Manufacturing Industries: USA

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 4th November 2019.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Channel 4 Dispatches programme of 28 October 2019, on what dates did meetings take place between officials at her department and US pharmaceutical firms.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Channel 4 Dispatches programme of 28 October 2019, which companies were represented at the meetings that took place between officials in her Department and US pharmaceutical firms.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Channel 4 Dispatches programme of 28 October 2019, whether (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department or (c) officials in her Department initiated the arrangement of the meetings between officials in her department and representatives of US pharmaceutical firms.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Channel 4 Dispatches programme of 28 October 2019, whether Ministers from her Department were present at the meetings between officials from her Department and representatives of US pharmaceutical firms.

Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, with reference to the Channel 4 Dispatches programme of 28 October 2019, if she will publish the expenses incurred by her Department in relation to the meeting between officials in her Department and US pharmaceutical firms.

Photo of Conor Burns Conor Burns The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

Departmental officials and Ministers regularly meet with businesses and stakeholders across a range of sectors in both the US and UK.

The government has been clear that the NHS is not, and never will be, for sale to the private sector, whether overseas or domestic‎. The government will continue to ensure that patients have access to the medicines they need, and that decisions on how to run public services are made by the UK government and the Devolved Administrations, not our trade partners.

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