Prorogation (Disclosure of Communications)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:59 pm on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 6:59 pm, 9th September 2019

No, no.

It would, for the first time, say that the House of Commons, by a simple majority vote, can say that any individual’s communications should be rendered transparent. Do Members realise what they are doing? No criminal offence is alleged. The sole purpose of this is to determine what may or may not have been the private opinion of civil servants and special advisers. The idea that, in order to discern exactly what they thought, we will trample over data protection law, ECHR rights and the principle of safe space is an unprecedented example of those who claim to revere—