiny committees, namely the International Trade Committee in the House of Commons and the International Agreements Sub-Committee in the House of Lords. We have a...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The preliminary analysis from the published Scoping Assessment before negotiations began shows that a UK-Japan agreement could benefit Northern Ireland with output (measured by gross value added) estimated to increase by between 0.05% and 0.15% in the long run. This Scoping Assessment can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uks-approach-to-n...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Commonwealth (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: Strengthening and enhancing our bilateral trading relationships with Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, are key priorities for HM Government’s trade negotiations programme. The Department for International Trade is committed to negotiating and securing ambitious free trade deals with Australia and New Zealand as soon as possible, harnessing the opportunity to negotiate a high-quality...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The fourth UK-US Free Trade Agreement negotiating round took place from 8 September to 18 September 2020. A Written Ministerial Statement was published on 22 September 2020, updating parliament on the progress of the round. Significant progress has been achieved since launching negotiations in May 2020, and most chapter areas are now in the advanced stages of talks. Shortly before the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Exports: Trade Agreements (12 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Department for International Trade (DIT) has convened a panel of academic experts in trade to advise on how we develop and use cutting-edge economic models and analytical techniques in our trade modelling. The purpose of the review is to examine DIT’s current approach to trade modelling and to consider how best to incorporate wider global economic developments and the latest academic...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade (9 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government welcomes the efforts made by the participants of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific paperless trade initiative. Paperless trading enables businesses to confidently conduct transactions online and administrative processes are made more efficient and transparent. The COVID-19 pandemic has further illustrated the growing importance of...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (9 Oct 2020)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: HM Government undertake a wide range of impact analysis to inform the negotiations of our trade agreements. We are committed to publishing scoping assessments prior to the launch of negotiations and to publishing our impact assessments following the outcome of negotiations.


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