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Good morning and welcome to live

coverage of the House of Commons. In

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around 40 minutes the Home Secretary

Amber Rudd will take questions in

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her new additional role as the Mr

for women and equality is. The

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Conservative MP Bob Blackman will

ask an urgent question about the

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death sentence passed on a

52-year-old man in Yemen described

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by Amnesty International as a

prisoner of conscience. There will

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be a select committee statement made

by the chair of the education

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committee on its report on

fostering. The main business in the

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chamber will be a motion tabled by

Vernon Coaker calling for the

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current levels of serving personnel

in the Armed Forces to be

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maintained. Please join me for a

round-up of all of that at 11pm but

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first we have questions to the

International Trade Secretary Liam

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Fox.

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Order. Order. Questions to the

Secretary of State for International

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Development. Martin day.

Number one.

Secretary doctor Liam Fox.

Before I

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begin I would like to take the

opportunity to warmly welcome my

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honourable friend the member for

Beverley and wholeness to my team

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were he will serve as the Minister

for investment and can I pay tribute

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to the fantastic job his predecessor

did over the course of his time in

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the department. Mr Speaker it is

right the government prepares for

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all possible outcomes from leaving

the EU including preparing for no

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deal. We will consider the range of

options as we stab at our

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independent policy only bilateral

and multilateral basis. Asia-Pacific

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is an important market and an engine

for future global growth. We are

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closely following progress of the

comprehensive and progressive

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transpacific partnership.

Thank you,

the UK trade with the transpacific

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partnership countries amounts to

7.2% of total trade with EU is

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48.6%, will he confirm his

departments priorities to form close

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ties with the world's largest

trading market before embarking on

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negotiations with other trading

blocs.

These are not mutually

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exclusive. We want an open trading

agreement with the EU but if one

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looks at TPP it's already 14% of

GDP, it would be 40% where the

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Americans to rejoin. There will be

important markets for United Kingdom

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outwith Europe.

Two of the countries

in the TPP are Australia and New

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Zealand, will he look closely at

their closer economic relationship

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agreement which allows free trade of

goods and services between those two

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countries and will he prioritise and

agreement between the United Kingdom

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and those two countries?

I have made

clear on a number of occasions

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including in this house that when it

comes to future free-trade

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agreements Australia and New Zealand

would be two of our top three

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priorities. If we are able by

another means to achieve these

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liberalisation is in trade we would

like to see then that would be fine.

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Surely the Secretary of State would

agree that no TPP deal would make up

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for the loss of market in the

European Union and has he seen this

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morning 's report, the independent

report conditions by the Mayor of

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London which shows what a clatter

cosmic effect it will have leaving

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the EU on our business and so many

jobs?

As usual I do not accept the

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premise of any part of the

honourable gentleman's questions. I

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don't believe we will necessarily

lose a share of market, we want to

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maintain an open agreement with the

European Union and they will want to

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maintain an open agreement with us

because we are the fifth biggest

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economy in the world. The report

this morning was anything other than

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cataclysmic, in fact it's worse

assessment was less than half the

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assessment given to us before the

European referendum on what our loss

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of market might be if there was no

deal whatsoever.

First if I may,

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welcome also the new arrival to the

front bench opposite and also

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actually yesterday's trade

statistics, the Secretary of State

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and I may disagree over how much it

owes to the depreciation of sterling

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but we are both agreed that

narrowing of the trade deficit is a

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very good thing. With regard to TPP

the Secretary of State says these

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are not mutually exclusive but of

course he must account for regular

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to the alignment which is part of

TPP and the impact that would have.

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Indeed the former secretary at the

Department of business said it

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joining TPP would-be cloud cuckoo

land. Or does the Secretary of State

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consider that regularly arraignment

negotiated in secret to suit the

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economies of the Pacific rim is a

viable proposition for our country?

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I am in favour of trade

liberalisation or whether it is

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bilateral, plural lateral or

multilateral, if we can get global

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trading volumes up it is of benefit

not just to the United Kingdom but

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developing countries in the world

who should be able to trade their

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way out of poverty.

Minister Graeme

Stewart.

Thank you Mr Speaker, it's

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a pleasure to join a government

front bench full of fresh young

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talent.

LAUGHTER

Even if I am not one myself. Can I

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pay tribute to my predecessor who

showed tremendous commitment and

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investment promotion to the benefit

both of his constituents and the

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nation as a whole. Baroness

fair-haired the Minister of trade

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and promotion is engaging closely

with businesses to inform the

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creation of the new export strategy

reporting in spring of this year the

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strategy will ensure the government

has the right financial practical

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and promotional support in place to

allow businesses to benefit from

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growth opportunities generating

wealth and well-being for the whole

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of the UK.

Can I thank the Minister

for his answer and congratulate him

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on his promotion. I am sure he will

do well and I invite him to miss

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Derbyshire at some point on his way

back to his constituency. How will

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the Minister ensure the United

Kingdom export finance is an

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integral part of the new export

strategy?

I page a view to all her

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work promoting businesses in

Derbyshire and beyond, UK Export

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Finance's mission is to ensure no

viable UK exports fails to lack of

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finance and insurance and it is at

the heart of our export strategy.

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Today I am pleased to announce an

even more flexible local currency

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offering to help exporters compete

for a major overseas contracts.

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Finance is now available in 62

currencies for purchases from the UK

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in addition to pounds Sterling, an

increase of 19 currencies following

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on from the 30 added in the 2016

Autumn Statement.

The Secretary of

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State and his Department has made

great play of promoting great

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British brands so does he agree that

Coleman is of Norwich is best served

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by keeping production and brands in

Norwich and will he join me in

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urging Unilever to do just that?

I

thank the honourable gentleman for

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that question, I do not want to get

involved in internal battles within

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UK companies are between sites with

a base operations. What I can tell

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him, what I can tell and is that the

growth in manufacturing exports is

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at the 10-year high and we need to

continue to build on that and that

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would be threatened if the party

opposite were to come into this.

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Exports are rising but still only

from a small proportion of British

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businesses we need more exporters

and a changing business culture so

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can I urge the new minister with his

colleagues to challenge business

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representative bodies so we ensure a

exporting in Britain is the norm and

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not the exception.

I am grateful to

my honourable friend, few people in

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this house have done so much to

promote exports and he is one of 28

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trade envoys doing a fantastic job

for the country. Alongside the

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envoys my department works with 43

business ambassadors at the

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forefront of the change he

describes. On business

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representative bodies the department

will engage in the export strategy

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review to ensure the government and

private sector work to provide

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businesses with vivid practical, and

financial...

Membership of the

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European single market is vital for

the Scottish economy, and from

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34,000 jobs in Scotland are

supported by trade with the EU and

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Brexit threatens to cost £11 billion

by 2020, year by 2030. Can the

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Secretary of State ensure British is

in Scotland they can export tariff

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free to the world's biggest single

market after Brexit?

I thank the

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honourable lady for her question,

she is right to highlight and

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champion export from Scotland and

the greatest export market for

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Scottish businesses is the rest of

the United Kingdom. What I can tell

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her is this government will stay

committed to promoting trade within

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the United Kingdom with our

neighbours in Europe and with the

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rest of the world.

Mr Speaker can I

welcome the Minister to his place, I

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enjoyed serving with him on the

education select committee and I

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look forward to debating these

important matters with him. Evidence

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to the former committee showed a

budget of £23.6 million for the

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trade access partnership in 2013-14.

This fell to 11.05 million in the

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14-15 and just 8 million the

following year. We are in the final

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quarter for this financial year and

just last year the government still

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hasn't said what the current budget

is. When are they going to end the

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uncertainty of business and tell us

how much money they are giving to

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support exporters who want to go to

trade shows and help exports for

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business and the economy?

I am

grateful for the question from the

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opposition front bench. As usual

they confuse inputs with outputs and

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outcomes. We are focused on

promoting export which is what we

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are successfully doing which is why

we have built on the position in

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2010 and why we are seeing record

level in manufacturing exports and

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other exports on which his

constituents depend.

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Mr Speaker as the Prime Minister set

out in her Florence speech the UK

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will seek a time limited

implementation period, we will

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prepare for our future independent

trade policy by negotiating trade

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deals with countries which could

come into force after the conclusion

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of the fermentation period. To that

end we have established a series of

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14 working groups and high-level

dialogues with key trade partners.

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Cammie Secretary of State confirm

that he as he said he would is still

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on track to deliver 40 trade deals

with non-EU countries after we leave

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the European Union? And can he

explain to the house what the man's

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there have been from those countries

for additional visas for their

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citizens to come to the United

Kingdom and how does that impact on

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the tens of thousands of figures?

Mr

Speaker at the government is indeed

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committed to ensuring we get

continuity of the 40 or so EU trade

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agreements after we leave the

European Union, that is why we

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brought in the legislation this

week. I am disappointed that the

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honourable gentleman and his party

decided to vote against it and deny

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British business that confidence.

Where are we to seek any level of

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protection the agreement will take

longer and yield less. Won't they?

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Mr Speaker at the very clear aim we

have had is to achieve a continuity

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and stability. We want to see those

agreements we already have, that we

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are already members of delivered

safely and securely into UK law that

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is the point of the trade bill.

Concerns have been raised in

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relation to these transitional

arrangements.

There might be changes

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to the detriment of the United

Kingdom. Can the secretary of state

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confirm he's not intending to make

any significant or substantial

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changes to those agreements?

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We aim to keep as close as possible

to the condition they are and to

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date. Given we have some minor

changes to make.

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From the preliminary dialogue my

right honourable friend has had with

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the USA, what assessment has he made

with the prospect of doing a trade

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deal with that country?

Can I add my congratulations to my

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honourable friend for is very

well-deserved recognition of the

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service he has given to this House

and his constituency. We have four

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groups working on outcomes and

potential scoping of a free-trade

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agreement in future and with the

WTO, and we are content we are

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making progress on all fronts.

I

welcome that and he is a wonderful

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man but I would recommend the

Secretary of State not send him

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anywhere of very high altitude

because he is not good at high

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altitude. The Secretary of State is

good to try to pursue lots of trade

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deals with countries outside the EU,

but isn't one of the major problems

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the corruption in some of the

biggest countries? If you look at

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Brazil, Russia, China, all of these

for very low down on the

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transparency index, and particularly

relating to Russia it is very

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difficult for British businesses to

do big business is there, because

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they have to pay bribes all the

time?

The honourable gentleman is

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quite right and I often described

the issue of corruption in economic

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terms as supply constraint. Many of

these economies, when I am having

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those discussions, but I think if we

are able to get trade agreements,

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good legal agreements, and as part

of that we make transparency the key

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element, we are contributing to

success on both sides.

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Mr Speaker, with your permission I

would like to answer questions four

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and eight together. We have three

main ways to support exporting,

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firstly through the website offering

digital tools, the site had over 2.7

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million visitors. Secondly,

international trade advisers based

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across the country are supporting

businesses and thirdly the UK

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finance providing £3 billion in

support, helping 221 UK companies

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last year, 79% of which were SNEs. I

am grateful

for that answer. An

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additional hurdle many face when

growing their expert is obtaining

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affordable political risk insurance.

What steps can my honourable

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friend's department take to help in

this matter?

My honourable friend

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asks a good and pertinent question,

why UK Export Finance is working to

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make sure SMEs can access the

insurance they need to invest

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overseas with confidence. Last year

we launched an enhanced overseas

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investment insurance product to

protect UK businesses against

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political risk investing abroad and

I would strongly recommend that to

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companies in his Milton Keynes

constituency.

There's been a revival

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of small and medium-sized

manufacturing in the Black Country

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over the last two and three years.

With the Minister agree we need to

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do all we can to support those small

and medium-sized manufacturing

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companies in the Black Country to

access markets around the world

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which have development potential?

My

honourable friend makes a good and

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strong and pertinent point, not just

about the Black Country but across

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the country. We have our export

strategy which will be reporting in

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the spring, but can I remind the

How's about the fantastic figures we

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have had on manufacturing? Record

growth and output, the highest in

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ten years, growing 4% year-on-year,

new data just out, and confidence in

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manufacturing is at its highest in

four years according to the EDF.

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There is a very close literature

between the success and export of

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small and medium-sized manufacturers

and the viability of small and

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medium-sized road hauliers, many of

whom are concerned at the

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possibility of having to incur

substantial costs with bureaucracy

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if they can't get an agreement that

driving licences in the UK for

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example will be recognised when we

leave the EU. What assurances can be

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made that small road hauliers will

not face any additional burdens and

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help them export to the EU after

Brexit?

As my right honourable

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friend the Secretary of State has

pointed out, we are seeking a

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barrier free frictionless trading

arrangement with the European Union

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as we leave, but I can point out to

the honourable gentleman he is

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seeking to put in place the

potential for barriers between

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Scotland and the rest of the United

Kingdom. 64% of Scottish exports go

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to the rest of the UK, compared with

just 15% to the rest of the union.

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Minister, many SMEs have identified

internal and external finances as

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well as a lack of awareness of

support available to them as buyers

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entering the export market. Will the

Minister ensure these concerns are

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addressed in the Government review

of the export strategy?

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Mr Speaker, he makes a very good

point which is certainly part of the

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export strategy. Can I remind him,

and actually The whole House, but

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some of the work we have been doing

to make sure finance is more

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accessible? We signed agreements in

both July 2016 and July 2017 with

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the leading UK banks to ensure they

get access, their customers, SME

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customers, can access finance were

easily and UK finance in particular,

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make sure that is directly

available.

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With your permission, Mr Speaker, I

will answer questions five, six and

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nine together. As we leave the EU

the Government's objective is to

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maximise trading opportunities for

the whole of the United Kingdom. As

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the Prime Minister has made clear

including at the time of the joint

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declaration on the 8th of December

we will be seeking a deep and

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special partnership with the EU but

at the same thing looking to forge

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new and ambitious trade

relationships with our partners

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around the world as we develop our

independent trade policy.

What

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discussion as he had with potential

new trade agreement partners

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including those who have an

agreement already within the EU and

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those with whom the Government has

established trade dialogue overrated

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salute -- over regulatory alignment?

In terms of agreements were already

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have what we are intending to do is

maintain consistency in terms of

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those agreements and that is why we

brought the trade legislation

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forward. We don't anticipate any

change in that. We intend it to be

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the same as today to provide

continuity for business.

At the

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Secretary of State confirm whether

maintaining full regulatory

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alignment with you will Centre

forming standards, and that

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therefore chlorine washed chicken

will not be entering the UK in the

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event of a future agreement --

regulatory alignment with the EU.

We

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do not intend any donation in

safety, environmental standards are

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workers' writes as we negotiate new

trade agreements.

Given how critical

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this issue is to maintaining an open

border on the island of Ireland,

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what assessment has the secretary

made of practical supervision and

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management of maintaining full

regulatory alignment with the New --

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EU? Is an established?

Alignment is

about pursuing the same objectives,

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not the same as regulatory

harmonisation. We hope our agreement

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with the Republic of Ireland is

covered by a full and conference of

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agreement with the rest of the EU.

The Irish government has been clear

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that a deal that maintains

regulatory alignment means free

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movement of people, goods and

services across the border to

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Northern Ireland. Since the UK

Government has shown it is willing

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to give the nation of the UK

differential deal, will they now

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bring to Brussels the Scottish

Government proposals to keep

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Scotland and the Single Market and

Customs union, and if not why not?

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Why not? When we leave the EU we

leave the Single Market and the

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customs union. It is not that

conjugated. -- complicated.

The UK

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is proudly spending 0.7% of gross

national income on overseas

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development assistance. The first G7

country to honour its promise to do

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so. We are also committed to

ensuring developing countries can

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use trade as an engine of poverty

reduction, and trade agreements play

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an important role in this. It is our

priority to ensure developing

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countries maintained their

preferential access to the UK market

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as we leave the EU.

These texts

ministers deliver are often far too

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long. I know there are people who

scribble these things for ministers,

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but Ministers' responsibilities is

to recognise the virtues of the

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pencil. Jimmy Quinn.

I also

recognise the wisdom there and I

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share my right honourable friend's

as Britons. Can he see what he will

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do to put it into legislative

effect?

The cross-border trade bill

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we give a second reading too on

Monday provided exactly for the

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scheme of preferences to be taken

across into UK law. I find it

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absolutely extraordinary that the

opposition parties voted against it.

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They voted against the UK having its

own trade preferences scheme for

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developing countries. That is a

disgrace, Mr Speaker and I very much

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hope they will reconsider their

position as the bill makes it a

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passage through the House of

Commons.

Topical questions.

Mr

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Speaker, you should see the length

of the ones before we get to this

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point. My department, Mr Speaker, is

responsible for UK exports,

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investment and trade policy. As we

begin 2018 the House should note

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that in 2017 we had our older record

of foreign investment, exports up

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14%, employment at a record level,

yesterday we saw venture capital

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coming into tech firms was also at

an all-time high, before the

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improvement in manufacturing

performance.

The secretary does not

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want to trade under EU rules under

which we have considerable influence

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but is happy to trade under WTO

rules were we don't have very much

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influence, so what does he find

objectionable about EU trading was

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that he does not find objectionable

about the WTO?

That is to rather

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misunderstand the situation because

the EU itself has to trade under WTO

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rules and is not exempt from them.

We look forward to having our

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independent seat on the WTO, of

which we were a former member, so we

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can have a greater say in global

trading policy, because as members

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of the EU we have none.

Can my right

honourable friend tell the House

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what practical steps his department

is taking to increase capacity in

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developing countries to trade their

way to sustainable growth?

Assisting

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trade capability in the developing

world is one of the key parts of our

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strategy, launched by DFID last

year. Can I also mention that in

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Buena Sarries last month the

Secretary of State and I announced a

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big increase in funding for the

WTO's enhance framework which does

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precisely this -- in Buenos Aires

last month.

The steel industry has

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repeatedly complained that this

Government is not prepared to impose

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penalties on exports from countries

with significant market distortions.

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America is clear. It has impose

penalties on China under 232, and

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the EU is clear and recently voted

to pass anti-dumping rules, but the

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Secretary of State has constantly

ducked the issue and refused to say

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what his department will do after we

leave the EU. When will he give the

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steel industry a straight answer?

What a cheek, Mr Speaker! The very

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week when Labour voted against our

ability to actually impose any

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penalties whatsoever in the future,

the steel industry and steelworkers

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in this country were betrayed by the

Labour Party this week. They would

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leave them as sitting ducks to

dumping and subsidy. Such is their

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love for their new hard left Andy

trade ideology. -- anti trade

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ideology.

The Minister will be where

Scotch whisky is one of the UK's

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greatest exporter and much of that

is produced in my Moray

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constituency. Read 10% of the £4

billion annual exports are linked to

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free trade agreements. To the

Minister update me on the steps he

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is taking to make sure when we leave

the benefits of free trade

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agreements to the Scotch whisky

industry are maintained? -- could

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the Minister update me.

He makes a

very important point. The Government

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is committed to seeking continuity

in its current trade and

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relationships including those

covered by EU trade preferences.

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Scotch whisky is a very important

part of our exports, and we want to

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maintain the vital bilateral dispute

mechanisms, all of which are part of

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the Scotch Whisky's contribution to

our economy.

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In setting up the trade remedies

authority the Government will need

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to include a full range of skills,

knowledge, experience. Will it

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include representation from the

default governments and trade

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unions?

The Government is still looking at

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the potential membership. Of course

before we can do so, we have to have

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the legal basis for establishing the

trade remedies authority. The

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honourable gentleman voted with his

party against its establishment.

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Last year I welcome the organisation

when they launch their report on the

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state of small businesses. It said

just 18% of British SMEs are

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exporting around the world to what

more can the Department of trade do

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to help our innovative small

businesses, especially by providing

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more information on local rules and

regulations they face in other

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markets?

Mr Speaker, can I thank my

honourable friend for that question.

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All she does to champion jumps for

an exporter is building on her great

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expertise in the elsewhere -- to

champion Chelmsford. As my right

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honourable friend explain earlier we

are seeing significant success. The

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baroness recently announced a new

export readiness tool on the website

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to help SMEs better understand how

export ready they aren't what they

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can do to start exporting or

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With particular reference to the

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trade remedies authorities could my

right honourable friend expand

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further on the potential

consequences at the house voted it

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down this week?

Mr Speaker if we did

not establish our own trade remedies

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authority we would be unable to

protect British business from

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dumping and subsidy in future who

work in the steel industry or who

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work in the strikes industry will

now know the Conservative Party is

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determined to have the legal

protections they deserve, the Labour

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Party and their allies in this house

voted against giving our businesses

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and those workers that protection.

Scotland is known internationally

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for its high-quality food and drink

such as whiskey and seafood but

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there is real concern about the loss

of protected geographical

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indications which are backed by the

EU so how will be Secretary of State

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consult all the devolved governments

to help them protect their unique

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product?

The honourable lady should

judge the government by its action

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because in the transitional adoption

of the agreements we already have as

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a member of the EU in those 40 trade

agreements protection of GI is an

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essential part of that. The SNP

voted against that as well.

Exports

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from my constituency in Aberdeen

include agricultural things,

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including the will leading supplier

of engineering solutions award with

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the impact be on Aberdeen of not

being able to enter into continuity

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agreement which the EU already has

trade deals.

Clearly there would be

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a major disruption in the local

economy which is why it's so

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important we get the continuity and

the reason the government brought

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for the trade bill with the

parameters it has is we are looking

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simply to get stability and

continuity on those agreements we

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already have. I reiterate as I said

in a house a couple of days ago it's

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not about new free trade agreements

it is about giving stability to the

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ones we already have. I'm amazed

anyone should vote against it.

What

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analysis has the department done on

the cost to business of complying

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with possible new nontariff barriers

and what help of a government

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provide to small and medium

enterprises in understanding the

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impact of any possible changes in

this area?

Of course we look at all

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possible scenarios but I reiterate

what I have said several times today

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is what we want to see with the

European Union is an open and

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comrades of trading agreement, not

just because it's good for the

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United Kingdom but because it's good

for the EU itself because EU member

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states are looking for other

companies to have access to UK

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markets just as we are doing on the

other direction.

Last month I

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welcomed the delegation from Taiwan

to my constituency and he met with

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representations of the store

renewable sector and the seafood

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sector, will ministers work with me

and local businesses to ensure we

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maximise exports to the growing

market?

I chaired last month our

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second talks with Taiwan and I can

tell him renewable energy is at the

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heart of those toxic. The UK has the

highest capacity market anywhere in

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the world for sure wind and it is a

strong interest to the

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