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Occupational Pensions: Survivor Benefits — Question (13 Jul 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in her initial Answer the Minister said that the Government were absolutely committed to equality. Everything she has said subsequently has mitigated that absolute statement. Will she please reiterate: are the Government absolutely committed on this issue, or are they going to equivocate in the ways that her answers have so far done?

Tunisia and European Council — Statement (29 Jun 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in answering an earlier question on the Statement, which she repeated, the noble Baroness the Leader of the House said that the issues would take time. One of the really difficult things is the feeling that we may not have an awful lot of time to deal with some of them. There are now 4 million displaced people in Syria, which is causing huge disruption and real difficulty in Jordan...

Clandestine Migrants — Statement (8 Jun 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, we have seen disturbing reports recently that some of the boats crossing the Mediterranean have contained not only migrants. On occasion there is evidence that some of those on board have come from the so-called Islamic State and are trying to penetrate parts of Europe. Can the Minister tell us whether there is anything to suggest that any of the people on the boat which has just...

Defence Budget — Question (4 Mar 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords—

Defence Budget — Question (4 Mar 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Minister said that it is the primary responsibility of Government to provide for the security and defence of the country. Does he not therefore acknowledge that the defence budget needs as much security in its expenditure as Parliament has already given to its expenditure on international aid?

Tehran: British Embassy — Question (2 Mar 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, as the noble Lord has raised the question of human rights in Iran, will he undertake that the Government, if they do reopen the embassy, will start a discussion again on human rights in Iran and, very particularly, the hanging of underage young people?

Russia: Armed Forces — Question (5 Feb 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, can the Minister assure the House that when the explanation is received from the Russian ambassador about what those Russian planes were doing so close to our waters, it will be published and a copy put in the Library of the House?

Yemen — Statement (21 Jan 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I am sure the whole House will feel relief at what the Minister has been able to say about the safety of our staff in the embassy. However, in the past, the British embassy and the British ambassador—a different, former ambassador—have been directly targeted. Will the Minister assure us that all non-essential staff have already been able to leave San’a? She mentioned the role...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I wanted to make exactly the same point as that made by the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay. I will not repeat it, but I ask my noble and learned friend to consider carefully the point that she just made about the actual timing of giving any drugs that would terminate life. I wanted to make one other small point about something that the noble Lord, Lord Warner, said earlier about...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, is that not taken into account by the use of the word “assisted”? No one is trying to pretend that this is something without other people there, but the word “assisted” assisted implies that there are other participants around. The noble Lord, in deliberately ignoring one of the words in “assisted suicide”, is in danger, as has been said, of being misleading in what he...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The noble Lord mentioned that legal aid should also be available to members of the family and my noble and learned friend Lord Falconer made the same point. Would he take that view if members of the family were opposed to the wish of the person seeking assisted suicide? For example, if parents of a young person of 18 or 19 wanted to intervene, would his amendment cover the position of such...

Syrian Refugees — Question (13 Jan 2015)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, was not the Minister right when she said a little earlier that a long-term political solution is needed, and that this is a short-term crisis? She has acknowledged that this is one of the cruellest winters in the Middle East, and children are dying now—they cannot wait for the long-term political solution to come forward. Can she tell us whether the Government will review the...

Syria: Refugees — Statement (10 Dec 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, of course the noble Lord, Lord Cormack, is absolutely right that the only solution in the long term is a political solution, but it is a longer-term solution. I hope the Minister listened very carefully to what the noble Lord, Lord Alton, said. It is winter; this is an emergency. There are enormous difficulties for those countries which have been so generous in the region,...

EU: Reform — Question (19 Nov 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, will the Minister reflect a moment longer on the Answer she gave to the noble Lord, Lord Maclennan of Rogart, about the idea of a convention, which was echoed to some extent by the noble Lord, Lord Howell of Guildford? It is not just a question of Heads of Government making decisions; it is a question of Heads of Government being able to convince their Parliaments about what is...

Afghanistan — Question (30 Oct 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in answering a question, the Minister mentioned the possibility of a private sector donors conference, as well as a conference involving civil society. Can he give the House any further information about that? Is it likely to happen in association with the main conference or at a different time? There are many people who are extremely interested in that possibility, so it would be...

ISIL: Iraq and Syria — Statement (16 Oct 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I, too, welcome the Statement, following the Foreign Secretary’s visit. It was, however, a very grim Statement. It is appalling that up to 30% of Iraq’s populated territory could now be under ISIL control. I return to the point made by my noble friend Lord Robertson. The Statement is unequivocal on two points: first, in relation to Syria, it says that the UK strongly supports...

Iraq — Motion to Take Note (26 Sep 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I, too, support the Government’s position. I do so, first, because I believe that there is a real threat to the United Kingdom, to our people here in this country, and to the many innocent British citizens overseas, as we have witnessed all too graphically in the hideously cruel murders that have been committed. Secondly, I support the Government because of the humanitarian threat...

Leader of the House of Lords — Motion to Regret (28 Jul 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I support the Motion so ably moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Boothroyd. I make clear at the outset that I very much support that part of the Motion that welcomes the noble Baroness, Lady Stowell of Beeston, to her new post and new responsibilities. Like so many noble Lords in this House, I am only sorry that she should have been appointed in such a way as to cause so much...

Leader of the House of Lords — Motion to Regret (28 Jul 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The Prime Minister's letter of 22 July, which the noble Lord, Lord MacGregor has referred to, says that the Leader of the House of Lords should, “as a general rule, always be a full member of the Cabinet”. The word “always” cannot be qualified by the words “as a general rule”. Either the Leader of this House should always be a member of the Cabinet, as has been the case, or it is...

Ukraine (Shooting Down of MH17) and Gaza — Statement (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, my first question is about the part of the Statement dealing with MH17. During the course of the weekend there were widespread reports that the black box had been removed from the wreckage of the aircraft, so that investigators—independent people—could not look at it. Do the Government have any independent evidence to indicate whether the black box has indeed been taken away...


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