Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 1st September 2016.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what plans his Department has to hire third party contractors to support its work on trade negotiations; what the duration of such contracts will be; and what estimate his Department has made of the cost to the public purse of such contractors over the lifetime of those contracts.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many trade negotiators are employed by his Department.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what estimate his Department has made of the number of trade negotiators required to negotiate the UK's trade deals when the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Rt hon Member will be aware that my Rt hon Friend the Prime Minister has created a new Department for International Trade, which is responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us. We are building up our trade policy capability. ​The new Department has begun a process to recruit and train staff to work on the UK’s trade policy. We will adapt the resource devoted to trade policy in line with future demands.

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