Tom Brake: Is the hon. Gentleman wondering—he might be about to come to this—whether the Government have carried out an assessment of the impact of the UK’s falling out of all these treaties?
Tom Brake: Does the hon. Lady agree that there will probably be a chapter in the history books called “Impact Assessments”, and students will study the reasons why a Government took the most catastrophic economic decision for the country without having conducted any impact assessments of its effect on the economy?
Tom Brake: The hon. Gentleman rightly mentioned chlorinated chicken, and he should be worried not only that the Americans may seek to impose it on us, but that our International Trade Secretary has said: “There are no health reasons why you could not eat chicken that had been washed in chlorinated water.” Our own International Trade Secretary therefore seems to be advocating the consumption...
Tom Brake: Just as the hon. Gentleman wonders whether the Government have produced impact assessments for those treaties, he might also be wondering whether they have produced contingency plans for if they are unable to rewrite them to reflect the UK’s new position.
Tom Brake: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Tom Brake: I just wanted to help the hon. Gentleman. Given his position in the Chamber, he might not have been able to see that both Ministers were frantically texting earlier. I suspect that they did not have the list of treaties to which he is referring. He might need to supply it at the end of the debate so that they can start doing some work on this.
Tom Brake: Perhaps I could suggest a handicap system for Members who observe the advisory time limit on speeches. If the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron) thinks that the European Union is keen to drag things out, he has clearly not spoken to many EU diplomats. They want this to be over; they are not as obsessed with Brexit as he might be. I commend the right hon. and learned Member...
Tom Brake: rose—
Tom Brake: The Minister has now clarified what the Government intend to do in relation to primary legislation. Will he indicate to the Committee when he expects to make a statement?
Tom Brake: The right hon. Lady mentioned the different definitions of a “meaningful vote”. Does she agree that a vote that took place at a point at which, for instance, Parliament could not say to the Government, “What you have negotiated is not acceptable” would not constitute a meaningful vote?
Tom Brake: What assessment he has made of the potential effect on Welsh exports of using World Trade Organisation tariffs when the UK leaves the EU.
Tom Brake: I have had the pleasure of spending some time on Mark and Helen Williams’s farm near Welshpool. What reassurances can the Minister give them that their lamb exports to Germany will not be hit by a 40% tariff if we fall back on to WTO rules, and that they will not be affected by large-scale imports from New Zealand, which operates to lower welfare standards than the United Kingdom?
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of falling bio-ethanol prices on the (a) operation and (b) future of the UK bio-ethanol industry.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the timetable is for legislative proposals to be brought forward to provide for a 10 per cent bio-ethanol content in UK petrol supplies.
Tom Brake: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Department will be allocated funds repatriated from the Common Fisheries Policy after the UK has left the EU.
Tom Brake: Parliament already has a single wireless network. However, this can appear to be a number of different ones when viewing the WiFi available on estate. This is due to it being segmented into a number of logical virtual networks. This is designed to enable effective cyber security management depending on the end user connecting. For example, guests on the Parliamentary Estate and users of...
Tom Brake: An agreement between the House of Commons and Church House expired in 2006. The House has new contingency plans for a forced relocation in the event of a fire, flood, or other emergency. These plans are not limited by or dependent on one relocation venue or building, and they address a variety of different risks, scenarios and requirements. It would be inappropriate to expand further due to...
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Minister of his Department has responsibility for non-emergency patient transport.
Tom Brake: Will the Minister give way?
Tom Brake: It is possible that I switched off, or perhaps nodded off, during the past hour and 20 minutes, but I do not think I heard the Minister refer to my amendment 124 on the single market, which I assume means that the Government are supporting me.