Results 121–140 of 603 for speaker:John Stevenson

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

John Stevenson: I have some sympathy with what my hon. Friend says. In Carlisle, the sporting facilities were badly affected and they have ongoing issues with their insurance. She has raised a similar issue, which the Minister might wish to address when she sums up.

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

John Stevenson: My hon. Friend is in many respects raising the very issue that I am about to deal with, so I obviously have a great deal of sympathy. Again, it will be interesting to hear what the Minister says about that point. The real issue concerns long leaseholders who live in a property that is in effect their principal private residence—it is where they live, have their family and community, and so...

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

John Stevenson: I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend. Flood Re has been a success. I have seen that in my constituency, where people now have confidence that their house will be insured. What I am trying to get at is a small group of people. In the setting I mentioned earlier, 29 houses were involved and in another scheme in Carlisle there are, I think, 68, but there will not be many other than those....

Flood Re Insurance Scheme — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (6 Dec 2016)

John Stevenson: The right hon. Gentleman raises an interesting point. I am aware of the proposal with regards to commercial properties, which may be a way forward for them. I have concentrated on a narrow point with regards to the circumstances surrounding Flood Re. To conclude, will the Minister bring forward a constructive review of Flood Re? Will she consult Flood Re and the insurance industry? Will she...

Exiting the European Union: Business of the House (1 Dec 2016)

John Stevenson: The Supreme Court will be making an important decision in the next few days. It is now very much part of our constitutional structure, but there is a lack of parliamentary accountability in relation to its appointments. Will the Leader of the House agree to a debate about the appointment of Supreme Court judges and the approval of such appointments by Parliament?

Transport: North-east (23 Nov 2016)

John Stevenson: Will the Minister give way?

Transport: North-east (23 Nov 2016)

John Stevenson: I appreciate the Minister giving way. I apologise for my late arrival, Sir Edward, which was in part due to the machinations of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

Transport: North-east (23 Nov 2016)

John Stevenson: I appreciate that the debate is very much about the north-east and the transport there, but connectivity between regions and cities is vital. We have heard good news about the A66. Will there be good news about the A69?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Tourism: LIBOR Funding (23 Nov 2016)

John Stevenson: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. Scotland has some wonderful tourist attractions, many of which are in the border region and Cumbria. Does the Secretary of State agree that there are real opportunities to promote tourism in the border areas, but that that will involve close co-operation between councils on both sides of the border, and is not just about finance?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Nov 2016)

John Stevenson: During the past six years we have had three major referendums, all eliciting varying degrees of excitement. Does the Prime Minister agree that one can have too much excitement, and will she therefore rule out any further referendums in this Parliament?

HS2 Update (15 Nov 2016)

John Stevenson: I congratulate the Government on their joined-up thinking on the west coast franchise and HS2, and welcome today’s announcement. Will the Secretary of State confirm that there will, in due course, be a third stage to take the route further north—arguably to the true north—and will he take Carlisle into account as a possible station?

Prison Officers Association: Protest Action (15 Nov 2016)

John Stevenson: The Secretary of State has talked about short-term issues, but if we are truly to see long-term reform of the Prison Service we need to empower governors to manage, lead and innovate. Does she agree with that and will she proceed on that basis?

Schools that Work for Everyone (12 Sep 2016)

John Stevenson: I was very interested in my right hon. Friend’s comments about the independent sector. Independent schools clearly have much to offer the public sector, but if an independent school does not make an adequate contribution, or is not willing to, will she consider putting VAT on its fees?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (7 Jul 2016)

John Stevenson: Following the floods in Carlisle, I am concerned that a group of leaseholders will not be able to get insurance under Flood Re. They consist of 68 long leaseholders with a management company as the freeholder with responsibility for insurance. That management company has not been able to obtain insurance so far. Will the Minister look into the issue and consider amending the legislation if...

(30 Jun 2016)

John Stevenson: I am pleased to make a contribution to this very important debate about a significant national organisation. Of course I am aware that the consultation has concluded and acknowledge that the Government have not yet come forward with any proposals for the actual privatisation of the Land Registry. I also bring to the House’s attention my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial...

(30 Jun 2016)

John Stevenson: My hon. Friend makes an interesting point, and unsurprisingly I could support many of the arguments for privatisation, but I will come to that in due course. I want to make two specific contributions to this debate. First, I shall comment as a practitioner—as someone who actually uses the services of the Land Registry and whose firm works with the Land Registry on a daily basis. Secondly, I...

(30 Jun 2016)

John Stevenson: The Land Registry does make a profit, and it is quite rightly trying to modernise. It also continuously develops its programmes, and all conveyancers are aware of that. Like many other practitioners, I acknowledge that the Land Registry plays a vital and central role in the property market. Practitioners greatly value and respect the services that it provides. As a legal practitioner, I see...

(30 Jun 2016)

John Stevenson: The hon. Lady raises an interesting point about the constant changes in the Land Registry. As practitioners, we have to deal with those changes as new rules are put forward by this place in relation to the Land Registry and other aspects of property transactions. As I have said, the Land Registry is central to our property system in this country, and it is vital that it has absolute integrity...

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