Results 61–80 of 1477 for speaker:Nick Thomas-Symonds

International Trade: US Steel Tariffs (20 Jan 2022)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The lifting of the tariffs is vital for jobs and livelihoods across the country, yet the Secretary of State could not confirm that the Prime Minister has raised the issue with President Biden. The truth is that the Prime Minister has been more interested in saving his own job than in saving jobs in the steel sector. The longer the tariffs remain in place, the more damage the Government allow...

UK-Australia Free Trade Agreement (5 Jan 2022)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for her statement and for advance sight of it. I would say at the outset that we on the Labour Benches are in favour of negotiating trade deals that benefit UK workers and businesses and promote our values around the world, and we will not hold the Government to impossible standards, but we will hold Ministers to what they have promised people they will...

International Trade: Trade Deals: Environmental Standards (2 Dec 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am also grateful to the Secretary of State for her welcome. I look forward to our debates on the crucial importance of trade to our national economy and, indeed, to promoting our values around the world. The objective of the New Zealand-led international agreement on climate change, trade and sustainability is to break down global barriers to trade in green goods and...

International Trade: Trade Deals: Environmental Standards (2 Dec 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The Government have not made an inch of progress on green trade in any of the bilateral trade agreements signed since 2019, so why should we put faith in that now? The Board of Trade itself has said: “There are two main ways that trade can accelerate the green transition: liberalising green trade; and reducing market distortions”. Does the Minister accept that that is exactly what the New...

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Border Force: Staff (29 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff were employed during (a) 2021 and (b) 2019 in Border force.

Written Answers — Home Office: Human Trafficking (29 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police recorded cases of human trafficking there were in (a) 2021, (b) 2020, (c) 2019 and (c) 2018.

Written Answers — Home Office: Slavery (26 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department holds information on every (a) company or (b) employer found to be engaged in modern slavery offences in the UK, under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

English Channel Small Boats Incident (25 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Home Secretary for her statement and for advance sight of it. Yesterday’s human tragedy in the channel was the most awful of reminders of the dangers of crossing the channel, and that people’s lives are at risk every day in these makeshift, flimsy small boats. It is a sobering moment for our country, for France and for the international community. We understand that...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (24 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I thank the Home Secretary for the letter she sent me on Friday, detailing her intention to bring forward this proscription motion and the reasons for its being considered at this time. I start by outlining that the Opposition agree with the proscription motion and support the decision to proscribe Hamas in its entirety. As the Leader of the Opposition and I have repeatedly said, the first...

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (24 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I agree with my hon. Friend that guidance is vital and I hope that the Minister will address that point when he winds up. As the Minister stated, the decision brings the United Kingdom into line with our allies the United States, Canada and the European Union, all of which have already proscribed Hamas in its entirety. I end by thanking our policing, especially counter-terror policing and our...

Channel Crossings in Small Boats (22 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: (Urgent Question): To ask the Home Secretary to make a statement on the channel crossings in small boats.

Channel Crossings in Small Boats (22 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Some 25,700 people have risked their lives in these most dangerous shipping lanes this year alone. As the Home Secretary knows, the Government have already spent more than £200 million of taxpayers’ money on deals with the French authorities that are not working. The situation is getting worse. Will the Government commit to transparency on how the money is spent? On 9 August, I asked the...

Home Department: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I welcome the appointment of the chair of the inquiry set up following the terrible Sarah Everard case, but I say to the Home Secretary: put it on a statutory footing now. The Daniel Morgan inquiry was on a non-statutory basis, and it still took eight years, so time is not an argument for not doing that. The year before the Home Secretary was appointed, 297 people risked their life crossing...

Home Department: Topical Questions (22 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The Government deal with the French authorities is failing. The Government have closed down safe routes, such as the Dubs scheme, and they have cut the aid budget, which was addressing the reasons why people flee their homes. They do not even have successor agreements in place to the Dublin III regulation. Last week, while chatting to journalists in Washington, the Home...

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Border Agency: Shipping (18 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to seek a UK supplier for the replacement of the Border Agency’s existing cutter and coastal patrol vessel fleet.

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Border Agency: Shipping (18 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the procurement process for the replacement of the UK’s cutter and coastal patrol vessel fleet will be covered by the warships exception set out in Item 47 of Annex 4 of the coverage schedules certified as part of the UK’s accession to the WTO Government Procurement Agreement.

Written Answers — Home Office: UK Border Agency: Shipping (18 Nov 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to replace in full the existing Border Force fleet of five cutters and six coastal patrol vessels; and whether she has made an estimate of the cost of replacing those cutters and vessels.

Security Update (20 Oct 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I thank the Home Secretary for the advance briefing before the statement and for the time that I know she has taken to speak to many Members of the House on an individual basis. We are brought together this evening in the most devastating circumstances. We were all shaken to the core by Sir David’s death. It has been impossible not to be moved this week by the powerful tributes across the...

Home Department: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I first met Sir David Amess when I entered this House in 2015 and he approached me, as a new Member, to ask how I was and how I was settling in. That conversation captured the essence of Sir David, who was a kind, thoughtful and generous man, always cheerful and smiling. He was dedicated to the service of his constituents, he had passionate beliefs and he worked across party lines on causes...

Home Department: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2021)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful for that answer. The awful murder of Sir David follows the dreadful murder of our friend Jo Cox, an attack on my right hon. Friend the Member for East Ham (Stephen Timms), a plot to kill my hon. Friend the Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper) and the murder of Andrew Pennington, who was killed after an attack at the office of the now noble Lord Jones of Cheltenham. Any...


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