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Spring Statement (13 Mar 2018)

John Stevenson: Carlisle Lake District airport is about to open for passenger flights; we have a garden village development south of the city; and there is the prospect of a borderlands growth deal. Does the Chancellor agree that the only way to grow the economy and balance the books is through such investments? Does he also agree that it is important for the Government to support local initiatives of that...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Carbon Reduction Targets (13 Mar 2018)

John Stevenson: Nuclear power will clearly be central to us reaching our carbon targets. Is the Minister confident that enough progress is being made to see the construction of nuclear plants in Anglesey and Cumbria?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Scottish Economy (7 Mar 2018)

John Stevenson: The success of the economy of the south of Scotland is clearly linked to that of the economy of the north of England, particularly my constituency of Carlisle. Does the Minister agree that the borderlands initiative is an exciting opportunity for both sides of the border to boost economic growth?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Local Authority Funding (27 Feb 2018)

John Stevenson: In Cumbria, the Labour council leaders failed to reach a devolution settlement with the Government that would have brought in additional resource. Does the Minister agree, however, that this is not just about resource and that it is also about council structures, leadership and creating efficient organisations?

Leaving the EU: No-deal Alternatives — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (21 Feb 2018)

John Stevenson: My hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Heidi Allen) raised my question. In the referendum our country was divided between 52% and 48%. Does my hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach) agree that the EFTA solution potentially unifies those two groups?

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

John Stevenson: This is a really important debate and I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing it. I completely agree with his point that EFTA is understood by all parties; that is one of its great strengths. Does he agree that its true strength, and the one that could be the basis for our negotiations and unite all parts of the debate, is the fact that it has great flexibility within it?

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Stamp Duty Reform (23 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: I beg to move, That this House has considered reform of stamp duty. I am delighted to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter, and to have secured the opportunity for the House to debate and discuss stamp duty and its possible reform. I will be speaking in this debate as a politician, but also partly as a practitioner—I am a solicitor who is still in practice. I do not think I have...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Stamp Duty Reform (23 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention, and accept that we probably have a slightly different view on this subject. I fully accept that the supply of housing is a fundamental problem in our housing market. As I said earlier, that could be seen as a separate debate. For the purpose of today’s debate, I believe that shifting the responsibility for the tax from the buyer to...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Stamp Duty Reform (23 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: I am saying that moving the liability from buyer to seller should be neutral to the Treasury. It is up to the Treasury what level of rates it applies, and that changes over time. I did not want to go down that route; I was looking more at the principle of who pays the tax. If we do move it, it will mean that all first-time buyers will not have to pay any tax at all. It will be very simple to...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Stamp Duty Reform (23 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: it is saving up for the deposit that is so challenging for many young people nowadays. Added to that are the solicitors’ costs and the stamp duty costs, which can sometimes make it too difficult for first-time buyers to raise the adequate amount. Incorporating that into the mortgage would be much better, from the purchaser’s perspective. One of...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Stamp Duty Reform (23 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: The hon. Lady is absolutely right: the changes that the Government introduced undoubtedly helped many first-time buyers. I fully acknowledge that, and they have gone a long way to taking most first-time buyers out of potential stamp duty. There are some practical issues about identifying who is a first-time buyer. What I am suggesting simplifies the process. It takes every first-time buyer...

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Stamp Duty Reform (23 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: I take the hon. Gentleman’s point. My view is that if somebody wants to downsize they will probably go ahead, but more importantly the people who are upsizing will get the advantage, and will therefore be interested in the market. I will come to an issue about the housing market, particularly in London at the top end, where I think that the tax regime is causing problems as we speak. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (16 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: I appreciate that the next stages of the negotiations with Europe are about to start, and what we want to see is a good deal for industry, business and the service sector. Does the Chancellor agree that membership of the European Free Trade Association could offer that opportunity for us?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Africa: Diplomatic Relations (10 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: What his diplomatic priorities are for Africa after the UK leaves the EU.

NHS Winter Crisis (8 Jan 2018)

John Stevenson: Clearly there is pressure on the NHS, including on the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle. However, does the Minister agree that we must not lose sight of the positives, such as the £1.8 million investment in cancer equipment that has just gone into the hospital and the proposed £38 million investment in a proposed cancer unit, all of which are in the long-term interests of healthcare...

Local Government Finance Settlement (19 Dec 2017)

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Local Government Finance Settlement (19 Dec 2017)

John Stevenson: In certain circumstances, councils can still make substantial savings. In Cumbria, the Labour leadership on the council has failed to reach a devolution deal, which was an opportunity to review local structures that could have saved millions of pounds for local services. Does the Secretary of State agree that fewer councillors and councils in Cumbria would benefit local services enormously?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: NHS Funding Trends (19 Dec 2017)

John Stevenson: I very much welcome the £2 million winter allocation for the hospitals in my area. Funding is clearly important, but given the improvements in the hospitals in my area that are down to the leadership of the chief executives, the leadership team and the staff, does the Secretary of State agree that leadership is as important as funding?

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