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EDM 128 Trade Deals Scrutiny and the Trade Bill

I have had a number of constituents contact me about EDM 128. Unfortunately, EDMs have fallen into disrepute in recent years, as they cost around £400,000 a year to administer and have little legislative effect. As such, I choose not to sign them. Please be assured I will scrutinise the Trade Bill closely.

Global Trade and Poverty Reduction (Trade and Customs Bill)

Thank you for contacting me about the role that trade can play in helping the world’s poorest. Alongside the great opportunities increased trade brings to this country, we must ensure that developing nations share in these benefits. I have always believed that free trade is one of the most powerful tools we have to help…

Trade Bill

The date for the return of the Trade Bill to the House of Commons has not yet been set, I will however consider the Lords amendments to this Bill very carefully in light of whatever situation we find ourselves at that time. 

Trade in Torture Goods

Thank you for contacting me about the trade in torture goods. The Prime Minister has been clear, the British Government does not sanction torture. Torture is banned under international law and the UK calls on all states to investigate any complaints of torture swiftly and openly. The main legal basis for controls on ‘torture’ goods…

CETA

Thank you for contacting me about the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada. CETA, which provisionally came into force in September 2017, has removed 98% of tariffs and other barriers which British businesses face at the border, when trading and investing in Canada. What is more, estimates suggest that the…

Trade and the NHS

I appreciate your concerns about trade after Brexit, I strongly believe we should not let new trade deal dictate major policy changes. I understand that this issue has been raised with the Government in the House of Lords, where the Minister gave reassurances that decisions about public services will continue to be made by the…

Cocoa Farmers and Fair Trade

The petition on cocoa farmers and Fair Trade was raised in Parliament on the 14th March 2019, you can see the Secretary of State’s response below. I am glad that the Government have agreed to look at this issue. Stuart C. McDonaldMore than 20,000 people, including many of my constituents, have signed the Fairtrade Fortnight…