The first letter is from the Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade (DIT) to the Secretary of State for DIT. It requests a ministerial direction to incur spend before Royal Assent of the Trade Bill. The reasons for the request are set out in this letter.
The second letter is from the Secretary of State for DIT to the Permanent Secretary for DIT. It confirms the ministerial direction on spend before Royal Assent of the Trade Bill.
UK Trade Remedies Authority and the Trade Bill
Creating a new UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) will ensure that the UK can continue to provide a safety net to domestic industries, against injury caused by unfair trading practices, after the UK has left the EU.
The Trade Bill establishes the powers needed to operate the TRA, and is currently progressing through Parliament. Vital work must be undertaken before the bill is complete, to ensure the TRA is established by the time the UK leaves the EU. A ministerial direction has been sought and granted to allow necessary spending on this while the bill progresses.