Ministerial role

Minister of State for Trade Policy

Responsibilities

The Minister of State for Trade Policy has responsibility for the Trade Policy Group, which leads for the department on developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade policy.

DIT is focused on delivering the best international trading framework to support UK prosperity and open trade. This includes:

  • trading agreements and arrangements with other countries
  • UK engagement with the World Trade Organisation
  • ongoing EU trade business while the UK remains a member of the EU
  • trade remedies

Additionally, the minister leads on areas including:

  • deputy to the Secretary of State
  • bill minister
  • secondary legislation
  • economic diplomacy, Prosperity Fund, economic horizons markets and Official Development Assistance (ODA)

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP

Greg Hands was appointed as Minister of State in the Department for International Trade on 15 July 2016. He was elected the Conservative MP for Hammersmith and Fulham in 2005, and for Chelsea and Fulham in 2010.

Education

Greg was educated at a variety of state schools in the UK and the USA, but principally at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham, before going on to study Modern History at Cambridge University, including time spent in the Modern Languages and Oriental Studies facultiesgraduating with first class honours.

Political career

Greg Hands has been a Government Minister since October, 2011. He served first as the Treasury Whip, 2011 - 2013, and then as Government Deputy Chief Whip and Treasurer of Her Majesty’s Household, 2013-15. Following the May 2015 General Election, Greg Hands attended Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury under the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Greg served as a Local Councillor in Fulham, 1998 - 2006. He was elected Conservative MP for Hammersmith & Fulham in 2005, the MP for the redrawn Chelsea & Fulham constituency in 2010 and again in 2015.

Career outside politics

Greg spent 8 years working on trading floors in London and New York trading and marketing fixed income derivatives.

Personal life

Greg lives in his constituency, with his wife, daughter and son.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Lord Price CVO

    • 2016 to 2017

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  1. UK to start new ‘trade dialogue’ with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

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  2. Joint UK-Pakistan Statement on trade

    • Press release
  3. Astana Expo comes to an end after attracting 4 million visitors

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  4. Electric car team racing in Mongol Rally arrive at UK Pavilion

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  5. Greg Hands to take over responsibility for trade policy as Lord Price pursues business and writing interests

    • Press release
  6. Lord Price visits Africa to build shared trading links

    • Press release
  7. UK and Israel set to hold first trade policy working group

    • Press release
  8. UK and New Zealand reaffirm commitment to global trade liberalisation

    • News story
  9. Liam Fox looks forward to ‘strengthening foundations’ at first ever Commonwealth trade ministers’ meeting

    • Press release
  10. Robin Walker: 'Gibraltar has particular interests'

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