Results 1–20 of 46 for immigration in the 'Commons debates' speaker:Nicholas Soames

Business of the House (3 May 2018)

Nicholas Soames: Will the Leader of the House arrange an urgent debate on the need to take immigration issues out of the Home Office and establish a new Department to deal with them? These issues go back to the hangover from the end of empire and go forward to the development of a robust and effective programme after Brexit that is consistent with an open and confident Britain, and to the introduction of a...

Home Office Removal Targets (26 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: ...legacy issue? Does she agree that dealing with the Windrush generation, who are entirely entitled to be here, is not the same thing at all, as Labour Members try to say, as removing illegal immigrants?

Windrush (23 Apr 2018)

Nicholas Soames: .... Friend’s whole-hearted apology for this very regrettable incident, which quite clearly should have been dealt with a very long time ago. Does she agree that what most affects the interests of immigrants and residents of this country is that the system should work really well? Will she assure me that, in future and following Brexit, people will have the confidence in our immigration...

Debate on the Address: Health, Social Care and Security (28 Jun 2017)

Nicholas Soames: ...negatively influence our productivity. That is relevant to many of our industries, and of course to our universities, which are widely regarded as some of the very best in the world. My views on immigration are well known, but I have to say that in my judgment, persisting with the inclusion of students in the immigration targets makes no economic sense whatever. Surely it is absolute...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (27 Apr 2017)

Nicholas Soames: ...country and, most especially at these difficult times, for Mid Sussex, does he agree that we cannot pretend to be a global player without running an open economy, with an orderly, non-bureaucratic immigration policy that allows our businesses and public services to access the people and skills that they need?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Immigration System (11 Jan 2016)

Nicholas Soames: Would my right hon. Friend reconsider the question of ID cards, not only in respect of immigration and the introduction of many digital services for all our individuals and citizens, but particularly in regard to national security and the protection of all our citizens from terrorism? Does he agree that this is now a matter of national security?

Amendment of the Law (24 Mar 2014)

Nicholas Soames: ...them to keep on training and learning throughout their working life. That will require major tax reforms and for us to consider in a more careful manner—I say this very deliberately—some of the immigration changes that are under way, in the interests of our economic growth. Those ideas need to come from across the political spectrum. They will not be the prerogative of any one party,...

Immigration Bill: Schedule 8 — transitional and consequential provision (30 Jan 2014)

Nicholas Soames: ...in the face of fierce lobbying from vested interests, and they have done that with the wholehearted support of the Conservative party and the coalition. On that they should be congratulated. The Immigration Bill builds on that good work. Whatever the right hon. Member for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper) says, there is no doubt that it represents a big step forward and...

Descendants of Deceased Adopted People (Access to Information): Immigration Bill (22 Oct 2013)

Nicholas Soames: ..., I will not follow her down that avenue, as I want to make a more general speech about the importance of the Bill. Several comments have been made in the House today about why there seems to be an immigration Bill every two years. It is a fair point, but it is perhaps worth saying that it has been some time since Governments have felt able to deal with this matter in a serious way. It is...

Health and Social Care (13 May 2013)

Nicholas Soames: ...forward a measured and carefully thought-out programme, which has been welcomed by my constituents and which will make a positive contribution to the lives of many of our fellow citizens. The immigration measures, the national insurance contributions Bill and the deregulation Bill are particularly important to the work that the Government are doing—in my view far more successfully than...

Health and Social Care (13 May 2013)

Nicholas Soames: .... Member for Birkenhead (Mr Field) of the cross-party group on balanced migration, I warmly welcome the considerable progress that the Government have made on the difficult and sensitive matter of immigration. They have succeeded in driving down numbers and there is real progress, but there are no easy solutions. I welcome the carefully thought-out work of my right hon. Friend the...

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Backbench Business — Immigration (6 Sep 2012)

Nicholas Soames: ...Parliament will feel that these matters have been properly discussed today. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House calls on the Government to take all necessary steps to reduce immigration to a level that will stabilise the UK’s population as close as possible to its present level and, certainly, significantly below 70 million.

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Backbench Business — Immigration (6 Sep 2012)

Nicholas Soames: I beg to move, That this House calls on the Government to take all necessary steps to reduce immigration to a level that will stabilise the UK’s population as close as possible to its present level and, certainly, significantly below 70 million. I am grateful to the hon. Member for North East Derbyshire (Natascha Engel) and the Backbench Business Committee for providing time for the House...

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Backbench Business — Immigration (6 Sep 2012)

Nicholas Soames: I will not; I will continue, if I may. The outcome was a total of 3.5 million foreign immigrants, during which time 1 million British citizens left our shores. As the Institute for Public Policy Research put it, “It is no exaggeration to say that immigration under new Labour has changed the face of the country.” All that took place in the teeth of public opinion, and without any proper...

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Backbench Business — Immigration (6 Sep 2012)

Nicholas Soames: ...the public are crystal clear on it. Faced with that chaotic situation, the Government have gone about things in the right way. They have carried out a careful and thorough review of the three major immigration routes: students, economic migration and marriage. I commend my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and the former Immigration Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for Ashford...

Bill Presented — Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill: Backbench Business — Immigration (6 Sep 2012)

Nicholas Soames: ...and has resulted in hundreds—about 800—pages of guidance, as well as enormously long forms to be filled in by applicants for visas or work permits. I will be writing to my hon. Friend the Immigration Minister about some particularly disgraceful and inefficient episodes in that regard, concerning distinguished people who need to come to this country and whom the country wishes to...

Energy and Climate Change: Olympics (Security) (12 Jul 2012)

Nicholas Soames: ...Army based around London would be extremely serviceable on this occasion and would, I am sure, be very pleased to be called up to help in these matters? Will she assure us that all the security and immigration matters at Heathrow have been attended to, so that there is the ability to get people swiftly through and it will be a flawless operation?

House of Lords Reform Bill: [1st Allocated Day] (9 Jul 2012)

Nicholas Soames: ...House of Commons. Most people looking in on our proceedings would think it extraordinary that in a country where so few things work—I think of the Government’s dismal inability even to fix the immigration controls at Heathrow—we should be setting about wasting an inordinate amount of valuable Government time on proposals that are ill thought out and falsely conceived, as part of a...

Immigration (12 Dec 2011)

Nicholas Soames: ...to this very difficult portfolio. When I think that 10 years ago, a Labour Minister at the Home Office, Beverley Hughes, described me as being a racist for even having an Adjournment debate on immigration, I can see that we have come a long way. As the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) said, it is important that we can discuss this serious matter in a clear, open, sane and humane...

Immigration (12 Dec 2011)

Nicholas Soames: ...come to study here and who later return home—many of them as lifetime and greatly valued friends of Britain—but it seems to me that there are three main problems associated with this area of immigration: first, in spite of the Government’s efforts so far, there might still be a number of bogus courses and colleges being used by students; secondly students are still allowed to do too...


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