David Davis MP has written to the House of Lords European Union Select Committee to announce the list of the sectors that Department for Exiting the European Union have conducted into the UK economic assessment into Brexit.
Seema Malhotra MP, Member of the Exiting the European Union Select Committee, has said that publication of the list is long overdue, having been promised repeatedly over the last 5 months and will be looked at closely.
“The impact studies cover 88% of our economy and industry must have confidence that their concerns are understood and being responded to. Business needs clarity and certainty.
“The Government’s lack of transparency remains a key concern. A key principle in policy development and decision making is to engage a diverse range of voices in order to have the best analysis and make the best decisions. That’s why we have debate and democracy.
“The Government’s reference to needing to conduct Brexit policy making in a “safe place to allow for design and deliberation to be done in private” seems to be more about keeping Parliament and the public in the dark. Parliament is not here to give the Government a blank cheque on Brexit but to assist in achieving the best deal for our economy and society.
“Where there are clear reasons for confidentiality I hope an agreement on confidentiality procedures can be agreed between Government and Parliament in order for Parliament to be able to play its part.”
Seema Malhotra MP also raised the question why the list had not also been sent to the Committee for Exiting the European Union as was promised on Wednesday.
The letter from David Davis MP to Lords EU Select Committee and the list of sectors can be found here. The sectors are:
1. Advertising and marketing
3. Agriculture, Animal Health and Food and Drink manufacturing
5. Asset Management
6. Audit and accounting
10.Bus and coach transport
12.Catering: retail and wholesale
14.Construction and Engineering
18.Design: product, graphic, and fashion design
19.Electricity market, incl. renewables
21.Environmental Services: waste
22.Environmental Services: water
23.Film, TV, video, radio and photography
29.Insurance and pensions
30.IT, software, and computer services (incl. video games)
33.Machinery and equipment
34.Maritime/ports including marine equipment
35.Market infrastructure (financial services)
37.Medical services and social care
38.Museums, galleries, and libraries
39.Music, performing and visual arts
41.Oil and fossil fuel production (including gas)
42.Payment services and systems
47.Rail including manufacturing
50.Retail and corporate banking
51.Road haulage and logistics
53.Steel and other metals/commodities
56.Textiles and Clothing
58.Wholesale markets and investment banking
A House of Commons Library estimate of the size of the contribution of each sector to the UK economy can be found here.