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Commonwealth War Graves Commission — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: May I make the offer to my hon. Friend that I have already made to the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens), that if she wants to meet the commission’s management to talk about personnel, I can certainly facilitate that?

Commonwealth War Graves Commission — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Broadland (Mr Simpson) on securing the debate. I declare an interest as one of the two parliamentary commissioners for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Holding that post is a great honour. The right hon. Gentleman has described not only the detailed work that this organisation...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Security (6 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) unauthorised entries to military bases, (b) thefts or losses of classified material, (c) successful cyber attacks on his Department's systems and (d) other security breaches took place in (i) 2014 and (ii) 2015; and what steps his Department took in response to each such breach.

North East Ambulance Service — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (4 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: I hear this from the Minister and I hear it from the trust, but could I ask her officials or NHS England to actually delve into the figures? The hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed raised an interesting issue. This is actually about the ways in which ambulance calls are classified. There are clearly reds that are not reds, but the other point that I would like the Minister to address, even if...

North East Ambulance Service — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (4 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: My hon. Friend has obviously had the same letter from the North East trust that I have had; but does he agree, also, that it is not good enough because it is a question of our constituents’ confidence in the service? It should be a first world service, but is more reminiscent of the third world.

North East Ambulance Service — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (4 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) on securing this debate. In the past 18 months, I have heard about 12 quite serious cases. The ambulance service is in crisis, and that is not down to the men and women who work in it; it is down to the management. Urgent action is needed if we are to avoid people dying and prevent the suffering that my...

North East Ambulance Service — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (4 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: I hear what the hon. Lady says, but is not the real problem that 111 was rushed in and relied on technology? When it originally started, we had trained paramedics in the call centres who could categorise cases. There is clear evidence, which I will present, that, if something is not deemed life-threatening or someone is not having difficulty breathing, the case is categorised as green. The...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Maritime Patrol Aircraft (4 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of workshare which the UK will undertake on those Boeing P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft being procured by his Department.

Aleppo (3 May 2016)

Kevan Jones: The Minister quite rightly spoke about the influence of Russia, but what pressure is being put on Iran, which has equally supported the Assad regime, both directly and through proxies such as Hezbollah? Has the Foreign Office or the international community opened up that dialogue with Iran and, as part of the Iran deal, put pressure on it to make sure that it actually responds?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Helicopters (28 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what his policy is on safeguarding the future of the UK helicopter industry.

Trade Union Bill: Ballots: 40% support requirement in important public services (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: I accept the hon. Gentleman’s point, but his party is not clean on this, given the money it accepted from Brown, who was found to be a fraud. So I do not think the hon. Gentleman should be lecturing others about transparency in party funding.

Trade Union Bill: Ballots: 40% support requirement in important public services (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: I agree. This shows my age, but the process used to have to be done manually, which meant that there was a cost. My hon. Friend is quite right that, with modern-day computer payroll systems, for example, the cost is very difficult to determine. I, like my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff West, oppose the Bill as a whole, but given the compromise that we have got because of the EU...

Trade Union Bill: Ballots: 40% support requirement in important public services (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is only thanks to trade unions campaigning and funding legal action that millions of people have received rightful compensation for industrial injuries such as mesothelioma, or that there is the miners compensation scheme that was pioneered by the trade union movement? Without that, millions of people in this country who suffered through no fault of their...

Trade Union Bill: Ballots: 40% support requirement in important public services (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that this will not be difficult for many trade unions because on their application forms to join, there is a box to tick to contribute to the political fund? As someone who ran a political fund, I know that that was the case in the GMB. Is this therefore not another example of proposed legislation that is not really needed?

Trade Union Bill: Ballots: 40% support requirement in important public services (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: I welcome the work of the Lords, which my hon. Friend has just outlined. It is quite clear what the Bill is about. The Prime Minister talks about being a one nation Conservative, but he wants to be a one nation Conservative with one party—the Conservative party—at an advantage. If we want to understand Conservative Members’ disappointment, we have only to look at the...

Trade Union Bill: Provision for electronic balloting: review and piloting scheme (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: First, I declare an interest as a member of the GMB. My wife also works for a trade union. We often hear the cry from Conservative Members that the turnout in union ballots is not high enough. We have before us a mechanism that would at least assist with that, by getting more people to participate in e-balloting. I have seen some pretty poor excuses for statements, but today’s statement...

Trade Union Bill: Provision for electronic balloting: review and piloting scheme (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: I know this Government love things foreign, but may I tell the Minister, with great respect, that he need not go very far to find examples of where e-voting has worked and there have not been any problems? I am referring to the pilots that took place in 2004, including in my constituency and others in the north-east, after which the Electoral Commission’s report found no problems with...

Trade Union Bill: Provision for electronic balloting: review and piloting scheme (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. The Minister backed himself into a corner by saying that such votes were so important that they could not be done electronically. Let us look, for example, at foundation trusts, which elect their governors by electronic voting and are quite happy that such a system is secure. The Minister may think that that is not very important, but my constituents...

Trade Union Bill: Provision for electronic balloting: review and piloting scheme (27 Apr 2016)

Kevan Jones: What is having to review all this information going to cost the taxpayer? The Minister skated over that. Surely if it is to be done thoroughly and effectively it will come at great cost to the taxpayer.


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