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NHS: Diabetes - Question (9 Oct 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that some people suffer from forms of cancers that do not allow them to eat orally so they have to be intubated and the food with which they are intubated very often causes type 2 diabetes? Could more research not be done into forms of nourishment for people suffering from cancer who cannot eat orally?

Windrush - Question (12 Sep 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, if the Minister is so committed to getting this out in the open, why will the version of the report that is to be published be redacted?

United Nations Relief and Works Agency - Private Notice Question (4 Sep 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister said that Minister Burt—who I agree is an excellent Minister for the Middle East—is going to make a Statement on this issue later today. Will the Minister undertake to come back to this House, tomorrow or the day after, and repeat that Statement so that we can hear exactly what Minister Burt has said and have the opportunity to comment on it?

Academies: Gender Pay Gap - Question (25 Apr 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, will the Minister be kind enough to clarify whether he is a director of the Inspiration Trust while holding the office that he holds at the moment?

Brexit: European Council and Commission - Question (27 Mar 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, my noble friend Lord Foulkes was right: the statements read out by the noble Lord, Lord Bridges, are not compatible with each other. Will the noble Lord, Lord Callanan, undertake to clarify the position and to come back to the House with a clearer and more satisfactory answer than he has been able to give?

Working Group on Independent Complaints and Grievance Policy - Statement (8 Feb 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, as I am sure most noble Lords do, I welcome the report; it takes a difficult matter very seriously. However, there are a couple of points on which I would be grateful if the noble Baroness could provide us with some further information. The Statement says that the working group recognised that those who work in this place are often in the media spotlight and that vexatious and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (Continued) (30 Jan 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in opening the debate this morning, the noble Baroness the Leader of the House said that the Bill is not about our future relationship with the EU, but about process. As my noble friend Lord Foulkes said, the Bill paves the way to our leaving the EU while setting aside a series of treaties that this country, this Parliament and, in particular, this House, spent hours and hours...

NHS: Nurse Retention - Private Notice Question (17 Jan 2018)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister talked about the number of nurses on wards; can he say something about the numbers in accident and emergency departments? I had occasion recently to go with somebody to accident and emergency. The person in question was in dire straits and, when I spoke to the sister in charge, she said that there were waits of six, seven, eight hours every night in accident and...

Counter-Daesh Update - Statement (7 Nov 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Earl has been kind enough to say that he will take back to the Foreign Secretary the remarks of my noble friend Lord Reid concerning the case of Mrs Nazanin Ratcliffe. However, the Foreign Secretary says in this Statement that he is concerned at the suggestion that his remarks “had some bearing” on Mrs Ratcliffe’s case. I put it to the Minister that of course they...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (28 Jun 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the outcome of the Prime Minister’s decision to hold a general election specifically on Brexit now poses a real question about what is the overriding authority in relation to Britain’s membership of, or future relationship with, the European Union. I pick up very much on the theme that the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, has just outlined. Is that authority still last year’s...

Schools: Funding Formula - Question (21 Mar 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the Minister accept that these proposals have a disproportionate effect on small primary schools in rural areas? I declare an interest because the school in my village, of Vernham Dean in Hampshire, will have suffered a cut of £64,000 in relation to the money that was available to it only a year-and-a-half ago. I wonder whether the Minister can accept that these proposals will...

European Council - Statement (14 Mar 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, there is no reference in this Statement to any joint European response to the appalling famine in South Sudan. This is the first declaration of famine in the world for a number of years, and 2 million people are at imminent risk of starvation. Was this simply ignored in the meeting last week? Was it discussed in the margins? I am bound to say I was very surprised not to see any...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Commons Reasons (13 Mar 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the notes to Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty say that, “the Council needs to obtain the European Parliament’s consent … voting by a simple majority of the votes cast, before it can conclude the withdrawal agreement”. That means that all Members of the European Parliament, including of course UK Members, have the legal right to vote on any final agreement, or lack of it,...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I do not know what people will feel like in two years’ time. We know that the demographics will have changed and that young people will be coming on to the electoral register and, as we all know, young people have taken a very different view about our leaving the EU to that taken by older people who will no longer be able to vote. I have two specific questions to ask the Minister....

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The point that the Supreme Court made was that it had not tested the point about revocability. I say to the noble Lord, who knows what the outcome would be if it were asked to do that? The political position now is that the Supreme Court has not made that judgment, and it took going to the court to get the views that we have. When we get to the end of this whole discussion, I wonder what the...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Report (Continued) (7 Mar 2017)

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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

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European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Committee (2nd Day) (1 Mar 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I have put on one side the remarks that I was going to make because I want to concentrate on the remarks made by the right reverend Prelate—I am sorry, the most reverend Primate—and I do so declaring my interest as a member of the Church of England and a regular churchgoer. The most reverend Primate seemed to base his argument on two points. The first was that the EU would agree...

Bilateral Trade: Sri Lanka - Question (28 Feb 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce. These free trade agreements—not just in Sri Lanka, but elsewhere—are a crucial part of government strategy over Brexit. In your Lordships’ House there is a great deal of interest in how they will develop. Will the Minister consider convening a meeting of interested Peers to brief us on how free...

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill - Second Reading (2nd Day) (21 Feb 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I do not believe that leaving the European Union is in the best interests of this country. I voted to remain. I very much wish that the remain side had prevailed in the referendum. However, it did not. The people of this country voted decisively—not overwhelmingly, but certainly decisively—to leave, with a majority of 1.3 million over we remainers. However, as others, including...


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