Author: John Stevenson

John Stevenson (Carlisle): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information his Department holds on how much was spent on (a) staffing and (b) members’ remuneration by each local authority area in Cumbria in (i) 2012-13, (ii) 2013-14 and (iii) 2014-15. Mr Marcus Jones: Statistics on employee expenditure in each local authority are published online in the Revenue Outturn Service Expenditure Summary, which is available at the following link: http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-authority-revenue-expenditure-and-financing Data is not currently available for 2014-15. This Department does not hold centrally the level of member’s remuneration by local authority.

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle will be opening the new L & I Eaton Carlisle branch on Friday 19th June. L & I Eaton is one of the country’s leading accident and repair vehicle specialists and the Carlisle branch has brought over 30 new jobs to our city. John said ‘I would like to welcome this business to Carlisle. They have chosen our city as a location to expand their business by creating a new branch here. In addition they have brought 30 new jobs to our area. I want to see Carlisle grow and it is through local businesses…

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John Stevenson Conservative, Carlisle: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many dairy farms there were in (a) Carlisle constituency and (b) Cumbria in (i) 2012, (ii) 2013 and (iii) 2014. George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: The numbers of dairy farms in Carlisle constituency and Cumbria in 2012 to 2014 are shown below. Also shown are the numbers of dairy cows on these, to help put the figures into context. Carlisle Parliamentary Constituency Cumbria Number of dairy farms (a) Number of dairy cows (Thousand Head) Number…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle today met with National Grid to discuss the route of their Cumbrian investment- and local businesses will be used for the project wherever possible. National grid will invest £1.3 billion into creating a new connection from Moorside. John said ‘National Grid are making a huge investment in our county. I met with them today to discuss the findings of their consultation regarding the potential route that their new pylons would take. During our discussion National Grid indicated that where possible, local businesses would be used. This is hugely significant for Cumbria and Carlisle. We have…

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John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications were refused and subsequently granted on appeal in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014. John Stevenson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost of refused visas granted on appeal was in (a) 2012, (b) 2013 and (c) 2014. James Brokenshire: Appeal outcomes, including data on volumes of appeals that were granted in the time periods specified, can be found at the following website: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/tribunals-and-gender-recognition-certificate-statistics-quarterly-january-to-march-2015 Table 2.5 of the ‘Tribunals and gender recognition statistics tables: January to March 2015’…

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On Wednesday, MP for Carlisle, John Stevenson, put on the record that he was keen to see Carlisle, the North of England and South West Scotland working together. During Scottish Questions, the Carlisle MP said: ‘With greater fiscal devolution to the Scottish Parliament, places such as Carlisle, will assess the potential effects on Carlisle, of measures in the Scottish Government’s budgets, as well as the national Budget. Does he also agree that the Carlisle Principle set out during the election campaign is important not only to the north of England but to the south- west of Scotland.’ The Secretary of…

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1. Roger Mullin (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) (SNP): What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the potential effects on Scotland of measures in the next Budget. [900150] The Secretary of State for Scotland (David Mundell): This is the first Scottish questions since the passing of the former Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber. Charles Kennedy was a regular participant at Scottish questions and I wish to pass on my personal condolences to his family at this sad time. I have regular discussions on a range of economic issues with my Cabinet colleagues, including the Chancellor of…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle yesterday ensured that the Government’s move towards devolution would not just focus on cities, and that counties would be included too. In a Westminster Hall debate in Parliament yesterday, John questioned James Wharton, the Parliament under Secretary of State, responsible for the Northern Powerhouse on the issue. John said in the debate on City Regions and Metro Mayors that it was ‘extremely important to remember the counties that are further away from the cities, such as Cumbria?’ The Minister in his response confirmed that ‘The Bill (Cities and Local Government Devolution) we are considering is…

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Mr Steve Reed (Croydon North) (Lab): It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I congratulate the hon. Member for Southport (John Pugh) on securing this important debate. I make it clear that Labour supports devolution to cities, counties and communities in every part of the United Kingdom for a simple reason: decisions are 9 Jun 2015 : Column 76WH better if they are taken closer to the people they affect. In the past, Governments of every political colour have been too centralising, which is one reason why people have lost trust in politics. Power feels too…

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John Stevenson MP for Carlisle has been re- elected as Chair of the APPG West Coast Mainline. Carlisle is an important station on the West Coast Mainline, and John is keen to continue to promote Carlisle’s prominence as an important railway station in the North. John said ‘The APPG has made many contributions to Department for Transport. My key priorities over the next Parliament will be ensuring that the tender for the West Coast mainline is appropriate. For me this will include provision for the winning bidder to make improvements to stations including Carlisle. Rail transport is a vital to…

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