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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...

Iran and Syria — Statement (11 Nov 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, is there not a much more difficult problem about Iran? There are effectively two Governments there. The Minister is talking about discussions taking place under the Rouhani leadership, but back in Tehran, there is a religious leadership that has already tried to rein in the new Government back, in respect of the steps that they have taken towards rapprochement with the rest of the...

Syria — Question for Short Debate (30 Oct 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, I start by thanking the noble Baroness, Lady Jenkin of Kennington, for that quite remarkable speech. She vividly brought the plight of women in Syria to our attention. I also join her in thanking the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Coventry for introducing the debate with such clarity, and indeed such conviction. The conflict in Syria has obviously had a huge impact on the...

Syria: Humanitarian Aid — Question (21 Oct 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Can the noble Baroness tell the House what humanitarian aid is being given to the Christian community in Syria? In particular have the Government made representations about the disappearance of Archbishop Yohanna of Aleppo who disappeared earlier this year on 23 April?

Identity Cards — Question (16 Oct 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, in that case, will the noble Lord reconsider his answer to the noble Lord, Lord Cormack? He said that he could not agree with him because there would be a charge on the Exchequer. Passports are already paid for by individuals on a basis that covers the costs. So are visas. If we can cover the costs for passports and visas, why could we not do it for an identity card? Will the...

Badgers — Private Notice Question ( 9 Oct 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, does not the Minister have to reflect on the point raised by the noble Lord, Lord May? We were told by the experts that there were 2,700 badgers in the area concerned, and we are now told that the experts think there were actually fewer than 1,400. If the experts who supported the policy got the numbers so wrong in the first place, does that not undermine public confidence in the...

Syria: Humanitarian Assistance — Question ( 8 Oct 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, can the noble Baroness tell the House what aid is being given directly to Jordan, which is a country with little energy, scarce water and few natural resources, but which has extended extraordinary humanitarian aid to those fleeing from the violence in Syria? Jordan has been a good friend to this country in many ways and many of us would hope that Her Majesty’s Government are...

Cigarette Packaging — Question (25 Jul 2013)

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: My Lords, given that the Government clearly wanted to make the distinction between strategy and policy, would the Minister have another shot at answering the question raised by my noble friend Lord Foulkes? If he is unable to do so, perhaps he could consult with his colleagues who made such a distinction and write to my noble friend to explain why that distinction was made and what it meant.


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