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Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (5 Nov 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am enormously grateful for the priority the Secretary of State has given to this issue. He has shown real compassion for the victims of historical institutional abuse. In his opening remarks, he rightly mentioned the long inquiry held by Judge Hart, who did an enormous amount to give a voice to the victims of historical institutional abuse. May I encourage the Secretary of State, after...

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking: Essex (5 Nov 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department will provide financial assistance for repatriation of the bodies of the people discovered in a shipping container in Essex on 23 October 2019 once their identities are confirmed.

Northern Ireland Budget Bill: Issue of sum out of the Consolidated Fund for the year ending 31 March 2020 and appropriation of that sum (30 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister will be aware, because we had Northern Ireland questions before Prime Minister’s questions earlier today, that the right hon. Member for Belfast North (Nigel Dodds) asked the Prime Minister directly for a commitment about the legislation to compensate the victims of appalling historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland. We have a moral responsibility to compensate those...

Northern Ireland Budget Bill (30 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: rose—

Northern Ireland Budget Bill (30 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: rose—

Northern Ireland Budget Bill (30 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for allowing me to intervene. He reminded the House in his opening remarks that we have not had a functioning Assembly for almost three years. I am astonished and disappointed—and I am sure that the vast majority of the public in Northern Ireland will be extremely annoyed—that the Bill mentions the remuneration of MLAs yet again. I had a horrible...

Northern Ireland: MLAs’ Salaries (30 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I should like the Secretary of State to explain to the people of Northern Ireland why he is still dithering about cutting the salaries of MLAs. He cannot possibly justify continuing to pay MLAs almost £36,000 a year each during the next five years, and the general election campaign will bring no expectation of the Assembly being restored. For goodness’ sake, give the people of Northern...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill: Early parliamentary general election (29 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: It is absolutely essential, in the absence of a functioning Assembly and without any prospect of having the Assembly up and running any day soon, that this Government take their responsibilities extremely seriously. I understand that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is determined to do that and to get the Northern Ireland Budget Bill through all its stages in short order, but it...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I presume that as part of the Prime Minister’s general election campaign, he will make a grand tour of the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, so could the Minister just explain what the Prime Minister will say to the Unionist community there and how he will reassure them that their future is safe in his hands? I can assure the Minister that, at the present time, there are many in...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am very grateful to the hon. Lady for allowing me to intervene. As she and I both serve on Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, she will be well aware that the essential legislation to compensate the victims in Northern Ireland of appalling historical institutional abuse began its progress through Westminster in the other place. If we were to dissolve on 6 November, she knows perfectly...

Early Parliamentary General Election Bill (29 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: indicated assent.

Leaving the EU: Workers’ Rights (29 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The right hon. Lady will know that responsibility for workers’ rights is a devolved matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly. She will also know that we have not had a functioning Assembly for almost three years. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has been dedicated to the restoration of the Assembly and Executive, but his valiant efforts are now being deliberately and wilfully...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 (28 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Secretary of State will be well aware—because, of course, he wrote it—of the statement in the foreword to the consultation paper on the victims payment scheme that “as a society we have a moral duty” —a moral duty— “to acknowledge and recognise the unacceptable suffering of those seriously injured in the Troubles”. Surely to goodness, the Secretary of State accepts that we...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 (28 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am exceedingly grateful to the Secretary of State for taking a second intervention. Since the Prime Minister seems absolutely hellbent on having an early general election, will the Secretary of State take a few moments to explain how helpful, or not, an early general election would be to his efforts—his genuine efforts—to see the institutions of the Assembly and Executive functioning...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 (28 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I asked the Secretary of State a straight question, and I really do expect a straight answer from this very honourable Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He is not allowed to swerve the question; he has to answer it directly. He is accountable to the people of Northern Ireland; he is the Secretary of State. We need to know how unhelpful an early general election would be to his efforts...

Environment Bill (28 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am quite sure that the right hon. Lady, as a former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, will be deeply concerned that we have no functioning Assembly and have not had one for almost three years. If we do not have the Assembly restored in the forthcoming weeks, will she commit to extending much more of this—I use her word—“landmark” Environment Bill to Northern Ireland? Many...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Barristers: Northern Ireland (28 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date he plans to visit Northern Ireland to confirm the appointment of new Queen's Counsel.

Business of the House (22 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: Since the withdrawal Bill has huge consequences for people in Northern Ireland and since the Northern Ireland Assembly is still not sitting, I wonder whether the Leader of the House could enlighten us about the steps that the Government will now take to ask all the political parties in Northern Ireland about their reaction to the fact that this Bill has received its Second Reading this evening.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: The Justice Secretary says that it is time for decisions. Before making a decision, I would like the Justice Secretary to give the Unionist community of Northern Ireland a complete assurance that there is nothing in the Prime Minister’s new Brexit deal that undermines the constitutional status of Northern Ireland and the consent principle of the Good Friday agreement.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (22 Oct 2019)

Sylvia Hermon: I am enormously grateful to the right hon. and learned Gentleman for allowing me to intervene. He has been a great friend to Northern Ireland for a long time, and he has been a great defender of the Good Friday/Belfast agreement since it was signed 21 years ago. I would be enormously grateful to him if he would explain to the House his concerns, if any, about how this new Brexit deal, brought...


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