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star this property date less than 2019-07-11more like thismore than 2019-07-11
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Pensions: Tax Allowances more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the implications of recent changes to the Lifetime Allowance for pension benefits for those in (1) the legal profession, (2) the medical profession, and (3) other professions; and of the case for reviewing those changes. more like this
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering remove filter
star this property uin HL17117 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-07-18more like thismore than 2019-07-18
star this property answer text <p>Pensions tax relief is one of the most expensive reliefs in the personal tax system. In 2017/18 income tax and employer National Insurance Contributions relief cost over £50 billion, with around two-thirds going to higher and additional rate taxpayers. As confirmed at Autumn Budget 2017, from April 2018 the lifetime allowance will increase in line with CPI, in order that the value of this benefit is able to keep pace with inflation. This means from April 2019 the lifetime allowance has risen to £1,055,000.</p><p> </p><p>The same tax rules must apply identically to everyone in the same situation, regardless of their employer.</p><p> </p><p>However, across all public service workforces the Government looks at remuneration in the round and takes action when required to ensure delivery of world class public services. Where there is evidence that the delivery of services is being impacted, the Government takes appropriate action to address this, in line with our principles for pay and pensions policy. This is why we have introduced a temporary, taxable, Recruitment and Retention allowance for a small section of the judiciary, and will shortly bring forward a consultation on a new 50:50 pensions flexibility for senior clinicians in the NHS pension scheme.</p><p> </p><p>All aspects of the tax system are kept under review and are subject to change through the annual Budget, in the context of the wider public finances. Any future changes to the tax system will be announced through this process.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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less than 2019-07-18T11:12:10.21Zmore like thismore than 2019-07-18T11:12:10.21Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Tax Evasion more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the cost to HM Treasury of "cum-ex" tax fraud since 2012; and whether there have been any related prosecutions. more like this
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering remove filter
star this property uin HL15597 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
star this property answer text <p>“Cum-ex” tax fraud exploits rules which impose withholding tax (WHT) on dividend payments. The UK does not apply WHT to dividend payments; there is no direct UK tax impact on banks, other taxpayers or HM Treasury.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL15598 more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T14:12:33.433Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T14:12:33.433Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
1125503
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-05-08more like thismore than 2019-05-08
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Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept id 14 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Treasury more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
star this property hansard heading Tax Evasion more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of "cum-ex" tax fraud on (1) banks, (2) taxpayers, and (3) HM Treasury. more like this
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering remove filter
star this property uin HL15598 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
star this property answer text <p>“Cum-ex” tax fraud exploits rules which impose withholding tax (WHT) on dividend payments. The UK does not apply WHT to dividend payments; there is no direct UK tax impact on banks, other taxpayers or HM Treasury.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Young of Cookham more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL15597 more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T14:12:33.37Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T14:12:33.37Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Young of Cookham more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
1124875
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Water Companies: Insolvency more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent retailers in the water market who sell to SME customers from failing. more like this
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering remove filter
star this property uin HL15550 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>When considering applications from potential retailers, Ofwat, the economic regulator for the water industry, considers whether it would have sufficient financial resources to finance its obligations under the law and to deliver its business plan. Once the retailer enters the market, it is for the retailer to ensure it operates efficiently and is able to continue to operate. In any functioning market some retailers will fail. If a retailer were to fail, as has been seen in other sectors, Ofwat would step in and ensure affected customers are allocated to a new supplier in a seamless way.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T14:58:48.21Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T14:58:48.21Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
1124876
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Water Companies: Competition more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment has been made by (1) the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and (2) Ofwat of the (a) Scottish SME non-household retail water market, and (b) the English SME non-household retail water market. more like this
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star this property uin HL15551 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (a) undertook some analysis of the Scottish SME non-household retail water market during the initial planning stages of opening up the English market; and (b) works closely with Ofwat as they review the English non-household retail market and its operation since opening, including with regard to SMEs.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat monitors and assesses the non-household retail water market in England on an ongoing basis. It commissioned customer research to gauge directly customers’ experiences of the market, including views on the interactions between the markets in England, Scotland and Wales. This information was published in July 2018 as the Ofwat <a href="https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/ORS-final-report-Non-household-customer-insight-survey.pdf" target="_blank">customer insight survey</a>.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat’s first annual assessment of the market, <a href="https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/State-of-the-market-report-2017-18-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">Open for Business</a>, also published in July 2018, highlighted a number of areas in which to achieve better outcomes for business customers in England, including SMEs.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL15552 more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T15:51:11.493Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T15:51:11.493Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
1124877
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Water Companies: Competition more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what research they have undertaken to assess the effectiveness of the Scottish non-household retail water market in encouraging switching by SMEs when compared with the English non-household retail water market. more like this
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Baroness McIntosh of Pickering remove filter
star this property uin HL15552 more like this
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unstar this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-20more like thismore than 2019-05-20
star this property answer text <p>The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (a) undertook some analysis of the Scottish SME non-household retail water market during the initial planning stages of opening up the English market; and (b) works closely with Ofwat as they review the English non-household retail market and its operation since opening, including with regard to SMEs.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat monitors and assesses the non-household retail water market in England on an ongoing basis. It commissioned customer research to gauge directly customers’ experiences of the market, including views on the interactions between the markets in England, Scotland and Wales. This information was published in July 2018 as the Ofwat <a href="https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/ORS-final-report-Non-household-customer-insight-survey.pdf" target="_blank">customer insight survey</a>.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat’s first annual assessment of the market, <a href="https://www.ofwat.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/State-of-the-market-report-2017-18-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">Open for Business</a>, also published in July 2018, highlighted a number of areas in which to achieve better outcomes for business customers in England, including SMEs.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
star this property grouped question UIN HL15551 more like this
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less than 2019-05-20T15:51:11.557Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-20T15:51:11.557Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
1124878
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star this property date less than 2019-05-07more like thismore than 2019-05-07
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Water Companies: Competition more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions there have been between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs about the need to ensure that small business customers benefit from the non-household retail water market in England. more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-05-21more like thismore than 2019-05-21
star this property answer text <p>Ofwat are the economic regulator for the water industry, and it regulates and monitors the operation of the retail business market. Ofwat published their first annual report on the market, Open for Business<em>,</em> in July 2018. It identified that small and medium sized business customers are not yet experiencing the same benefits that larger customers receive from the retail market, and raised a number of issues that could be affecting this.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat and Mosl, the market operator, have been taking a number of actions to investigate further and address these issues, including for SMEs.</p><p> </p><p>Ofwat is currently undertaking a further assessment of the market with a view to publishing their second annual report in July.</p><p> </p><p>My Department has ongoing discussions with Ofwat and Mosl about these issues and will discuss the outcomes of the second annual report with Ofwat in due course.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Minister Coffey, the Minister responsible for this policy area, requested that the then Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, Margot James MP, use her channels to advertise and promote to small business customers that they can benefit from the non-household retail water market in England.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-05-21T13:37:33.727Zmore like thismore than 2019-05-21T13:37:33.727Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-04-11more like thismore than 2019-04-11
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property hansard heading Food: Rural Areas more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the importance of the food and drink industry to the rural economy; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that food safety standards are maintained. more like this
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star this property uin HL15251 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-04-29more like thismore than 2019-04-29
star this property answer text <p>The food and drink industry, and the wider agri-food sector, forms an integral part of the rural economy whether in primary production, manufacturing, retail, or hospitality. The Government recognises its importance and provides a range of support for the industry and the rural economy as a whole.</p><p> </p><p>The UK has world leading standards of food safety and quality, backed by a rigorous legislative framework. We will maintain these high standards once the UK leaves the EU.</p><p> </p><p><em>Rural Economy and Food and Drink </em></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>Various figures demonstrate the importance of the food and drink industry to the rural economy. The industry employed 3 million people in 2017 in England, over 475,000 (16%) of whom lived in rural areas. 31% of all business units that produce food products or beverages are in rural areas. Food and drink manufacturing in rural areas in England (excluding animal feed and pet food) had a turnover of £11 billion in 2017. In 2016 an estimated 2% of the gross value added of predominantly rural areas came from farming, forestry and fishing.</p><p> </p><p>The Government provides a range of support for the rural economy. We are investing over £500 million in rural businesses and communities through the socioeconomic schemes within the Rural Development Programme for England. This includes over £250 million for rural business growth and broadband infrastructure through the Growth Programme; £150 million for locally identified business and community priorities through LEADER; and £140 million for improving farm performance through Countryside Productivity. Rural communities can also receive support through Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p>The Government also provides support for the agri-food sector. Defra’s work on the Industrial Strategy includes the Food and Drink Sector Council, the Food and Drink Sector Deal (currently in negotiations) and the Food and Drink LEP Network. The Government promotes increasing agricultural productivity through a range of programmes including the Transforming Food Production Fund and the Agri-Tech Strategy. The Government will publish a National Food Strategy once we leave the EU.</p><p> </p><p><em>Food Standards</em></p><p> </p><p>When we leave the EU, we will maintain our current high standards. We will keep our existing UK legislation, and the EU Withdrawal Act will convert EU law into UK law as it applies at the moment of departure.</p><p> </p><p>As noted above, the UK has world leading standards of food safety and quality, backed by a rigorous legislative framework. We will maintain these high standards once the UK leaves the EU.</p><p> </p><p>We are working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Food Standards Agency, the Department for Exiting the European Union and the devolved administrations to ensure that the UK’s world leading reputation for food safety and standards continues after we leave the EU.</p><p> </p><p>Maintaining safety and public confidence in the food we all eat is a high priority for the Government. We are committed to upholding and strengthening our high standards. Future trade agreements must support the UK’s food safety, animal welfare, and environmental standards.</p><p> </p><p>The Secretary of State has been clear on numerous occasions that we intend to maintain our standards when pursuing any trade deals.</p>
star this property answering member printed Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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less than 2019-04-29T13:06:07.43Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-29T13:06:07.43Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Gardiner of Kimble more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-19more like thismore than 2019-03-19
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Department for Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept id 203 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Exiting the European Union more like this
star this property hansard heading European Parliament Members more like this
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star this property pref label House of Lords remove filter
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ask the EU Council of Ministers to consider (1) extending the mandate of current UK MEPs beyond the end of June for the length of the implementation period, and (2) the possibility of UK MEPs having Observer Status for that period; and whether they have given any consideration to appointing MEPs for a mandate of two years from 30 June. more like this
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star this property uin HL14659 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
star this property answer text <p>Once the UK leaves the EU we will no longer have elected representatives in the European Parliament. Any extension of MEP’s mandate would not be in line with the EU Treaties.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Lord Callanan more like this
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less than 2019-03-27T12:27:46.643Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-27T12:27:46.643Z
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star this property label Biography information for Lord Callanan more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this
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star this property date less than 2019-03-11more like thismore than 2019-03-11
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Department for International Trade more like this
star this property answering dept id 202 more like this
star this property answering dept short name International Trade more like this
star this property answering dept sort name International Trade more like this
star this property hansard heading Food: Import Duties more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish the tariffs they intend to impose on food imports after Brexit. more like this
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star this property uin HL14401 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
star this property answer text <p>The Government published details of tariffs the UK intends to apply to food imports in the event of a ‘no-deal’ EU Exit on Wednesday 13 March. These details can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/temporary-rates-of-customs-duty-on-imports-after-eu-exit.</p><p> </p><p>If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the UK will implement this temporary tariff regime for up to 12 months whilst a full consultation and review on a permanent approach is undertaken. This regime will apply a tariff rate of zero to most imports into the UK whilst retaining the UK’s ability to raise these rates to a higher ‘bound’ rate if necessary.</p><p> </p><p>If the UK had chosen to apply its current external tariff regime to the EU this would impose new tariffs on EU imports, driving up prices for consumers and disrupting business supply chains.</p><p> </p><p>If the UK chose to apply zero tariffs on <strong>all</strong> goods traded with the EU, then the UK would have to extend this to the rest of the world due to WTO rules. This would minimise disruption to EU trade but would open the UK to competition from other countries outside of the EU, including those with unfair trading practices.</p><p> </p><p>The temporary tariff regime adopts a balanced position between these two options. It will minimise costs to UK businesses whilst mitigating the impact of price increases on UK consumers.</p><p> </p><p>This temporary tariff regime will come into effect at the timethe UK leaves the EU without a deal.</p><p> </p><p>In the event of a deal being secured the UK will continue to apply the EU’s Common External Tariff during any implementation period. No decision on post-implementation period tariff rates has been made at this time.</p>
star this property answering member printed Baroness Fairhead more like this
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less than 2019-03-25T17:08:07.82Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-25T17:08:07.82Z
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness Fairhead more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Baroness McIntosh of Pickering more like this