Today Labour dragged the Government to the Commons to answer Urgent Questions on why they had only released redacted copies of the Brexit impact reports. The reports need to be published in their entirety, as Parliament’s motion instructed that they should be. During Urgent Questions I called on the Brexit Minister David Davis MP to withdraw his remarks and apologise for his misleading comments about assurances he gave to the Committee on Exiting the European Union and it’s Chair Hilary Benn MP.
Stephen Kinnock: In his letter of 2 November, my right hon. Friend the Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), the Chair of the Select Committee, wrote:
“once the material has been provided to the committee, I would be very happy to discuss with you any particular concerns you may have about publication of parts of the material so that the committee can take these into account in making its decision on release.”
On 27 November, the Secretary of State wrote:
“we have received no assurances from the committee regarding how any information passed will be used.”
Does the Minister agree that that letter is a blatant misrepresentation of what was agreed, and that the Secretary of State should withdraw that remark and apologise for it to my right hon. Friend?
Mr Walker: No, I do not.