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Darren questions David Davis over Airbus leaving

Airbus said that unless there is ‘imminent clarity’ over post Brexit customs arrangements, they might leave the UK. Currently, they provide or support 130,000 jobs in this country. Darren asked David Davis MP, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to provide this clarity. Watch here:

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Watch Darren question Chancellor Philip Hammond

In European Scrutiny Committee, Darren questioned Philip Hammond on the subject of EU withdrawal and whether the Irish border could move to mainland Britain. Watch here:

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27th February Science and Technology Committee: E-Cigarettes

Darren asked a wide range of witnesses questions about how safe and healthy e-cigarettes (otherwise known as vaping devices) are.

The first set of witnesses was Dr Ian Jones, Vice President, Reduced-Risk Products, Japan Tobacco International, Dr Chris Proctor, Chief Scientific Officer, British American Tobacco, Dr Moira Gilchrist, Vice President, Scientific and Public Communications, Philip Morris Limited, and Dr Grant O’Connell, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, Fontem Ventures.

You can watch Darren’s questions to them below (pressing play on the videos will skip to where Darren speaks):

The second set of witnesses was Professor David Harrison, Chair of the UK Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment, and Dr Lynne Dawkins, Associate Professor, Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research, London South Bank University.

22nd February European Scrutiny Committee

Darren questioned Sir Tim Barrow KCMG LVO MBE – Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union and Robin Walker MP on the length of the transition period. Watch here:

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Darren questions Immigration minister

In European Scrutiny Committee, Darren questioned Caroline Nokes, Minister for Immigration, on the system by which EU citizens will be able to get ‘settled status’ – i.e. the right to live and work in the UK after Brexit. He also asked her about the Brexit negotiations.

Watch highlights below (press play and videos will skip to where Darren is questioning the minister):

Darren questions Minister for Countering Extremism on Bio-metrics and Forensics

This happened in Science and Tech Committee. Watch below (press play and it will skip to the part where Darren speaks):

Darren also questioned Dr Gillian Tully, Forensic Services regulator, on this topic:

Darren questions Minister over algorithms in decision making

This took place in Science and Tech Committee, where Margot James, Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, was in front of the committee. Listen below (press play on the video and it will skip to where Darren speaks):

Darren also questioned the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, on this topic:

16th January Science and Tech Committee – Artificial Intelligence

The witnesses were Dr Dominic King, Senior Staff Research Scientist and Clinical Lead, DeepMind Health, Dr Ian Hudson, Chief Executive, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Professor Harry Hemingway, Farr Institute of Health Informatics Research, and Eleonora Harwich, Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, Reform.

Listen to highlights below (press play and the audio will skip to where Darren is speaking:

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Darren raises post-Brexit education funding with government

Brexit could have a devastating effect on public services, because they are funded by taxes and Brexit will cripple our tax receipts to the tune of up to £100 billion for 50 years (Berenberg Bank and OBR).

And as well as a possible tax receipt hit of £100 billion over the next 50 years, up to £100 billion of taxes will have to instead be spent on the EU ‘divorce bill’.

Education is a vital public service and so Darren raised it with the relevant minister, writing

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment she has made of the effect on forecasted funding for her Department in the event that the UK leaves the EU and only operates as a member of the WTO in its trading relationship with the EU.

Robert Goodwill, a Minister of State for the Department of Education, replied

As part of our preparations for exiting the European Union, the Government is in the process of carrying out a programme of rigorous and extensive analytical work across departments. This programme will contribute to our exit negotiations with the European Union and inform our understanding of how EU exit will affect the United Kingdom’s domestic policies and frameworks. This Department’s interests will be fully considered as part of this process and we are planning for a range of scenarios, working alongside HM Treasury and the Department for Exiting the European Union.

It is perhaps disappointing that the government cannot deliver an answer on this forecasted funding.

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