Steve McCabe MP Questions Government on motor safety standards TTIP cover up

Steve is questioning the government’s stance on TTIP after a leaked report on motor safety standards revealed that US cars are substantially less safe than European vehicles.

Steve has criticized the government for its secretive dealings around TTIP and said that research sponsored by the Washington based Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers which was withheld by the motor industry only served to cement his concerns. The report appears to have been withheld when its findings suggested that it might be much more difficult to harmonise safety standards in the car industry, as part of the controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal, than had been claimed previously.

 

The report was commissioned to assist the TTIP negotiations and was designed to show that regulatory convergence can be achieved. However the results suggests that in fact EU models are shown to have a much better safety record.

 

TTIP is a trade agreement which is being negotiated by the EU and the USA. The details of this proposed agreement have been shrouded in secrecy and only came to light as a result of leaked documents. There are a number of existing concerns about this particular deal as follows:

 

·         There is concern about attempts to harmonise regulatory standards with respect to safety issues

·         It appears the deal could make it much easier for US based companies to bid for NHS contracts, leading to the privatisation of huge parts of the NHS by stealth.

·         The government continues to insist that the NHS is exempt from TTIP but legal advice received by the Labour Party challenges this

·         This isn’t a conventional bilateral agreement as it is with individual states rather than the USA. Those states not covered would not be subject to any procurement arrangements which could make this a deal which favours one side much more than the other.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It is worrying that negotiations and reports relating to safety standards around TTIP are shrouded in secrecy. I do not think that the government are being transparent about the deal which it supports and I intend to raise some Parliamentary Questions specifically on this report. I hope to get some open and honest answers, but I’m not counting on it based on the government’s record so far.”

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