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Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Robert Syms: I sat in this House for 13 years when the Labour party was in government and listened to many speeches by the right hon. Gordon Brown, including a number in which he said he would abolish boom and bust. That was before we had the most almighty bust in 2007-08—

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Robert Syms: Well, you were the people who regulated the banks and you were the people in charge for 13 years. Before we hit the crisis, you had a 3% deficit and you were too reliant on bankers’ bonuses and the City to provide money. The problem with that was that the deficit spiralled up to £160 billion. The then Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury left a note saying that there was no...

Public Bill Committee: Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition Period (14 Nov 2017)

Robert Syms: As I understand it, the hon. Gentleman is suggesting that we continue to be a member of Euratom for two years, during which time we would presumably continue to pay our contribution, while at the same time employing inspectors in the UK— we are actually trying to recruit people at the moment. Would it not impose additional costs on the industry if we are both recruiting inspectors and...

Public Bill Committee: Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Nuclear safeguards (2 Nov 2017)

Robert Syms: Getting an agreement with Euratom might well be one of the easier things, but it will get caught up in all the other negotiations, which means the EU might not say yes until the other things are considered. Even if there is an agreement before March 2019, it might not be ratified by the EU for some months—perhaps years—because the whole process could take a while. That leaves a...

Public Bill Committee: Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Examination of Witnesses (31 Oct 2017)

Robert Syms: Q May I ask you this, Mr Leech? You are saying that this is a good first start, but the key thing is the regulations. From your point of view, would you would like to see as many of the regulations published as early as possible, so that you can see the overarching regulatory regime, which would build confidence for the industry?

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...

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