Results 241–260 of 3000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Greg Hands

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Databases (26 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) has a 2 key information gateways in place. One with the HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and one with the Office for National Statistics (ONS). DIT has a legal gateway to receive and access HMRC data via a Memorandum of Understanding. This has been granted under sections 18 of the Commissioner for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 and section 25 of the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK-Africa Investment Summit (26 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The Africa Investment Conference was funded from the Department for International Trade (DIT) Africa core budget, which excludes Official Development Assistance.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Africa (20 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: On 1 January 2021 the United Kingdom introduced its own Generalised Scheme of Preferences that provides duty-free, quota-free access to the United Kingdom’s market for more than thirty African countries and tariff reductions for other eligible African countries. This year we will launch improvements to the scheme, which will offer the lowest income countries improved terms when trading with...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Imports: VAT (20 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), HM Treasury and the Department for International Trade work closely together to ensure the interests of traders are taken into account in developing HM Government’s policies on Value Added Tax (VAT) and helping businesses understand the policies. Following the end of the transition period, businesses can account for import VAT on goods from European Union (EU)...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel: USA (20 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government’s objective is to secure the swift removal of unjustified measures on exports of steel and aluminium. The Government has rolled over EU rebalancing tariffs in response to the ‘Section 232’ measures, and will launch a consultation to ensure these tariffs are shaped to UK interests and tailored to the UK economy. We want to de-escalate the conflict and come to a negotiated...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Vietnam (18 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom has long promoted its values globally. We are clear that more trade does not have to come at the expense of our values. We have longstanding, deep relationships with Vietnam which will always allow HM Government to have open discussions on these issues. The United Kingdom’s priority was to seek to replicate the effects of existing EU trading arrangements with Vietnam,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement: Developing Countries (15 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: This agreement creates a new relationship between the UK and the EU, a relationship based on free trade and friendly cooperation between sovereign equals. The UK will be a global champion for free trade – benefitting businesses, reducing costs for consumers, and helping the poorest countries in the world achieve genuine economic independence. The Government has been clear that leaving the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (14 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: Both the UK and the US have made clear their shared ambition for a comprehensive trade agreement. Getting the right deal is more important than meeting any particular deadline. The UK’s reputation for quality, safety and performance drives demand for UK goods and is key to our long-term prosperity. In negotiations, we will uphold the UK's high environmental protection, animal welfare and...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Business: North East (14 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The Trade and Cooperation Agreement is the first free trade agreement the EU has reached based on zero tariffs and quotas and is fantastic news for the North East. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement includes Rules of Origin that frequently exceed what the EU has previously agreed. For example, innovative rules to support trade in electric vehicles will benefit our world-leading car...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Singapore (11 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom has a strong history of promoting our values globally. The UK will continue to show global leadership in encouraging all states to uphold international human rights obligations. We are clear that trade does not have to come at the expense of our values. We have a longstanding, deep, relationship with Singapore and we are able to have open discussions on a range of issues....

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Iron and Steel: UK Trade with EU (11 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government has worked successfully with the European Commission to secure country-specific allocations for some steel products within the Tariff Rate Quotas (by which the EU imposes its steel safeguard measures) to enable UK companies to trade tariff-free into the EU. These tariff-free allocations came into operation on 1 January 2021.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Welsh Government: Disclosure of Information (11 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) led engagement with the Welsh Government during the passage of the Trade (Disclosure of Information) Bill. DIT and the Cabinet Office have committed to working closely with devolved administrations. This will ensure that relevant analysis and information obtained through Clause 2 can be shared to support the delivery of devolved functions. This...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Cheese: Canada (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: The Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA) does not include a bilateral Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ) on Cheese. However, our cheese exports will continue to be eligible for the EU reserve of Canada’s World Trade Organisation (WTO) quota for a further 3 years. Canada’s WTO cheese quota is currently allocated every calendar year to traditional import allocation holders on the basis of their...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Food: Canada (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom’s Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) in the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement on processed shrimp; frozen cod; low and medium quality wheat; and sweetcorn were calculated using relevant trade flow data – in this case the United Kingdom’s share of EU imports (2014-2016 average) for each product. These TRQs were resized from the equivalent quotas set out in the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Eggs: Import Duties (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: The Government has followed an evidence -based approach throughout the development of the UK Global Tariff (UKGT). The Government used a range of analytical tools and evidence to develop the UKGT, including responses to the public consultation and analysis of international trade flows. This evidence was carefully considered along with a range of factors, such as the five principles set out...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Eggs: Import Duties (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: The agricultural products that are protected by tariffs have been selected according to the principles set out in the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018. Where tariff lines have been retained in sectors such as agriculture, this has been done to tailor the policy to the needs of the UK economy and to balance the interest of both producers and consumers. Analysis showed that some...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Sustainable Development: Canada (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: As set out in the Joint Interpretative Instrument, the UK and Canada are committed to an early review of the sustainable development provisions in the UK-Canada Trade Continuity Agreement (TCA), including with a view to the effective enforceability of the TCA provisions on labour and the environment. The Joint Interpretative Instrument sets out that both Parties are committed to seeking the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Drugs: New Zealand (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State for International Trade has not had any discussions, as part of trade negotiations, with her New Zealand counterpart on pharmaceutical patent extensions.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Postal Services: Japan (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement ensures that both parties have the right to operate a universal postal service and to define the Universal Service Obligation they wish to maintain. The agreement also safeguards opportunities for UK and Japanese postal and courier service suppliers to operate in each other’s market on a fair basis, through reciprocal obligations...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Data Protection: Japan (18 Dec 2020)

Greg Hands: Articles 8.73 (Source Code), 8.84 (Cross-border transfer of information by electronic means) and 8.85 (Location of computing facilities) of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) contain exemptions for government procurement. These exemptions create a derogation from some or all the obligations contained in Articles 8.73, 8.84 and 8.85 for government procurement activities...


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