Results 1–20 of 3633 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

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Nicholas Soames: I make a respectful suggestion to my right hon. Friend, which is that the rail industry readiness board should be taken quietly outside and disposed of. Is he aware that the rail service to East Grinstead, in which he has always taken an interest, has finally fallen over completely, that trains from Haywards Heath, Wivelsfield and Burgess Hill are shorter and more overcrowded, that...

Royal Assent: NHS Outsourcing and Privatisation (23 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. I know him to be a good man. May I put this to him? None of these figures or statistics means anything to people wanting treatment on the NHS. May I assure him that my constituents, like his, are not over-concerned where their treatment comes from? What they are concerned about is that they should be competently, effectively and...

Gaza Border Violence (15 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: Even allowing for Hamas’s wicked manipulation of the Palestinians, does my right hon. Friend accept that the response of the Israeli defence force was a wholly unacceptable and excessive use of force, and that it was totally disproportionate? May I also say, to my shame, that I hope our Foreign Office will indulge in a little less limp response to this terrible situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-Form Colleges: Funding (14 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: First, may I congratulate my right hon. Friend on the excellent work that she is doing in this area? Is she aware that the absolutely first-class sixth-form college in Haywards Heath is now closed, in an area where there is a desperate need for a sixth-form college to cater for the ambitions and the further education of many young people coming out of our local schools? Will she do her very...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sport Funding: Special Needs Schools (10 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on funding for sport in special needs schools.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Sport Funding: Special Needs Schools (10 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: Knowing my hon. Friend’s outstanding commitment to inclusivity in sport, is she aware of the work being done by the excellent Woodlands Meed school in Burgess Hill in my constituency? In a major reordering of its facilities, the school is seeking to build a gym specially equipped to enable children who have serious disabilities to take part in extensive physical training. Does she agree...

Iran Nuclear Deal (9 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: There is no doubt that Iranian interference in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain and elsewhere is a legitimate cause for concern, but does my right hon. Friend agree that this is a very poor decision by the President, which flies in the face of the advice of his own people and of America’s most loyal allies? In trying to sustain this agreement, will he work to ensure that the inspection...

Business of the House (3 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: Will the Leader of the House arrange an urgent debate on the need to take immigration issues out of the Home Office and establish a new Department to deal with them? These issues go back to the hangover from the end of empire and go forward to the development of a robust and effective programme after Brexit that is consistent with an open and confident Britain, and to the introduction of a...

Home Office Removal Targets (26 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: Will my right hon. Friend be assured that she has the total support of Conservative Members in trying to resolve a very difficult legacy issue? Does she agree that dealing with the Windrush generation, who are entirely entitled to be here, is not the same thing at all, as Labour Members try to say, as removing illegal immigrants?

Windrush (23 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: The whole House will have heard my right hon. Friend’s whole-hearted apology for this very regrettable incident, which quite clearly should have been dealt with a very long time ago. Does she agree that what most affects the interests of immigrants and residents of this country is that the system should work really well? Will she assure me that, in future and following Brexit, people...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Productivity (17 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: What plans he has to increase productivity.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Productivity (17 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: May I congratulate my right hon. Friend on all the steps he is taking, with the Government, to improve productivity, which is very badly needed indeed in our economy? Does he agree that it is becoming increasingly difficult, with a very modern, interconnected, internet-driven economy, to successfully garner the information needed to truly assess how well we are doing on productivity and...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: My right hon. Friend will agree that the use of chemical weapons by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances, is illegal, contrary to all the laws of war and utterly reprehensible. Will she therefore confirm that the Government will at a later date seek the arraignment at an international court of those who instigate these vile acts, whoever they may be?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Russia (27 Mar 2018)

Nicholas Soames: Will my right hon. Friend congratulate the foreign service, the intelligence services and all those others involved in putting together this exceptional coalition? Does he agree that international institutions need strengthening against Russia’s constant infiltration? Will he take steps to examine what might be done at the UN, the World Bank and the IMF to strengthen their resources...

Future of the Commonwealth — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Nicholas Soames: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) on securing this important debate and making an excellent speech. This is a timely debate at a moment of importance in the affairs of our country, as we face a crossroads following our decision to leave the European Union. Britain is in a state of flux as we work out how we are to play effectively our global role in a...

Future of the Commonwealth — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Nicholas Soames: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. I am sure that he already knows this, given that he is trailing heavily with his tailcoat, but I understand that the cyber proposal he mentioned has already received considerable support, and that a large number of our fellow Commonwealth members will take it up during CHOGM.

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Nicholas Soames: I welcome the decision of the Government to refer the patiently and carefully acquired evidence of this grotesque attack to the OPCW. Is it the Prime Minister’s intention that its findings should be referred to the Russians, the United Nations and ourselves? Will she consider, in the light of those findings, going further on unexplained wealth orders and other financial sanctions...

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Nicholas Soames: Will the Minister give way?

Diplomatic Service and Resources — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Mar 2018)

Nicholas Soames: The hon. Lady is making an impressive speech, but may I disagree with her on one tiny point? Although it is important that we do not think that we are what we were, we do have this absolutely wonderful architecture and a brilliant inheritance of vast experience all over the world, in good times and bad times. Our values and everything we stand for are built on rock-firm footings. It is now...

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