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Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Economic Growth (6 Jun 2018)

John Stevenson: Does the Secretary of State agree that what really matters to the growth rates and success of the Scottish economy is the Union of the United Kingdom? Does he agree that that is most demonstrated by the border area?

Gaza: Un Human Rights Council Vote: Tenant Fees Bill (21 May 2018)

John Stevenson: I will make just a short contribution, Madam Deputy Speaker. I first draw the House’s attention to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I am a solicitor at a legal practice that owns an estate agents. As we know, Second Reading debates are about the general principles of a Bill, and that is where I want to concentrate my speech. My instinct is to be very...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Policing Budgets (2 May 2018)

John Stevenson: Does the Minister agree that policing is not just about budgets and money, although they do matter, but about leadership, strategy and organisation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (2 May 2018)

John Stevenson: A couple of weeks ago, the Prime Minister indicated that she was minded to visit my constituency of Carlisle. I am delighted to inform her that from 4 June she will be able to fly into Carlisle on a commercial flight for the first time in 30 years. She will arrive in a city that is at the centre of the United Kingdom and a city recently described as “the beating heart” of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Apr 2018)

John Stevenson: A few weeks ago, a gentleman from Islington called Jeremy visited my constituency of Carlisle and brought with him a vision of 1970s Britain. When Theresa from Maidenhead next comes to Carlisle, will she reassure the people of Carlisle that she brings a vision of 21st-century Britain, which includes the ideals of freedom, opportunity, choice, personal responsibility and, most importantly of...

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

John Stevenson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

John Stevenson: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: Local Government Funding (28 Mar 2018)

John Stevenson: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way so generously. In Cumbria we had the opportunity for a devolution deal. It did not happen. In Cumbria we had the opportunity to reduce the number of councils and councillors, which would have meant savings of around £25 million, which could have been spent on frontline services. The reason for the failure was Labour councils and Labour...

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...


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