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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Members: Correspondence (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade’s correspondence team has transferred your letter to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for a response as the subject of the letter sits within their portfolio. Rosie Cooper's letter to Liz Truss (pdf, 288.5KB)

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) employs both domestic and overseas staff, who are contracted separately through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Staff working on DIT objectives but contracted through the FCDO and based in the Europe region total 335. The table attached shows the individual country locations of where these staff are based. These figures do...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties: Serbia (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom has been trading on Most Favoured Nation (MNF) terms with Serbia since the 1st January 2021. Prior to this imports of frozen fruit from Serbia had been eligible for tariff free access to the UK. Overseas trade data is only available for the first two months of 2021, but the UK has imported approximately £350,000 of frozen fruits from Serbia in this period. Estimated...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade and Agriculture Commission (19 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Trade and Agriculture Commission will be composed of independent experts in their field, whose expertise will be driven by the scope of the provisions of the amendment to the Trade Bill. This includes UK animal welfare standards, as well as UK animal and plant health standards, UK environmental standards relating to agricultural products, and international trade law and policy.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Question (16 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: We are seeking environment provisions with all partners we are currently negotiating with, to ensure future trade is sustainable and upholds the UK’s high environmental standards. The precise details of any free trade agreement are a matter for formal negotiations, and I would not seek to pre-empt these discussions.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Export Duties: Iron and Steel (13 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government’s objective is to secure the swift removal of unjustified measures on exports of steel and aluminium and has already raised this with the new US administration. We want to de-escalate the conflict and come to a negotiated settlement so we can deepen our trading relationship with the US.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel (30 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) does not have any procurements classified as Major Projects to which the steel reporting applies. The Department does not have any departmental public bodies or agencies.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Pâté de Foie Gras: Imports and Sales (30 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government has made clear that force feeding for the production of foie gras from ducks or geese raises serious welfare concerns. Production is banned in the UK as it is incompatible with domestic legislation, including the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which makes it a criminal offence not to provide for an animal's welfare needs and to allow an animal to suffer unnecessarily. The Government...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australasia (24 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Minister for Exports on 23rd March 2021, UIN: 168823.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Social Media (23 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: There are no officials in my Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade’s Private Office whose dedicated role is the production and promotion of online content for use on social media. In the UK, the number of officials in the Department whose roles are dedicated to the production and promotion of online content for use on social media is 6 full-time employees. Other...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Developing Countries: Coronavirus (23 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government is working hard to keep supply chains open to ensure essential goods and services reach consumers and vulnerable livelihoods are protected. Last year, HM Government launched the Vulnerable Supply Chains Facility, which has helped over 200,000 vulnerable people working in the agriculture and garments sectors in developing countries to recover from, and remain resilient to, the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties: USA (22 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK Government is committed to resolving both issues to defend UK industry and jobs. The s.232 tariffs placed on the UK by the US are World Trade Organisation (WTO)-inconsistent and damaging to our steel and aluminium industry. It is important to retain our rebalancing measures to defend our economic interests and uphold the rules-based international trading system. If the US removes these...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Whisky: USA (22 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government takes its international and domestic legal obligations very seriously. Under Article 8.3 of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Agreement on Safeguards, the UK has the right to impose rebalancing measures in response to the US’s WTO-inconsistent tariffs on steel and aluminium products, and derivatives. The domestic power to impose such measures is provided in the Taxation...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Overseas Aid (19 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The seismic impact of the pandemic on the UK economy has forced us to take tough but necessary decisions, including temporarily reducing the overall amount we spend on Official Development Assistance (ODA). We remain a world leading aid donor, spending 0.5% of Gross National Income (GNI), which means we will spend more than £10 billion next year on ODA, with trade remaining one of our...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-pacific Partnership (19 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: On 1st February, we submitted our notification of intent to begin the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) accession process. This is the first formal step towards accession before formal negotiations start later in the year. The CPTPP member countries are now considering our notification and will decide when to commence negotiations. These would be...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Ghana (18 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: There are no plans to refund duties that were correctly charged to imports originating from Ghana until the agreement took effect.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (18 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The Scoping Assessment of the UK-US Free Trade Agreement, published on 2 March 2020, set out that the agreement could affect countries other than the UK and the US, including countries in the Caribbean region, although our modelling suggests that there would be a negligible impact on the long run GDP of these countries. UK negotiators have presented the information on potential impacts to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Canada (18 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA) completed Parliamentary scrutiny in the UK under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act on 3rd February 2021, and will come into force once Canada completes its own parliamentary procedures.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australasia (18 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The expertise of the Agri-food Trade Advisory Group (TAG) is drawn upon at key stages during negotiations, including on the initial Market Access offers for both the Australia and New Zealand free trade agreements. We intend to share draft text for both agreements with TAG members where this is relevant, and we have systems in place in preparation for this. Treaty text will be shared with...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (18 Mar 2021)

Greg Hands: The fourth round of negotiations on the Australia-UK Free Trade Agreement (FTA) was held virtually from 22nd February to 5th March, covering trade in goods among other issues typically covered in a comprehensive FTA. The UK prohibits the use of artificial growth hormones in both domestic production and imported products, and is a world leader in the battle against antimicrobial resistance...


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