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Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: The hon. Gentleman criticises those who have raised concerns about access to medical isotopes, who were echoing the medical experts in the field. Is he dismissing the legitimate concerns raised by those working in the medical field?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I just want to clarify this point, and I assure the hon. Gentleman that I will not try to intervene again, because I am sure he will answer it well, and I hope he understands that I have enormous respect for him. I understand that he has a background in public relations, so given his background and level of expertise in his field, is he comfortable with contradicting and dismissing as...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: That was not in the scope of the Bill.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Thank you for calling me to speak, Madam Deputy Chair. I am pleased to be speaking in the debate on the Nuclear Safeguards Bill, but what I have found, Madam Chair, I mean Madam Deputy Speaker—

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: That is what I said—[Interruption.]

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am pleased to be speaking in this debate. Once again, we are in a debate where we are all promised a post-Brexit world that is shinier, better and newer than anything we have witnessed up to this point. Whether we are talking about nuclear safeguards, food safety standards, consumer rights, trade with the EU, the strength of the pound, UK nationals living...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: We have heard repeatedly from those on the Conservative Benches about transitional arrangements and avoiding a cliff edge, but everything is subject to negotiation. As I said earlier, the negotiating and diplomatic skills of the UK Government are deeply suspect, and at worst alarming, when it comes to dealing with Europe. Dame Sue Ion, the honorary president of the National Skills Academy for...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I appreciate that the hon. Gentleman is making a point about a legalistic separation, but when I speak to constituents about nuclear safeguards and nuclear safety—his experience may be different—the two things are entwined. To separate regulation and safety legally may be one thing, but to separate them when discussing them with constituents is another.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: My hon. Friend makes that point with his usual succinct articulation of the facts. Before I conclude, it would be remiss of me not to mention something that is outside the scope of the Bill, but very much at home in any debate about nuclear safeguards, nuclear regulation or nuclear safety. Last week, I met the Civil Nuclear Police Federation and was appalled to hear of the Civil Nuclear...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I think all Opposition Members sense the unease with which Government Members are unwilling to talk about the Bill’s narrow scope, which leaves so many uncertainties and questions. We are all rightly concerned about nuclear safety, but in our discussions let us remember to give a break to the brave officers of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, who work day in, day out to maintain nuclear...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill (16 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Does my hon. Friend agree that there seems to be a rigid consensus among Conservative Members that we cannot stay in Euratom if we leave the EU, and that they refuse to accept that legal opinion on the matter is divided? Does he agree that it is utterly incumbent on the Secretary of State to explore this divided legal opinion to see whether the UK can, indeed, stay in Euratom?

Royal Mail Delivery Office Closures — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Given the growth in the online parcel economy and the digital economy, and given the importance of parcel delivery in general and to the Royal Mail in particular, it seems odd that Royal Mail delivery offices face cuts and closures. Digital connectivity is very important to our economy and parcel delivery has grown enormously —it is soaring, in fact—due to our increasingly large...

Royal Mail Delivery Office Closures — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I thank the hon. Member for Dulwich and West Norwood (Helen Hayes) for securing this important debate. Any uncertainty that affects our postal services causes alarm, because our post offices and Royal Mail are institutions that are still held in much affection and esteem, despite the politics that sadly so often swallows them up. Royal Mail is special, because it has a unique position in the...

Royal Mail Delivery Office Closures — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Indeed; I would expect socio-economic and geographical factors to feature largely in Royal Mail’s considerations and in the Minister’s response. The figures that we have heard today show that parcel delivery services are a huge part of our economy and are very important to Royal Mail. Indeed, increased parcel delivery was cited as one of the main reasons that Royal Mail’s...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I am delighted to participate in what is now the annual debate on Baby Loss Awareness Week, although, sadly, the only reason why such a debate and such a week of remembrance are necessary is to mark the 3,500 babies stillborn each year across the UK, with one in three of those stillbirths occurring at full-term. That of course does not take into account the babies who die within a year of...

European Union (Approvals) Bill: Baby Loss Awareness Week (10 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. If we start our research at the end of pregnancy and work back the way, I think we will be able to spot things much earlier in pregnancy as we learn the lessons that were missed at the end. No parent should have to bury their child without knowing or understanding why they did not live. That is what drives me on, and I know it drives on many of us who...

Leaving the EU: Consumer Protection — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I want to echo the thanks that the hon. Member for Weaver Vale (Mike Amesbury) expressed to the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) for obtaining the debate. We must not underestimate, among the various aspects of Brexit, the importance of consumer protection. That vital matter is so wound around and ingrained into our daily lives that there is a danger that we may take the protections...

Leaving the EU: Consumer Protection — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I listened very carefully to what the hon. Gentleman said, because I had this point in my head. He cannot negate the legitimate concerns that I have raised by simply saying, “We’ll always go one better.” I will give him a concrete example. There are fears in some quarters of a race to the bottom—for example, on food safety. The Secretary of State for International...

Leaving the EU: Consumer Protection — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I will press on if the hon. Gentleman will permit me. Consumers in the UK spend £1,160 billion each year on goods and services, and about £14.8 billion is the estimated value of consumer detriment that needs to be tackled by consumer protection bodies. That is with the current protections; diminution of any of those protections can only increase consumer detriment and undermine...


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