To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish (a) the cost to his department of delivering the EU Exit Statutory Instrument programme in (i) 2018 and (ii) 2019 and (b) how much cumulative staff time was spent on this work in terms of FTEs; and if he will make a statement.
The information requested is not collated centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Defra held one of the largest EU Exit Statutory Instrument programmes across HM Government. The Department laid 108 Statutory Instruments directly related to EU Exit in 2018 and 161 in 2019. The REUL Bill will make it easier to amend, repeal or replace REUL and build on this previous work, the Department is currently assessing where these new secondary powers should be utilised, which will inform our approach to resourcing.