Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to ensure that reprisals against former or current members of the armed forces through the legal system for political reasons are not allowed.
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will undertake to assess the effectiveness of directives on operator licensing after the UK leaves the EU.
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if his Department will take steps to protect and widen derogations for community transport operators to operate vehicles under a Section 19 or 22 permit after the UK leaves the EU.
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what recent discussions he has had with the Government of Qatar on future trade and investment between the UK and Qatar.
Ranil Jayawardena: May I commend my right hon. Friend for her pledge to build hundreds of new free schools? Does she agree that they are critical to drive up standards and increase parental choice, and is it not true that we are committed to creating a school system that works for everyone, while the Opposition want to hold everyone back?
Ranil Jayawardena: I warmly welcome the proposed review of the law in this area because, as the Minister will know, I have asked questions about this before. I want to reference the Library, which is usually a great source of information, and to thank it for its briefing paper for this debate, which states: “Unauthorised sites are frequently a source of tension between the travelling and settled...
Ranil Jayawardena: I thank the Minister for giving way. Does he accept that section 62A only covers the principal or highest-tier local authority? In the case of my constituency, a site just over the border in Berkshire cannot be considered for Traveller pitches. Will the Government look at how the law is drafted to make sure that it has the intended effect?
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to meet the Universal Service Obligation and provide broadband to the final five per cent of properties in Hampshire.
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of legislation regarding travellers' illegal encampments.
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, when the Government plans to consult on statutory guidance on Relationships and Sex Education provided for in the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps the Government is taking to (a) increase core schools' funding in (i) England and (ii) Hampshire and (b) introduce a fairer funding formula for schools.
Ranil Jayawardena: If she will make it her policy to allow the installation of community ATMs in listed phone boxes without their having to first be de-listed.
Ranil Jayawardena: I thank my hon. Friend the Minister for that clear answer. BT provided a phone box cashpoint in Odiham in my constituency, and I have asked it to do the same in Hartley Wintney, but it is restricted by the listed status there. Will my hon. Friend meet me to discuss how the community benefit can be delivered either through amendments to the listed status or through other measures, which could...
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the Government's policy is on the application of the derogation in Article 1 (4) of Regulation (EC) No. 1071/2009 for community transport operators which have a main occupation other than that of road passenger transport operator to operate vehicles under section 19 or 22 permit to parish and town councils.
Ranil Jayawardena: What steps he is taking to support growth in the UK space sector.
Ranil Jayawardena: I thank the Minister for his very encouraging answer. The tender for the next stage of the ground control segment of the Galileo programme, in which the UK has a leadership role, is currently live, so will he make sure that the European Commission’s request for UK-based companies to clarify how they will repatriate activities to the EU does not undermine them in winning contracts?
Ranil Jayawardena: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of interpreting into UK law the EU directives on operator licensing on (a) community transport providers and (b) isolated individuals and rural communities.
Ranil Jayawardena: My elder daughter, Daisy, started nursery this week. From speaking to local parents, I know that this policy will, as the Minister says, help hard-working families take up new employment and additional hours, so it is welcome. I am also encouraged that parents will be able to add to the funding the Government are making available through existing schemes, such as childcare vouchers. However,...