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Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Arms Trade: Israel (20 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: HM Government publishes data on export licensing decisions on a quarterly basis in the Official Statistics on GOV.UK, including data on outcome, end user destination, overall value, type (e.g. Military, Other) and a summary of the items covered by these licences. This data also specifies whether the goods covered by a particular licence are for ultimate use by the destination country or...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Arms Trade: Israel (20 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The government continues to monitor closely the situation in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria. We will not issue an export licence to any destination where to do so would be inconsistent with the Criteria. Licences are kept under careful and continual review as...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Horticulture: Environment Protection (20 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The UK has established two Domestic Advisory Groups to meet the requirements of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and several trade and sustainability chapters within our FTAs. The organisational membership of the UK TCA Domestic Advisory Group, and the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) Domestic Advisory Group, includes representative bodies from both the agricultural and...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Exports (19 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: We do not have this information as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has not yet entered into force. The Accession Protocol for the UK’s entry into the CPTPP was signed on 16 July 2023. Entry into force will take place once the UK and the requisite number of CPTPP Parties have finished their legal procedures. We expect this to happen in the...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Arms Trade: Israel (19 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: Exports of military goods from the UK require an export licence. HM Government published data on export licensing decisions on a quarterly basis, including data on outcome, end user destination, overall value and a summary of the items covered by these licences. This data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/strategic-export-controls-licens ing-data. The most recent publication was on...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Tractors: Batteries (18 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The Commission has proposed a 3-year delay to the rules of origin for certain electric accumulators and electrified vehicles. The scope of the proposal is limited to only those rules which were staged over several years and due to change in 2024 and in 2027. The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors were not due to change in 2024 and have been in force since the end of the...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Fish: Animal Feed (18 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The UK and the Faroe Islands met in February for the UK-Faroe Islands Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Joint Committee. Officials discussed implementation of the FTA and remain in contact on a number of areas of trade, including the possibility of further liberalisation of fish feed imports from the Faroe Islands.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Tractors: Batteries (14 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The Commission has proposed a 3-year delay to the rules of origin for certain electric accumulators and electrified vehicles. The scope of the proposal is limited to only those rules which were staged over several years and due to change in 2024 and again in 2027. The rules which apply to battery electric truck tractors were not due to change in 2024 and have been in force since the end of...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Trade Agreements (13 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: This Government is currently in negotiations with eight partners – India, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Canada, Mexico, Israel, Switzerland, Greenland and the Republic of Korea. We also have plans to start negotiations with Turkey and the Maldives. With the Machine of Government, Trade Negotiation Group increased its responsibility to cover wider trade policy and FTA implementation. In...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Department for Business and Trade: Official Hospitality (12 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: We do not routinely publish this data, as has been the case under successive administrations. All Business Units within the Department for Business and Trade have a responsibility to keep official hospitality costs as low as possible and demonstrate good value for money. Details of ministerial and senior official hospitality are published on a quarterly basis, and are available on GOV.UK.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Trade Agreements: Timor-Leste (12 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: We have an ambitious programme of Free Trade Agreement negotiations - the largest such programme in the world - to help our nation become a truly Global Britain. We are currently in negotiations with eight partners, and have plans to start negotiations with Turkey and the Maldives. The Department does not currently have plans to start a new trade agreement with East Timor. Under the...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Overseas Trade: Namibia (11 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: In Spring 2024, the Prime Minister will host the second UK-African Investment Summit in London, fostering modern partnerships in trade and investment, to which Namibia is invited. UK Export Finance, the UK’s export credit agency, can provide finance or insurance cover to projects in Namibia, which involve UK business suppliers subject to government policy about support for the fossil fuel...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Department for Business and Trade: India (11 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: On 31 October 2023 there were 13 UK Based Staff and 90 Country Based Staff working for the Department for Business and Trade located in India.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Department for Business and Trade: Recruitment (11 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The Department for Business and Trade was created on 7 February in a Machinery of Government change. During the period in question, the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) were operating as two separate Departments. DIT expenditure as below. It is not possible to disaggregate the BEIS expenditure. DIT spend ...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Financial Services: Switzerland ( 8 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The Department for Business and Trade is negotiating an enhanced Free Trade Agreement with Switzerland that will deepen UK-Swiss financial services ties and provide long-term certainty and greater market access for UK-Swiss services trade, which was worth £27.1 billion in the 12 months to June 2023. This will be complementary to the Mutual Recognition Agreement in Financial Services, which...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Trade Agreements: Switzerland ( 8 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The Department for Business and Trade is making good progress in negotiations on an enhanced UK-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement. Both the UK and Switzerland agree this should include outcomes in areas such as digital, data and investment. For investment, UK negotiators are seeking legally guaranteed preferential access to the Swiss market for UK investors and companies. On digital, the UK...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Foreign Investment: USA ( 7 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: We are reviewing the Presidential Executive Order to consider the impact on the UK and UK businesses and consulting with industry during this time. We understand the US policy remains in a consultative phase following the issuance of the Executive Order. As such, it is still under development.

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Small Businesses: Exports ( 7 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The Department for Business and Trade have a range of programmes dedicated to supporting SMEs to grow and export. This includes the UK Export Academy, International Trade Advisors, Help to Grow, the Export Support Service, our growth hubs and Business Support Helpline, we also support through the British Business Bank, including Future Fund: Breakthrough. We are also supporting SMEs to...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: European Patent Convention ( 7 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: The UK has ensured that accession negotiations with CPTPP are consistent with the UK’s interests, the Government’s policies and priorities on intellectual property, and with the UK’s existing international obligations, including the non-EU European Patent Convention (EPC) which establishes the European Patent Office. The UK has not agreed to any provisions that would require us to...

Written Answers — Department for Business and Trade: Overseas Investment: China ( 7 Dec 2023)

Greg Hands: As per the Atlantic Declaration, the UK and US have a shared objective in preventing our companies’ capital and expertise from fuelling technological advances that will enhance the military and intelligence capabilities of countries of concern. DBT, alongside other relevant departments, is assessing the potential national security risks to the UK posed by Outward Direct Investment,...


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