Trade Bill Debate


As Parliament debated Trade Bill I intervened and said that Government needs to amend the Bill to give unions, business and the devolved governments a say in the kind of trade defence and trade policies that we purse. It is vital we have a proper process to secure best deals for Britain and to support industry.

Stephen Kinnock: While the TRA will clearly play a very important role, does my hon. Friend agree that it cannot take a balanced decision unless it includes a wide range of stakeholders, such as the trade union movement, producers and representatives of the devolved Governments?

Barry Gardiner: I cannot tell you how pleased I am to have taken that intervention, Madam Deputy Speaker. Mindful of your strictures on time, as I always am, I had actually excised a paragraph about that from my speech, so I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his well-made point.