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1109899
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-05more like thismore than 2019-04-05
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Married People: Tax Allowances more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to increase the marriage allowance. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 910318 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-09more like thismore than 2019-04-09
answer text <p>Every time the personal allowance increases, the marriage allowance automatically becomes more generous.</p><p>The increase to personal allowance to £12,500 means that, from April this year, eligible couples will be able to transfer £1,250, compared to £1,060 in 2015-16.</p><p>This means that in 2019-20, eligible couples can receive a tax reduction of up to £250, or £1,150 if they make a backdated claim to 2015-16.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Central Devon more like this
answering member printed Mel Stride more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-09T16:11:26.343Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-09T16:11:26.343Z
answering member
3935
label Biography information for Mel Stride more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1110020
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-05more like thismore than 2019-04-05
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading Equitable Life Assurance Society: Compensation more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the £1.5 billion allocated for Equitable Life compensation, what proportion of that sum has been paid out; and what the reasons are for the amount that has not yet been paid out. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 241466 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-10more like thismore than 2019-04-10
answer text <p>The Equitable Life Payment Scheme published a final report in 2016 which set out the details of payments made and how the remaining funds will be allocated. A copy can be found at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equitable-life-payment-scheme-final-report" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/equitable-life-payment-scheme-final-report</a></p> more like this
answering member constituency Salisbury more like this
answering member printed John Glen more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-10T15:32:32.4Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-10T15:32:32.4Z
answering member
4051
label Biography information for John Glen more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1110023
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-04-05more like thismore than 2019-04-05
answering body
Treasury more like this
answering dept id 14 more like this
answering dept short name Treasury more like this
answering dept sort name Treasury more like this
hansard heading First Time Buyers more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal steps he is taking to help those who are ready to move on from their first property to move up the housing ladder. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 241467 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-15more like thismore than 2019-04-15
answer text <p>At Autumn Statement 2014 the government reformed SDLT on residential properties, cutting the tax for 98% of buyers who pay it, unless they are purchasing additional property. These changes benefit those who are moving up the housing ladder.</p><p> </p><p>However, the government’s priority remains helping first time buyers because this group are particularly cash constrained. So far, over 240,000 people have benefited from the Stamp Duty relief announced for first time buyers at Autumn Budget 2017.</p><p> </p><p>In all, the government are providing at least £44 billion in financial support for housing over a five-year period to help improve affordability and support homeownership.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Central Devon more like this
answering member printed Mel Stride more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-15T09:48:57.78Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-15T09:48:57.78Z
answering member
3935
label Biography information for Mel Stride more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1105401
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
answering body
Scotland Office more like this
answering dept id 2 more like this
answering dept short name Scotland more like this
answering dept sort name Scotland more like this
hansard heading Taxation: Scotland more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on its use of tax powers. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 909985 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
answer text <p>I have regular discussions with the Scottish Government on issues of importance for Scotland’s economy, including tax.</p><p>The UK Government has delivered on its promise to devolve additional tax powers. Once the Scotland Act 2016 is fully implemented, more than 50% of the Scottish Government’s funding will come from revenues raised in Scotland, giving the Scottish Government greater power to decide the levels of tax and spend in Scotland.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale more like this
answering member printed David Mundell more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-27T14:58:10.747Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-27T14:58:10.747Z
answering member
1512
label Biography information for David Mundell more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1104890
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-25more like thismore than 2019-03-25
answering body
Home Office more like this
answering dept id 1 more like this
answering dept short name Home Office more like this
answering dept sort name Home Office more like this
hansard heading Knives: Crime more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had with the Lord Chancellor on the effectiveness of short custodial sentences for people convicted of knife offences in reducing levels of knife crime. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 236544 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-28more like thismore than 2019-03-28
answer text <p>We are clear that robust and consistent sentences for knife crime are an important part of the effort needed to reduce these crimes. Right across Government we are very clear that we must continue to give judges the powers they need to impose tough sentences on those involved in serious violence including knife crime. While individual sentencing decisions are a matter for the courts, we are catching and prosecuting more people who carry a knife, and those who are convicted are now more likely to go to prison, and for longer. Through the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015, the Government introduced the sentencing provision that anyone caught in possession of a knife for a second time will now face a mandatory minimum custodial sentence of at least six months for adults and a detention and training order of at least four months for those aged 16 and 17 years old. This came into force on 17 July 2015.</p><p>We know that this can only ever be part of the response, and that tackling knife crime requires action on many fronts. This is reflected in the Government’s Serious Violence Strategy which sets out our response to serious violence and outlines an ambitious programme involving 61 commitments and actions. Since launching the Strategy in April last year, we have made significant progress in delivering on our key commitments including:</p><p>• The Early Intervention Youth Fund of £22m, which is already supporting <br> 29 projects in England and Wales;<br>• Provision of £3.6m for a new National County Lines Co-ordination <br> Centre. The centre was established to tackle violent and exploitative <br> criminal activity associated with county lines and became fully <br> operational in September 2018;<br>• The National County Lines Coordination Centre has co-ordinated two <br> separate weeks of intensive law enforcement action resulting in more <br> than 1000 arrests, over 1300 individuals engaged for safeguarding, <br> and significant seizures of weapons and drugs; <br>• An anti-knife crime Community Fund which provided £1.5 million in <br> 2018/19 to support 68 projects;<br>• The Offensive Weapons Bill to strengthen legislation on firearms, <br> knives and corrosive substances; and<br>• A national knife crime media campaign - #knifefree - to raise <br> awareness of the consequences of knife crime.</p><p>On 2 October 2018 the Home Secretary announced further measures to address violent crime, as follows:</p><p>• a consultation on new legal duty to underpin a ‘public health’ approach to tackling serious violence- this would mean police officers, educa-tion partners, local authority and health care professionals will have a new legal duty to take action and prevent violent crime.</p><p>• a new £200 million youth endowment fund- this will be delivered over 10 years and will support interventions with children and young people at risk of involvement in crime and violence. It will focus on those most at risk, such as those displaying signs such as truancy, aggres-sion and involvement in anti-social behaviour; funding interventions to steer children and young people away from becoming serious offend-ers; and</p><p>• an Independent Review of Drug Misuse. On 8 February, we <br> appointed Dame Carol Black to lead a major review that will look into <br> the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence. The approach <br> establishes a new balance between prevention and the rigorous law <br> enforcement activity. It will shift our approach towards steering young <br> people away from crime in the first place and put in place measures <br> to tackle the root causes. We believe that the approach set out in the <br> Strategy, with a greater emphasis on early intervention, will address <br> violent crime and help young people to develop the skills and <br> resilience to live happy and productive lives away from violence but <br> we cannot deliver this alone.</p><p>On 13 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in the Spring Statement that there will be £100 million additional funding in 2019/20 to tackle serious violence, including £80m of new funding from the Treasury. This will allow police to swiftly crack-down on knife crime on the areas of the country and also allow investment in Violence Reduction Units.</p>
answering member constituency Louth and Horncastle more like this
answering member printed Victoria Atkins more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-28T16:10:56.743Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-28T16:10:56.743Z
answering member
4399
label Biography information for Victoria Atkins more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1093474
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
answering body
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept id 13 more like this
answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
hansard heading Derelict Land more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on the potential benefits for the environment of brownfield regeneration rather than development on green fields. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 235774 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-04-01more like thismore than 2019-04-01
answer text <p>Defra and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government worked closely during the revision of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) last year. The NPPF places a strong emphasis on making effective use of land, with authorities expected to make as much use as possible of suitable brownfield sites before considering development on green fields.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Suffolk Coastal more like this
answering member printed Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-04-01T16:06:41.133Zmore like thismore than 2019-04-01T16:06:41.133Z
answering member
4098
label Biography information for Dr Thérèse Coffey more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1093496
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-22more like thismore than 2019-03-22
answering body
Ministry of Defence more like this
answering dept id 11 more like this
answering dept short name Defence more like this
answering dept sort name Defence more like this
hansard heading Travellers: Caravan Sites more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the deployment of the army to assist the police in clearing an unauthorised traveller encampment on Ministry of Defence land. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 235785 more like this
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answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
answer text <p>Under Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 only the police have the power to remove trespassers. Military personnel have no role in this removal. Ministry of Defence (MOD) policy remains that the Department will take appropriate action, complicit with the law, to recover possession of MOD land occupied by unauthorised traveller encampments.</p><p> </p> more like this
answering member constituency Milton Keynes North more like this
answering member printed Mark Lancaster more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-27T16:19:01.903Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-27T16:19:01.903Z
answering member
1544
label Biography information for Mark Lancaster more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1092106
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
answering body
Department of Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept id 17 more like this
answering dept short name Health and Social Care more like this
answering dept sort name Health and Social Care more like this
hansard heading Intensive Care: Hampshire more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the quality of critical care treatment in North Hampshire. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 234781 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-27more like thismore than 2019-03-27
answer text <p>The Care Quality Commission’s most recent report rated Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital critical care services as ‘good’ for providing safe, effective, responsive and well-led services. The service was outstanding for caring.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Wimbledon more like this
answering member printed Stephen Hammond more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-27T16:31:28.37Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-27T16:31:28.37Z
answering member
1585
label Biography information for Stephen Hammond more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1089470
registered interest false more like this
date less than 2019-03-15more like thismore than 2019-03-15
answering body
Department for Transport more like this
answering dept id 27 more like this
answering dept short name Transport more like this
answering dept sort name Transport more like this
hansard heading Roads: Freight more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to the report entitled, Identifying the Multimodal Strategic Freight Network and the Value of Improving its Operation, published by the UK Major Ports Group, what steps his Department is taking to tackle the cost of bottleneck junctions in (a) Bramley, Hampshire and (b) the UK. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 233019 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
answer text <p>In Control Period 5 (2014-2019), Government made available £235m through the Strategic Freight Network fund, investing in projects to support rail freight growth. The route out of the Port of Southampton is benefiting from a programme of investment to enable longer freight trains to operate between there and the North / Midlands.</p><p>There is funding available in Control Period 6 (2019-2024) for continued improvements to the rail network. Government is working with Network Rail and the freight industry to develop options for investment over the next five years.</p> more like this
answering member constituency Harrogate and Knaresborough more like this
answering member printed Andrew Jones more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-20T15:25:04.18Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-20T15:25:04.18Z
answering member
3996
label Biography information for Andrew Jones more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
1089476
registered interest true more like this
date less than 2019-03-15more like thismore than 2019-03-15
answering body
Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept id 16 more like this
answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
hansard heading Sri Lanka: Human Rights more like this
house id 1 more like this
legislature
25259
pref label House of Commons more like this
question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2019 to Question 230918, what plans the Government has to conclude the mandate of UN Human Rights Council resolutions 30/1 and 34/1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. more like this
tabling member constituency North East Hampshire remove filter
tabling member printed
Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this
uin 233020 more like this
answer
answer
is ministerial correction false more like this
date of answer less than 2019-03-20more like thismore than 2019-03-20
answer text <p>The UK continues to encourage and support Sri Lanka to deliver the commitments it made to the UN Human Rights Council through Resolutions 30/1 and 34/1. As stated in my written answer on 14 March 2019, we firmly believe that this is the best framework for establishing truth and to achieve justice and lasting reconciliation. I have made these points personally to Sri Lankan Ministers. I welcome Sri Lanka's announcement that it will co-sponsor a roll-over Resolution at the current session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, continuing its commitments to its reconciliation process.</p><p>The UK welcomed the Annual Report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 21 March 2018, which assessed progress made by the Sri Lankan government in the implementation of UN Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 and 34/1. The report found that the Government of Sri Lanka has taken some steps to address human rights concerns and to introduce more democratic and accountable government.</p><p>These include the return of some military-held civilian land, the establishment of an Office of Missing Persons and the ratification of the Convention on Enforced Disappearances. However, as I made clear to a range of senior Ministers on my visit to Colombo in October, more needs to be done. I have urged further progress on these issues, and encouraged the Government of Sri Lanka to deliver meaningful devolution through constitutional reform, and to establish credible mechanisms for transitional justice.</p><p>The United Kingdom has made a long-term commitment to improving human rights in Sri Lanka, and is dedicated to supporting the rebuilding of the country after three decades of conflict. The British High Commission in Colombo is in regular contact with the Government of Sri Lanka and other key stakeholders to encourage and support the implementation of Resolution 30/1.</p>
answering member constituency Cities of London and Westminster more like this
answering member printed Mark Field more like this
question first answered
less than 2019-03-20T16:05:54.9Zmore like thismore than 2019-03-20T16:05:54.9Z
answering member
1405
label Biography information for Mark Field more like this
tabling member
4498
label Biography information for Mr Ranil Jayawardena more like this