Results 1–20 of 2702 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sylvia Hermon

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: Although I readily acknowledge that the Democratic Unionist party is the largest party representing people in Northern Ireland, the 10 DUP Members do not speak for everyone in Northern Ireland and they certainly do not speak for me. So may I reflect to the Prime Minister, as graciously and gently as I can, that many, many people in Northern Ireland, including me, are bitterly disappointed...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: It is a delight to follow the hon. Member for Belfast East (Gavin Robinson). I put on the record that I am absolutely delighted that, at long last, the Secretary of State has taken legal powers to herself, through this Bill this afternoon, to cut MLAs’ salaries. She has made it quite clear that she is not going to cut the staff allowances, with which I agree, but she must be decisive....

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: Let me take the right hon. Gentleman’s very helpful points one by one. In respect of Sinn Féin, if the right hon. Gentleman, as a sort of homework, cares to look—as I am sure he does—at the written questions that I have submitted, he will see a long line of questions to the Leader of the House asking that representative money to Sinn Féin be considered by this...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: In the meantime, the Secretary of State has been bold today. I encourage her to continue in that vein, and to be very bold in terms of following the excellent recommendations of Trevor Rainey, bearing in mind the disrepute into which the Assembly brings itself if MLAs continue to receive their full salary. That is not doing MLAs any good at all, despite their hard work.

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: When the Secretary of State last made a statement to the House covering this particular issue, she made it clear that she wanted the Northern Ireland parties to make “full and final representations” to her on it, but she did not clarify when the closure date was for full and final representations. Will she confirm today that that date is before the end of this month and that she...

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I thank the Secretary of State for being so generous in taking a second intervention so quickly. Will she also confirm in the House, for the record, that all representations made from Northern Ireland political parties will be published, so that the public can see that the general consensus across the political parties is that they want to see MLAs’ salaries cut?

Northern Ireland Assembly Members (Pay) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I have great sympathy with what the Secretary of State has said about not cutting allowances for staff. They should not be punished because the MLAs are not sitting and have not sat for 14 months. However, the Secretary of State said that she was “minded” to follow Trevor Reaney’s recommendation, delivered on 20 December 2017. Does that translate into cutting MLAs’...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: rose—

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I am delighted to lengthen the speech of a distinguished chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and, indeed, former Minister in the Northern Ireland Office. In both those capacities, the hon. Gentleman will have built up expertise on and a considerable body of knowledge about inward investment into Northern Ireland. The second part of the Bill is on the renewable heat incentive...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I am sure the Secretary of State would like to confirm that she is well aware that the general public in Northern Ireland will not be one bit pleased that, when rates are going up in Northern Ireland, it is expected that Members of the Legislative Assembly will get a salary increase from 1 April, unless the Secretary of State exercises the power that she will take later this afternoon. Will...

Northern Ireland (Regional Rates and Energy) Bill (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: Again, I am grateful to the Secretary of State for giving way. Will she confirm for the benefit of people in Northern Ireland in particular the savings to the public purse as a result of the Bill? How much would it cost without a cap on the RHI scheme for another 12 months, compared with the measures in the Bill?

NHS Staff Pay (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I am happy to welcome the statement, but let me take a moment to remind the Secretary of State that we in Northern Ireland have not had a functioning Assembly for 14 months, and we have had no Health Minister for 14 months. How can the hard-working staff members of the NHS in Northern Ireland benefit from the new pay deal? Will the Secretary of State commit himself to speaking to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Parties: Loans and Donations (21 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I am very interested to hear the Secretary of State’s explanation of why the Northern Ireland Office deliberately and wilfully ignored the advice and recommendations of the Electoral Commission that the publication of donations to political parties in Northern Ireland should be backdated to 2014, not 2017.

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister will undoubtedly be aware that last week—I am sure it was last week—the head of the Northern Ireland civil service, David Sterling, gave evidence under oath to the renewable heat incentive inquiry. He explained—I have no reason to doubt what he said—that in the past some Ministers had instructed officials and civil servants not to take minutes of meetings...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: With the greatest of respect to the Minister, for whom I have enormous regard, this has nothing to do with the RHI inquiry. I am not asking about the inquiry, which his ongoing, as he rightly says; this is a separate issue. In evidence to the inquiry, the head of the civil service in Northern Ireland, David Sterling, confirmed that Ministers—I understood him to mean Sinn Féin and...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I am sure the hon. Gentleman is coming to the line in his speech about how Rory McIlroy trained in the Holywood golf club, and put Holywood on the map as a constituent of mine. I am sure that tourists will come to see where he trained to become so successful.

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: I always listen very carefully to what the right hon. Gentleman has to say, and he has made it clear on behalf of his party that there are no red lines. He has also made it clear that his constituents—indeed, my constituents and people right across Northern Ireland from all communities—are anxious to see their Assembly back again and Ministers taking decisions, so what exactly is...

Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill (20 Mar 2018)

Sylvia Hermon: The right hon. Gentleman is being exceedingly generous in giving way again. I just want to ask him to reflect for a few moments on the fact that tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the death of Martin McGuinness. Martin McGuinness sat as Deputy First Minister in a very successful period of devolved Government with the right hon. Gentleman’s then party leader, Ian Paisley senior....


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