Trade Agreements: USA

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 21st June 2021.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if she will publish each of the reports distributed by the UK's trade commissioner for North America to individual members of the US Senate and US House of Representatives on the potential benefits of a UK-US trade deal for their states and districts.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which unit of government or external agency was responsible for producing the reports distributed to individual members of the US Senate and US House of Representatives on the potential benefits of a UK-US trade deal for their states and districts.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what data sources were used to produce the reports distributed to individual members of the US Senate and US House of Representatives on the potential benefits of a UK-US trade deal for their states and districts.

Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, which Minister or official authorised the preparation and distribution of reports to individual members of the US Senate and US House of Representatives on the potential benefits of a UK-US trade deal for their states and districts.

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

The reports represent the current trade relationship between the UK and each of the 50 states, not the potential trade benefits of a UK-US free trade agreement. The reports were produced using data supplied by The Trade Partnership, an economic research firm in Washington, DC.

The 2020 state level reports were also produced from data supplied by The Trade Partnership, available on GOV.UK here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-usa-trade-and-investment-highlights .

The UK-US 50 State and 435 Congressional District economic impact reports were authorised and commissioned by the US Prosperity Programme Board, which is made up of numerous officials. State export data comes from The Trade Partnership’s CDxports database.

The Trade Partnership derives goods exports primarily from data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Moody’s Analytics. The Trade Partnership derives services exports primarily from data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and Moody’s Analytics.

The 435 district-level reports, produced from the state level data, have not been previously published due to the disproportionate cost in staff time to format and upload them onto GOV.UK.

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