Results 1–20 of 1270 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Evennett

Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill (3 Feb 2017)

David Evennett: King Richard.

Higher Education and Research Bill (19 Jul 2016)

David Evennett: Wait and see.

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (29 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I am absolutely delighted to be able to respond to this important debate this evening. I would like to begin by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for South West Wiltshire (Dr Murrison) and the Backbench Business Committee on securing this important debate on the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. I would also like thank him personally for all the work he has done and continues to...

Centenary of the Battle of the Somme (29 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I am pleased to join the hon. Gentleman in commemorating those events and in congratulating those involved. I am grateful to him for bringing that to the attention of the House. The Imperial War Museum will also open late on 30 June, with film screenings, live music, immersive theatre and poetry, while the film “The Battle of the Somme” is available to Centenary Partnership...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: All our first world war programmes, including the school battlefield tours, the great war debate series and the 14-18 NOW culture programme, are designed to engage children and young people. Only last week, young people played a prominent role in our commemorations to mark the Battle of Jutland. I was delighted to be in Orkney and I commend the young people who participated. On 30 June and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I endorse my hon. Friend’s comments and am delighted to hear of the fantastic work being done in his constituency. I endorse all efforts to encourage young people to engage with the programme and to discover history. Young people can also get involved in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s “Living Memory” project in their local area and find out about events near...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I totally endorse the hon. Gentleman’s comments. I will have a word with the Leader of the House and you, Mr Speaker, as the responsible authorities, but I would certainly back such a debate.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: My hon. Friend makes a good point. There is funding for communities to explore local first world war history, through the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as through the War Memorials Trust for the repair and conservation of local war memorials. We are very much aware that local communities should be commemorating every aspect of their local communities to highlight what happened and remember...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I was delighted to be in the right hon. Gentleman’s constituency to experience the moving ceremonies for the Jutland centenary commemorations. It is vital that we engage everybody, particularly young people, so that they might learn about what happened.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: It is important that we get across the whole of this, and what the hon. Gentleman says is very important. At the moment, we are determined to focus on the particular events being commemorated, but more widely we also want to make people, particularly young people, aware of our 20th century history, of people’s experiences and of the tragedy of war.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: First World War Commemoration (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: Indeed. It is very important, for the empire and the Commonwealth, to recognise the contributions of all parts of the communities in the four nations of our country and particularly people from Commonwealth countries such as the Indians, the Canadians, the Australians and the rest. This lies at the heart of what we are trying to do, as we commemorate all those who participated in the Somme.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: We now have the full domestic and inbound figures for 2015. As we have just heard from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, there is good news on both fronts, but there is particularly good news about domestic tourism. The number of overnight trips in England reached 102.7 million, up 11% on 2014, and spending reached a new record of £19.6 billion, up 8%. However, there is more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I give my full support to the Derwent valley cycleway. This is an excellent scheme which safely opens up the beautiful Derwent valley, a world heritage site, so that more people can see it. Cycling has many health and environmental benefits, and the increased number of local and international visitors using the cycleway will benefit tourism in the region even further.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Tourism (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: Yorkshire is indeed a prime destination for tourism, and it has so much to offer. I have been going around the country—I am going off to Devon and Dorset today and tomorrow—to promote tourism and heritage again, and I will do all that I can to persuade domestic and foreign visitors to come to Yorkshire and the rest of our great nation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Rugby Union (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: Sports such as rugby union bring tremendous benefits to the individuals and communities who engage in them. Between 2013 and 2017, Sport England is investing £20 million to get more people playing rugby.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Rugby Union (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I take this opportunity to congratulate Devon RFU on the work that it has been doing to provide so many opportunities for people to get involved in the great game of rugby. Across Devon, Sport England has invested £319,632 to upgrade, improve and repair nine grassroots rugby clubs since 2010. As I have said—[Interruption.] The hon. Member for Garston and Halewood (Maria Eagle)...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Rugby Union (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I was here listening to the debate yesterday, and I commend the excellent speeches of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and my hon. Friend the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Rugby Union (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: I have noted what my hon. Friend has said, and I know what a champion he is for his area and his constituency. We very much believe in inclusion and getting as many people involved as we possibly can. I will look at what he has to say and reflect on it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Rugby Union (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point, and I will certainly do that. Rugby is a fantastic game that brings together all sorts of different people from different backgrounds and has great opportunities for community.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Domestic Tourism (9 Jun 2016)

David Evennett: As I have already said, there is good news on domestic tourism. The number of overnight trips in England in 2015 was up by 11%. Five regions—the east midlands, the west midlands, the south-west, Yorkshire and the Humber, and London—saw double-digit growth in domestic overnight trips on the previous year. Last year, there was positive growth in tourism in the east of England,...


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