Results 1–20 of 3571 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nicholas Soames

Youth Employment — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

Nicholas Soames: My hon. Friend is making a powerful speech. Does she agree that there is an onus on industries to go into schools and other institutions to tell young people about the opportunities that await them? Sheer effort enabled her to achieve what she did in her career, but lots of people do not get the chance even to know what opportunities might be available to them. It is happening on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his statement yesterday, which will be broadly welcomed? I much admire his gumption in sticking to his guns on an important matter. Does he agree that the service for my constituents on the East Grinstead line continues to fall well short of satisfactory? Is he aware that that is often due to the fact that train crew do not turn up? Does he agree...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (21 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: Does the Foreign Secretary agree that there are several very important preconditions for the successful expression of a global Britain? Does he agree that, quite apart from the need for a better-funded Foreign Office, there needs to be far more effective co-ordination and expression of Britain’s truly formidable soft power?

Zimbabwe (15 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: I can confirm to the Foreign Secretary that we do indeed have excellent diplomatic and aid staff in Harare. If this does indeed presage a move towards easier times—and I do, of course, accept the caution issued by the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey)—will the Foreign Secretary acknowledge, along with me, that the British Government have unfinished business in Zimbabwe? Will...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Maternity Services (14 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating my constituents in Group B Strep Support, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, on the September update to the green-top clinical guidelines on group B strep infection, which I am sure he will agree are a significant step forward in preventing that wicked and wholly unnecessary neonatal infection?

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: I am sorry to intervene on the Minister so late in his winding-up speech, but may I ask him to give the House an assurance that the very complex roll-out of all these new schemes will be properly co-ordinated, so that delivery throughout the system is even? It is often difficult to see that happening when new schemes are introduced, so I will be grateful if the Minister ensures it does this time.

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: I do not want to spoil the harmonious general cross-party agreement on this point, but the hon. Gentleman’s litany of despair occurs against the background of a substantial investment in mental health in this country. The problem—I see it in my constituency, and I am sure that everyone in this room sees the same thing—is the time from what, in the Army, they call flash to...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: I agree with that point and ask my hon. Friend to consider the excellent work being done by our hon. Friend the Member for Congleton (Fiona Bruce) on family hubs and centres, which I think is remarkable. If people are in the very unhappy position described, the trouble is that there is no one single signpost for them other than, as I said, the poor teachers, so the family hubs or centres are...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. I congratulate the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) on her formidable introduction. It was completely dispassionate yet very powerful about this terribly serious issue. I also congratulate my hon. Friends who have spoken. I will, unusually, speak very briefly, just to make a couple of points. My...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: I entirely agree with the line that my hon. Friend is taking, but as I said to the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell), who so brilliantly introduced the debate, there are not enough teachers qualified to do that, and to get them all up to speed and consistently trained will be a very long-term project. What we need to aim for is a tiered service that works, where...

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: I completely support the thrust of the hon. Lady’s argument. Does she agree that, because of the lack of training for teachers in this particularly important subject, what is being applied now is really just emotional first-aid? If people are to do more, they have to have the ability to teach more. How does she see that working out?

Mental Health Education in Schools — [Mr Graham Brady in the Chair] (6 Nov 2017)

Nicholas Soames: I am very sorry to intrude on the hon. Lady’s good nature by intervening again. I share everything that she says and I will support it to the nth degree, but I am worried about a question that needs to be answered. Given the diversity of teacher training, how will we get the kind of consistency required to deliver the excellent improvements that she suggests?

Iran (16 Oct 2017)

Nicholas Soames: Given the President’s astonishingly bovine decision—even by his standards—to de-certify the joint comprehensive plan of action, against the best military and intelligence advice available to him, will my right hon. Friend assure the House that although we acknowledge, as he did, the very considerable difficulties in dealing with Iran outside this agreement, it is through...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Nicholas Soames: As my right hon. Friend wrestles with the inevitable compromises essential to securing the opportunities of Brexit in the national interest, and in view of this enormous administrative challenge, will she consider refining the machinery of government by creating an inner Cabinet to drive forward the work across the Government and thus retain greater grip and control over the whole process?

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Roads: Mid Sussex (13 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Soames: What plans he has to improve the road network in Mid Sussex constituency.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Roads: Mid Sussex (13 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Soames: Mid Sussex is greatly looking forward to the Secretary of State’s visit in early September to see the serious problems we have on the roads. Does the Minister agree that it is cardinally bad, rotten government to go on pushing housing into constituencies such as mine without investing in the infrastructure there in the first place? It is not a matter for West Sussex County Council; it...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Roads: Mid Sussex (13 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Soames: Mid Sussex.

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Soames: Is it planned to translate the documents into other languages?

High Speed 2: Electronic Deposit of Documents (11 Jul 2017)

Nicholas Soames: What would happen if, because of the cruelty of this Government, the libraries are closed and there is no room for the hard copies of the Bill documentation, even though the local area wanted them? How would the Minister handle that?


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