Organised Sporting Events: Charges (11 May 2016)
Jack Lopresti: May I be clear that Stoke Gifford parish council is not looking specifically to raise revenue from Parkrun Ltd? It is looking for a contribution to maintain existing facilities-it is not a profit-making exercise.

Organised Sporting Events: Charges (11 May 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I am not, of course, seeking to discourage any such activities. As I said in my opening remarks, I appreciate fully what Parkrun does and is trying to achieve, and the benefits of that. The debate is about the ability of a local council to raise money for the maintenance of its facilities, and about what constitutes an organised sporting event, which I will come to later in my remarks. The...

Organised Sporting Events: Charges (11 May 2016)
Jack Lopresti: I beg to move, That this House has considered powers of local government to charge for organised sporting events. I have called the debate mainly to highlight an ongoing dispute between Stoke Gifford parish council in my constituency and Parkrun Ltd. It has now developed into a much bigger issue to do with the freedom, authority and ability of directly elected local councils to charge for...

Organised Sporting Events: Charges (11 May 2016)
Jack Lopresti: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. What we are talking about flies completely in the face of localism and the devolution agenda; a sledgehammer is being used to crack a nut, on an issue that should not be a matter for the Secretary of State or any national Department-this is a local matter. The point is, with up to 300 people turning up every Saturday and Sunday, and stewards...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (11 May 2016)
Jack Lopresti: During military operations in Afghanistan, British forces were heavily reliant on locally employed interpreters, who constantly put themselves in harm’s way alongside our people. I saw with my own eyes during Herrick 9 just how brave these interpreters were. Does the Prime Minister agree that it is a stain on our country’s honour that we have abandoned a large number of them to be...

Business of the House (28 Apr 2016)
Jack Lopresti: The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has threatened to introduce legislation that would make it illegal for Stoke Gifford parish council in my constituency to charge for an organised sporting event that attracts several hundred people to quite a small park every weekend. Given that the Government have been a champion of localism and passed the Localism Act 2011 in the...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: EU Grants and Loans (28 Apr 2016)
Jack Lopresti: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on the UK public finances of fluctuations in the Pound Sterling-Euro exchange rate causing a decrease in funding received by the UK from EU funding schemes; and what contingencies he has arranged for such circumstances.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (28 Apr 2016)
Jack Lopresti: Will my hon. Friend reassure me that the Department is training apprentices and investing in apprentice-training programmes, so that the country can continue to have the skills and expertise to keep on with our world-leading transport infrastructure programme and improvements?

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Transport: Infrastructure (28 Apr 2016)
Jack Lopresti: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department has had with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on supporting skills development to help deliver the Government's transport infrastructure programmes.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Treasury: Staff (28 Apr 2016)
Jack Lopresti: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many officials work in his Department's Referendum Unit; and what the estimated cost of that unit is.


Queen’s Speech - Debate (5th Day) (25 May 2016)
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: My Lords, it is a huge privilege and a pleasure to have the job of closing this debate, which ends the debates in your Lordships’ House on Her Majesty’s gracious Speech. We are on day four of those debates, and today we are just shy of another six hours of debate, with 50 speakers. Looking around the Chamber, I can detect a palpable sense of relief that we are nearing a...

Debate on the Address: Education, Skills and Training (25 May 2016)
Nicky Morgan: This has been an excellent debate. I estimate that 31 Members from all parts of the House have spoken, raising a variety of different subjects. One thing on which we can all agree is that everybody has an interest-a passionate interest-in education. It is an honour for me to close this debate, and I thank the Members who have spoken for their insightful contributions. It is clear...

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