Today, in Questions to the Department for International Trade (DfIT), Luke Graham, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, continued his drive to have a DfIT permanent office opened in Scotland.
The new Board of Trade’s mandate is to serve all of the UK. However, although there are 8 regional DIT offices in England, there isn’t the same level of regional support within Scotland.
This has been an on-going campaign by Mr Graham, who first raised it with the Secretary of State after the Public Accounts Committee listened to officials from the Department of International Trade give evidence on ‘Implementing the EU Exit’.
Following the hearing, committee member, Luke Graham, called on the department to have an office in Scotland post-Brexit to ensure Scotland can compete on the world stage as an exporter and to attract inward investment.
Commenting after the exchange, Luke Graham MP said:
“Although there are a few DfIT members of staff in Scotland, there is not the physical network as there is in other part of the UK.
I think it is vital Scotland is seen as a potential destination for the Department of International Trade, putting us at the heart of future trade policy.
“The UK Government has been supportive of devolved investment organisations, but dedicated International Trade offices and staff in Scotland would help Scottish businesses reach their potential and seize on the opportunities post-Brexit.”