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Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: Instead of praising the Government for what they have done today, the hon. Gentleman, I suggest, should turn his mind to the situation in Northern Ireland. We have no functioning Assembly or responsible Ministers to deal with any of the problems that will arise when universal credit is rolled out across Northern Ireland. May I urge him to give a commitment to the House that his party will get...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: rose—

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: That is enormously kind, thoughtful and generous of the hon. Gentleman.

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: No, it was very generous, indeed. Given that the hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire (Lee Rowley) said that almost everything is hunky-dory with the roll-out of universal credit, would he and his colleagues not be astonished if the Government did not push this to a vote? The tweeting going on suggests that the Government are going to abstain, but would he not like to...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I am not suggesting that the Government snubbed this House, but the fact that they did not vote on lifting the pay cap left uncertainty for thousands and thousands of nurses and doctors throughout the United Kingdom. [Interruption.] If I may, I will continue. At the end of that debate when the Government did not vote, after the DUP had indicated that it would not be supporting them, there was...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I listened intently to what the right hon. Lady said about the importance of procedure in this House, so how does she feel about the complete absence of DUP Members from the Chamber? Will she also address another key issue? If any of the 10 DUP MPs indicate that they will vote against a motion on an Opposition day, will the Government give an assurance that they will still decide for...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: rose—

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: May I take it from what the right hon. Gentleman has said that from now on, when a DUP Member makes a comment in an Opposition day debate—as they did in our first Opposition day debate in this Parliament—that they are not minded to support the Government at the end of the day in a vote, the Government will not be persuaded by the DUP, will not be dictated to by the DUP, but will...

Government Policy on the Proceedings of the House (10 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I am very grateful indeed to the right hon. Gentleman for taking a second intervention. He obviously was unable to hear my first intervention, so may I just repeat my question? If the 10 DUP MPs indicate during an Opposition day debate that they are not going to support the Government, will the Government vote on the motion?

Race Disparity Audit: Bombardier (10 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I am enormously grateful to the Secretary of State for his valiant efforts to save the Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland. In his statement, he emphasised the fact that the British Government are working jointly and collectively with the Canadian Government; nevertheless, I am really curious—as are, I am sure, people in Bombardier and in Northern Ireland—to know how effective he...

Uk Plans for Leaving the EU (9 Oct 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: Let me begin by commending the Prime Minister warmly for keeping going at her conference speech. It could not have been easy. The Prime Minister—and, I am sure, other Members of the House—will be well aware that the Good Friday agreement of 1998 was voted on by thousands and thousands of people in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and secured a majority in both Northern...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the Health Secretary take a few moments to address the serious issue of staff morale in the NHS? In Northern Ireland, we have no Assembly and, thus, no Health Minister, so there is no mechanism by which to give our nurses any pay increase. He needs to speak to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, as a start, and to address the crucial and concerning issue of staff morale, which...

NHS Pay (13 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I am really pleased to hear what the hon. Member for North Antrim (Ian Paisley) has said today, but I want to put it on the record that DUP Members did have an earlier opportunity to support the removal of the pay cap but actually voted against that—all 10 of them—in the debate on the Queen’s Speech. An amendment was tabled by the colleagues of the hon. Member for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Governance and Political Stability (13 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: Given that we have not had a functioning Northern Ireland Assembly for nine months, why on earth do the 90 Members of the Legislative Assembly continue to receive their full salaries and their full staffing allowance? It is an absolute scandal that that continues to be the case.

Business of the House (Today): Nomination of Members to Committees (12 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: Unfortunately, a serious point was not picked up by either the Leader of the House or her shadow: the published deal between the Conservative party and the DUP is confined exclusively to confidence and supply. The serious issue for people in Northern Ireland, and for the House, is that the insistence of the Leader of the House that the Government have a majority on the Floor of the House...

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: If everything is going so swimmingly for this Government and they have achieved so much, why on earth should they not lift the 1% pay cap for all public sector workers?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for allowing me to intervene and help him with the general principles of EU law, which are respect for human rights and the principles of proportionality and non-discrimination. Those are principles that we in this country should be enormously proud of and embrace, instead of setting them aside. The Bill, in schedule 1, excludes anyone from relying on...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for allowing me to interrupt his rhetoric. There is one critical point that I would like him to address, and that is that the Bill is not going anywhere without the legislative consent of the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly. We have no Assembly in Northern Ireland, so how will the Government get legislative consent?

Petition - Warwick Road, Carlisle: School Funding: North Northumberland (11 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: I am curious to know whether, when we have the examples of sparsely populated areas in Northern Ireland, Wales and the highlands and islands in Scotland, lessons could be learned for England, especially Northumbria, as the most sparsely populated county in England—I have learned something this evening and it was worth waiting for. Can we learn from examples around the United Kingdom...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Sylvia Hermon: The right hon. Gentleman has suggested that those who voted for remain, as I did, should be happy with this Bill because it brings over all EU legislation. Yes and no. On the stroke of midnight on exit day, we lose the general principles of EU law such as proportionality, non-discrimination, and respect for human rights. [Interruption.] No, with respect—the general principles go. Does...


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