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Secretary of State questioned on Australia deal

23 June 2022

This evidence session has been cancelled at short notice.

The International Trade Committee questions the Secretary of State for International Trade on the UK’s agreement with Australia.


Wednesday 29 June 2022, Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

At 10.00am

  • Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, Secretary of State for International Trade
  • Accompanied by Crawford Falconer, Second Permanent Secretary and Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser, Department for International Trade

MPs will quiz the minister, Rt. Hon. Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, on the gains for businesses and consumers under the agreement, as well as concessions given by the UK to Australia in exchange.

The Committee is likely to examine the consequences for farmers and other food producers in the UK, in addition to the impacts on manufacturers and those trading in services.

Greater rights for UK citizens to visit and work in Australia are also likely to be explored, as are the agreement’s environmental provisions.

The session follows a series of letters sent by the Committee’s Chair, in which the Secretary of State was accused of disrespecting Parliament by starting a brief period of Parliamentary scrutiny of the agreement before the Committee had published its analysis of the deal.

This came despite a previous commitment given by the Government to Commons Speaker Rt. Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP that there would be “sufficient time for the relevant Select Committees to produce reports” ahead of Parliamentary scrutiny being triggered.

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