Results 181–200 of 1477 for speaker:Nick Thomas-Symonds

Written Answers — Home Office: Contact Tracing: Passengers (6 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many contacts Public Health England has made to addresses given by people on Passenger Locator Forms, returning from countries that are not exempt from the Government's travel corridors, since 3 July 2020.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Minister for his opening speech, and for his briefings and approach to this Bill. He has been generous with his time and I appreciate that. First, I thank our police and security services, the National Crime Agency and wider law enforcement for the work they do in keeping us safe. Those on the frontline put themselves in danger every day to help others, to protect us and...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I of course welcome the oversight that has been introduced for our intelligence services; the situation is very different from how it was in decades past. However, that does not detract from the additional safeguards that are needed in this specific Bill. Under the Bill as it stands—I am quoting, because I want to press the Minister on this point—authorisations for participation in...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I was relieved to have the reassurance that my right hon. Friend’s experience did not involve him personally, but he is entirely right about the reassurances that are necessary in terms of each and every case. As the Minister has said, there is a section 19 certification from the Home Secretary on the face of the Bill regarding its compatibility with convention rights. In addition to that,...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. If the Bill does not have those safeguards on its face as it should, it will simply be successfully challenged in our courts. It is in nobody’s interests for that position to pertain, which is why I am making this point, on which I hope we can work on a cross-party basis.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The right hon. Gentleman refers to the Investigatory Powers Commissioner, an issue to which I will return in a moment, but what he is actually referring to is one of the instances where the Government have tried to argue that the Human Rights Act did not apply. It is precisely for that reason, and because such arguments were raised in the past, that I am raising the point that I am.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend, both on the Canada model and on the point, which I put to the Government, that we cannot have a situation in future where there is any doubt about what was meant on the face of this Bill. We cannot have the Government having put forward on their behalf the argument that the Human Rights Act somehow does not apply.

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: No, and the right hon. Gentleman illustrates precisely the point I am making. That is why the position has to be crystal clear. We cannot have a situation where such arguments are being put in written submissions, or in other ways, before a tribunal or indeed any other court. The public limit—this reassurance—is so important because, as I have said, if the Government do not get it right,...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful for the right hon. Gentleman’s support in that matter, and I am happy that the Minister has made clear that this legislation has no impact on the search for justice in relation to that appalling practice. The aim of this legislation should be to keep people safe and bring dangerous criminals to justice. I appreciate the assurance that this does not, and is not designed in any...

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill (5 Oct 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I certainly would never use divisive rhetoric about those before our courts who are protecting people’s rights; we should be absolutely clear about that. This Bill is on the narrow issue of criminal conduct. It should not and would not have anything to do with trade union and lawful activity, and if it ever did, it would, of course, be strongly opposed. On my hon. Friend’s final point,...

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this debate, having taken the Bill through its Committee stages back in March. We come to the House today to debate the renewal of the provisions of the Coronavirus Act, in the gravest of circumstances. Here in the United Kingdom, we have seen over 42,000 deaths, lives altered in ways unimaginable a year ago, and our economy facing one of the...

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. The UK Government need to get a grip and work with the other Governments and local councils around the United Kingdom on an equal basis. Right at the start of the pandemic, the World Health Organisation said that we should “test, test, test”, and it was clear that that would be a vital element in regaining any form of normality. The Government had...

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Yes, I have indeed installed the app. It has taken a significant time and a significant amount of wasted money to actually appear, but it has finally appeared and I would encourage all hon. and right hon. Members to download it.

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The lesson with promises from this Government is that we always need them in writing, and even then they are not necessarily delivered.

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Moving swiftly on. In England, the number of tests, the availability of tests and the turnaround time simply are not good enough. So dire is the situation that the Prime Minister is arguing with the Health Secretary over whether testing even matters. The Health Secretary has said that “finding where the people are who test positive is the single most important thing that we must do to stop...

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. She saves me from coming to another part of my speech. Quality scrutiny is available across the House on a cross-party basis, and we have had no credible explanation for why this debate is limited to 90 minutes. The rights that I have referred to, relating to the easements that the Government are pushing forward, protect vulnerable people—those who need...

Coronavirus Act 2020 (Review of Temporary Provisions) (30 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The hon. and learned Lady is absolutely right. The problem comes with “potentially infected persons”. It is a very poorly drafted schedule, and that is why we are seeing these consequences. I urge the Health Secretary again to look at it. As we tighten restrictions and ask for more sacrifices from people, the economic support is being lowered. The Government claim that jobs are unviable,...

Home Department: Topical Questions (28 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I know that I speak for the whole House in saying how devastated we all were to hear of the death of Sergeant Matt Ratana on Friday. The tributes we have heard have been heartfelt and deeply moving, and our deepest condolences are with his friends, family and fellow officers, and indeed the wider community in Croydon. His death gave National Police Memorial Day yesterday particular poignancy....

Home Department: Topical Questions (28 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I, too, praise the work of the National Crime Agency, and we will of course carefully consider any legislation that comes forward. However, as I am sure the Home Secretary appreciates, help is needed now. The work of our police has become harder and harder as numbers have fallen, and violent crime has risen in every part of our country. I have written to the Home Secretary pointing out that...

Written Answers — Home Office: Fixed Penalties: Coronavirus (24 Sep 2020)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to people returning from countries that are not included in the Government's travel corridors.


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