Author: John Stevenson

Eleanor Laing: Certainly—I was calling the hon. Lady because she is the only Member on the Opposition Back Benches who had indicated she wished to speak, but there is no need for her to contribute at this stage. We will save her contribution for Third Reading and continue with the Committee stage, with the Chair of the Committee that has examined this Bill, John Stevenson. John Stevenson: Thank you, Dame Eleanor. I wish to speak to amendment 1 and new clause 1 and take the opportunity to speak to some of the other amendments. I pay tribute to my hon.…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle has written to head teachers in the Carlisle Constituency to encourage them to apply for funding to take pupils to visit Historic Royal Palaces. Historic Royal Palaces, is an independent charity that cares for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace. The Access Fund for Schools offers pupils the opportunity to have a high quality learning experience at an important historical site. Topics of the facilitated sessions range from Henry VIII’s vibrant court to the education of Queen Victoria to crime and punishment at The Tower of London. The funding would cover…

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John Stevenson: What recent assessment he has made of the impact of the UK internal market on the Scottish economy. John Lamont: The Government’s assessment is that our internal market is the essential basis on which businesses are able to trade freely across the United Kingdom, minimising red tape and maximising opportunities. In Scotland, 60% of outgoing trade is with the rest of the United Kingdom—more than with the rest of the world combined. John Stevenson: The internal market is beneficial for all parts of the United Kingdom. It is, however, more important to those areas where there is a…

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John Stevenson: I welcome the news about the reduction in the number of legal migrants. Immigration must be set at sustainable levels so that migrants can integrate properly into our country. Does the Minister agree that to fill any skills gap, it is vital that we ensure that we upskill our own people and not become dependent on immigration? Will he confirm that his Department is working with the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure we achieve that? Tom Pursglove: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about that. There is concerted effort going on…

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The Carer’s Leave Act 2023 came into force on Saturday 6th April 2024, giving people who provide care to a family member, friend or relative the right to up to five days of unpaid leave from work to fulfil their caring responsibilities. John Stevenson MP supported this legislation in Parliament and is delighted that 4388 of unpaid carers in Carlisle will now have access to these new workplace rights. According to research from Carers UK, up to 2.3 million employees across Great Britain could benefit, while over 1 million employers will have to implement this right for their workforce. Carers…

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