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Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Robert Syms: The hon. Lady has been in the House for long enough to know that many things are debated here. Ten-minute rule Bills are let through because they raise an issue, and motions are sometimes passed by a few Members during Back-Bench business debates because, again, they raise an important issue. Is it not right that the Government make their own decisions about what they will oppose and what...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Robert Syms: One of the most precious things in this House is a party deciding when it will or when it will not vote. That is up to a party, or indeed up to a Government. This is the first time I can remember an Opposition complaining that they are not being defeated by the Government.

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House: Gypsies and Travellers and Local Communities (9 Oct 2017)

Robert Syms: My constituents in Poole are reasonable and tolerant people—they believe in live and let live—but every summer, about the time of the Dorset steam fair, several groups descend on the town. We are not blessed with fields and farms, but we have parks and public open spaces, and quite often these groups illegally occupy them by causing criminal damage. The police do not take action,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Robert Syms: The House voted six to one, with its eyes wide open, for a referendum. Implicit in that result was the determination that the British people would decide what their destiny was to be, and they did so, clearly, in June last year. The House accepted that decision when we triggered article 50. What we are discussing today is giving the Government the means to deal with what I believe to be the...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Robert Syms: I have followed the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable) in past debates, and I must admit that I did not expect to follow him again so soon. I welcome him back, and welcome what looks like his coronation as leader of his party. He has made some very sensible points about industrial policy that we ought to take on board. I want to correct an intervention I made earlier on the...

Economy and Jobs (29 Jun 2017)

Robert Syms: I just point out that Margaret Thatcher was shadow Chancellor under Ted Heath.

Previous Business – Commons: Select Committee (5 Dec 2016)

Administration: Election Planning and Services. 4:45 pm; Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Mark Tami MP, Opposition Accommodation Whip Mr Robert Syms MP, Government Accomodation Whip Fiona Channon, Head of Accommodation and Logistics, House of Commons Rob Greig, Director Dan Cook, Portfolio Manager, Parliamentary Digital Service

EU Referendum: Energy and Environment (12 Jul 2016)

Robert Syms: It is a pleasure to speak in today’s debate. Oppositions, being Oppositions, often fire questions at Governments and this is a particularly difficult time for a Government to answer all the questions. We are about to change Prime Minister, there will probably be a substantial reshuffle in the Government and Ministers will then get down to dealing with the consequences of what the...

EU Referendum: Energy and Environment (12 Jul 2016)

Robert Syms: Of course, things move on. My basic point is that just because we are out of the EU does not mean this Parliament cannot make sensible decisions about how to protect our citizens from things such as the hon. Lady mentions.

EU Referendum: Energy and Environment (12 Jul 2016)

Robert Syms: I shall make a little progress, if I may. My guess is that we will have enabling legislation and we will deal at our leisure with the consequences of Britain leaving in terms of the detail and the European directives we have signed over the years, with this Government and future Governments determining their priorities. I now wish to talk about energy. I am sure that when the Secretary of...

EU Referendum: Energy and Environment (12 Jul 2016)

Robert Syms: This is one of the first of our debates to mention the result of the EU referendum. I know that the hon. Gentleman was on the other side of the argument, so it would be useful if he told us whether, when it comes to a vote, he will vote to leave the EU despite his heavy heart or will he vote against the wishes of the British people?

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)

Robert Syms: It is a pleasure to follow the right hon. Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms), who as a Minister in the Labour Government was respected by Conservative Members as somebody who listened and engaged. I support the Gracious Speech. It contains a good programme for the Government and plenty of important, decent Bills that we can support. I will start with the referendum. When I was first...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Motor Vehicles: Smoking (13 Apr 2016)

Robert Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with police forces on the level of enforcement of legislation on smoking in vehicles with children present; and if he will make a statement.

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