Results 1–20 of 1062 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Robert Syms

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...

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.

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...

High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: New Clause 22 — Construction of an integrated Euston Station (23 Mar 2016)

Robert Syms: I will be brief. This has been a long process, and in many respects it has been Parliament at its best, listening to people from ordinary communities, many of whom will be badly affected by the impact of the railway. However, as a senior Clerk said to me, the last time we looked at the Standing Orders was 1946, and without taking away the right of somebody to come before the Committee it is...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (21 Mar 2016)

Robert Syms: I have sat in this House for a period of time, and Budgets come and go, but what is important is the direction of the country over a period of years. When we came into office in 2010 in coalition, we inherited the largest peacetime deficit—nearly 11%. That required some tough measures and also some persistence, but fortunately the Government have been quite sensible. They have not...

Ways and Means — Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — Amendment of the Law (21 Mar 2016)

Robert Syms: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (10 Mar 2016)

Robert Syms: I know that the Government keep the status of trust ports under periodic review. Poole, which is a trust port, is a successful port. Such a status has the support of the local community, and indeed of its Member of Parliament. I hope the shipping Minister understands that.

Department of Health — End of Life Care (2 Mar 2016)

Robert Syms: This is a timely debate. We do not discuss this matter regularly, and I pay tribute to the Health Committee for producing its report. Having looked at the Official Report, I understand that the last debate on the subject took place in 2011. That debate concentrated on Great Yarmouth and Waveney. The subject deserves a lot more discussion because it affects many of our constituents and their...

Department of Health — End of Life Care (2 Mar 2016)

Robert Syms: My hon. Friend makes a good point. What I have also noticed about the hospice movement is that many people go in for one or two days a week when they start to become ill. That not only makes them familiar with the hospice, but gives respite to the rest of the family, allowing the carer to do all the jobs they would otherwise have done if they were not caring for their relative. It means that...

Ways and Means: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation — amendment of the law (8 Jul 2015)

Robert Syms: I welcome today’s Budget. The coalition Government inherited an awful economic legacy in 2010—the largest recession, a banking system still in a pretty bad state, a general fear that unemployment was going to shoot through the roof—and at about the time they started to get on with the job of tackling it, the eurozone started to blow up and get into difficulty, and clearly...

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