Parliamentary oversight of negotiations

Part of Informal European Council – in the House of Commons at 8:30 pm on 6th February 2017.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union) 8:30 pm, 6th February 2017

I will come to EU nationals later. As I explained a moment ago, I am currently dealing with the issue of scrutiny, not with the issue of EU nationals.

One can see from the Secretary of State’s record of engagement that he has given an oral statement on an almost monthly basis—far more than the bimonthly or quarterly updates to Parliament requested in the new clauses. Ministers from across Government have been at this Dispatch Box many times to debate our EU exit. The Prime Minister has given a statement after every Council, including one today. That is in addition to holding debates on the EU exit in Government time, and 15 appearances at Select Committees by Ministers and officials from all Departments.