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Trade Union Bill - Report (16 Mar 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, I put to him the point that the noble Lord, Lord Burns, made in putting this amendment before the House. The argument is not about the principle of the opt-in process—it was clearly put in the governing party’s manifesto. The argument is about whether it is being done fairly. The noble Lord simply argued about the principle but the amendment is...

Armed Services: War Crimes - Question (1 Mar 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister was unable to answer the specific point raised by my noble friend Lord West of Spithead in relation to Ireland. Would he be kind enough to write to him on that?

Sudan - Question (29 Feb 2016)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Baroness has described the terrible situation described by the noble Baroness, Lady Cox, as merely disturbing. We then listened to what the noble Lord, Lord Alton, told us about the horrific atrocities being committed, and the noble Baroness said that these matters were a setback. Surely Her Majesty’s Government can produce a more robust response to these terrible...

Employment: Job Creation — Question (16 Dec 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Minister gave us the figures in raw terms as 350,000 in the UK and 1.8 million across the EU as a whole, but can he give us the figures as a percentage of the population of working age?

Flood Defences — Question (3 Dec 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I declare an interest as my own village of Vernham Dean was badly affected by flooding last year, although I personally was not affected. Can the Minister assure the House that the Government have had discussions with the insurance companies to ensure that payments are made promptly when people are badly affected and have to leave their homes?

Syria: UK Military Action — Motion to Take Note (2 Dec 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, first, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hague of Richmond, for his terrific maiden speech. I am sure that we all look forward to many more speeches from him. I will raise three different questions during this short address. First, like many people, I remain to be convinced about the Prime Minister’s confidence regarding ground forces, particularly the 70,000 Syrian opposition fighters...

Syria: Foreign Affairs Committee Report — Statement (26 Nov 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Statement says that we are now seeing Iran and Saudi Arabia sitting down at the same table as Russia, America, France, Turkey and Britain. These are not easy bedfellows. Many of these different parts of the coalition have long-standing, real, substantive difficulties with each other. Page 8 of the Statement says that the full answer cannot be achieved until there is a new Syrian...

Aviation Security — Statement (5 Nov 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I return to the position of the British citizens currently stranded in Sharm el-Sheikh. Various assessments of the numbers involved have ranged up to 20,000, although some of the travel agencies have said that the number is nearer to 12,000. Will the Minister update us? On the question of consular support, have consular officials been brought in from neighbouring jurisdictions?...

President Sisi: Visit — Question (2 Nov 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chair of the British Egyptian Society, which is a cultural organisation dealing with educational and cultural links with Egypt. Does the Minister accept that it was under the previous regime of the Muslim Brotherhood that many women in Egypt lost their rights? Many of the women I know told me—perhaps the noble Earl has had similar experiences—that...

Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Oct 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I beg the noble Earl’s pardon. I have the greatest respect for him, but in her speech my noble friend Lady Hollis said explicitly that she had drafted her amendment with the help of the Clerk of the Parliaments, and the Clerk of the Parliaments said that it is not a fatal amendment. Is the noble Earl challenging that?

Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 — Motion to Approve (26 Oct 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Does the noble Lord, Lord Lawson, think that the Clerk of the Parliaments was nitpicking when he told my noble friend that statutory instruments were not covered by financial privilege? That was said unequivocally by the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Trafficking: Children — Question (15 Oct 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Further to the very important point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Doocey, in her supplementary question, surely Ministers should insist, now, that statistics on children and adults should be separated. The noble Baroness made an enormously telling point—of which I was ignorant—and I hope that the Minister can give her a positive assurance about it.

BBC: Charter 2017 — Question (17 Sep 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, following on from the question of by the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, what possible justification is there for the advisory panel not taking its evidence in public?

Syria: Refugees and Counterterrorism — Statement (7 Sep 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I welcome the Statement’s explicit commitment—

Syria: Refugees and Counterterrorism — Statement (7 Sep 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords—

Syria: Refugees and Counterterrorism — Statement (7 Sep 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I would be grateful if the Minister could clarify a couple of points in the Statement. It makes the point that this country has provided sanctuary for more than 5,000 Syrians so far. It goes on to say that we will settle up to 20,000 Syrian refugees over the Parliament. Are we in total proposing to settle 25,000 or are the 5,000 already subsumed in the 20,000 mentioned later in the...

BBC Charter Review — Statement (16 Jul 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Statement says that the review will also look at the impact the BBC has on the commercial sector. It goes on to say, however, that there is evidence that the BBC helps drive up standards and boost investment, but also concern that public funding does not undermine commercial business. On the one hand we have evidence and on the other concerns. Can the noble Baroness tell us who...

Iran: Nuclear Deal — Statement (15 Jul 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in the Statement which the noble Baroness repeated, she said that the IAEA and Iran had agreed what I believe she called a road map of actions to implement the agreement. Can she tell us whether this road map is in the public domain and, if so, whether she will ensure that it goes into the Library of the House? Secondly, I declare an interest as chair of the Saudi-British Joint...

Caste Discrimination — Question (15 Jul 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, will the Minister please write to my noble friend who raised the question of the periodic review and let him, and indeed others who are interested, know when it will take place?


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