Sugar: EU External Trade

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Jim Fitzpatrick Jim Fitzpatrick Labour, Poplar and Limehouse

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had on (a) improving access to the EU sugar market for cane sugar suppliers and (b) removal of the CXL sugar import duty.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, has had no recent discussions directly concerning the removal of the CXL sugar import duty, or on improving access to the EU sugar market for cane sugar suppliers. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is involved in ongoing trade negotiations between the EU and various trading partners which aim to increase trade of goods, and this includes sugar cane imports.

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