Results 1–20 of 165 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 (31 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I know my right hon. Friend shares my passion for ensuring that all children have opportunities to succeed, regardless of who they are or where they come from. Can he tell us what progress the Government have made in reducing the attainment gap between less well off secondary school pupils and their peers, and—given their positive impact—when the round of free school applications...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I will perhaps answer the hon. Lady’s point in a roundabout way. When I visited Switzerland—I should refer Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests—I was impressed to understand that Switzerland, despite having never been part of the EU, was one of the largest recipients of joint funding, because it had the brains to excel at driving...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Hooray.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: rose—

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I am sorry if I bored the hon. Gentleman, but he might not have been listening fully.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Although I have not spoken on the Bill to date, I have been following its progress from afar. I rise, unsurprisingly perhaps, in opposition to the proposals that have been tabled by the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr Whitehead). As his county colleague, I have a great deal of time for him, but on this occasion I have to say, with regret, that I believe that the measures would delay...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: My life is greatly enhanced by that clarification. Let me turn to another source that the hon. Lady might put greater trust in—Professor David Phinnemore of Queen’s University Belfast. He agreed with the former Liberal Democrat MEP: “Andrew Duff has been quick to point out, correctly, that there is in fact no such thing as ‘associate membership’ of Euratom or,...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Although I like the hon. Gentleman very much and value his contributions to the House, I think he is missing the point and trying to undermine what the British people have clearly told us politicians. It is uncontrolled immigration that they seek to remedy.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: In disagreeing with me, my right hon. Friend has made my point: specific deals can be done to make sure that the people that this country needs and wants to see here in Britain can come here.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: I will make some progress first. The people we want to see in Britain—those who can contribute to our society, our economy and our communities—should be able to come here and contribute to our national life and national industries. Indeed, that is how we will continue to make sure that our nuclear industry goes from strength to strength.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Okay.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: My hon. Friend has guessed what is coming later in my remarks. I will come on to the future, but I want to focus now on the importance of nuclear, which I think everyone agrees is of key strategic importance to the United Kingdom. I am therefore pleased that Her Majesty’s Government have been clear that they aim to seek to maintain close and effective arrangements for civil nuclear...

Nuclear Safeguards Bill: Transition period (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: My point about the IEA—I mean the IAEA; what a tongue-twister!—was not about the standards it provides. It was that we will remain part of the IAEA and will continue to comply fully with the international standards set out and our obligations in relation to nuclear safety and security. I wish to turn to some other concerns. One of the most common misconceptions is that leaving...

Sky/Fox Update (23 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Given the fact that Sky’s audience share is dwarfed by that of both the BBC and ITV, will the Secretary of State confirm that the Government are committed to the high-quality journalism and the world-class British broadcasting sector that we know and love?

Housing, Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (22 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: With Holocaust Memorial Day this week, does my right hon. Friend agree that on both sides of the House we really need to face up to anti-Semitism wherever we see it and whatever form it takes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Marriage Allowance (16 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: If he will make it his policy to increase the marriage allowance.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Marriage Allowance (16 Jan 2018)

Ranil Jayawardena: Given the £48 billion of costs to the Exchequer from family breakdown, will my hon. Friend meet me and a delegation to discuss how we can further strengthen marriage through the tax system and help people to keep more of what they earn?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: International Business (13 Dec 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: What assessment he has made of the effect of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on Wales’s international business links.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Leaving the EU: International Business (13 Dec 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: What is my right hon. Friend doing to encourage Welsh businesses and consumers to seize the opportunity of a global Britain by boosting imports and exports to increase consumer choice and helping businesses to create more good jobs as we leave the EU?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Regulations to deal with deficiencies arising from withdrawal - Independent Report (12 Dec 2017)

Ranil Jayawardena: It is always a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Angela Smith), for whom I have a great amount of time. I shall not continue the debate about the environment on this occasion, but I welcome her consideration of points of scrutiny. I have, however, come to a slightly different conclusion, as I will outline in a moment. It is a pleasure to speak to the...


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