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Rural Communities and Transport (26 Jun 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: I rise to speak in the House for the very first time in the knowledge that my constituency was last represented by a woman in 1955, the year I was born--no maths please. I am a lady, and I should not like anyone to do the calculation. In fact I am the first woman to be returned to the House from Northern Ireland in almost 30 years. The previous one was Bernadette Devlin, who represented...

Orders of the Day — Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill (10 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, for giving me the opportunity to speak in this debate. May I congratulate the Minister on his first outing at the Dispatch Box? Ulster Unionist Members also have high expectations that he will make a positive contribution to business in Northern Ireland, so he has a lot to live up to. I apologise for the absence of several of my colleagues. They too are involved...

Orders of the Day — Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill (10 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: We are told that Northern Ireland leads the way in so many things, such as policing reform and human rights legislation, so I hope that smart card technology will be introduced to allow us to lead the way in electoral registration. To include in the Bill an exception to the rule requiring signatures on the electoral canvass will, I fear, prove to be a gift horse to those who are intent on...

Northern Ireland (16 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: As someone who is strongly supportive of the Belfast agreement, I take no pleasure in seeing it in its present difficult circumstances. The extent of its difficulties is merely reflected by the fact that we are debating the order this evening when we should be looking forward to the scheduled Assembly elections far away in June 2003. No one can gainsay that the IRA's failure to decommission...

Northern Ireland (16 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Northern Ireland (16 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To correct a major point made by the hon. Gentleman, those of us who actually voted for the Belfast agreement did so in the knowledge that we were voting for police reform. As he well knows, the articles and the terms of reference set down in the agreement, for which I voted, stated that the Independent Commission on Policing had to bring forward the means of encouraging widespread community...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Violence (Victims) (18 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: I understand that an eminent Queen's Counsel has backed the civil action being taken by the victims of the Omagh bombing. In those circumstances, are the Government prepared to give public support to, and encourage businesses to provide financial backing for, the legal fund for the Omagh victims?

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (19 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many additional appointments are to be made to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; and on what date these appointments will be made.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (19 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the extent to which the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission can extend its powers under the Paris Principles of 1991.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Polling Stations (Disabled Access) (19 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures will be taken to ensure that disabled voters have easy access to polling stations before the next Assembly elections.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Criminal Justice Bill (19 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what factors underlay the time taken to bring forward the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill.

Northern Ireland (19 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: I apologise to Members, and particularly to the Minister, for not being present when the debate began. That was because the Police Federation for Northern Ireland has been in touch with me about the order, especially the pensions regulations. I shall mention those to the Minister later. I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on this order, which amends the Police (Northern Ireland) Act...

Northern Ireland (19 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: It would have been greatly appreciated had the Patten commission endeavoured to encourage widespread community support. Elements of the report have had completely the opposite effect. The first aspect of the order to which I shall turn my attention is that concerning new police trainees. When I first read the Patten report, I was most impressed by its emphasis on human rights. However, that...

Northern Ireland (19 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: Does the hon. Gentleman remember that, on 9 September 1999, the day on which the Patten report was published, the Police Federation issued a public statement, which is in the public domain? The federation said that it was "happy to welcome much that is in the Patten Report." Does the hon. Gentleman wish to comment on that?

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Ruc (20 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers left the Royal Ulster Constabulary between 1 January and 30 June, broken down by rank.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Policing Board for Northern Ireland (20 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the independent members of the new Policing Board for Northern Ireland have been selected.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Drug Dealers (Cash Seizures) (20 Jul 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much cash has been seized from convicted drug dealers under Section 27 of the Misuse of Drugs Act; and how much of such cash has been directed into local drugs initiatives.

Public Bill Committee: Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) (16 Oct 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: Before the general election, I committed myself to speaking at a prize-giving at home in Northern Ireland on Thursday. It is a long-standing commitment that I gave before I joined the Committee or the House. I do not want the business of the House to be shifted just because it would inconvenience me, but I would endeavour to contribute as much as I could to the Committee.

Public Bill Committee: Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) (16 Oct 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: I certainly support the proposal of the hon. Member for Reigate that the business commence earlier on Thursday. I would appreciate it if that were also the wish of other Members. Question put, That the amendment be made:— The Committee divided: Ayes 6, Noes 10.

Public Bill Committee: Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland): Clause 1 - Registration: provision of signature and date of birth (16 Oct 2001)

Sylvia Hermon: I welcome you to the Chair, Mr Hood. I should have done so earlier, but such is my feeling of guilt about Thursday that I overlooked it. I am delighted to see you here today. I will add only a few observations as we begin the debate on national insurance numbers. I am sorry if it is legalistic but the recent decision in the Heathrow airport case reminds me that the span of our rights under...


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