Results 141–160 of 7635 for speaker:Sammy Wilson

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (Instruction) (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: The Minister knows that eight exceptions are listed by the WTO where it is possible to target trade interventions, and one of them is on the basis of animal health. Does he accept that taking animals from the north of Northern Ireland through the whole island of Ireland, on a 24-hour boat journey to southern France or southern Spain without food, risks animal health and is therefore an...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (Instruction) (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (Instruction) (15 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: I beg to move, That it be an Instruction to the Committee on the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill, That the Committee have leave to make provision for the whole of the United Kingdom. First, let me thank Mr Speaker for selecting this motion, and the Clerk for the help and advice that has been given. The reason for tabling the motion is that the Bill, as it makes clear, applies only to...

Horizon: Compensation and Convictions ( 8 Jan 2024)

Sammy Wilson: Sometimes with hindsight it is possible to see that mistakes were made and that an injustice was carried out, but it beggars belief that, at the time, the Post Office, Fujitsu and Ministers believed that people who were trusted pillars of society suddenly turned into a mass group of thieves, plundering millions of pounds from their employer. Surely those who were observing this at the time...

Post Office (Horizon System) Compensation Bill (19 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: I will be brief. First, I want to congratulate the Minister and his predecessor, the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully), on the way they have progressed this issue, which has caused so much devastation for businesses, families and individuals right across the United Kingdom. People who thought they had a good business, worked at it, invested in it and trusted the Post Office to...

Ukraine (19 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: I welcome the support that the Government have given, and indeed the lead that they have taken, in ensuring that while others were dragging their feet we gave support to Ukraine in its vital defence of freedom. As it is clear that the Russians are now settling in for a long war, consolidating the ground that they have taken and hoping to sit out the west’s opposition to their invasion, can...

Israel and Gaza (19 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: Is the real reason why there are so many civilian casualties in Gaza not that Hamas have cruelly, deliberately and wilfully used the civilian population as cover, whether by operating from hospitals, firing from schools, storing weapons in people’s houses or hiding among the civilian population? Is that not the reason why we must not allow this terrorist group to continue to have a base...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Cyprus: Land Mines (19 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of the cooperation proposal by the President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus entitled De-mining the Island of Cyprus, dated 1 July 2022; and what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the Republic of Cyprus’s rejection of that proposal.

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (18 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: rose—

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (18 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: I thank the Minister. I hope that he was not coming to a conclusion, but was about to address the very important point that I raised in the debate. The Bill should include animal welfare provisions right across the United Kingdom. There is a route by which his concerns about cross-border trade between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic would be dealt with, while at the same time ensuring...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (18 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: I am not going to congratulate the Minister on bringing forward this Bill, first because we should ask: why has it taken so long? The Conservatives had this issue in their manifesto in 2017, they boasted in the 2019 general election that they would use Brexit freedoms to bring in animal welfare measures, and now, at the end of 2023, we are finally seeing a Bill emerge. There is no doubt about...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (18 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: If the Government did that, I would eat the words with which I started my speech and I would congratulate the Minister. I have suggested that it could be done by making the Bill cover the whole of the United Kingdom. If the only concern is about the volume of cross-border trade on the island of Ireland, the Government should state in the Bill that the livestock must have an end destination in...

Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill (18 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: The Minister has identified a point of great resentment to people in Northern Ireland who are concerned about animal welfare, and it should be a point of concern for people right across the UK. He has indicated that the Bill cannot and will not apply to Northern Ireland. The journeys that he says are unnecessary, stressful and exhausting, and can cause injury to animals when they are...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Department for Work and Pensions: Electronic Government (14 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to help ensure the accessibility of her Department's digital services for elderly claimants.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services (13 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the elective recovery taskforce's implementation plan, what steps her Department is taking to ensure equity in access for people who are unable to use (a) NHS Digital, (b) MyPlanned and (c) other online platforms relevant to healthcare.

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill (12 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: First, let me say that the Bill’s objective is supported by our party, as it should be by all reasonable people across the UK. The impact that illegal immigration has had on communities across the UK, be it in terms of the pressure it puts on schools, the health service, housing and other public services, or in terms of crime and the rewards it gives to criminal gangs, means that there is a...

Safety of Rwanda (Asylum and Immigration) Bill (12 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: First of all, that is inaccurate—I did not say that. Secondly, this is all about the United Kingdom safeguarding its own borders and dealing with the kinds of issues that need to be dealt with, including in Belfast. Despite what people may think and what the Secretary of State said from the Dispatch Box, Northern Ireland is greatly impacted by the issue. Belfast is the second city of the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Arthritis: Diagnosis (11 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps her Department is taking to help increase rates of early arthritis diagnosis.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Arthritis: Diagnosis (11 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's webpage entitled Diagnosis and referral of inflammatory arthritis, what steps her Department is taking to increase the number of people with suspected inflammatory arthritis who receive referral to rheumatology services within three working days.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Arthritis: Diagnosis (11 Dec 2023)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2023 to Question 193651 on Arthritis: Mental Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential impact of waiting times for elective care on the mental health of people with arthritis.


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