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Call for Evidence

Submitting written evidence to the inquiry

 

Through this sub-inquiry, the Committee will scrutinise the UK-India negotiations, Agreement in Principle, and the final free trade agreement (FTA) text.

The Committee is particularly interested in finding out how this agreement will affect people and businesses across the UK, and the likely economic, social, environmental and other impacts of the agreement.

The Committee intends to provide parliamentary scrutiny of the agreement by:

  • inviting written evidence from interested stakeholders;
  • analysing the text of the agreement;
  • questioning experts, stakeholders and the Secretary of State for International Trade in oral evidence sessions; and
  • publishing a report on the FTA text, in which it may recommend that the agreement is debated in the House of Commons Chamber.

Under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, after the agreement is laid before Parliament there is a period of 21 sitting days in which either House may choose to pass a motion stating that it should not be ratified. The Government has previously committed to allowing at least three months for public scrutiny of recent FTAs ahead of the commencement of this statutory period. The Committee currently intends to publish its report on the agreement during the three-month period, if this arrangement also applies in respect of an agreement with India.

The Government has said it will endeavour to provide time for the agreement to be debated on the floor of the House of Commons should the Committee recommend it.

This inquiry is relevant to the Committee’s ongoing UK Trade Negotiations inquiry. Evidence that has already been submitted to that inquiry which is specific to the prospective agreement with India will also be considered as part of this one.

 

Terms of reference

In the first instance, we welcome short submissions which address any of the following questions:

  • How adequately has the Government undertaken public consultation in formulating its strategic approach / negotiating objectives?
  • How adequate and appropriate is / are the Government’s strategic approach / negotiating objectives?
  • How are the terms of a new trade agreement between the UK and India likely to affect you, your business or organisation, or those that you represent?
  • What are the potential impacts of an agreement on:

        - the UK’s economy as a whole?

        - particular sectors of the UK economy?

        - the UK’s devolved nations and English regions?

        - social, labour, environmental and animal welfare issues?

        - UK consumers?

  • How should the Government communicate its progress in negotiations; and seek the views of stakeholders during those negotiations?

We read all the evidence we receive. The evidence you give may help to shape our inquiry and final report.

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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