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Royal Mail — Statement (1 Apr 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, surely, the point is that this is not being said with hindsight because these points were made at the time of the sale. I am bound to say that, listening to the Minister, for whom I have a great deal of respect, I agree with my noble friend Lord Foulkes: I am astonished by the complacency of the Government’s position. He talks as if there was no criticism in the NAO report, but...

Libya: Arms to the IRA — Question (25 Mar 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, is the noble Baroness not right, though, to stress to the House the fact that the Libyan authorities are essentially transient? The problem is the frequent changes in those authorities and those who hold government office. Has that not been further complicated by the law of political isolation that has been introduced in Libya, whereby one group of Ministers do not speak to—or,...

Women: Inequality in Political and Public Life — Question (6 Mar 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Does the Minister acknowledge that we should not get too gloomy given that the only Lord Speakers in this House have both been women and that, of the five most recent Leaders of the House, three have been women? Perhaps this appointed House has some advantages in terms of what we are able to do to ensure that women reach the places they should be in.

Welfare: Cost of Family Breakdown — Question (4 Mar 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in answering my noble friend Lady Sherlock, the noble Lord was unequivocal that the Government do not have targets on sanctions. Will he, therefore, instruct government offices which have charts on their walls, such as my noble friend Lady Sherlock described in asking her question, to take them down?

Flooding: Agricultural Areas — Question (3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I declare an interest as my own village, Vernham Dean in rural Hampshire, has been very badly affected by the flooding. In our village, some householders have been told that although their insurance is valid if there is rising river water, it is invalid if flooding is as a result of rising water through the water table. This is preposterous on the part of insurance companies. Will...

Syria and the Middle East — Motion to Take Note (27 Feb 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, for opening this important and very timely debate today, and for doing so with her customary openness and breadth of knowledge on the Middle East. May I direct your Lordships to my entry in the register of interests as chairman of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the British Egyptian Society, among other things? This is a...

Ukraine, Syria and Iran — Statement (24 Feb 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords—

Ukraine, Syria and Iran — Statement (24 Feb 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, on Syria, in discussing UNSCR 2139, the Minister made the point that it was passed unanimously, which is very much to be welcomed. However, did the British Government press for it to be a chapter 7 resolution? As the Statement rightly said, the passing of the resolution is an important achievement but it will only make a practical difference if it is implemented in full. As it is...

Health: Folic Acid — Question (24 Feb 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, can the Minister tell us who is actually doing the assessment on the data that are available so far? The noble Earl finds himself in a difficult position as we revisit this question almost on a monthly basis. A number of us are at a total loss to know why he cannot tell us when a decision will be taken. Will the assessment be made in his department and, if not, where is the...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (2nd Day) (31 Jan 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Will those government officials who are dealing with the strictly government parts of this Bill—I am bound to say that it is hard to know what the government parts are, because the Liberal Democrat party seems to be opposing the Bill vociferously—also therefore be making their advice available to the spokesman for the other part of the Government, the noble Baroness, Lady Falkner of...

Scotland: Independence — Question (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, would there even be a United Kingdom if the vote was a positive one? After all, Northern Ireland is not a kingdom and never has been, and Wales is a Principality. “United Kingdom” refers to the fact that there are the two kingdoms of England and of Scotland. Will we have to change the name of this country in such an eventuality?

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the noble Lord has twice made the point with a great rhetorical flourish that he hears no other date being mentioned. However, he is the sponsor of the Bill that specifies the date and so far I have not heard a single reason why 2017 is the right one. I heard the noble Lord, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard, give a series of reasons why it is the wrong one. My noble friend Lord Triesman told...

European Union (Referendum) Bill — Committee (1st Day) (24 Jan 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I would like to ask the noble Lord, Lord Dobbs, a question that I do not think has been put so far. Does he not feel a little uneasy about bringing forward this enormously important Bill in full knowledge that by doing so at this time this House would be unable to do its constitutional duty—its foremost and most important one—which is to suggest amendments to legislation without...

International Trade — Motion to Take Note (23 Jan 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Harrison for his opening remarks, culminating as they did in his almost impassioned plea for greater recognition of the importance of trade. I declare an interest as chairman of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce and so, perhaps unsurprisingly, I shall concentrate my brief remarks on trade with the Arab Middle East. In spite of the current upheaval,...

Ministry of Defence: IT Systems — Statement (14 Jan 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does the noble Lord not accept that my noble friend Lord West made a very important point about soldiers inspiring young people to want to join the Armed Forces? In the same way, you could say that excellent doctors or lawyers have a role in inspiring young people to join the medical or legal profession. Surely it was a mistake to cut out that role from the Army and Armed Forces and...

Businesses: Employee-shareholder Scheme — Question (9 Jan 2014)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, will the Minister confirm that Ministers in this House, when they answer Questions, answer on behalf of the Government, not on behalf of their departments?

Syria: Aid — Private Notice Question (18 Dec 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, the Miliband report very specifically pinpointed the issue of the shortage of vaccinations. Can the noble Baroness tell us a little more about what is being done, as the lack of vaccinations endangers public health in general and is particularly dangerous, of course, to young children?

Iran — Statement (25 Nov 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I associate myself with all the congratulations that have been offered to those who we can name because of their pre-eminent role in what has happened but also to those many diplomats whose names we do not know. One of the facilities that has caused most concern is the underground nuclear facility where uranium enrichment has not been carried out at a nuclear level but has certainly...

Philippines: Emergency Aid — Private Notice Question (12 Nov 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to get emergency aid to the people of the Philippines.

Philippines: Emergency Aid — Private Notice Question (12 Nov 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that response. This natural disaster looks like being one of the worst to have been experienced worldwide in the past decade. Does the Minister really believe that £10 million is sufficient, given that there are 800,000 people in immediate and dire need of water, medical supplies and food? Can she give us an assurance that this figure will be kept under...


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