Results 1–20 of 502 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Nick Thomas-Symonds

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: This has been a wide-ranging and thoughtful debate. Two years ago, our late friend and parliamentary colleague Jo Cox was murdered, and between March and September last year there were five terror attacks. At the forefront of our minds are those who lost their lives in the incidents at Westminster Bridge, Manchester Arena, London Bridge and Borough Market, and Finsbury Park, and those who...

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill (11 Jun 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I very much agree with my hon. Friend on that point. How we draw the law precisely in this area is very important. The powers will need to be backed up by appropriate safeguards and protections for those who are wholly innocent of any offence. On the question of border security, the Bill as it stands means that a person who is detained for less than an hour will not have the right to access a...

Fur Trade — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (4 Jun 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: My hon. Friend has mentioned the legislative history; does he agree that the sensible next step is to extend the fur import ban to all species? Many of my constituents have emailed me to request that.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Cyber-attacks (4 Jun 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The Security Minister indicated on the radio this morning that counter-terror intelligence will now be shared with local organisations, including the police and local councils. Will he explain how the cyber-security of that data will be guaranteed at a local level and what training will be given to those who handle it? Crucially, will he confirm that additional resources will be given to...

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Will the Minister give way?

Social Justice Commission: Serious Violence Strategy (22 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I begin my remarks by marking the first anniversary of the terrible events in Manchester on 22 May 2017. We remember all those who lost their lives and those who were injured. We think of their friends and families and pay tribute to the emergency services and first responders for the work that they did that night. I also pay tribute to the great city of Manchester for the way in which it...

NHS 70th Anniversary — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I should declare an interest as a biographer of Aneurin Bevan. Before my hon. Friend moves on to talk more generally about the future, does he agree that the decision to nationalise the hospitals, and the painstaking work that Bevan did in negotiations with the British Medical Association, mean that he truly is the architect of the national health service?

NHS 70th Anniversary — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Will my hon. Friend give way?

NHS 70th Anniversary — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I join my hon. Friend in congratulating all those involved in parkrun. Will he join me in congratulating the volunteers who make parkrun possible in his constituency and in mine in Pontypool and Cwmbran, where I too have taken part in parkruns, but I have not quite reached my hon. Friend’s running level yet?

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I know the Solicitor General has done his fair share of school visits over the years. Does he agree that there is still work to be done on diversity and encouraging more people to apply to the profession? We can all make a difference by visiting our local schools and speaking about these matters.

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard, and I draw attention to my relevant entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am a non-practising barrister at Civitas Law in Cardiff. Indeed, I practised as a barrister for some years before entering Parliament in 2015. I begin by congratulating the hon. Member for North East Hampshire (Mr Jayawardena) on...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I do not disagree with the right hon. Lady, and she is absolutely right to say that the problem is broader. However, she will appreciate that there must be an ability to enforce the right before a tribunal; otherwise, of course, the right loses its meaning. I think that we all hope that, now those fees are gone, we will get back to a position where everyone who wants to bring such a case is...

Community Transport — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: On that point, in my constituency I have a provider called Torfaen Community Transport, which is exactly as my hon. Friend says. Does she agree that, with rules and regulations, it is important to recognise the special status of community transport and the excellent services it provides?

Belhaj and Boudchar: Litigation Update (10 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I am grateful to the Attorney General for the statement and for advance sight of it. Mrs Boudchar is indeed in the Public Gallery, and I am sure the whole House will sympathise with her and with Mr Belhaj. They suffered appalling treatment at the hands of others. What happened to them both is deeply disturbing, and I can only hope that the settlement of the legal case allows some closure on a...

Royal Assent: Private Members’ Bills: Money Resolutions (10 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Having been drawn in the private Member’s Bill ballot myself, I know the frustration that constituents express when Bills run out of time on Fridays. Surely this additional step, whereby the Government can by procedural means block the unanimous will of this House, can only damage the reputation of politics.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Historic Landmarks (10 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I declare an interest as chair of the all-party group on industrial heritage. That group has recently published a report on how best to utilise our industrial heritage for the economy of the future. Will the Minister meet me to discuss its many recommendations?

Attorney General: Domestic Violence (10 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: Despite the fact that, as we know, far too many victims of domestic violence still do not come forward, the violence against women and girls crime report shows that the overall volume of domestic violence prosecutions fell from 100,913 in 2016 to 93,519 in 2017. Does the Attorney General expect that figure to start rising again this year?

Attorney General: Domestic Violence (10 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: The Attorney General is right to refer to referrals, but it is important that we do all that we can to ensure that the criminal justice system supports victims. If the figure does not rise in 2018, will he undertake to look again at the domestic abuse guidelines for prosecutors to ensure that we are doing all we possibly can in this area?

DWP Offices Closures: Merthyr Tydfil — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: I have a very similar situation in Cwmbran town centre, as Cwmbran pension centre makes that type of contribution. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is economically illiterate to take such jobs out of local economies across the valleys?

DWP Offices Closures: Merthyr Tydfil — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (9 May 2018)

Nick Thomas-Symonds: To highlight the point made by my hon. Friend the Member for Newport East (Jessica Morden), I have constituents who commute to Sovereign House in Newport who will now face disrupted travel from having to go so much further to Treforest, rather than down the road to Newport.


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