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Defence: Better Defence Acquisition — Statement (10 Jun 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I welcome the Statement from the Minister and I particularly welcome the bipartisan way in which he approached it. Does the Minister agree, however, that there is an internal tension in defence procurement because of the very length of time that any procurement takes? The aircraft carriers, for example, have been at the top of the agenda for about the past 14 years, so inevitably...

Egypt — Question (10 Jun 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Government are about to host the G8 conference and much of it will be focused on the Deauville partnership about Arab countries in transition. To revert to the specific question raised by my noble friend Lady Cox, in hosting the G8, will the Government take any specific initiatives to progress religious tolerance?

Health: Cancer — Question (20 May 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the Minister agree that some forms of cancer, particularly the leukaemias and, within those, acute myeloid leukaemia, need a very aggressive form of chemotherapy in order to maintain life and that that necessarily includes the very high risk of infection through blood poisoning or diseases affecting lung capacity? Where the only alternative to very aggressive forms of...

Iraq: Chilcot Inquiry — Question (22 Apr 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, can the Leader of the House tell the House what is the period within which the people mentioned in the report have to respond to the report?

Taxation: Avoidance — Question (14 Mar 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Lord mentioned tax avoidance in the context of the G8, which this country is hosting later this year. Are there any plans to involve HMRC in discussions on the Deauville process with regard to the Arab countries in transition that want or need to look again at their tax systems?

Media: Press Regulation — Question (14 Feb 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, when the Minister was at the Dispatch Box, he stressed the importance of victims-and he did so again in the Statement that we had from the Commons yesterday. Could he tell us whether the victims-the Dowlers, the McCanns-believe that the charter is going to serve their needs, and whether they support that, instead of the underpinning recommended by Lord Justice Leveson?

Ministerial CodeQuestion (13 Feb 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the coalition agreement does indeed make the point about collective responsibility, where the two parties agreed that on certain issues they might not be able to vote together. I have two points. First, does the noble Lord not acknowledge that the coalition agreement has had no endorsement from the British public and that it is very odd for the current Government just to set aside...

Ministerial CodeQuestion (13 Feb 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Where was that explicitly set aside?

EU: Prime Minister's Speech — Motion to Take Note (31 Jan 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Noakes, for introducing this debate today. I will address one very specific point about the Prime Minister's speech that raises a serious constitutional issue around the Civil Service. In the passage dealing with a possible in-out referendum, the Prime Minister said, "Legislation will be drafted before the next election. And if a Conservative...

Syria — Private Notice Question (31 Jan 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I agree strongly with what the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford, said and I also understand the reluctance of the noble Baroness to speculate. However, one thing about which we need not speculate is that the Russians have made a very forthright statement about these reported air strikes. Can the Minister tell us what bilateral exchanges we are having with the Russians about this...

Algeria — Statement (21 Jan 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I am sure we all agree with the noble Lord, Lord Hannay, that the responsibility for this hideous incident lies entirely with the terrorists concerned. I hope that the Leader of the House also agrees that there is a real problem about regional security in that part of north Africa. I want particularly to raise with him the unresolved issue over the western Sahara. In recent years,...

Public Libraries — Question (10 Jan 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Following up the previous two questions, would the noble Lord be kind enough to place in the Library a list of where these libraries have been closed? I think that he cited in his initial answer that 76 permanent libraries have been closed. Would he please publish a list of exactly where those libraries are?

Syria: Humanitarian Aid — Question (18 Dec 2012)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, may I press the noble Baroness further about the situation in Jordan? When he was in this country last week, the King of Jordan stressed the urgency of the situation in a very small country which has few natural resources of its own. It also has a further refugee problem with the Palestinians. To echo the question specifically in relation to Jordan, what proportion of the money we...

Syria: Chemical Weapons — Private Notice Question (4 Dec 2012)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the briefing from the United States Department of Defense that their intelligence sources have detected the movement of Syrian chemical weapons components in recent days; and President Obama's statement yesterday that Syria would be held accountable for any use of such weapons.

Syria: Chemical Weapons — Private Notice Question (4 Dec 2012)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I beg leave to ask a Question of which I have given private notice.

Syria: Chemical Weapons — Private Notice Question (4 Dec 2012)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that Answer. Today the Secretary-General of NATO has echoed President Obama's view that any use by Syria of chemical weapons would be completely unacceptable. Can the Minister tell us what discussions Her Majesty's Government are having on this issue with the United States of America and within NATO, and will she confirm media reports that Foreign Ministers...

Leveson Inquiry — Statement (29 Nov 2012)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords-

Leveson Inquiry — Statement (29 Nov 2012)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Deputy Prime Minister's Statement makes the very important point that the statutory underpinning of the Press Council of Ireland is accepted by those very newspapers that have become so hysterical about the possibility of statutory underpinning in this country. Will the Deputy Leader of the House assure the House that this crucially important point will not be lost in the...

Middle East: Gaza and Syria — Statement (20 Nov 2012)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords-


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