Results 1–20 of 221 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ranil Jayawardena

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brownfield Regeneration (18 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: What steps his Department plans to take to enable local authorities to prioritise brownfield regeneration.

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Brownfield Regeneration (18 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I thank my hon. Friend for that answer, but what progress has been made in giving Homes England the powers and resources it needs to acquire sites in fragmented ownership in order to deliver regeneration for our communities?

Petition - Travellers (13 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I am grateful to you, Mr Speaker, for allowing me to present a petition at such a late hour. [Interruption.]

Petition - Travellers (13 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am sure that that is the case. I also thank all those who signed, shared and promoted my petition. I believe that, given that the petition has received nearly 2,000 signatures, both online and offline, the Government must recognise the strength of feeling among the silent majority. It is great that the Ministry of Defence is consulting on these matters, and I hope...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I should declare an interest in relation to a visit I made to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka, much conservation work is done with Asian elephants. Currently, however, Sri Lanka is not eligible for aid funding. In line with what my hon. Friends the Members for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) and for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith), among others, have said, will the Minister agree to look at how more aid...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I am delighted to rise in support of the Bill. Although our constituents usually see the theatre of questions to the Prime Minister, it is on occasions like this, when we all work together, that the House is strongest. Today is a great example of that. We often work collegially across the House in Committees and all-party groups to achieve good, positive steps like this. As someone who...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861: Ivory Bill (4 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I thank my hon. Friend for her kind words, and I urge her to go further in her leadership of the group to deliver what she sets out. She is right that we must be very clear about what we are seeking to achieve. We do not want to create loopholes for those who would seek to perpetuate such crimes against elephants and other animals. We must not allow those loopholes to exist, and we must not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Refugee Family Reunion (4 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Is it not critical that we help people at home rather than incentivising people to trust people traffickers and so support their illegal activities?

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: As my hon. Friend says, the abolition has had a demonstrable impact on first-time buyers. That has certainly been the case in North East Hampshire. Does he agree, however, that more work is required to help second-steppers who are looking to move up the housing ladder?

Rating (Property in Common Occupation) and Council Tax (Empty Dwellings) Bill: Housing and Homes (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of those local pressures could be the need for a local authority to deliver brownfield regeneration? That might be in multiple ownership and otherwise would not be brought forward for good use—new homes and new commercial premises.

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I thank all my right hon. and hon. Friends and all Members for taking part. My lasting memory of this debate will be my right hon. Friend the Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) outing me as a mere mortal for not having been a lawyer and for only having gone to the LSE. Sir Arnold from “Yes, Minister” would have...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I was, of course, simply waiting for the hon. and learned Lady to call me out on that point.

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I beg to move, That this House has considered public legal education. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I rise today to open the debate on public legal education with the aim of highlighting its importance and supporting its expansion, so that it reaches as many communities across the country as possible. It is great to see the Solicitor General in his place...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: My hon. Friend makes an important point on how the justice system continues to evolve and how young people must be taught about all facets of the legal system, some of which I will deal with later. Indeed, in today’s increasingly complex society it is more vital than ever to equip as many people as possible—young and old—with at least some basic knowledge about our legal...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I thank my hon. Friend for that point. She has been a champion of greater diversity, and she is of course right that we should not exclude any community from the legal system. I will deal with those points later also. PLE, where it is implemented, provides people of all ages and backgrounds with awareness, knowledge and understanding. As a Conservative, I believe in people—the duty,...

Public Legal Education — [Mr Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (15 May 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: It is a shame that some people have to play politics on a day when we can commend the work of outside organisations that are doing much good work in schools, in my constituency and others. Indeed, by encouraging more young people to understand their legal position, I hope—I have mentioned it already and I mention it again—that more people will be able to take the right action, so...


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