Results 1–20 of 2135 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sam Gyimah

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Sam Gyimah: My right hon. Friend the Member for Putney (Justine Greening) hit the nail on the head when she said in her speech that, at a time of constitutional and political crisis in this country, every minute we spend on politics as usual and business as usual is a disaster for this country. On the issue of Brexit, the Opposition have been completely absent from the field. It seems to me that the...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Sam Gyimah: I will come on to security in a second. It is not just Labour Members who feel threatened by the mob. Journalists have needed protection at the Labour party conference, and it was one of Labour’s own MPs who called their party institutionally racist. Also, 40% of British Jews would consider leaving this country. Why? Because the Leader of the Opposition has spent a lifetime hanging around...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Sam Gyimah: I need to carry on. No Prime Minister should be an enemy of our democracy or of our institutions. I was surprised to hear the shadow Justice Secretary say that we needed to ensure that our judiciary represented society. What could go wrong when politicians start trying to make our independent judiciary representative of our society? The next point is security. During the 2017 general...

Business of the House (Today): No Confidence in Her Majesty’s Government (16 Jan 2019)

Sam Gyimah: We are members of NATO, and we believe that an attack on one is an attack on all. We are committed to defending our allies. So what would happen if we had a Prime Minister who was not committed to NATO? The entire western alliance, and everything it is based on, would be completely undermined. I will vote with the Government today on the principle that there are certain things that no Prime...

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The Prime Minister is right to say that the House needs to honour the result of the 2016 referendum, and that need was why many of us in this House voted to embark on the article 50 process. The Prime Minister then set her red lines in January 2017, after which we went into a general election. The direct consequence of that general election was the loss of our Conservative majority and the...

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Sam Gyimah: It is with a sense of trepidation that I stand to speak from the Back Benches for the first time in six years and for the first time since I resigned last Friday in order to vote against this withdrawal agreement. I loved my job. Innovation, scientific endeavour and our universities represent the best of Britain, and they underpin our future and our place in the world, so I did not take the...

Immigration (Time Limit on Detention): [2nd Allotted Day] (5 Dec 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The concerns were raised and were discussed. We signed a transition deal on the basis of best endeavours, only to realise that that was not the basis on which the other side was operating. I bear no grudge against the EU for putting the EU first. I bear no grudge against the EU for aggressively prosecuting its interests. What does concern me is that, given the political declaration that we...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: Better late than never. I will always be delighted to visit Taunton—my hon. Friend is a great champion of her constituency. My Department is now engaging at official level to understand how these prospective developments could fit with the industrial strategy.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (20 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: I congratulate Paignton on that new hotel. Through the industrial strategy, we are investing in digital connectivity and transport, which should make areas such as Torbay even more attractive than at present.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Tuition Fees: Social Mobility (12 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The proportion of 18-year-olds from disadvantaged backgrounds entering full-time higher education is up from 13.6% in 2009 to 20.4% in 2017, so disadvantaged 18-year-olds were 50% more likely to enter HE than in 2009. That is a record that this Government can be proud of.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Tuition Fees: Social Mobility (12 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The example of the Scottish Government is not one that is worth copying. We know that in Scotland, because tuition is free, resource per student is lower, and therefore disadvantaged students in Scotland have to wait for English students ahead of them in clearing because they pay more money. That is not an example we will be copying.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Tuition Fees: Social Mobility (12 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: My right hon. Friend is, as ever, absolutely right. In Scotland, the opportunity for disadvantaged students is capped, but that for international students is uncapped. That is not a record worth copying.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Tuition Fees: Social Mobility (12 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: The hon. Gentleman is asking me to comment on leaks, and it will be no surprise to him that I will not comment on any leaks about an independent review. However, I will say that ensuring there is opportunity for everyone and creating opportunities that satisfy the skills our country needs is at the heart of the review. It is in the terms of reference, and that is what I will be looking for in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Tuition Fees: Social Mobility (12 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: I take slight issue with the point my hon. Friend makes in the sense that there are degrees that do not lead to higher earnings but are of incredible value—for example, for people who go into social work or nursing—but we need to ensure that every degree is of the right quality and gives students the best opportunity. That is why the new regulator, the Office for Students, which has the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Higher Education: Overseas Collaboration (12 Nov 2018)

Sam Gyimah: I have had conversations with the Home Secretary about the Migration Advisory Committee review and its implications for the higher education sector. We of course want to ensure that academics and researchers can come to the UK and collaborate with the brightest and the best.


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