Nick Thomas-Symonds: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me early in this debate on the Loyal Address and giving me the opportunity of making my maiden speech. As another lawyer who is new to the House—it could be a theme this afternoon— I start by paying tribute to the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) and her contribution earlier. I can safely say that it set the...
Nick Thomas-Symonds: I thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make a contribution in this debate, and I congratulate you on your recent election victory. I also congratulate the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife (Douglas Chapman) on his maiden speech. I was particularly pleased to hear the tribute to Andrew Carnegie and his well-known social conscience. I thought that his passion and commitment...
Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, and I thank the hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness (Graham Stuart) for securing this important debate. I want to bring to the Minister’s attention some issues that have been brought to me by some of my constituents who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. As he is aware, Parkinson’s is a progressive, incurable disease. It...
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people and households with no access to the internet are able to claim benefits.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to support benefit claimants in managing their money on a (a) monthly and (b) fortnightly basis.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will set out the timetable for the roll-out of universal credit in Torfaen.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to protect bees from the effects of toxic pesticides.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: What his policy is on maintaining the level of financial support provided to carers.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: Young carers in our society perform a vital role, often balancing their responsibility of caring with work or study, yet young carers in full-time education are not entitled to carer’s allowance. What will the Secretary of State do to remedy that injustice?
Nick Thomas-Symonds: Does the Secretary of State agree that central to reducing crime rates overall is reducing the rate of reoffending? Does he therefore also agree that to cut rehabilitative services, and funding for them, ultimately would be counter- productive in the long term?
Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Teresa Pearce) on securing this important debate. It is more than 10 years since I first picked up files from the Crown Prosecution Service, when I was a young pupil barrister, to prosecute what was known as the magistrates list. Much has changed at the CPS since...
Nick Thomas-Symonds: While we are discussing participation, will my hon. Friend take the opportunity to praise those who enable others to participate in sport—those who drive the buses, cut the grass, make the food and drink, and carry the bags week after week, as they have done in rugby clubs up and down my constituency for many, many generations? Do they not also perform a vital role?
Nick Thomas-Symonds: The roll-out of universal credit has begun in my constituency, with it having been available to single new claimants since April. It has enormous implications for very vulnerable people, many of whom do not have access to the internet and now have to get used to managing money differently. Will the Leader of the House find time for a debate on access to universal credit for the most...
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the savings to the public purse arising from the under-occupancy penalty in Torfaen constituency in financial year 2014-15.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost to the public purse was of payment of (a) out-of-work and (b) in-work benefits to people in Torfaen constituency in financial year 2014-15.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the Government's projected £12 billion reduction in welfare expenditure that will take place in Torfaen constituency.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of people liable to the under-occupancy penalty (a) found alternative accommodation and (b) paid the penalty.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: Many of my constituents who will be visiting Greece over the next few weeks will have heard the Chancellor’s advice about carrying a sufficient number of euros with them for the duration of their holiday. Given that this is a fast-moving situation, and that many people may be concerned about the safety implications of carrying large amounts of cash, will he undertake to monitor access to...
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving police officers there were in Torfaen constituency on (a) 6 May 2010 and (b) 7 May 2015.
Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many contested employment tribunal cases there were in England and Wales in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012, (d) 2013 and (e) 2014.