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Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I am delighted to speak and thank my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow East (David Linden) for bringing this important debate forward. I last spoke on the issue in February. Many of the problems that were raised then have had been highlighted again today. We know about the negative experiences people have in assessments. I know of them from my constituents. The hon. Member for North...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I cannot give way because so many hon. Members have taken far more time than courtesy permitted. I know from constituents who have been through the process that lodging an appeal is a huge cause of stress and anxiety, and does nothing to improve the health and wellbeing of those who go through it. Indeed, many simply give up, feeling abandoned and betrayed by a system that they believed would...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Does my hon. Friend, like me, despair at the fact that there has been a £3.1 billion cut to Scotland’s budget since 2010? It is appalling that people representing Scotland in the Chamber today are attempting to ignore that.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Patricia Gibson: The hon. Gentleman is correct that we often hear platitudes and warm words from the Government about how valued the public sector is; a number of people have alluded to that fact. Is he, like me, deeply bewildered and alarmed at the fact that today we hear not even platitudes—nothing but silence?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Patricia Gibson: Had the Chancellor’s Budget a couple of weeks ago been different, we might not all be sitting here this evening; we might not even need to have this debate. Many public sector workers have seen their pay fall by up to £5,000 over the past seven years, and in the same period consumer price inflation has risen by 15%. That is not sustainable in anybody’s book. The Budget can...

Point of Order: Autism Community: Mental Health and Suicide (30 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I add my thanks to my hon. Friend the Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron). I think I am the first person to pronounce the name of her constituency correctly. I am pleased once again to participate in a debate about autism, a condition that, as we all know, for too many years has not been sufficiently recognised or its challenges fully appreciated. That is...

Point of Order: Autism Community: Mental Health and Suicide (30 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady’s excellent point. Should such a tragedy occur and a suicide take place, it is important that the family is supported through that as much as possible. Some 70% of autistic people are reported to have mental health disorders, such as anxiety or depression. As we have heard, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the autism community, and...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I have no wish to be disrespectful to anybody in the House, but I have to say that some of the comments I have heard from the Government side of the Chamber have been unmitigated piles of mince. The injustice that has been visited on women born in the 1950s is widely accepted by most people, except the Conservatives, who continue either to tell those women that they can seek...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: No, thank you. The message is, “Don’t worry if you’re short of money now. Don’t worry if you can’t pay the rent. One day, if you hang on long enough, the Queen might send you a wee card.” No one doubts that people are living longer. No one doubts that we need to have pension equalisation. That is not the issue at hand today; the issue at hand is the...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: No, thank you. That is what today’s debate is about, so Members should not come to the Chamber and talk about apprenticeships and about how we are all living longer. That is nothing to do with what this debate is about. To add insult to injury, new freedom of information figures reveal that the DWP has received thousands of complaints relating to the WASPI campaign, yet only six...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Review of public awareness levels and satisfaction with smart meter rollout (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I shall be brief. I agree with everything that the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak said—I fear that this is turning into a bit of a mutual admiration society. I will say no more, except that, alongside the public awareness for which the new clause calls, we would expect public confidence and transparency. The Minister has talked a great deal today about transparency. What I would...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Review of public awareness levels and satisfaction with smart meter rollout (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: It may not be a bad thing for certain people who are in a position to do that, but when kids come in from school and they need to have their dinner—people cannot really work around that and say “You need to wait until 8 o’clock to get your dinner because energy is cheaper then.” There are people for whom that might yield great benefits, but some are trapped in that...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Review of smart meter rollout targets (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: The Minister knows, as do I and everyone in this room, that smart meters are not compulsory, but my concern is that consumers are not always told that.

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Review of smart meter rollout targets (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I am keen to say a few words on new clauses 1 and 7, because I feel they concern matters that have to be put in front of the Minister at this juncture in the consideration of the Bill to remind him about the progress of the roll-out and the review of the installation of these meters. The point I was trying to make this morning—I accept that it was perhaps an inopportune time—was...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Objectives of a smart meter communication licensee administration (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I want to speak to this amendment in relation to parliamentary scrutiny. In my party, we would welcome any enhancement of parliamentary scrutiny, but I need to draw the Minister’s attention to a number of concerns, and I am worried about time. I am speaking about the need for enhanced scrutiny because I do not believe that the amendments allow for sufficient scrutiny, for reasons I will...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Objectives of a smart meter communication licensee administration (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I draw attention to these points because the amendment is about enhanced parliamentary scrutiny. I am simply pointing out the need for further enhancement of such scrutiny, and I wonder what the Minister thinks about that—he is looking at me bewildered.

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Objectives of a smart meter communication licensee administration (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I am simply pointing out that Ofgem has the power to fine energy companies up to 10% of their annual turnover if they fail to meet their licence conditions. One relevant licence condition is for each energy company to install smart meters in consumers’ homes by the end of 2020, and failure to do so incurs a financial penalty for those energy companies. In respect of parliamentary...

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Objectives of a smart meter communication licensee administration (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I simply say that there are a number of concerns about how smart meters are being rolled out.

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Objectives of a smart meter communication licensee administration (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I will raise my concerns at another time.

Public Bill Committee: Smart Meters Bill: Smart meters: extension of time for exercise of powers (28 Nov 2017)

Patricia Gibson: I want briefly to add my voice and that of my party on new clause 4. I know that the Minister will agree that we need continually to reassure consumers that their data are securely and robustly protected in the course of this roll-out. I know that he will agree how important it is to ensure that meters currently installed are always to the highest specification of function and data security....


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