Results 1441–1460 of 1477 for speaker:Nick Thomas-Symonds

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Bill of Rights (8 Sep 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The rights contained in the European convention on human rights have been incorporated into our domestic law by the Human Rights Act 1998. Can the Minister guarantee that the British Bill of Rights will contain all the same rights as our citizens currently enjoy?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Support for Young People Seeking Work (7 Sep 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Last week I visited the Newport and District Group Training Association in my constituency, which provides higher national diplomas and higher national certificates, which bridge the gap between school and the workplace. I was told that what they want more than anything is a UK Government who are committed to those qualifications and to funding them. Is that a guarantee the Minister can give?

Severn Bridges (Tolls) — [Mr James gray in the Chair] (21 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. I agree with her point about the effect on businesses, which was also well made by the hon. Member for Ceredigion (Mr Williams), but there is also an effect on commuters. One issue faced by people in south-east Wales, including in my constituency, is that if they need to commute to work in Bristol, the tolls are effectively a...

UK Steel Industry (15 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To reinforce the point that my hon. Friend makes extremely well about the history of pragmatism in the industry, is it not symbolic that we were on the verge of the first national steel strike since 1980 and the one before that was about half a century earlier? The industry has a good history of positive industrial relations that can be continued into the future.

Jobcentre Plus (7 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Williams. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Islwyn (Chris Evans) on securing this important debate. My hon. Friend the Member for Neath (Christina Rees) sets out powerfully the statistical case relating to Jobcentre Plus. Does she agree that there has been a problem with the Government’s rhetoric, which is exacerbating the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Abuse Victims (6 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on the potential effect on victims of domestic abuse of repealing the Human Rights Act 1998.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Domestic Abuse Victims (6 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Prior to the Human Rights Act 1998 and its incorporation of the European convention on human rights into UK law, victims would have had to go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to enforce their rights. What the incorporation of the convention into domestic law did was to allow them to enforce their rights here in the UK. Will the Minister acknowledge the benefits, to victims,...

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Family Law (6 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many family law cases have cited the Human Rights Act 1998 since that Act came into effect.

Written Answers — Department for Energy and Climate Change: Climate Change (3 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on sea levels of a two-degree increase in global temperatures.

Attorney General: Forced Marriage (2 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Does the Solicitor General agree that the number of successful prosecutions on forced marriages, as with other offences, depends on there being a sufficient number of prosecutors with the time to make individual judgments on cases and to prepare properly for trial? Does the hon. and learned Gentleman agree that cutting the number of prosecutors in this Parliament and cutting funding for the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer: Research (2 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Health Ministers in the devolved administrations on increasing research into pancreatic cancer across the UK.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Pancreatic Cancer: Mortality Rates (2 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what comparative assessment he has made of variation in the survival rates of pancreatic cancer patients living in (a) the UK, (b) Europe and (c) the rest of the world; and if he will make a statement.

Fibromyalgia (1 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Is there not also a social aspect to this—the issue of sufferers being able to support each other? I am delighted to hear the Minister’s point about co-ordination, because improving co-ordination is crucial to such support being more widely and more consistently available across the UK.

Fibromyalgia (1 Jul 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that a critical issue is awareness—both public awareness and the awareness of sufferers themselves of what help is available? To give just one example, local support groups can be tremendously helpful. This is a two-track issue: it is about public awareness and the awareness of sufferers themselves.

Welfare Reform (People with Disabilities) (30 Jun 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) on securing this important debate. I know she feels strongly about the subject. The Budget speech given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 18 March set out that there would be £12 billion of welfare cuts by 2017-18, yet since then there...

Welfare Reform (People with Disabilities) (30 Jun 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The Minister shakes his head, but he is welcome to come to my surgeries and hear what is said to me, because that is where the firm evidence is. Take, for example, the specific worries of sufferers of long-term conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Those in receipt of long-term disability living allowance will soon be starting a reassessment, yet the mobility criterion has been reduced to...

Welfare Reform (People with Disabilities) (30 Jun 2015)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I agree with the hon. Lady. The Government’s language is deeply worrying. The hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Mr Burrowes) made a point about weaponising the welfare state, and I am afraid that language like “shirkers” does exactly that. Above all, I hope that through this debate the Minister has heard a real strong voice from the most vulnerable people. Some years ago, Aneurin...

Written Answers — Home Office: Police: Torfaen (30 Jun 2015)

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.

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Employment Tribunals Service (30 Jun 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.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Greece (29 Jun 2015)

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...


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