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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Email (26 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: Ministers will use a range of digital forms of communication for discussions in line with relevant guidance on information handling and security. Ministers will have informal conversations from time to time, in person or remotely, and significant content relating to government business from such discussions is passed back to officials. The Cabinet Office has previously published guidance...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Ethnic Groups (26 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: As of 31 March 2021, the Department for International Trade, including UK Export Finance, employs 610 people who identify as Black, Asian or Ethnic Minority from a reportable population of 3103 (19.65%). This includes only those on our domestic payrolls and UK based staff working overseas.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Re-employment (22 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government has been very clear that threatening fire and rehire as a negotiating tactic is completely unacceptable. The Government always expects employers to treat employees fairly and in the spirit of partnership working with trade unions, where relevant, constructively. The Government is confident that all non-departmental public bodies are aware of the Government’s position on this...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (22 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department does not release details of meetings hosted by foreign Governments as part of the Ministerial Transparency data.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (22 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: There are no obligations under the Trade Act 2021 to carry out health assessments of our trade agreements. However, under section 42 of the Agriculture Act 2020, my Rt Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Trade must prepare a report explaining whether, or to what extent, measures in a free trade agreement (FTA) applicable to trade in agricultural products are consistent with...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: USA (20 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK and US have a strong and enduring trading relationship. The Government welcomes the decision by the US Environmental Protection Agency to end testing on mammals by 2035 and do not anticipate that this will cause any disruption to UK trade with the US.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (20 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: Our negotiating strategy is based on the results of one of the largest public consultations in UK history, and we are speaking to businesses and interest groups in every part of the UK to ensure their voice is heard. On the 19th May I had a one-to-one conversation with NFU Scotland, and on the 26th May I held a joint roundtable with the National Farmers Union (NFU) NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (19 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: Nearly 1,200 East Midlands business exported goods to Australia last year. East Midlands business exported goods worth more than £200m to Australia in 2020. The world-famous East Midlands shoemaking industry, the region’s manufacturers and high-quality food exporters could all be big winners from an Australia free trade deal. The deal will cut tariffs on key UK exports, while removing red...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Northern Ireland (19 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government’s published impact assessment shows that every region and nation of the UK is estimated to benefit from the UK-Japan agreement compared to a situation where the UK does not have an agreement with Japan. In 2020 Northern Ireland's agri-food exports to Japan were worth £8.6 million, an increase of 33% from 2019 levels.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Government Procurement Agreement: Shipbuilding (19 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The procurement of ships, boats and floating structures is covered under Annex 4 of the UK’s schedules of the World Trade Organization's Agreement on Government Procurement. This is provided no other exceptions apply.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Coronavirus: Vaccination (19 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: Whilst the UK has not seen evidence that Intellectual Property is a barrier to the production or supply of COVID-19 goods, including vaccines, the Government will continue to engage constructively in debates at the World Trade Organisation Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Council and other international institutions to promote affordable and equitable global access to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Meat: New Zealand (19 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: On 16 December 2020, the European Union unilaterally introduced Regulation 2020/2170 on the application of Union tariff rate quotas and other import quotas. If strictly applied, the Regulation would mean that importing goods subject to any EU tariff rate quotas or other import quotas directly into Northern Ireland would be unable to access either EU or UK quotas, and would need to pay the EU...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Poultry: Australia (15 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department for International Trade has always been clear that the deal with Australia will not compromise the UK’s high standards. This agreement does not create new permissions for imports from Australia. Imports will continue to meet the same UK food safety and biosecurity import standards as they did before. The Government has secured a comprehensive partnership to work with...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Mexico (15 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: We have committed to start negotiations on a new upgraded trade deal with Mexico this year. Discussions will commence later in the year and will aim to secure even more benefits for British industries and go further in areas of mutual interest such as procurement, digital trade and service.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (15 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: More than 1,600 East of England firms exported to Australia in 2020. A removal of tariffs on the East of England’s key exports to Australia in life sciences, clothing and motor industry can create more opportunities for businesses in the region. Cutting red tape and aligning standards could also support growth in exports of life sciences.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (15 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: This deal will support jobs and drive growth by cutting tariffs on key UK exports like food (up to around 20% on cheese) bringing huge benefits to the UK’s agri-food sector. Wales’ food and drink sector exported £10m to Australia last year in goods and could benefit from the removal of tariffs and non-tariff barriers.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information (15 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: Freedom of Information requests have been colour-coded according to the subject matter of the specific request in addition to other considerations. This consideration does not form part of the decision on whether or not to release information. The colour-coded status can also change during the lifecycle of a request, so no individual Freedom of Information request has a fixed colour-coded...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: TRIPS Agreement (12 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom is currently assessing the proposal submitted by the European Union to the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council. The Government welcomes alternative proposals for the TRIPS Council’s consideration. It is important to find an effective, balanced, and targeted outcome. The Government will continue to engage in IP discussions and review the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: TRIPS Agreement (12 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK has engaged regularly in debates at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council and other international institutions to promote affordable and equitable global access to COVID-19 vaccines for all. The Government respects the informal format of WTO discussions and does not publish proceedings from those meetings. However, at...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: TRIPS Agreement (12 Jul 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer the Hon. Member for Norwich South to the answer given to the Hon. Gentleman for Birkenhead on 17 May 2021: UIN: 448.


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