Results 41–60 of 7635 for speaker:Sammy Wilson

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (20 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I think that is right. Some people may, of course, turn that argument around and say, “It’s only a small number of cases, so why should we be concerned?” But although the number may be small, since this issue has become so public there is public outrage on behalf of those who have been unfairly treated. Many people who have spoken to me about this have not been affected personally by...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (20 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I am not even sure that in Northern Ireland a legislative consent motion would be required, simply because the Executive has already indicated that they would be happy for Northern Ireland to be included. I do not see how this would tramp on any political sensitivities, and it cannot have unintended consequences. Another argument has been, “But look, you’re going to upset the...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (20 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I am not going to enter into a debate about Scotland, because I do not have enough knowledge of the situation, but surely the way around this issue relates to the individuals responsible for having taken the prosecutions and for advising the Scottish Government. That is perhaps where we should be looking. If they are all satisfied that the decision should be taken here in Westminster, why not...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (20 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I am not going to become a kind of spokesperson for the Scottish National party on this particular issue; I am arguing the case for Northern Ireland, but I also believe there is a parallel. I know that there will be differences, and we have heard the arguments back and forward today as to why Scotland might be treated differently and everything else, but there is a sour taste in people’s...

HMRC Self-Assessment Helpline (20 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I hope that HMRC’s screeching U-turn is a result of the Minister’s action. If it is, I congratulate him on stepping in so quickly. Does he agree that, at a time when more and more people are being dragged into complex tax returns because of fiscal drag, when 1 million people had their calls to HMRC unanswered in January and when a record number of people are putting in their tax returns...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: The Democratic Unionist party supports the Bill, wishes it to come to fruition, and hopes that it achieves its objectives. I will not rehearse all the reasons why, which have been given plenty of times in other debates, but we must tackle the criminal gangs. We cannot go on with the pressures and costs that mass illegal immigration puts on society, the Government and the taxpayer. For that...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Yes, I am doing so, Mr Deputy Speaker. The point I was making was that we will support the Government in rejecting Lords amendments 1 to 6 because they weaken the Bill, but the Government must recognise that their own inaction is also weakening the Bill. I am surprised at the attitude that the Government have adopted to Lords amendment 8. Since the policy is designed to assure people that the...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: With regard to the earlier question of how many, does the hon. Member not agree that the simple answer is, “All those who served and who risked their lives to help us in a war that required the support of the local population”? We have records of the help and support they gave. Surely we cannot turn our back on those people if they are in danger.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Although the hon. Gentleman and I might not share many views on this Bill, does he share my surprise that the Government have refused to accept Lords amendment 8, which would require them to report on this Bill’s success? As the Government do not want the number of removals to be reported to Parliament, does he suspect that they know this Bill will not be as effective as they think?

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill: Clause 1 - Introduction (18 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I must say I am surprised that the Government are not concerned about the clash between the Bill and article 2 of the Windsor framework and the Northern Ireland protocol, given that the High Court in Belfast has ruled that legislation of this nature cannot apply in Northern Ireland because it is incompatible with the obligation in article 2 to accord with European law.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health: Girls (14 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to improve girls' health.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Mental Health Services: Girls (14 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps she is taking to increase girls' access to mental health services.

Post Office Legislation (13 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I welcome the Minister’s statement. He promised the House that he would bring forward legislation quickly, and he has done so. However, I must express the disappointment of all Northern Ireland representatives that Northern Ireland is not included in the Bill, and the reasons that the Minister has given for that do not stand up. The Minister has argued that this is a sensitive...

Gas-fired Power Stations (13 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I hope that this decision is indicative of a realisation that seems to be slowly dawning on the Government about the impact of the madness of their net zero policy, which has damaged the UK economy. We have higher electricity prices than most of the other G7 countries, we have lost vast numbers of jobs in energy-intensive industries, and now it has been recognised that because of the...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Overseas Students (13 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent progress she has made with Cabinet colleagues on implementing the International Education Strategy.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Overseas Students (13 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what estimate she has made of the income to the public purse from international students in each of the last three years.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Education: Exports (13 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps her Department has taken to (a) promote and (b) support education exports.

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Avoidance (12 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many section 684 notices were issued by HMRC in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Treasury: Tax Avoidance (12 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many notices under section 684 of the Income Tax Act 2007 have been issued to individuals with Loan Charge liabilities incurred before December 2010.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023 (12 Mar 2024)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's planned timetable is for consultation on activity regulations under the Animals (Low-Welfare Activities Abroad) Act 2023.


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