Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 23rd September 2015.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Greg Mulholland Greg Mulholland Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigns Chair

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent discussions he has had with international partners on the exemption of health services from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The UK has protected the NHS and public services in all trade agreements and will continue to do so in this deal. We have made clear to our international partners that this is non-negotiable and sought assurances from them.

In response, in January, the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, wrote an open letter to the then Minister of State for Trade and Investment, clarifying that EU countries will be free to decide how they run their public services and stating explicitly that the NHS is not at risk from this free trade agreement.

In March, she and the US Trade Representative, Mike Froman issued a joint public statement reiterating this.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No1 person thinks not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.