UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny: Government Response to the Committee’s Sixth Report

Sixth Special Report

The International Trade Committee published its Sixth Report of Session 2017–19, UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny, on 28 December 2018 (HC 1043). The response from the Government, and an accompanying letter from the Secretary of State for International Trade, were received on 28 February 2019 and are appended below.

Appendix 1: Letter from the Secretary of State for International Trade to the Chair

I would like to thank the Committee for its report published 28th December 2018 on “UK trade policy transparency and scrutiny’ . There is significant public and parliamentary interest in this issue and I warmly welcome your report as an important contribution to the debate.

I was pleased to see that we are aligned in many areas; in particular in our shared belief that the UK’s independent trade policy must be a transparent and inclusive one that delivers for the whole of the UK.

The Government has listened carefully to the views put forward, including those of your committee. This Thursday I published a Command Paper setting out further detail on the Government’s approach to transparency and scrutiny of free trade agreements, including the role of Parliament and the devolved administrations. Where relevant these are summarised in the enclosed formal response to each of the committee’s conclusions and recommendations. I hope you will be able to support these proposals given the high degree of alignment between us on some of the key issues.

I look forward to appearing before you in the near future to continue your important work in scrutinising the work of my department.

28 February 2019

Published: 6 March 2019