To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, whether his Department plans to carry out impact assessments on future bilateral trade deals prior to their ratification.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
12 January 2018
As outlined in the White Paper ‘Preparing for our future UK trade policy’, we remain committed to a transparent, fair, and rules-based approach to international trade. We will ensure Parliament has an appropriate role to play in the scrutiny of new UK trade treaties.
In ratifying EU free trade agreements we already provide impact assessments to Parliament to enable Members from both Houses to consider the effects of these agreements for the UK.