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Exiting the European Union (Consumer Protection)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:53 pm on 25th February 2019.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee 6:53 pm, 25th February 2019

My hon. Friend has triggered a memory that I thought I had buried. On the animal testing point, when our Committee held an update hearing in December, one concern raised was about where the intellectual property that UK companies have submitted into the REACH database lives. There was a great deal of concern that the Minister’s reassurances that companies could just go and get that intellectual property, which they have paid for and registered, out of the database is problematic, because it is now owned by REACH, and once the UK leaves, we ironically will not have access to our own intellectual property. Does that not show the complete misunderstanding of John Redwood of how the world trades in chemicals, on which REACH sets the global standard?