Department for International Trade written question – answered on 15th November 2022.
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many civil servants are currently involved in trade negotiations with Israel.
To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what the cost is to her Department of her Department’s negotiations with Israel on a free trade agreement to date.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is currently delivering eight Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations, and as of September 2022, had approximately 460 staff working in the Trade Negotiations Group. It is not possible to comment on specific negotiations as the number of staff working on each FTA changes depending on the stage and scale of the deal, and to maximise efficiency. Staff also work across multiple negotiations.
DIT allocated £46.3m in 2022-23 for the negotiation and implementation of FTAs, however, it is not possible to identify funding for individual FTAs.
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