Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Dispute Resolution

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 11th February 2022.

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Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has carried out an internal assessment of the provisions within the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in relation to investor state dispute settlements.

Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether her Department has carried out an assessment of potential impact of the provisions within the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in relation to investor state dispute settlements on (a) businesses and (b) public services in the UK.

Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what non-governmental organisations her Department has received representations from in relation to investor state dispute settlement provisions in the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Photo of Ruth Cadbury Ruth Cadbury Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment her Department has made of the potential merits of side letters in relation to investor state dispute settlements with nations who are currently signatories to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

HM Government cannot comment on the sensitive detail of live negotiations; however, accession will only take place on terms beneficial to the UK.

There has never been a successful investor state dispute settlement claim brought against the UK, nor has the threat of potential claims affected the Government’s legislative programme.

As part of one of the largest consultation exercises ever run by HM Government, consultations were held with individuals, businesses, business associations, NGOs and public sector bodies on the UK potentially seeking accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. HM Government issued its response to this consultation in June 2021.

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