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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the incentive would be to make sure that the deal was as bad as possible so that we would be left in a limbo whereby we cannot leave, yet cannot move on?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: The right hon. Gentleman is getting to the nub of the issue. If a meaningful vote, by his definition, means that Parliament should be able to say to the Government, “We don’t like the deal that you have got, and we’re not accepting no deal, so go back to the EU and negotiate another deal,” what chance does he think there is that those who do not want us to leave in the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Savings (12 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Major banks have lent £630 billion to build new coal-powered stations across the world, many of them in our competitor countries. What assessment has the Minister made of the cost of electricity for the competitiveness of businesses in the UK and does he not recognise that our attempts to save the world while the rest of the world is gaily building power stations fuelled by coal only...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: T-levels are being developed in England, but it is not clear whether they will be available in Northern Ireland. Even if they are, the regulatory body will be England-only and based here in England. That has the potential to disrupt higher education, routes to employment and the transferability of skills. Will the Secretary of State commit to working with Northern Ireland’s Department...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Freedom (7 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will establish a funding stream for programmes to support freedom of religion or belief.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that if the powers are devolved without a framework having first been established, whether we are talking about a European or a UK single market, that principle could not be applied, because powers would be devolved to four different Administrations who could then make whatever regulations they wanted? How does the hon. Gentleman marry that with the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Freedom (4 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recommendations and conclusions of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group International Freedom of Religion and Belief, Article 18: From Rhetoric to Reality, published on 25 October 2017.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Religious Freedom (1 Dec 2017)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will prioritise the protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief.

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Many of the WASPI women watching this debate may feel disappointed that instead of trying to build some consensus, we have had finger pointing, Pontius Pilate-style hand washing and rancour. It is important to note that this is not a party political issue for many women, and certainly not for those I have spoken to. It is a personal issue that has affected their day-to-day lives, so they want...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Even DWP research found that, especially in the lower income groups, two thirds of women were not even aware of the changes. The very fact that the practice was changed to writing to people individually after 2011 indicates that the DWP recognised that newspaper adverts and leaflets were not sufficient. The second reason why we support the motion...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: I am disappointed at the tone that has been set in this debate. Despite the fact that we have a motion that could command widespread support, the tone of the debate has not been as I expected. Let me make something clear: we made a manifesto pledge on this issue, and the reason why I am here as my party’s spokesman is that we do support this and we will go through the Lobby on it....

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: The Brexit Committee has made the rightful assertion that it will decide what information is published, but does the Minister accept that there is a real danger that the national interest could be put in jeopardy if more weight were given to transparency than to protecting our negotiating position? Does he therefore agree that the best way forward is to seek clarification from the House that...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that while the Government have shown generosity towards the other European nations in assuring them that we will continue in that role, they have not shown the same generosity in the trade negotiations?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: British Overseas Territories: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (17 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of British Overseas Territories on providing those territories with observer status at the Commonwealth Summit in London in April 2018.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Merchant Shipping: Certification (16 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to review the issuing of Certificates of Equivalent Competency to non-UK resident officers in the British merchant shipping industry.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Reactors: Research (15 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what funding his Department has allocated to research into the development of small-scale nuclear reactors in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Nuclear Power (15 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential benefits of small-scale nuclear reactors to the provision of electricity in the UK.

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: The Secretary of State has indicated the process by which the Bill has come before us tonight. We will support it, but I believe that it should have come before the House far sooner. The fact that we have lingered for so long before bringing this necessary Bill before the House is a reflection of the Northern Ireland Office’s attitude that we must not offend Sinn Féin. Let us make...

Miscellaneous: Northern Ireland Budget Bill (13 Nov 2017)

Sammy Wilson: That brings me to my next point. The Secretary of State must be clear about Sinn Féin’s strategy. It prefers the chaos of having no Assembly and no direct rule. That suits it and its republican agenda. It is our preference to have Ministers appointed in Northern Ireland, but if we are not going to have that, we have to move towards a situation in which Ministers can take charge of...


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