Trade Agreements

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 12th January 2018.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to carry out impact assessments on future bilateral trade deals prior to their ratification.

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

Holding answer received on 12 January 2018

As outlined in the White Paper ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’, we remain committed to a transparent, fair, and rules-based approach to international trade. We will ensure Parliament has an appropriate role to play in the scrutiny of new UK trade treaties.

In ratifying EU free trade agreements we already provide impact assessments to Parliament to enable Members from both Houses to consider the effects of these agreements for the UK.

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