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

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State for International Trade looks forward to meeting with the US Trade Representative at the earliest opportunity, date subject to Senate confirmation processes. We expect the meeting might cover the UK’s ambitious trade agenda with our largest trading partner, promoting free, fair and sustainable trade. We would expect this to include the UK-US Free Trade Agreement;...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Cameroon (8 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer my Right Hon. Friend for Islington South and Finsbury to the answer I gave on 2 February 2021, UIN:144971. In this case, negotiations with Cameroon were not concluded until 24 December. In order to prevent trade disruption and fulfil our trade continuity objective, we secured a temporary bridging mechanism with Cameroon to continue the effects of our trading arrangements for the time...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Marketing (5 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The total spend on UK advertising activity through paid media channels between August 2020 and December 2020 was £19,971.47 (excl. VAT). This excludes communications and marketing activity undertaken by the Department overseas. This media spend targets the UK business audience as a whole and the Department does not hold information separating this spend by the nations of the UK. The...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Apprentices (4 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: As of 31 March 2020, the Civil Service has achieved a total of 2.1% of its total workforce as apprentices against the legislative target for the public sector of 2.3% by March 2021. As of 31st December 2020, there were 115 apprentices employed by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and UK Export Finance (UKEF). It equates to 3.2% of the total domestic staff employed by DIT and UKEF....

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Staff (4 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The Industrial Strategy is a cross-government policy which comprises and drives a significant number of initiatives. These span a wide array of policy areas across 20 government departments and arms-length bodies. Trade is a critical element of the Industrial Strategy. Global trade has had an overwhelmingly positive impact on prosperity in the UK and around the world. International trade...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade: Mexico (4 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The UK’s continuity mandate and negotiating strategy, and in particular the necessary resizing of all Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs), has been informed by the government’s economic analysis, alongside other evidence, strategic priorities, and consultation with businesses and other stakeholders. As the Government progresses with negotiations, it brings together the best evidence from across...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Expenditure (3 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: (a) (i) Of the attendees, 26 were not employees of HM Government. No Ministers or Special Advisers were present at the dinner. (ii) Of the attendees, 6 were overseas nationals. The Department does not usually check the nationality of participants for this sort of activity, so it is not clear whether any of the representatives from UK based companies were overseas nationals. (b) No one was...

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Trade Agreements: Cameroon (2 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The United Kingdom and Cameroon have each agreed to temporarily give effect to the preferences under the UK-Cameroon Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) from 1 January. A time-limited bridging mechanism in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding has been applied, pending completion of domestic scrutiny processes for entry into force of the EPA. We have published a Technical Note in...

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

Greg Hands: The Trade and Agriculture Commission’s interim progress update was written and published prior to the ethical trading roundtable, which took place on 6 November.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Coronavirus: TRIPS Agreement (1 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: I refer the Hon. Member for York Central to the answer I gave to the Hon. Member for North East Fife on 25 November 2020, UIN: 115822.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Overseas Trade (1 Feb 2021)

Greg Hands: The Secretary of State referred to an emerging market trade scheme that will improve upon the existing Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) to create new opportunities for trade around the world. HM Government will make an announcement about these improvements to the scheme later this year, following consultation.

Written Answers — Department for International Trade: Department for International Trade: Expenditure (29 Jan 2021)

Greg Hands: Due to an administrative error, these transactions were not included in the Department’s regular monthly transparency publications on expenditure over £25,000. The Department is currently investigating this error and will correct any omissions in the published data as soon as possible. In accordance with the Department for International Trade’s obligations under section 5 of the Public...

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...


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