Trade Agreements

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

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what information his Department holds on whether the proposed Trade in Services Agreement treaty is likely to contain provisions to allow or promote the increased privatisation of public services.

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 European Commission has made it clear that safeguards are in place in all EU-wide trade agreements to ensure that member state governments remain free to manage public services as they wish.

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