Lord Boswell of Aynho, Chairman of the EU Select Committee, will today ask a Private Notice Question – the Lords equivalent of a Commons ‘urgent question’ – asking the Government how it will ensure that select committees are able to consider and report on any UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement in time to inform parliamentary debates and votes.
The European Union Select Committee wrote to the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, Rt Hon. Dominic Raab MP, on 23 October, to ask him:
- To reconsider his earlier refusal to give evidence to the Committee until after a deal is agreed;
- To undertake to allow select committees time for effective scrutiny of any agreement, ahead of debates and votes in both Houses of Parliament;
- To help the Committee in scrutinising the agreement by supplying the latest draft text of the agreement, if necessary in confidence
The Committee requested a response ahead of its meeting on 30 October. No reply was received, so the Committee agreed that Lord Boswell should table the following Private Notice Question:
Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to ensure that select committees are able to consider and report on the final text of any UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement in time to inform the parliamentary debates required under section 13(1) of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.
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