Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what proportion of business meetings arranged by the Directorate of Communications and Stakeholders were with small or small and medium enterprises in each year since his Department was established.
Steven Baker: To what extent is our accession reflected in the work programme of the Board of Trade? Will the board make it a priority to begin the formal process of our accession to CPTPP?
Steven Baker: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) CBI, (b) Institute of Directors and (c) EEF on the Government's White Paper on the UK's future relationship with the EU, Cm 9593.
Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to list every external economic report that his Department's Planning and Analysis Directorate has analysed for Ministers since his Department was formed.
Steven Baker: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many staff of each grade work in the Cabinet Office Europe Unit.
Steven Baker: With exit day fast approaching, will my right hon. Friend now give instructions to the whole of Government that the first priority of every Department must be domestic preparedness, whether we leave the EU with a deal or without one?
Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to list meetings of his Department attended by (a) staff of Global Council and (b) the European Round Table of Industrialists.
Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the (a) formal and (b) informal reporting lines are between staff of his Department and HM Treasury.
Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the (a) formal and (b) informal reporting lines are between staff of his Department and the Cabinet Office Europe Unit.
Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to list each external economist who has met staff of his Department's Planning and Analysis Directorate.
Steven Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will publish documentation for the computable general equilibrium model used by the Planning and Analysis Directorate.
Steven Baker: The least worst of the negotiable mechanisms to deliver the implementation period was the one in the White Paper of repealing the European Communities Act 1972 but saving its effect with modifications to the end of the implementation process. Will the Secretary of State confirm that he is going to ask this Parliament—this House—to agree to that mechanism in the same vote that we...
Steven Baker: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his new position. There is absolutely no one whom I would rather see in his job at this time, and I wish him every possible success. Papers that are available to my hon. Friend will show that as long ago as October, I was seeking to create a parliamentary moment to galvanise the whole Government to prepare not only for the unwanted contingency of no deal, but...
Steven Baker: Given that HMRC makes available online the documentation for its computable general equilibrium model, will the Department follow suit so that the public can be objectively informed about the shortcomings of such models and so that the model can be fully scrutinised by interested external economists?
Steven Baker: I did not mean to blame civil servants. I mean to blame the broadest governing class, the establishment, which is well represented in here and which clearly does not believe in leaving the European Union. I have paid tribute to civil servants over and over again. The people I have worked with have been the most outstanding professionals and I am proud to have worked with them.
Steven Baker: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on that point?
Steven Baker: Will he give way?
Steven Baker: A little over a week ago, I appeared on TV and invited colleagues to take stock, so I hope that in this speech I will make some attempt to do that. The first thing I should like to say is that I believe we should develop “a special relationship with” the European Union, “aiming to establish an area of prosperity and good neighbourliness, founded on the values” which we...
Steven Baker: As you know, Mr Speaker, I have been asked to keep to a time, and that term is sufficiently familiar to people in this House and across the country so I will not spend minutes defining it. It is the great class of people who govern our country, whether in politics, the civil service or the media, and those who govern our large companies.
Steven Baker: No. I am making my points gently and trying to do so in a spirit of co-operation. I heard the hon. Gentleman accuse me from a sedentary position of Trumpism, and I am not willing to go down that path with him.