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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: CCTV (1 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: It is not government policy to comment on security procedures in government buildings.

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

Greg Hands: On 7 June, the Department launched a call for expressions of interest for expert advisors to join the new Trade and Agriculture Commission. The Commission will be established in time to scrutinise the planned Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia, to inform parliamentary scrutiny following signature.   It will also scrutinise other planned FTAs.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (1 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The scoping assessments published for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), Australia, New Zealand, and the United States (US) set out the potential impacts of deals in advance of negotiations, including estimates of the long run impact on Gross Domestic Product, imports, exports, real wages, and welfare. The full Department for International...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Cattle: Australia (1 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State visited Australia in September 2019 and on that occasion did not visit a cattle station.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Pigmeat and Sheep Meat: Australia (1 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK has secured ground-breaking provisions on Animal Welfare in its deal with Australia going further than any free trade agreement in force anywhere in the world, and will work with them closely – including internationally – to progress animal welfare standards. Maintaining the UK’s high domestic standards and including protections for the agriculture industry is a red line in its...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Agriculture (1 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government will stand firm in trade negotiations to ensure any future trade deals live up to the values of farmers and consumers across the United Kingdom. The Government will not lower standards as it negotiates new trade deals. The Government is also clear that its trade deals will not mean a flood of cheap imports. In addition, under the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (1 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State for International Trade has visited Australia once in person in September 2019. The Secretary of State has held, and continues to hold, regular meetings with the Australian Trade Minister, as was the case with his predecessor. The Secretary of State has and continues to have regular meetings with a wide range of stakeholders about the UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Beef: Australia (1 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: Any deal the Government signs with Australia will include protections for the agriculture industry and will not undercut UK farmers unfairly or compromise the UK’s high animal welfare standards. Beef imports from Australia account for only a tiny fraction of the UK’s overall beef imports – around 0.5% in 2020. Throughout negotiations the Government has listened closely to the concerns...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information (30 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: I can confirm that the Department does not maintain a record of the number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests referred to Cabinet Office Clearing House as was asked in Question 15188. FOI requests are referred to the Clearing House in line with the published criteria available on gov.uk.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK Trade with EU: Food and Livestock (29 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK-Australia deal protects the rights and freedom of both countries to regulate to uphold standards. Both the UK and Australia agree the importance of independent sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regimes. The agreement allows the UK to cooperate with both Australia and the EU on avoiding unnecessary SPS barriers to trade in agri-food goods without constraining the UK’s right to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information (29 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 24 June 2021 to Question UIN: 15188.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Food (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government has always been clear that any free trade agreement it signs will not threaten the UK’s ability to meet its environmental commitments or its membership of international environmental agreements. HM Government is seeking a deal with Australia that will further environmental and climate policy priorities and the UK will not compromise on high environmental protection. HM...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: New Zealand (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: New Zealand Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor concluded a day of detailed talks on June 17 in London with the Secretary of State for International Trade. The UK and New Zealand held constructive and productive discussions towards the conclusion of a high-quality and comprehensive Free Trade Agreement that will support sustainable and inclusive trade. Both countries are...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Pesticides (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership protects the right for members to regulate on public policy issues such as environmental standards. This includes setting regulations on pesticides. The Government will continue to ensure that its own levels of protection are based on appropriate scientific risk assessment with the protection of people and the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department’s case management system was introduced to help the Department track and evidence compliance with its Freedom Of Information obligations, as part of regular ongoing improvements to the Department’s processes. It was introduced in May 2019.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department’s case management system was introduced to help the Department track and evidence compliance with its Freedom Of Information obligations, as part of regular ongoing improvements to the Department’s processes. As such, no single person requested its introduction.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties: Environment Protection (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK Global Tariff liberalised a list of 104 environmental goods to promote the deployment of renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, carbon capture, and the circular economy through recycling and reducing single use plastics. For example, goods such as LED lights, with commodity code 85395000, were identified for tariff reduction to support the Government’s objectives for energy...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Training (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade (DIT) stopped mandating completion of the Cabinet Office supplied Unconscious Bias (UB) digital (e-learning) training for all staff (including UKEF) in November 2019 when they replaced it with Diversity and Inclusion (2019) training. This was later superseded in 2020 with Inclusion in the Civil Service training. All the above digital training is/was...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Australia (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The scoping assessments published in June 2020 for Australia and New Zealand, and the US scoping assessment published in March 2020 assessed the potential impacts of possible deals in advance of negotiations, under various scenarios. The assessments included estimates of the long run impacts on imports from these countries into the UK if the scenarios described in these assessments were...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Southern African Development Community (28 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State met with representatives of several Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States at the signing of the UK-South African Customs Union and Mozambique Economic Partnership Agreement in October 2019. She also met the Honourable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius, at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in January 2020. The British High...


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