To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the International Trade Committee UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny, published on 28 December 2018 (HC1043) and their subsequent response UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny: Government Response to the Committee's Sixth Report, published on 6 March (HC2027), what steps they intend to take to provide local government with a meaningful role in all aspects of the trade policy process.
The Department for International Trade has regular engagement with local government through the Department’s regional network.
In a recent series of events across the UK, to support consultations on future free trade agreements, there was attendance by representatives from local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and local growth hubs. The department invited a representative from the Local Government Association.
The Department is exploring further options for its engagement with local government.