Lords debates trade deals with Cameroon and Ghana
28 June 2021
The House of Lords debated the UK's Interim Trade Partnership Agreements with Cameroon and Ghana, on Tuesday 29 June.
Members debated two motions together:
The Interim Trade Partnership Agreement between the UK and Ghana, put forward by Lord Purvis of Tweed (Liberal Democrat), Lords Liberal Democrat spokesperson for international trade.
A regret motion against the Economic Partnership Agreement with the Republic of Cameroon put forward by Lord Grantchester (Labour), Lords Labour spokesperson for international trade.
Members voted 228 in favour and 239 against, so the motion was not agreed to.
This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.
Lords scrutiny of trade deals
Read the House of Lords International Agreements Committee report on the UK's agreements with Ghana and Cameroon (PDF).
Members speaking included:
- Lord Boateng (Labour), non-executive director of Ghana International Bank plc and former British High Commissioner to South Africa
- Lord Hannan of Kingsclere (Conservative), advisor to the Board of Trade
- Lord Hannay of Chiswick (Crossbench), former governor of the Ditchley Foundation and UK permanent representative to the UN
- Lord Kerr of Kinlochard (Crossbench), former head of the UK diplomatic service.
Lord Grimstone of Boscobel (Conservative), Minister for Investment, responded on behalf of the government.
Watch and read the debate
Catch up on Parliament TV or read a transcript in Lords Hansard (part one and part two)
Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Libary briefings:
- Business, industry and consumers
- Crime, civil law, justice and rights
- Economy and finance
- International affairs
- Parliament, government and politics