What Ms Stuart was suggesting was that, a new clause should be inserted into the European Union Bill going through its third reading this evening. The clause would force ministers to publish advice, (quotes from PA)
"including all amendments sponsored by ministers and other member states during negotiation of the treaty or decision".Rejecting the amendment Liddington said,
The MP for Birmingham Edgbaston told the Commons: "Advice which is given to ministers of the Crown should also be made public to Parliament.
"Then Parliament itself can also decide whether it wishes to pursue it and more importantly it would allow it to move from one administration to the next.
"It would allow Parliament itself to develop that collective memory of responsibility and decision-taking which I think is essential in our dealings with the European Union."
"appropriate access to information which provides the flexibility allowing citizens and other interested parties to see documents that contributed to policy-making" and "the need to preserve a space for candid, confidential discussion, deliberation and negotiation to ensure the best possible outcome in the interests of our country".The point is that the request is to get the advice after the negotiations, so that ministers can be held to account, not to have it before hand, to hamstring them.
He added: "I believe that while I have sympathy for many of the arguments and the motivation of those hon members who have tabled this new clause today, I don't think this clause will actually deliver the right balance to which I have just alluded."
Mr Lidington said that rather than "drowning parliamentarians in paperwork", MPs could seek to call ministers before committees in advance of European Council decisions instead of waiting for the final verdict.
And you know what Mr Liddington, nice of you to care, but there are thousands of us who wouldn't mind being "drowned in paperwork" if it meant that we knew what you and your kind were up to, supposedly on our behalf. We would happily accept the burden of transparency, just to know that when you came back from those huis clos meetings in Brussels, you know the ones where even the translators notes are burnt to ensure silence. We would happily take on that extra hour of work to hold you to account. So stop being so caring for our free time, and start being honest with us.