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Leaving the EU: Departmental Spending

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

How much her Department has spent on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We have prepared for all eventualities that might take place after March this year, including no deal. Preparations have been undertaken by staff as part of their regular duties, and we are therefore unable to apportion costs to that. However, the Department has been allocated £15 million for 2019-20 for EU exit preparation.

Photo of Philip Hollobone Philip Hollobone Conservative, Kettering

Will the Department for Work and Pensions be 100% ready in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

We are 100% ready for any eventuality.

Photo of Debbie Abrahams Debbie Abrahams Labour, Oldham East and Saddleworth

When will the Government publish the report that was leaked to The Times just before Christmas, which revealed the different scenarios for Brexit and their impact on unemployment, homelessness, poverty and much more? Will it be before next week’s meaningful vote?

Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The Department regularly conducts internal inquiries to reassure ourselves that we are prepared for all eventualities, and I can reassure the hon. Lady that we are prepared.