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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: TRIPS Agreement (15 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK has engaged regularly in debates at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) TRIPS Council and other international institutions to promote affordable and equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines, including in developing countries. We respect the informal format of WTO discussions and do not publish proceedings from those meetings. However, at the informal TRIPS Council on 4 February...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (12 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The fifth UK-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiating round took place from 19 to 30 October 2020. Almost all chapter areas are now in the advanced stages of talks, and a significant proportion of legal text has been agreed across multiple chapters. UK and US negotiators have also continued to hold working level technical sessions since the end of Round 5 of negotiations, and we believe...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Whisky: USA (9 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK government is committed to achieving the removal of punitive tariffs impacting UK industries, such as Northern Irish Whiskey Distillers, by de-escalating this dispute. The Secretary of State for International Trade will be engaging the Biden administration at the earliest opportunity to find a mutually beneficial and balanced settlement that works for the whole of the UK and to the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Generalised System of Preferences: Cambodia (9 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom has concerns about human rights in Cambodia and continues to raise these with the Cambodian government at every opportunity. We continue to monitor the situation in Cambodia and consider if it is appropriate to suspend preferences in line with the provisions of our Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) scheme, taking into account the human rights situation as well as the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Developing Countries: Cambodia (9 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The approach on trade preferences and Cambodia was set out to the Chair of the International Trade Committee in a letter dated 21 January 2021.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Human Rights: Cambodia (9 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom continues to raise its concerns about human rights with the Cambodian government at every opportunity. For example, when explaining the UK’s approach on trade preferences to Cambodia, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Cambodia expressed our concerns about the human rights situation to Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister in December 2020. At UN Human Rights Council sessions in...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Climate Change (9 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: Our manifesto is clear that in all our trade negotiations we will maintain our high environmental protection standards, which includes clean growth and climate change objectives, animal welfare and food standards. To inform trade deals and feed into all our negotiations, the Government has run a series of public consultations with the food and drink industry and has established key...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel: UK Trade with EU (9 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy worked closely with the UK steel sector to ensure the European Commission provides UK steel exports into the EU with tariff-free quota allocations from 1 Jan 2021. As a result, HM Government has successfully secured from the EU country-specific allocations for some steel products within the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (8 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State for International Trade looks forward to meeting with the US Trade Representative at the earliest opportunity, date subject to Senate confirmation processes. We expect the meeting might cover the UK’s ambitious trade agenda with our largest trading partner, promoting free, fair and sustainable trade. We would expect this to include the UK-US Free Trade Agreement;...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Cameroon (8 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer my Right Hon. Friend for Islington South and Finsbury to the answer I gave on 2 February 2021, UIN:144971. In this case, negotiations with Cameroon were not concluded until 24 December. In order to prevent trade disruption and fulfil our trade continuity objective, we secured a temporary bridging mechanism with Cameroon to continue the effects of our trading arrangements for the time...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Marketing (5 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The total spend on UK advertising activity through paid media channels between August 2020 and December 2020 was £19,971.47 (excl. VAT). This excludes communications and marketing activity undertaken by the Department overseas. This media spend targets the UK business audience as a whole and the Department does not hold information separating this spend by the nations of the UK. The...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Apprentices (4 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: As of 31 March 2020, the Civil Service has achieved a total of 2.1% of its total workforce as apprentices against the legislative target for the public sector of 2.3% by March 2021. As of 31st December 2020, there were 115 apprentices employed by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF). It equates to 3.2% of the total domestic staff employed by DIT and UKEF....

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (4 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The Industrial Strategy is a cross-government policy which comprises and drives a significant number of initiatives. These span a wide array of policy areas across 20 government departments and arms-length bodies. Trade is a critical element of the Industrial Strategy. Global trade has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on prosperity in the UK and around the world. International trade...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Mexico (4 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK’s continuity mandate and negotiating strategy, and in particular the necessary resizing of all Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs), has been informed by the government’s economic analysis, alongside other evidence, strategic priorities, and consultation with businesses and other stakeholders. As the Government progresses with negotiations, it brings together the best evidence from across...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Expenditure (3 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: (a) (i) Of the attendees, 26 were not employees of HM Government. No Ministers or Special Advisers were present at the dinner. (ii) Of the attendees, 6 were overseas nationals. The Department does not usually check the nationality of participants for this sort of activity, so it is not clear whether any of the representatives from UK based companies were overseas nationals. (b) No one was...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Cameroon (2 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom and Cameroon have each agreed to temporarily give effect to the preferences under the UK-Cameroon Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from 1 January. A time-limited bridging mechanism in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding has been applied, pending completion of domestic scrutiny processes for entry into force of the EPA. We have published a Technical Note in...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade and Agriculture Commission: Ethics (1 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The Trade and Agriculture Commission’s interim progress update was written and published prior to the ethical trading roundtable, which took place on 6 November.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Coronavirus: TRIPS Agreement (1 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer the Hon. Member for York Central to the answer I gave to the Hon. Member for North East Fife on 25 November 2020, UIN: 115822.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade (1 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State referred to an emerging market trade scheme that will improve upon the existing Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) to create new opportunities for trade around the world. HM Government will make an announcement about these improvements to the scheme later this year, following consultation.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Expenditure (29 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: Due to an administrative error, these transactions were not included in the Department’s regular monthly transparency publications on expenditure over £25,000. The Department is currently investigating this error and will correct any omissions in the published data as soon as possible. In accordance with the Department for International Trade’s obligations under section 5 of the Public...


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