Government Departments: Procurement

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 14th November 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent progress has been made on securing UK participation in the plurilateral Government Procurement Agreement.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

We remain committed to maintaining participation of the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) and ensuring that UK businesses can continue to access government procurement opportunities overseas.

The UK market access offer, which is in line with our current rights and obligations in the GPA, was circulated formally to WTO GPA parties in June and discussed at the GPA Committee meetings on 27 June and 17 October. Officials have engaged extensively and openly with all GPA parties throughout this process and continue to work towards securing our continued participation in the GPA.

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