Ministers today said they would bow to demands to publish Brexit impact reports - but faced criticism after revealing they will not be ready for another three weeks.
Commons Speaker John Bercow had given the Government until the end of the day to either publish the reports or be forced to explain why they had failed to.
It came after Labour used an arcane parliamentary procedure known as the humble address to force the Government to publish the 58 sectoral impact assessments.
But appearing in the Commons today, Brexit Minister Steve Baker said the 58 separate assessments do not exist.
Instead he said the information is contained in a string of different general Brexit reports and will take 'some time' to bring together and publish.
He told MPs in the House of Commons: 'We expect this to be no more than three weeks.'
He added: ‘The situation is that the Government carries out a wide range of analysis across these sectors in order to inform our negotiating position.
Brexit minister Steve Baker , pictutred in Parliament today, said the impact assessments analysis would be published in three weeks time - but said there are not 58 separate reports to publish
Our purpose is to increase our negotiating capital…the government holds a wide range of information across a wide range of documents.
‘But what it does not comprise and what it has ever comprised, is quantitative assessments of impacts on those sectors.’
Attacking Labour, he said voters will look at the demand and ‘ask – whose side are they on?’
He added: ‘I think it is very, very important that we do not in this House do the work of our negotiating partners for them.’
Mr Baker's comments were met with shouts, jeers and cries of 'outrageous' from other MPs.
Labour shadow Brexit minister Matthew Pennycook hit out at the delay and accused the Government of trying to