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Brexit: New Partnership - Statement (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords—

Brexit: New Partnership - Statement (2 Feb 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, on page 63 of this White Paper, the Government say that they, “remain committed to European security”, and wish still to, “add value to EU foreign policy and security policy”. It goes on, of course, to talk about the civilian missions in Kosovo, Georgia and Ukraine, and says that those missions increased European stability. Is it the Government’s intention that, after...

Recent Changes to US Immigration Policy - Statement (30 Jan 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Baroness spoke about those who have indefinite leave to remain, and how they may be treated in the future. Will UK consular services be available to those with indefinite leave to remain who may get caught up in additional screening at their port of entry? In the past, we have had consular access in certain cases for not just foreign citizens but those with indefinite...

Voter Registration - Question (25 Jan 2017)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, have the Government done any calculations about the demographics of the electorate in coming years? Can the Government give any idea of the number of people aged 18 who will be joining the electoral register and the rate of attrition among older people who will be leaving the electoral register?

Aleppo - Private Notice Question (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the conditions for civilians in Eastern Aleppo and what prospect there is for humanitarian relief to reach those people.

Aleppo - Private Notice Question (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I beg leave to ask a Private Notice Question. In doing so, perhaps I may remind the House that I am the chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.

Aleppo - Private Notice Question (14 Dec 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, despite all that, it is almost four weeks since food or medical aid got into eastern Aleppo. Yesterday, the United Nations said that the Assad regime and its allies had executed 82 civilians, including 13 children. The ceasefire negotiated at the UN yesterday evening broke down this morning and the buses which were to evacuate people to places of safety have been withdrawn. We have...

Aviation: Sharm el-Sheikh - Question (3 Nov 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman of the British Egyptian Society, which is a charity. In that capacity, I have been to Egypt several times this year. I fully endorse everything that has been said about the importance of the safety of British citizens, but the impact of the situation on some of the poorest and most destitute people, who would normally be engaged in the tourism...

Brexit: Trade - Question (1 Nov 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce. Can the Minister confirm that there is nothing to inhibit discussions, and indeed agreements, on memoranda of understanding over trade even while we are a member of the European Union and that such memoranda of understanding might well then form the basis for trade agreements after we leave?

Brexit: British Embassies in EU Countries - Question (25 Oct 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords—

Brexit: British Embassies in EU Countries - Question (25 Oct 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the Minister recognise that many parts of the private sector are now actively recruiting among Foreign Office and UKTI officials, who have expertise around the whole area of Brexit, particularly trade? If so, can she tell the House what the Government are doing to try to retain those officials, who have experience over many years and who we cannot afford to lose from public service?

Brexit: Economic Impact - Question (18 Oct 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, last week a colleague of mine who sits on the board I chair told me that his company was removing its headquarters from London to Paris as a direct result of the decision to leave the European Union. Can the Minister tell us how many companies have already taken that decision, and whether, on this issue, the Government are at least keeping a running record of those decisions?

Iran: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Question (6 Sep 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, have Foreign Office Ministers called in the Iranian ambassador to discuss this issue and, if not, are there plans for Ministers to ask the Iranian ambassador to come into the Foreign Office to discuss it, since after all it is a really serious issue for us?

Brexit: Tourism and Hospitality Industries - Question (18 Jul 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, this time last week there was one Minister of Trade—a Minister of State—in this country; as of today, there are four Ministers for trade, including a Secretary of State. Can the noble Earl tell us if one of these Ministers will be specifically responsible for the issues of this Question—that is, the tourism and hospitality industries? If so, which one is it?

Hate Crime - Question (14 Jul 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, much of what has happened in schools is of course not hate crime, because the children involved are under the age of criminal responsibility. A number of anecdotes have been relayed to me, largely from members of my family who are teachers, about increases in racial abuse among very young schoolchildren. Are the Government keeping a record so that we know statistically whether there...

Universities: Erasmus Programme - Question (12 Jul 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister’s department will be keeping records of how many universities have already been in touch since the referendum vote expressing their concerns because they have already heard from partner universities under the Erasmus programme. Can she tell us how many universities have been in touch with her department to express their concerns about the future of their funding?

Rail Franchises - Question (11 Jul 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: On the question raised by the noble Lord, Lord Lexden, is the Minister saying that there is the possibility of compensation for those who have lost their jobs because of frequently arriving late at work or not arriving at all as a result of this dispute? Can he be specific on that point?

Junior Doctors: Contract - Private Notice Question (5 May 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I am not sure whether I am entirely happy with the Answer, but it is rather more hopeful than I was expecting and I am grateful to the Minister for it. This dispute is of enormous importance to everybody. If there is no resolution, what will the Government do when thousands of young doctors refuse to sign contracts later this year and instead opt to become locums?

Junior Doctors: Contract - Private Notice Question (5 May 2016)

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


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