QUESTIONS ON GATS
Presented to UK Trade Minister Patricia Hewitt on Nov 23 2001
Patricia Hewitt's Reply
- Has the DTI (or any other Government body) published in easily readable form a list of service sectors the UK (on its own or as part of the EU) has already committed to GATS liberalisation?
- Has the DTI (or any other Government body) published a list of commitments we are asking for from other countries (either on our own or in discussions leading towards a common EU position)?
- Now that new commitments as to the timetable of GATS negotiations have been entered into at the recent WTO summit, when will the public be told what this country intents to ask and offer?
- Will the British Government be pressing for a clarification and tightening of the "public service" provision, to permit cross-subsidisation of and positive discrimination in favour of essential public services?
- Why has the British Government not been supporting calls for an assessment of the social, economic and environmental effect of already agreed trade liberalisation measures before new ones are introduced?
- Why are proceedings and minutes of the key Article 133 negotiating committee available to industry representatives but not civil society representatives or members of the EU Parliament?
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