The COVID-19 pandemic and international trade Contents


The following witnesses gave evidence. Transcripts can be viewed on the inquiry publications page of the Committee’s website.

Thursday 23 April 2020

Dr Samuel Roscoe, Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, University of Sussex, and Dr Richard Torbett, Chief Executive, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry


Peter Ellingworth, Chief Executive, Association of British HealthTech Industries, and Mark Roscrow MBE, Chair, Health Care Supplies Association


Thursday 30 April 2020

Professor Bob Doherty, Professor of Agri-food and N8 Chair in Agri-food, University of York, and Professor Fiona Smith, Professor of International Economic Law and N8 Chair in Agri-food, University of Leeds


Andrew Opie, Director of Food and Sustainability, British Retail Consortium, and Ian Wright CBE, Director General, Food and Drink Association


Wednesday 6 May 2020

Carlos López-Gómez, Head of Policy Links, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, Stephen Phipson CBE, Chief Executive, Make UK, and Elizabeth De Jong, Director of Policy, Freight Transport Association


Mike Hawes, Chief Executive, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Philip Law, Director General, British Plastics Federation, and Paul Alger MBE, International Business Director, UK Fashion and Textile Association


Wednesday 13 May 2020

John Drummond, Head of Trade in Services Division, Trade and Agriculture Directorate, OECD; Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International; and Miles Celic, Chief Executive Officer, TheCityUK


Courtney Fingar, Foreign Direct Investment Editor, New Statesman Media Group; Laura Bannister, Senior Adviser, Trade Justice Movement; and Dr James X Zhan, Director of the Investment and Enterprise Division, UN Conference on Trade and Development


Friday 5 June 2020

Soumaya Keynes, Trade and Globalisation Editor, the Economist Magazine; Professor Simon J. Evenett, Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen; and Marianne Petsinger, Senior Research Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Royal Institute of International Affairs


Alan Wolff, Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization; and Peter Ungphakorn, former Senior Information Officer, World Trade Organization


The Secretary of State for International Trade gave evidence on the Department for International Trade’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic during her appearance before the Committee on 24 June 2020. The transcript from that session is available online on the Committee’s website.

Published: 29 July 2020