Results 1–20 of 1813 for speaker:Robert Syms

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: T-levels (25 Jun 2018)

Robert Syms: What progress his Department has made on the introduction of T-levels.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: T-levels (25 Jun 2018)

Robert Syms: I welcome the introduction of T-levels, which could be a game changer for the British economy. What other sectors are the Government talking to about introducing T-levels in future years?

Points of Order (12 Jun 2018)

Robert Syms: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Many of us on the Government Benches are disappointed that the matters of devolution did not have more debate. That was a consequence of the Opposition calling so many Divisions, thereby reducing the amount of time. What additional help can the House authorities give in time management training for the official Opposition so that, on future occasions when we...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Robert Syms: We all know the importance of housing because we all do surgeries and have families coming to see us, telling us their personal stories about the impact that the current housing market has on them. We need to build more homes. When I talk to people who develop and build homes, they still complain about the length of time it takes to go through the planning process. The Government really need...

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Robert Syms: That might be too efficient for the British system, given that everybody has to have their say. Nevertheless, I think we could do a lot better than we are doing. There are a number of other areas in which we can do better, including managing the housing stock. I think there are something like 2 million empty flats over shops that are not being used by families. We all know about the major,...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Agreements required before withdrawal (8 May 2018)

Robert Syms: I presume that the objective is to sign agreements with all the countries mentioned before March 2019, but there is also a process of ratification. Is it the Government’s objective to get those ratified before the leaving date, or will some of them be ratified during the transition period?

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Agreements required before withdrawal (8 May 2018)

Robert Syms: May I be the first to congratulate the Minister on the co-operation agreement that we have signed with the United States of America? This is a very good sign. There was some concern in Committee about the progress that we had made, and I believe that the Minister is doing his utmost to make sure that we have a fit-for-purpose regime in future.

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill: Duty to review cooperation between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (8 May 2018)

Robert Syms: This is an important Bill. I think that we all heard the passion with which the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) spoke about this subject, which really underlined how important it is. I have sat in this Parliament for a long time, and it has always struck me that short Bills, specifically to the point, are far more powerful in supporting people’s rights than the...

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill: Duty to review cooperation between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (8 May 2018)

Robert Syms: Has the hon. Lady written to the Scottish Parliament or Administration, or indeed to the Welsh Government, to ask whether they approve of her new clause?

Public Bill Committee: Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords]: Duty to review cooperation between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland (27 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: I have sat on a number of Committees in this House, and Plaid Cymru and the Scottish National party have always asked one question: have the devolved Administrations been consulted? They say little else apart from that. Whether it is a good or a bad idea to add this measure to the Bill at this stage, as a Unionist I think that if we are to ensure a good relationship between the Governments...

Public Bill Committee: Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill [Lords]: Duty to grant old-style secure tenancies: victims of domestic abuse (27 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: This is clearly an important issue. It is generally a rule in this place that Oppositions always want to put a lot more stuff on the face of Bills and Governments do not. My question to the Minister is: will guidance be issued by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government? Any of us who have sat in front of families and tried to work out what is a family, and what rights they...

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland Closure in Stepps: CERN Pensions: UK Tax Treatment (15 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: I thank the Minister for that offer. This is a complex area, and I think that my constituents would be grateful for at least a brief meeting just to go through some of their concerns, outside the public spotlight.

Petition - Royal Bank of Scotland Closure in Stepps: CERN Pensions: UK Tax Treatment (15 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: I rise to discuss the UK tax treatment of CERN pensioners, but the subject goes rather wider than purely CERN. I mention CERN only because I have two or three constituents who are quite exercised by recent changes. George Osborne brought in a change to do away with the concession whereby people with foreign pensions were taxed on 90% of their income, pushing that up to 100% in 2017-18. That...

Burma: [Day 2] (15 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: Is not a referendum the biggest free vote? Everybody participated; nobody was whipped. There were weeks and weeks of argument, and a decision was made.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Conditions of Service (5 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: What plans he has to introduce greater flexibility in the conditions of service for the armed forces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Conditions of Service (5 Mar 2018)

Robert Syms: I thank the Minister for his reply. In order to recruit and retain people in the armed services these days, it is important to have more flexible terms and conditions. How rapidly does he think that will happen? Will it be implemented now or in two or three months?

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Robert Syms: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I would like to support what the Government broadly are doing, which is to try to increase spending in the transport sector. Transport is one of the few areas where the Government are necessary to get projects built. In the UK, sometimes I wish we were rather more French in getting on with major public sector projects. If we look at the miracle of California, it...

Immigration White Paper (5 Feb 2018)

Robert Syms: I commend the Home Office for the careful and considered way it is dealing with this important Bill. It is listening to business and the experts and waiting for some further negotiation, before introducing a Bill that will be fit for purpose for this country for the next 10 or 20 years.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carillion (30 Jan 2018)

Robert Syms: What steps he is taking to support businesses affected by the liquidation of Carillion.


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