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Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I think I have in fact moved Amendment 10. I commended amendments to the House and begged to move.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am grateful for that clarification. May I consider that point and come back to the House shortly on it?

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I apologise for the confusion. I am happy to have another look at Amendment 10 in the light of these comments. I commend Amendments 2, 3 and 6 to the Committee. Amendment 2 agreed.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, if I may, because it is a point of some detail, I will write to my noble friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I did not believe that my comments on this group would assuage the noble Lord’s fears, but I am sure that as we progress through the Bill my comments on this matter in later clauses will do so.

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 2 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I rise to move Amendment 2 and to speak to Amendments 3, 6 and 10 in this group. I have set out the need for a framework for the recognition of individuals with overseas qualifications and experience that focuses on addressing unmet demand for professional services in the UK. Clause 1 brings in an important part of that framework. It means that regulations can be made which require...

Professional Qualifications Bill [HL] - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (9 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I thank the noble Lords, Lord Fox, Lord Purvis of Tweed and Lord Palmer of Childs Hill, for their proposed Amendments 1 and 12. These amendments would enshrine a purpose for the Bill and seek to avoid unreasonable burdens on regulators. I think we all recognise that, although this is a short Bill, it is a very complex one, as any Bill dealing with a landscape composed of more than...

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The noble Lord has made a number of points, but I will deal with the most significant. On the TAC, both the Agriculture Act and the Trade Act require the trade and agriculture commission to be in operation before the FTA is implemented. It is currently being established and expressions of interest to assemble the commission are out, so it will be able to report on the Australia free trade...

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: With due respect, I do not think January can be taken as a representative month. I do not think any trends are yet fully established. As noble Lords know, there was some stopping beforehand and there was particular disruption as people got used to the new system. With regard to the Australia free trade agreement, we intend to secure reductions in tariffs on UK exports to Australia, which will...

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: I thank the noble Lord for his kind words, which I will certainly pass on to my colleague the Secretary of State. The noble Lord is completely right: the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which this is a gateway to, will be of huge benefit to UK businesses big and small. This is something we should all welcome.

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: As noble Lords know, the Northern Ireland protocol is still subject to discussion and refinement between the parties. Clearly, Northern Ireland stands to gain in many ways from a trade agreement with Australia; for example, machinery and manufactured goods account for around 90% of all goods exported from Northern Ireland to Australia and are used extensively in Australia’s mining,...

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, as a fellow whisky drinker, I share the noble Lord’s sentiments. Fears about a flood of cheap imports affecting our agricultural sector are, with due respect, overstated. Australia, of course, is a much smaller market than the EU so we expect low volumes with high standards. For example, we currently import 250,000 tonnes of beef each year, with 91% coming from the EU and 190,000...

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, I am not familiar with the letter the noble Lord refers to, but I will make sure to study it after this Question. As I said earlier, we do not believe that this deal will mean a flood of cheap imports. We will use a range of tools to defend British farming. I want to emphasise the opportunities that this deal will give to British farmers in terms of their exports, whether they are...

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, as ever my noble friend encapsulates precisely the advantages of free trade agreements and I thank him for that.

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, the precise details of the UK-Australia free trade agreement are a matter for ongoing negotiations. In respect of ISDS, the UK Government consider the inclusion of ISDS provisions in FTAs on a case-by-case basis and in light of the unique UK-Australia investment relationship. We are huge investors in each other’s markets and appropriate ISDS will benefit investors on both sides.

Agricultural Exports from Australia: Tariffs - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: My Lords, my noble friend is completely right. We should all recognise that British beef and lamb are among the best in the world and the Australia-UK FTA will bring new export opportunities to British farmers. We should be proud that the UK produces high-quality premium produce that is globally sought after. A deal with Australia is a gateway to joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership and...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Cotton: Xinjiang (7 Jun 2021)

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 February. We advise businesses with supply chain links in Xinjiang to conduct appropriate due diligence to satisfy themselves that...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: COE Countries (7 Jun 2021)

Lord Grimstone of Boscobel: The Department for International Trade develops and maintains close links across the United Kingdom on trade and investment objectives. We support businesses to seize opportunities worldwide through our network of British High Commissions, Embassies and Consulates in countries that are members of the Council of Europe. In addition, we seek to identify and remove market access barriers,...


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