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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: World Trade Organisation: Reform (29 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The UK champions rules-based multilateral trade, and strongly supports the Director-General of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) efforts to drive forward reform. WTO reform has been a central aspect of this year’s G7 Trade Track discussions, which are seeking to build momentum and common ground ahead of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference. We are actively participating in discussions...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My noble friend is quite right: Australian animal welfare standards are in fact higher than those in many other countries around the world, and in some cases higher than those in the EU. My noble friend has given one example. Others include the practice of castrating chickens and the production of foie gras, which are banned in Australia on welfare grounds, as they are in the UK; however,...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I think the House is well aware of the scrutiny processes that these agreements go through. The process culminates in the CRaG process, in which the other place has the ability to vote against these agreements, so there will be scrutiny there. That provides a real bulwark. I do not know the answer to the question about the European Union, and if I may I will write to the noble Lord...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, it is a great pleasure to answer my first question from my friend and noble friend Lord Udny-Lister from this Dispatch Box. He is right: we are making extraordinary progress on negotiating these free trade agreements, and the free trade agreements we hope to strike not just with the Trans-Pacific Partnership but with the GCC, Canada, Mexico, India and a number of other countries...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I first thank the noble Lord for his kind comments. It is the case that politics sometimes enter into these matters in the other House. Maybe that is not a surprise, given the importance of these agreements. I hope the noble Lord agrees that when I comment on these matters in this House or in front of our very well-run IAC, I try to give my answers in a measured and constructive way.

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I can certainly confirm that the House will be given sufficient time to scrutinise these agreements, not just because that is right in its own instance but because our International Agreements Committee will want to scrutinise them. Importantly, the new, independent Trade and Agriculture Commission will need time to scrutinise this agreement properly. The sequence of events will be...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, my noble friend is absolutely right. A point I have made previously from this Dispatch Box is that it is not the signing of these agreements that is important but the operationalising of them afterwards, to the benefit of British businesses and consumers. Interestingly, we already have 13,400 UK SMEs—that includes micro-enterprises and sole traders—exporting goods to Australia....

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The noble Lord, Lord Carrington, asks two important questions. If I may, I will consult my ministerial colleagues in Defra and write to him on these matters, so that I can give him a full answer.

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am happy to confirm to my noble friend that there will be absolutely no diminution of the controls that we apply to imported agricultural produce. As he will know, our phytosanitary regime is very strong. I sometimes hear scare stories from noble Lords that, for example, hormone beef will be allowed into this country as a result of this agreement. I can put people’s minds...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My noble friend makes an important point. If someone came to listen to these proceedings for the first time, they would think we were debating an agreement with a hostile country—a country with which we had perhaps had a long period of enmity. This agreement, and the agreements that we are hoping to strike with New Zealand, Canada, India and elsewhere, are with our Commonwealth friends. I...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The noble Baroness always speaks with authority on these matters and I always listen to her carefully. I am happy to reassure her that trade does not have to come at the expense of the environment. Those two matters are not incompatible. I am pleased to report to noble Lords that we have worked with Australia to secure provisions on a wide range of environmental areas in this agreement,...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I am very happy to give my noble friend a full assurance on those matters. As noble Lords will be aware, we applied to the Trans-Pacific Partnership as to whether we could commence negotiations. It was pleasing that, as a multilateral group, it came back very quickly. Those negotiations are now commencing and I look forward to bringing their results before the House in due course, and when I...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank my noble friend for that. I indeed looked into the question of food miles before this debate. I was pleased and slightly surprised to find that Australian farming methods are less carbon-intensive than ours in certain instances. As that is the case—it is, of course, subject to further analysis—it will more than compensate for the food miles point that my noble friend raises. As I...

Free Trade Agreement Negotiations: Australia - Statement (24 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, it is a constant disappointment to me that Opposition Front Benchers find it difficult ever to say any nice things about trade agreements. Of course, the whole purpose of our striking them is to benefit British businesses and consumers. This deal with Australia eliminates tariffs on all UK goods, making it cheaper to sell products like Scottish whisky and cars to Australia, and...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 61 (22 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, for his amendments. I am grateful for the opportunity to clarify the Government’s thinking on whether the chartered accountancy profession is one to which the Bill applies, as well as the situation in respect of other chartered professions. I hope that noble Lords have noted, as I have responded to this, that we have been...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 60B (22 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Hayter of Kentish Town, for her amendment, which sets out the autonomy of regulators to act in the interests of their profession. I note that the amendment is supported by my noble friend Lady Noakes and others. Of course, I commend their commitment to upholding regulator autonomy, and it will come as no surprise that I support their intent here. I...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 59 (22 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, for his amendment and the noble Lord, Lord Patel, for the views he expressed. The amendment would impose a time limit of four years on appropriate national authorities making regulations under this Bill, once enacted, and regulations already made under the powers in the Bill would expire the day after that four-year period is...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 45 (22 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I note that the noble Lords, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Lord Fox and Lord Patel, have stated their intention to oppose that Clause 13 stands part of the Bill. The purpose of Clause 13 is to clarify and set out the parameters of the delegated powers in the Bill. Without it, there would be uncertainty about the limits of the powers in the Bill. Appropriate national authorities could...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 45 (22 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord, Lord Purvis, for that. I really believe that we have to wait until we see the detailed text of the Australia FTA, which will be subject to proper scrutiny. I think if there is one thing that the noble Lord and I agree on, it is the need for proper scrutiny of free trade agreements once the text is available. Trying to debate these free trade agreements purely on the...


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