Singapore Closer Economic Partnership Agreement
It would be disappointing if the Singapore Closer Economic
Partnership agreement was not debated in Parliament, Trade
Negotiations Minister Jim Sutton said today.
for trade agreements currently is that the final text goes
to a select committee – generally, the Foreign Affairs,
Defence, and Trade Select Committee – for consideration. At
that stage, the public can comment on the treaty text.
select committee then reports to the House.
Mr Sutton said
he believed that the House should then debate the select
However, that was a decision for
Cabinet and would be considered by the Leader of the
"I would be disappointed if Parliament didn't have
a full scale debate in response when it receives the report
of the select committee. The importance of this treaty
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