Privilege (Withdrawal Agreement: Legal Advice)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:22 pm on 4th December 2018.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union 2:22 pm, 4th December 2018

My hon. Friend referred to the suggestion of the Father of the House. Does he recall that the last time a Humble Address was passed by the House, which instructed the Government to hand to the Select Committee on Exiting the European Union the exit analyses, I made it clear to the Government on behalf of the Committee that the Committee would take the decision about what was released? In the end, having read all the pages, we released 36 or 37 of them and held three back, because we accepted the argument made by the Government at the time, that those might not be in the national interest, given that negotiations were taking place. That is an example of the way in which a Committee of the House has been able to exercise that judgment on behalf of all Members.