Results 1–20 of 1802 for speaker:Robert Syms

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.

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

Robert Syms: The collapse is really bad news for many smaller businesses, many of which will have their capital wiped out. What discussions has the Secretary of State had with banks about forbearance in keeping those businesses going so that there is proper competition in this market for the future?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (18 Jan 2018)

Robert Syms: I welcome the debate on restoration and renewal. I also welcome what the Leader of the House said about there being a genuine choice in that debate. It is important to do emergency repairs, but it is also quite right to reflect before we set up a delivery authority, because a lot of public money would be involved and we have to justify to our constituents that this is the right thing to do....

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Topical Questions (10 Jan 2018)

Robert Syms: One of the Minister’s new responsibilities is the important negotiations with the devolved Assemblies and Parliament. When will my right hon. Friend undertake meetings for those important discussions on the future of our country?

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.

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