Results 141–160 of 3976 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Anna Soubry

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (12 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I welcome the Government’s encouraging words about the need to improve funding for the upper tiers, but will the Secretary of State congratulate the Conservative-run Broxtowe Borough Council, which has frozen its council tax yet again while delivering excellent services, reducing rents by 1% and spending half a million pounds on parks and open spaces? Does he share my amazement that the...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: Does the hon. Lady agree that one of the problems is the fact that we do not have as many trade unions operating in as many workplaces? I used to be the mother of the chapel when I worked at Central Television, which was obviously a very long time ago. One of the things that shop stewards do is to act on behalf of all their members when, as sometimes happens, they are fearful of stepping up...

Bills Presented: Vote 100 and International Women’s Day (8 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for her very thoughtful speech, and she is absolutely right. Those of us who, many years ago, marched and took to the streets to protect the Abortion Act 1967 and ensure that it was not in any way interfered with did so because we knew about the extremely important point that she is making. It was not because we wanted people to have terminations of pregnancies;...

European Union Citizenship (7 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I suggest that one reason there was such a strong remain vote in Scotland was not just that, as the hon. Gentleman said, people think themselves more European than perhaps British—I do not agree with him about that—but that, as I think we can agree, there is a real understanding of the positive benefits of immigration. When I served on the Scottish Affairs Committee, it was...

European Union Citizenship (7 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I completely agree with the hon. Gentleman about the benefits of our remaining in the single market and the customs union. However, I disagree with him when he says that the Prime Minister’s policy is to have a hard Brexit. If one thing absolutely came out of the Mansion House, it was a firm rejection of a hard Brexit. Does he at least agree with me on that?

European Union Citizenship (7 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: It is generous of the hon. Gentleman to give way. Is he aware that in the past few hours Donald Tusk has made it absolutely clear that the choice that this Government now face is whether to stay in the single market and customs union or to have a free trade arrangement? Just 52% voted to leave and I can assure Members that nobody who voted leave in my constituency voted for that, especially...

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia (7 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: rose—

Uk Relations: Saudi Arabia (7 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I would never do such a thing, Mr Speaker. As you know, Mr Speaker, I am a feminist. When I was a Health Minister—serving in the same Government as the right hon. Member for Twickenham (Sir Vince Cable), I might add—I had the honour to lead a delegation to Saudi Arabia, as a woman, obviously. At no time did I find any prejudice or disrespect, and I was quite surprised about that....

Yarl’S Wood Detention Centre (6 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: I thank the Minister for her statement and for the assurances that she has given the House. It is right that we have to have detention centres. Nobody likes them, but they have to exist as part of a policy that is the right policy to pursue. But will she be absolutely clear and give us all an assurance that the welfare of anybody—whatever their status may be—is always the primary...

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Anna Soubry: No one can doubt the determination of our Prime Minister to get the very best deal for our country in these most difficult of negotiations. In her speech on Friday, she was frank about the complexity and economic consequences of the deal that she seeks with the European Union. In the spirit of that frankness, and given that it is undoubtedly the case that any deal will bear considerable...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: I support everything that has been said by my right hon. Friend and the comments of my right hon. Friend the Member for Ashford (Damian Green). The country has to wake up and realise that we are not going to tear our nation further apart. We need an approach to Brexit that is not only pragmatic but honest. The only solution to a hard border is membership of the customs union and the single...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: I am very grateful, Mr Speaker. Would it be in order for it to be recorded that, although in the exchanges on the urgent question, you quite rightly admonished a number of us for speaking for too long and not asking the short questions that some Members, but not all of us, are very good at, the reason why Members spoke for too long was that—I am sure you will correct me if I am...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EU (27 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: Will the Minister confirm that the Conservative Government are and will continue to be the voice of British business, and that securing a strong economic future will be at the heart of the Brexit negotiations?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: The person who said that there was no money left was actually the occupant of the Treasury who left a note for the incoming Conservative-Liberal coalition Government in 2010. The reality is that of course there is money. We raise taxes and we spend them exceptionally wisely as a Conservative Government, particularly on infrastructure which, as the hon. Gentleman must surely agree, is now at...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review (21 Feb 2018)

Anna Soubry: There’s a surprise!

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?


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