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Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Voting Age (21 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: I agree very much with everything my right hon. Friend is saying. Is not the answer to look at all the laws pertaining to the age of majority and actually have laws that make sense? As he identifies, someone is not deemed old enough to use a sunbed at 17; can get married at 16 with their parents’ permission but cannot go out and buy a drink to celebrate; and cannot drive a car until...

Aid Sector: Safeguarding (20 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: I commend the Secretary of State for her statement and gently say to the hon. Member for Edmonton (Kate Osamor) that this is not an issue on which anybody should be seeking to make any form of political capital. This is not the subject of party politics; this is an appalling situation. About a year ago, I went to the Zaatari refugee camp as a guest of Oxfam. I saw the great work that so many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: The Good Friday agreement has brought about peace for almost 20 years in Northern Ireland. Will the Foreign Secretary give an unequivocal assurance that Her Majesty’s Government will not do anything that undermines the agreement, including pursuing any policy that undermines the principles that led to its creation?

European Free Trade Association — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (7 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: I congratulate my hon. Friend on his excellent speech. I am sorry that I cannot stay for the full duration of what I anticipate will be an equally excellent debate. Has he explored whether it is possible for any arrangement that we come to with the European Union by way of a free trade agreement to be in effect docked? If we join EFTA, it could be docked in EFTA and therefore the EFTA court...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (6 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (6 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer—or rather, for that statement—and also for the robust tweets that he makes on that and many other issues. Would he be amenable to the idea of following on Twitter the Oliver King Foundation? On the foundation’s advice, I have written to all the schools in Broxtowe urging them to install defibrillators. This is an important...

Immigration White Paper (5 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: Will my right hon. Friend confirm two things? First, is it not really important, when we discuss immigration, to recognise that the overwhelming majority of people who come to our country do so to work? We are grateful for the work they do and we should always welcome the contribution they make to our country. Will she also confirm that the customs union has got diddly squat to do with...

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I say a huge thank you to my right hon. Friend and her team for all their excellent work, but does she not agree that the time for talking is over? We have to grasp this, do the right thing, and—I cannot believe I am going to say this—but in this instance, in supporting amendment (b), absolutely everybody vote leave.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The one thing businesses want—this is the message I and others have received for a very long time now—is certainty. Of course they know that things can change. Does my hon. Friend not accept that we are in a situation at the moment where British business is going to want to know absolutely that the transition arrangements are firm and will be met to give them that certainty by...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: May I take the right hon. Gentleman one step back? Does he now share the view of many right hon. and hon. Members on the Government side that the other mistake was to trigger article 50 too early as well, and that has not helped us in our negotiations either?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Glenrothes (Peter Grant), although obviously I did not agree with much of what he said at the end of his speech. I am delighted that the Government have had the good sense to agree to the motion. I am concerned about the circumstances in which these documents will now be made available, in some sort of secrecy, despite the fact that they can...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: In a moment. The reality of these documents, of course, is that finally it seems that our Government have decided they are actually going to make some choices; they are actually going to form a view in Cabinet. It has only taken 19 months since the referendum to work out what they want from Brexit. The Prime Minister told us, in her Lancaster House speech, what she did not want, but what...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: With great respect to my right hon. Friend, that is absolute nonsense, and the good people of this country now require honesty and transparency. Some of us have been over to Brussels. Many people—right hon. and hon. Members, some of whom I can see on the Opposition Benches—have spoken to people at all levels of the 27 nations and to ambassadors from other countries. They have been...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I agree with the hon. Gentleman—I nearly called him my Friend, although on this he is, because he is absolutely right. The agreement made in December between the European Union and ourselves is such a fudge that it is impossible to put it into a text that could become a treaty. It is a superb fudge, and it has delivered the political outcome, but the reality, which has been accepted by...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The hon. Lady is quite right—she can be my Friend in this debate, because she makes an important point. What responsible Governments do, quite properly, is to say to impartial, objective officials, “Right, these are the options. Cost them out, or assess them, and so on and so forth,” and yet bizarrely the Government did not put forward their own preferred option. What on...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: This is an astonishing idea. The right hon. Gentleman—he is definitely my Friend today—seems to be saying that if there was a report saying that going off the cliff or some other madness would be beneficial to our economy, the Government might publish it, because it would help in their dealings with the hard Brexiteers. Of course, the right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. What...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: Well, no, because I thought the conclusion to phase 1 was actually quite good, so I am certainly not going to undermine it, but the hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Many hon. Members sat through the many hours of debate during the Committee stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and, at the end of it, one thing on which those of us who take a sensible approach to this all...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The right hon. Gentleman and I used to be friends, because we used to be in coalition, so he can be my friend today. [Interruption.] Actually, I am very proud to have served in the coalition, because it was one of the best Governments we ever had, but in any event, we will move swiftly on. The right hon. Gentleman makes a really good point, because the other danger is that we sleepwalk into...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: I will quickly give way before the bird lands.

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Anna Soubry: The hon. and learned Lady is right—she, too, could become my friend for the day. In all seriousness, she is absolutely right. I am sure that it was a pure coincidence that, the day after certain members of the all-party parliamentary group on EU relations went over to Brussels, Tusk and Juncker—I am not sure whether it was Juncker, but, anyway, Members know who I...


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