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Gender Equality - Question (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, it is not only women but men, is it not, who need to be educated on and helped with contraception? When I dealt with these issues a few years ago, I talked to a woman who was under 30, who had nine children. I told her about the importance everyone attaches to contraception, but she said with tears in her eyes that her husband would not let her use it. In many parts of the world,...

Poverty: International Development Aid - Question (15 Jan 2024)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords—

House of Lords Appointments Commission - Question ( 6 Dec 2023)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the Minister accept that the situation of hereditary Peers is sexually discriminatory? Titles still go first to a son, and if there is no son they go to a collateral branch. That is in itself sexually discriminatory and I cannot see how she can possibly argue against that.

General Medical Council: Internal Guidance - Question (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, can the Minister tell the House how many men there are on the GMC and how many women?

Railway Stations: Ticket Office Closures - Question (20 Sep 2023)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister has referenced blind people. When I was in my local station the other day, getting my ticket to come to London, I stood behind a blind person who was completely confused and had no idea how to use the ticket machine. The chap in the ticket office was able to help and comfort her and tell her that she would be alright. I find it impossible to understand what the Minister...

Rhodes Wildfires: Repatriation of Holidaymakers - Private Notice Question (25 Jul 2023)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister referred to the consular staff. Can he tell us how many British consular staff there are in our consulate in Rhodes, as opposed to the locally engaged staff?

Rural Crime - Question (11 Jul 2023)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, there is also a very serious problem—certainly around where I live, on the Hampshire-Wiltshire border—of the theft of dogs. These dogs are stolen not only to stage cruel and horrible dog fights; quite often they are non-fighting dogs that are used as the bait in such fights. Does the Minister accept that there is a real, distinctive problem here and, if so, what position are the...

Asylum: Channel Crossings - Question (27 Jun 2023)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister has been unable to answer several questions raised today in this exchange. We have a debate tomorrow. Can he guarantee that he will look this evening at the questions he has been unable to answer and give perhaps a better account of what is going on? He has his officials in the box—many of us have been in that box before—and I hope he will look at what he has been...

Railways: Driver-Only Operated Trains - Question ( 8 Feb 2023)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I travel to your Lordships’ House on the train most days. Not so long ago, I was travelling on a very crowded train when the young woman next to me completely passed out. We were crowded shoulder to shoulder. I did not know whether she had had some sort of attack or simply fainted. There was no means of getting the guard’s attention—there was no guard. Now, the young woman...

Public Order Bill - Committee (3rd Day): Amendment 117 (13 Dec 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I had no intention of speaking on this amendment, but I feel I must, because my late husband, Philip Bassett, was an industrial journalist who covered many strikes, most significantly, I suppose, given what we are discussing, the miners’ strike, which the whole team of industrial journalists on the Financial Times covered. If this legislation stands the way the Government have...

Police: Vetting, Misconduct and Misogyny - Private Notice Question ( 2 Nov 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, listening to the Minister’s answers, one could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that he is saying that the Government have no responsibility for this. I find that quite extraordinary. Why can the Government not bring forward a legislative framework to ensure that these sorts of police abuses cannot occur?

Nursing: Recruitment - Question (26 Oct 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, what advice would the Minister give to a senior staff nurse, working in theatre, and at the top of her pay band, alongside agency nurses who are paid two to three times as much as she is for a 10-hour shift? Should she leave the NHS and become an agency nurse herself, or should she vote to strike, as she may well be asked to by her union?

Iran: Women’s Rights - Question (12 Oct 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in his initial Answer the Minister said that the Government would hold the Government of Iran to account for their treatment of women. How does he propose that the British Government do so?

Primary Care: Quality and Access Improvements - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, would the Minister be kind enough to address the question asked by my noble friend Lord Winston, which was specifically whether or not the Government support a Select Committee being established to look at the current difficulties for GPs? That was the specific point put, and maybe she would be kind enough to answer it.

Gambling White Paper - Question (20 Jul 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Minister has said that he needs better data. What better data does he require than the fact that 60,000 children in this country are addicted to gambling? Surely, for most of us, that data is sufficient for the Government to be taking far stronger action than he has outlined.

Bread and Flour Regulations: Folic Acid - Question ( 6 Jul 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Lord will have followed the argument of my noble friend Lord Rooker for a very long time. Actually, he is one of the very few Ministers that I hope will not resign, because he is always honest and clear with this House and has a level of respect which Ministers in another place perhaps do not have. But I ask him quite sincerely: does he really want the risk of another 500...

Standards in Public Life - Commons Urgent Question ( 5 Jul 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the Minister really believe that the Prime Minister forgot a meeting with the noble Lord, Lord McDonald, the head of the Foreign Office? Does he really believe that the Prime Minister forgot such an important meeting over such a crucial matter when he denied that anybody had given him notice of the alleged activities going on?

Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner - Question (28 Jun 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister did not answer my noble friend’s question about Graham Phillips and whether the Government are undertaking any investigation to establish whether or not he has violated international law. He was asked a direct question. I would be grateful if he would answer it, please.

Personal Protective Equipment: Waste - Question (14 Jun 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in answer to my noble friend Lord Winston, the Minister said that the storage costs would have been greater than the costs of buying the PPE at the time that we did. Can he substantiate this for the elucidation of the House in general and say what those costs would have been for storage relative to the costs that we paid in the end? Perhaps he can give us those figures. If he has...

Northern Ireland Protocol - Statement (17 May 2022)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the Minister not recall that we discussed this issue over and again when we were talking about the impact that Brexit would have on the Northern Ireland agreement? We did so in this House; I recall very clearly my noble friend Lord Hain making exactly this point. The problem we have now was inevitable. The problem with the protocol that we are now discussing undermines,...


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