Results 1–20 of 5834 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sammy Wilson

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

Sammy Wilson: Does my right hon. Friend accept that had that Member, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, still been Finance Minister when this situation arose, he would probably have breathed a sigh of relief, because he had not the courage to take the political decisions to bring forward a budget—the only Finance Minister never to do so—but would rather whinge and gurn and point the finger at...

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

Sammy Wilson: Let me start by making it clear that this is a technical debate, although the misconceptions that we have heard from some speakers in the Chamber today are not uncommon. As my right hon. Friend the Member for Belfast North (Nigel Dodds) and I will remember, from when we were in the Northern Ireland Assembly and from our work at the Department of Finance, this budget debate very often...

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

Sammy Wilson: I am just picking at random from one Department, and I could do the same with every other Department. When it comes to spending the money, the Secretary of State has two options, or a combination of both. It can either be made clear to civil servants that they have the power to make decisions—I do not think that that is a particularly good way of doing things—or there is a...

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

Sammy Wilson: That is actually where I was getting to. Unfortunately, the decisions that we have had to date—a budget statement two weeks ago, the Northern Ireland Budget (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill today, and a full budget Bill probably in June—are not the inevitable consequence of reluctance from the DUP to do the work that is required. The very next morning after election day last...

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

Sammy Wilson: That will be entirely a matter for the Secretary of State, but as has been pointed out regularly during the debate, one of her considerations when coming to that decision ought to be whether some of the institutions that at least turned a blind eye to the abuse should also be held culpable and have to make some contribution towards compensation. It should not fall totally on the public purse,...

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

Sammy Wilson: Mid and East Antrim.

Leaving the Eu: Fisheries Management (20 Mar 2018)

Sammy Wilson: Unlike some of those who have been trying to work themselves into a lather about this decision, the Secretary of State and I canvassed support to leave the common fisheries policy and the EU in its totality. I remember the promises that were made when we visited Aberdeen, and many people will be alarmed and concerned about the draft agreement. He has said that the EU will act in good faith...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Sammy Wilson: We welcome the decisive action taken by the Prime Minister today, which sits in contrast to the policy of appeasement that we have heard from the Labour party Front Bench. I am sure that the people of the United Kingdom are pleased that it is the Prime Minister who is standing behind the Dispatch Box, defending the rule of law and the citizens of this country. She says that she has spoken to...

Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

Sammy Wilson: The Chancellor is right to talk up the UK economy when there is good news, because there are plenty in this House who will recklessly talk it down. There was, however, one gap in today’s statement. He promised an inquiry, in time for the autumn Budget, into air passenger duty and VAT on the hospitality industry. When will he make an announcement on when that inquiry will start and on...

Northern Ireland Finances (12 Mar 2018)

Sammy Wilson: We welcome the fact that the Government have now announced a budget for Northern Ireland. Does the Secretary of State recognise that hundreds of decisions about how that money is spent require some input from a Minister? Will she give a commitment that those issues will be addressed by the promises she has made to the House today to look at further measures?

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Sammy Wilson: Does the Prime Minister agree that, in the face of yet further aggression from the Russian mafia state, the policy of the Leader of the Opposition of engaging in robust dialogue will only encourage Putin to engage in further acts of state-sponsored terror? Does she agree that in the national interest and, regardless of the cost to this country, the only effective answer is to take robust...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: Does the Minister share my astonishment at the obsession that the Labour party now has with a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic, when for years its leadership supported Sinn Féin-IRA’s campaign of genocide along the border, which led to border posts, Army patrols, watchtowers and closed roads? Does he agree with me that there are clear, practical proposals...

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: Unlike most contributors to this debate, I do not believe that we are spending the money in these estimates to take the United Kingdom into some dismal future. Rather, it is essential that this money is spent in order to ensure that this country has a bright future. I do not want to debate the reports about our future economic prospects, other than to say that 15-year economic reports do not...

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: Not only are these preparations needed in case there is no deal; many of these preparations will be essential whether or not there is a deal. Of course we have to spend money on registering EU citizens who already live in the United Kingdom, as the Chairman of the Select Committee, the right hon. Member for Leeds Central (Hilary Benn), mentioned. The Home Office needs to spend money on the...

Ministry of Defence: Department for Exiting the European Union (26 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: Maybe the hon. Gentleman has not had the opportunity to see the report, but it is quite clear that none of these figures should be treated as forecasts or quoted in isolation. The report is full of caveats showing that many things influence those figures, and therefore they are really rough guides to compare one situation with another but should never be used as forecasts.

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: The hon. Lady has hit on a very important point. If changes are to be made in the Crown dependencies and overseas territories, it must be by persuasion, rather than imposition. Does she agree that so far, by using persuasion, significant changes have been made in transparency in those countries? That should perhaps be the thrust of future Government policy to ensure that these areas do not...

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill [Lords] (20 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: Will the Secretary of State give way?

Northern Ireland (20 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: It is clear from the talks and their failure that the structures of the Belfast agreement have given a power of veto and blackmail to Sinn Féin. Given that there will be no giving in to that blackmail, will the Secretary of State recognise that, in the absence of the ability to set up an Executive, the only way forward for proper governance in Northern Ireland is for her to start taking...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Frictionless Border (7 Feb 2018)

Sammy Wilson: A recently published European Parliament report has indicated that it will be possible to have a frictionless border after we leave the EU, but is the Minister not concerned about the friction in relations between the UK Government and the Irish Republic? Will he comment on the threat issued by the Irish Foreign Minister yesterday that he will block negotiations unless legislation is...

Leaving the Eu: Economic Analysis (30 Jan 2018)

Sammy Wilson: We have been here before, because the same gloom-laden forecasts were made before the referendum and none of them were anywhere near the mark. Does the Minister agree that these long-term forecasts are as useful for predicting future economic performance as newspaper horoscopes? More importantly, will he assure us that despite the hysteria from the Opposition Benches, the Government will not...

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