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Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (14 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: The Secretary of State claims that the phase 1 agreement gives security to EU nationals, but that is constantly undermined by the reference to a no deal Brexit, which would rip that up. Does he not accept that there is a need to give legal standing to EU citizens’ rights now, rather than putting EU nationals through another year of anxiety?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Does the Minister recognise my point about the situation that EU nationals are in now? Will the Government consider moving their issue into the immigration Bill, which should be coming imminently, rather than leaving them in limbo for another year?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Okay, I am just going to move swiftly on. It was a speech, so my hon. Friend has had his chance to get that in. There are multiple agencies that are important for the nations across the UK, but my particular interest is of course health. We know that the European Medicines Agency is moving to Amsterdam, but the much bigger issue is the UK coming out of the European Medicines Agency. This is a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: I agree. Processes such as quality control, batch certification and lot release must take place in the EU. Several centres in Scotland and, indeed, throughout the United Kingdom will have to move.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: I must make progress. A long queue of Members are waiting to speak. The EMA also leads on research, especially on rare and paediatric diseases. It simply is not possible for a single country to carry out such research. My amendment 351 is intended to ensure that we continue to participate in clinical trials under the clinical trials regulation that will come into effect in April, and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: We have been discussing new clause 3 and amendment 7, which is about process in this place and, as has been said, whether there is any point in clause 9 if there is going to be a withdrawal agreement Bill. The problem is that, if clause 9 remains in the Bill, the Government will still have powers in the interim to make changes, including to the Bill itself. That means that, when the Bill...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Thank you, Sir David. I hope, as my party’s Front-Bench representative, and perhaps as the only SNP Member who will get to speak, that that timing does not apply to me. I also wish to speak to amendment 241, which stands in my name and those of my colleagues, and which would preserve reciprocal healthcare and social security rights under the social security co-ordination regulations...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. Among other things, we are talking about preparing for a future deal, but the suffering and anxiety of EU nationals and EU national families in this country is already happening. They should have been given surety the morning after the vote, but instead we heard phrases such as “bargaining chips” and “playing cards” and were told they...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: I absolutely agree. As I said, we have lost 10,000 EU nationals from our health services. We have seen a greater than 90% drop in the number of EU national nurses registering to come here. It is not just about protecting the people already here. For the four NHSs across the UK, the workforce is one of their biggest issues, yet we are sending out such an unwelcoming signal that we will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: I absolutely agree with the hon. Lady, but unfortunately it is not enough to come to the Dispatch Box every couple of months with warm words of welcome to EU staff, when in between women who are raising families here, with British partners or partners of EU origin, are being turned down for permanent residency because they have not taken out private comprehensive health insurance. We have had...

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: The fishing industry in my area, the south-west of Scotland, is very much lobster and langoustine-based. Eighty-six per cent. of that goes to Europe, so my industry would be decimated if we had barriers.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Databases (7 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment his Department makes of a person's cognitive capacity when holding them responsible for ensuring that the financial data relating to them held by his Department is accurate.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Databases (7 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what processes are in place to protect people with diminishing cognitive capacity from accruing arrears when they have failed to offer updates of any changes to their circumstances that may affect their entitlement to pension credits.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (7 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12 September 2017 to Question 7357, how many of the 88,920 people aged 65-69 previously awarded disability living allowance who were reassessed as a personal independence payments case have (a) had an award reduced or (b) received no award.

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: As many people know, I spent almost a year and a half as a volunteer in Gaza in 1991 and 1992, and I declare an interest in that I was back there last Easter, and indeed in September, operating as a breast surgeon, teaching, and running clinics. I can therefore vouch that conditions in Gaza are absolutely appalling. The first thing that hits someone when they get through Erez is the stench of...

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: On that point, it has to be recognised that the people of Israel would gain from a solution and peace and from not having to expend so much energy, and the energy of their young people, on security. They need to be able to move forward. This is not only about a solution for the people of Palestine; it is also about a solution for the people of Israel.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Is the issue not partly the fact that we hear Members talking about meeting DWP staff, but they then say that they do not have the full roll-out. They should come back to talk in the Chamber when they do.

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: On Monday last week, I spoke in the Chamber to propose a ten-minute rule Bill to try to tackle some of the organisational and administrative issues that have made universal credit worse. The most important thing that has been discussed in all these universal credit debates is obviously the waiting time and, like others, I welcome the Chancellor’s reducing it to five weeks. However,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Philippa Whitford: Why will having a Brexit date give certainty and clarity, yet having a date on which the powers would move to the devolved Governments is considered unacceptable?


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