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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Animal Welfare (10 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government’s manifesto is clear that we are firmly committed to upholding our high standards.  Having left the EU, we get to decide how we set and maintain our own animal welfare laws, standards and regulations. The Government will stand firm in trade negotiations, taking account of animal welfare considerations, to ensure any future trade deals live up to the values...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (10 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: A UK-Australia deal will open up new opportunities for British farming. British beef and lamb are the best in the world and a deal with Australia is a first step to joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and opening up new opportunities for our agri-food exports in growing CPTPP markets across four continents. Any deal we sign with Australia...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Food: Imports (10 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government has always been clear that any deals it signs will not threaten the UK’s ability to meet its environmental commitments or its membership of international environmental agreements. The 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. The Government...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Electric Vehicles: Import Duties (10 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: Tariff-free access for UK exports of electric vehicles is provided by the EU as well as 33 of 67 countries the UK has concluded agreements with, including Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Turkey. A further 20 countries provide staged preferential tariff reductions until full liberalisation, mainly by 2023. There are 9 countries that do not offer tariff-free access for exports, and 5 that...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (10 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The precise details of a free trade agreement with Australia are a matter for formal negotiations, and the Government would not seek to pre-empt these discussions. If it is deemed that a legal mechanism is appropriate for resolving investment disputes, the mechanism will reflect modern practice, deliver fair outcomes of claims, require high ethical standards for arbitrators and include...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Bosnia and Herzegovina (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government has regularly offered Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro an agreement that would provide continuity for business, and on the same terms as the EU Agreement. The Government understands that the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are considering their position and the Government remains ready to conclude a trade agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina when they are able to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Algeria (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government has made it clear that it is open to re-engage with Algeria to discuss new trading arrangements. Through the UK Embassy in Algiers, the Government maintains an open dialogue to address barriers to trade collaboratively with Algeria on a case-by-case basis. The Government will continue to carefully assess and negotiate the terms of all future trade agreements, such as clauses...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) was responsible for ordering the translation of technical documents. DEFRA awarded the contract for the translation of geographical indication technical documents to a single external company, Acuity Translations on 2 December 2020.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: Official discussions began on 2 February 2021 and involved Department for International Trade officials in the Trading Systems and Trade Negotiations Groups.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: Article 14.34.5 of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) sets out consultations should occur prior to adding additional geographical indications (GIs) for protection under the CEPA. These consultations took place to agree the modalities of exchanging lists of new GIs.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: Any deal the Government signs with Australia will include protections for the agriculture industry and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise high standards. The Government is currently involved in agreeing the outstanding details of this negotiation with the aim of reaching agreement in principle with Australia later this month. The Government has an objective to provide for regular...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: Free trade and resilient supply chains through open markets will be crucial to the global economic recovery as the coronavirus crisis passes. The biggest regional benefits from an ambitious UK-Australia trade agreement, as modelled in the deeper scenario of our Scoping Assessment, are expected to go to Scotland, the North East and the North West of England, the West Midlands, the South East...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (9 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government is working to secure an ambitious free trade deal with Australia that benefits businesses across the UK. Any deal signed with Australia will include protections for the agriculture industry and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise high standards. Tariffs for sensitive goods can be staged over time, with safeguards built in. Australian meat accounts for a very low...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (8 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Australian Minister for Trade, Dan Tehan, visited the UK on 22nd – 23rd April to meet my Rt hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade and me face-to-face, for the first time since his appointment in December. Over the course of two days of intensive discussions, the UK and Australia reached consensus on most elements of a comprehensive free trade agreement, including...

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

Greg Hands: The Government has had five rounds of negotiations so far. 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. The US is currently reviewing the progress made in the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), so far, following the appointment of the United States Trade Representative, Katherine Tai. The...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (8 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department’s economic analysis, published on 17 June 2020, seeks to identify the long-term scale of the additional benefit to the UK from having a deal with Australia. This included an assessment of the impact on the agriculture industry. Following the conclusion of negotiations, the Government will update this analysis and publish a full impact assessment prior to ratification of the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Electric Vehicles: Import Duties (7 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: Of the 34 trade agreements that the UK has signed to date, all provide tariff-free access relating to imports on electric vehicles, except within 4 agreements: Canada, Japan, Ukraine and Viet Nam. Electric vehicles are subject to staged annual tariff reductions with these agreements, with tariff-free imports commencing in January 2022 (Canada, Viet Nam), January 2023 (Ukraine) and February...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Import Duties (7 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer my hon. Friend for North Dorset to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Harrow West on 25th May, UIN 2866.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Australia (7 Jun 2021)

Greg Hands: The scoping assessment for a UK-Australia agreement, published back in June 2020, assessed the potential impact on Australian exports to the UK under an illustrative scenario of a tariff-free trade agreement between the UK and Australia. It does not include an assessment of the effects of changes to the UK’s trading relationship with Australia’s main export markets. Following the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Correspondence (28 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government recognises the great importance of the effective and timely handling of correspondence. The Cabinet Office is currently compiling data on the timeliness of responses to Hon. and Rt Hon. members from Government Departments and Agencies. This data will be released, and made available to Members, in due course.


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