Results 1–20 of 231 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Sep 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I know my right hon. Friend will be as concerned as me, and I am sure the whole House, to hear of and see the carcases of nearly 90 elephants near a wildlife sanctuary in Botswana. This coincides with Botswana’s anti-poaching unit being disarmed. Will she do more to tackle this scourge, including through our aid budget by funding more rangers and more training through the Ministry of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Official Development Assistance: Endangered Species (4 Sep 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on using official development assistance to help protect endangered species abroad.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Official Development Assistance: Endangered Species (4 Sep 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Welcome back, Mr Speaker. I welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement last week that Britain’s international aid budget will be used to boost mutual trade. Would my hon. Friend the Minister also like to see more aid used to support conservation efforts to similarly boost the protection of endangered species through, for example, more invaluable park rangers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Trading Opportunities: Promotion (18 Jul 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: What recent steps he has taken to promote Wales’s international trading opportunities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: International Trading Opportunities: Promotion (18 Jul 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Given Wales’s connectivity on the M4 corridor, does my right hon. Friend agree that we can truly capitalise on trading opportunities internationally for Wales and, indeed, the Thames valley by improving the Reading to Gatwick road corridor?

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 2) Bill: Meaning of “ivory” (4 Jul 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: It is rare that a Bill receives almost universal support, so it is terrific that it has been supported by Members on both sides of the House, despite a few amendments. In the interests of time, let me cut to the crux of the matter: those awful, dangerous people who horrifically murder 20,000 or so elephants every year and are out of control. They will now see action being taken, with Britain...

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 2) Bill: Requirement to amend definition of ivory (4 Jul 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I was not on the Bill Committee, but I have been following the Bill closely, as have other members of the all-party group on endangered species. Can my hon. Friend confirm that the consultation would allow the Government to move further and faster than would have been possible under new clause 1?

Supply and Appropriation (Main Estimates) (No. 2) Bill: Requirement to amend definition of ivory (4 Jul 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I am pleased that the Bill has made progress in Committee, building on the Government’s proactive work. As I have said before, I am pleased not only because of my interest in this area—that was why I founded the all-party group on endangered species with Members on both sides of the House—but because, like Opposition Members, many Conservative Members were elected on a...

Petition - Camelford Bypass: Veterans and Soldiers: Statute of Limitations (25 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I commend my hon. Friend and neighbour for securing this debate. Does he agree that ultimately there is a simple but important contract that must be honoured, which is that our servicemen and women, whether today or in years gone by, have served us and we should stand by them?

Petition - Backing Our Servicemen and Women (25 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I believe that the Government’s first duty is to keep us safe from those who would do us harm, whether here or abroad. Our fantastic servicemen and women sign up to do just that—to look after us—and in turn we ought to look after them. It therefore brings me no pleasure to present to the House this petition, which hundreds of people have signed, online and offline, in just...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free School and Academy Programmes (25 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: What assessment he has made of the effect of the free school and academy programmes on GCSE results.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Free School and Academy Programmes (25 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: The Department for Education has identified target local authority areas for raising standards. Further to my right hon. Friend’s answer, does he agree that free schools that are accessible to anyone, wherever they might live in that area or beyond, will increase parental choice and improve standards?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (20 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: What recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Security Situation (20 Jun 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I welcome what my right hon. Friend says, but how can it be right that loyal octogenarian veterans now have to look over their shoulders as a result of spurious and vexatious complaints in relation to allegations of which they have already been cleared? Is it not time for a statute of limitations to back our servicemen and women?

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 Housing, Communities and Local Government is...

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...


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