Benn steps in.
He says the Brexit steering group in the European parliament was briefed on Monday on the draft text of the UK-EU deal. Why is that parliament getting more information than this parliament.
Davis says in other respects this parliament has seen more information.
He says last year he asked for Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, to be made a privy counsellor. That was because he wanted to be able to brief him on privy counsel terms on the Brexit talks at certain points. He says he would be willing to speak to members of the committee who are privy counsellors on the same terms.
John Whittingdale, the Conservative former culture secretary, is asking the questions now. He says the contents of what have been released are “fairly anodyne”.
If you haven’t already, do read my colleague Jessica Elgot’s story about what MPs and peers who have read the 850 pages of Brexit reports that the government has released to the committee are saying about their contents.
Davis says he does not think Brexit will lead to shortage of nurses in NHS
Seema Malhotra is asking the questions now.
Q: In September you told a Lords committee that “we will carry out quantitative assessments”.
Davis says that is not the same as an impact assessement.
He says he has been using the term sectoral analysis. That is different, he says.
Q: Is it true that at the Tory conference this year, you said the government would be ready for a no deal Brexit?
Yes, says Davis. He was referring to contingency planning.
Q: But you have told us you have not assessed how impact will affect different sectors of the economy?
Davis says they are different things. The government has been working on things like how you ensure you continue to have an independent nuclear inspection agencies. These do not have numbers attached; they are problems that require actions.
Q: Do you agree with the leaked department of health report saying Brexit could lead to a 40,000 shortfall in nurses?
Davis says he does not comment on leaked documents. But if Malhotra is asking if he thinks Brexit will lead to a shortage of nurses, the answer is no.
- Davis says he does not think Brexit will lead to a shortage of nurses in the NHS.
Back in the committee David Davis says these reports were commissioned to show government departments how the businesses they cover would be affected by Brexit.
And this is from Labour’s Seema Malhotra, a Labour member of the committee.
The Labour MP David Lammy is making a similar point.
Joanna Cherry, the SNP MP justice and home affairs spokeswoman and a member of the Brexit committee, says Davis has effectively admitted that ministers have misled parliament.
Davis refuses to defend government not to try to amend Commons motion requiring release of Brexit impact assessments
Q: Is there any wording in the Commons motion about the impact assessments allowing the government to withhold information? And why didn’t the government try to amend or reject the motion?
Davis says the motion asked for documents that did not exist.
And he says it is not for him to comment on whipping decisions.
- Davis refuses to defend government not to try to amend Commons motion requiring release of Brexit impact assessments.
Q: You told a committee that Theresa May would have seen the summaries of the assessments carried out. What were you referring to?
Davis says he was referring to the summary outcomes of the reports that had been commissioned.