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Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government wants to secure an ambitious free trade deal with Australia that benefits businesses across the UK. Any deal the UK signs with Australia will include protections for the agriculture industry and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards. Tariff liberalisation is often staged over time, with safeguards built in. The government’s aim in negotiations is to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Import Duties: USA (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government is focused on an ambitious programme of bilateral talks with the US during the four-month tariff suspension, and is making progress towards a settlement that works for the whole of the UK and keeps harmful tariffs off. The Secretary of State for International Trade engages with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on this issue at every opportunity, and both are committed to...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australasia (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The precise details of the Australia and New Zealand Free Trade Agreements are a matter for formal negotiations, and the Department 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,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government is committed to an inclusive and transparent trade policy. Scoping Assessments are published to provide a preliminary assessment in advance of negotiations. Following the conclusion of negotiations, a full Impact Assessment (IA) is published prior to implementation. These documents set out the Government’s assessment of the potential long run effects of new free trade...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Import Duties (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government has always been clear that any deals it signs will include protections for the agricultural sector, and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards. The Government is seeking deals that work for UK farmers and producers. The Government carried out public consultations and scoping assessments for each FTA negotiation, which can be found on the Government’s...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australasia and North America (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: Negotiations are currently ongoing with Australia, New Zealand, and the United States on deals that will have significant benefits for the whole of the United Kingdom. In preparation for negotiations with Canada and Mexico, the Department for International Trade (DIT) has just launched a call for input which will help understand business and stakeholder’s interests, as well as...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Agricultural Products: Import Duties (25 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HM Government has always been clear that any deals it signs will include protections for the agricultural sector, and will not undercut UK farmers or compromise our high standards. The Government is seeking deals that work for our farmers and producers. The Department for International Trade is carefully considering the individual and combined effect of the agreements that are being...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (24 May 2021)

Greg Hands: Article 14.34.5 of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement sets out that both Parties shall, as soon as practically possible after the entry into force of the Agreement, enter into consultations with a view to adding additional geographical indications. The UK subsequently started discussions with Japan in early 2021 regarding adding new geographical indications. After these...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade (24 May 2021)

Greg Hands: HMG’s Overseas Business Risk guidance provides geopolitical and economic analysis on over 100 overseas markets to new and expanding exporters. The guidance, which is available on GOV.UK, also provides information on potential risks including human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, criminal activity and intellectual property. Section 6.1 of the guidance for China was updated...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (24 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The Department’s response to the House of Commons International Trade Committee report on the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was accurate at the time of its placement in the Library of the House of Commons on 25 January 2021. The right hon. Member for Islington South and Finsbury is referred to the answer given on 29 April 2021 to Question 175776, in which it was...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: India (20 May 2021)

Greg Hands: DIT officials did not conduct an advance visit to prepare for the Prime Minister’s scheduled visit to India on 26th April 2021. DIT officials, based in both London and the British High Commission in India, supported preparations for the Prime Minister’s Summit with Prime Minister Modi on 4th May 2021. Following the Summit, the Prime Minister announced an Enhanced Trade Partnership with...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (19 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government will bring forward legislation to implement future Free Trade Agreements where existing powers do not exist on the statute book. The Government will update Parliament in due course on its proposed accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) by publishing its negotiation bundle, including a response to the public consultation,...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: UK Export Finance: Finance (19 May 2021)

Greg Hands: UK Export Finance (UKEF) is a separate ministerial government department and is not funded by the Department for International Trade. It operates at no net cost to the taxpayer. It has received the following funding for the last five years, as voted for by Parliament: Budget Type 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 Main Est £m Supp’ Est £m Main Est £m Supp’...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Singapore and Vietnam (18 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government does not routinely release information regarding accompanying staff on ministerial engagements. The total cost for this visit were: £25,699.24 A breakdown of costs is as follows: a) Flights – £23,359.24 b) Accommodation – £2,340 c) Internal travel – nil. d) subsistence and expenses – nil.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (18 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The Government does not routinely release information regarding accompanying staff on ministerial engagements. The total cost for this visit were: £18,884.38 A breakdown of costs is as follows: a) Flights – £18,701.64 b) Accommodation – nil. c) Internal travel – nil. d) subsistence and expenses – £182.74

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Mexico (18 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom signed a Trade Continuity Agreement with Mexico on 15th December 2020. The Government has agreed to begin new negotiations with Mexico on an ambitious, modern and comprehensive free trade agreement within one year, and to conclude them within three years. The joint political statement published by both countries commits that this will be at least as liberalising as the...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Mexico (18 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom is committed to starting negotiations with Mexico later this year towards an upgraded Free Trade Agreement (FTA). This deal will be tailored to the needs of British businesses and the British people. We are consulting through a ‘Call for Input’, which includes gathering feedback on the EU-Mexico Modernised Agreement. We will publish a response to the ‘Call for...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Australia (17 May 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK and Australia continue to have discussions on market access, as both parties make progress with a view to reaching agreement in principle in June. The Government’s aim is to reach far-reaching liberalisation of tariffs, ensuring that this is balanced and mutually beneficial for UK firms and consumers, whilst taking into account specific product sensitivities.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (29 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: We continue to work with the Government of Japan to ensure the process to protect more UK products is smooth. Unless there are exceptional circumstances - like a Japanese producer of Cornish clotted cream opposing that Geographical Indication - this should be a straightforward process. In the event that such proposals faced opposition in Japan we would inform relevant UK stakeholders and...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Japan (29 Apr 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK Government was approached by a producer of Irish Poteen, who requested that Irish Poteen be included in the Geographical Indications (GIs) for protection under the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (CEPA). We confirmed that we intended to include Irish Poteen in these GIs. The UK Government has not been approached by any other UK businesses regarding this. The UK...


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