Results 1–20 of 389 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Patricia Gibson

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I am delighted to participate in this debate, although I wish it were not necessary. I thank the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) for securing the debate and for her comprehensive opening speech. The speeches we have heard today show there are common concerns across the United Kingdom about the stampede of the banks out of our communities. We are all very concerned. We have...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: In a moment. It certainly does not do anything for my constituency, but I am not mean-spirited enough not to recognise when progress is made. I know the hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) would rather cut his own head off than give the SNP any credit for anything, but I really think he should be more gracious in this case. He said that this was as a result of...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I will not give way. You’ve put the boot in and the boot’s been put back, so we will leave it at that. I would be disturbed by the fact that the UK Government, despite being the major shareholder in RBS, has not lifted a finger—[Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman chunters from a sedentary position, driven by his hatred of the SNP and his lack of concern for communities who...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. It is disappointing that the UK Government have not lifted a single finger on behalf of the taxpayer to do anything to protect the communities affected by the bank closures. I am disturbed that the UK Government, as the major shareholder, were not consulted about the closures either. That is deeply unfortunate and raises a lot of questions. I am...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: No, I will not. The hon. Gentleman is being extremely rude. As I said, he is driven not by concern about banking communities but by his hatred of the SNP. It really is rather pathetic. It sounded good to RBS when it said that it would not close the last bank in town, but that has long been abandoned. As a result, Kilwinning—a town of around 16,000 people—now faces the prospect of...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that while the deal done this week, with 10 banks being temporarily reprieved, is not good enough, the UK Government should be exerting their influence—their much greater influence—as the major shareholder on behalf of the taxpayer?

Work and Pensions Committee (8 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I thank the right hon. Gentleman, the Chair of the Work and Pensions Committee, for his work on this report. Given the key economic assumption underlying universal credit—the claim that it will deliver much improved employment outcomes for the vast range of people who claim it—and given that a full business case for the biggest reform of the welfare state in 50 years has not been...

Statutory PHSE Education — [Mr Laurence Robertson in the Chair] (6 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I too thank the hon. Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Teresa Pearce) for introducing this important debate and for her insightful opening speech. I was an English teacher for over 20 years before being elected in 2015, so I have an interest in the debate and I will contribute from that perspective. Personal, health and social education is extremely important, as I understand because I had...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: It is important to point out that we in the SNP accept that there are some real advantages to the consumer in switching to a smart meter and to smart meters in general. However, that does not mean that I suggest that the roll-out will be trouble-free and that I have no concerns about it, because that would not be true. Before proceeding, however, I would like to point out that I accept that...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I thank the Minister for his response, but the information that I am imparting tonight comes from the sample of letters that the Minister sent to me, so some energy companies are clearly using this sharp practice. I would not say that all of them are, but some are certainly not saying that smart meters are optional, instead using language such as “You are eligible” or “You...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I am sure that the Minister listened carefully to that intervention, because that is an example of the kind of extreme situation that some vulnerable consumers can find themselves in. The Minister will be keen to investigate such things, because it is simply unacceptable that vulnerable consumers can be left in such dire circumstances. I have real concerns about the mythology being sold to...

Smart Meters Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Ownership restrictions to successor licensees (5 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. You and I am sure the House will be relieved to hear that I am going to keep my remarks on Report very brief, because there will be another opportunity to speak and we are all keen, interested and excited to get to Third Reading. I want to make one or two comments about new clauses 2 and 3, which are very important. I genuinely feel that the deadline to complete...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: Will my hon. Friend confirm something that may be of interest to Conservative Members? Is he telling me that the Scottish Government have put in all these measures to tackle child poverty in the face of a £2.6 billion cut over 10 years?

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I rise to focus on the pensions aspect of this debate. We would all agree it is the duty of the United Kingdom Government to make sure that pensioners fully understand the impact that pension changes will have on their retirement planning. This is, of course, an extremely complex matter, and we know that many people struggle to understand the impact that changes to their pensions will have on...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his insight. That idea is worth pursuing, but, rather sadly, I fear that the WASPI women now feel that the only option left to them is a legal challenge in the courts. If that is where the matter finds itself, that in itself is an indictment of a Government who have let these women down. Either way, the WASPI women are not going to go away, and perhaps through...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Patricia Gibson: Can the Minister assure me and many other Members in the Chamber today that this new body will consider the fact that, as long as fireworks are pretty freely available to anybody over the age of 18, and despite the powers and the enforcing authorities that he has said will take action against the irresponsible misuse of fireworks, prosecutions will be extremely difficult, because of the...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Patricia Gibson: I am delighted to take part in this debate on the e-petition calling for a change in the law to include a ban on the public use of fireworks. I thank the hon. Member for Clwyd South (Susan Elan Jones) for setting out a comprehensive case and the Petitions Committee for selecting it. I do not think that anyone here has argued against the fact that used correctly, fireworks are an enjoyable...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Patricia Gibson: My hon. Friend is making an excellent case. In my constituency, we are losing a branch in Kilwinning, Kilbirnie and Saltcoats. Does my hon. Friend agree that the Royal Bank of Scotland appears to have totally misjudged the public mood, and does not understand the deep sense of anger about the fact that while it is publicly owned, there is no sense of social responsibility or financial...

RBS Closures (Argyll and Bute) — [Sir Henry Bellingham in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Patricia Gibson: My hon. Friend makes a powerful argument. He talks about statistics, the number of customers using banks, and those figures being used as a lever to close branches in order to cut costs, but one way of cutting costs would have been not to award £16 million in bonuses last year.


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