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Upcoming Business – Commons: Main Chamber (16 May 2014)

Driving Offences (Review of Sentencing Guidelines) Bill - Second reading – Susan Elan Jones. Legislation

Rural Crime — [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: I apologise for being a few minutes late for the hon. Gentleman’s debate. A problem in a rural part of my constituency has been people coming on to land pretending that they have hunting rights when in fact they are just there for criminality. What we found helpful, as the Minister will be aware, was that a group of local residents in Esclusham and Ponciau came together and worked on a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Clause 11 — Tax relief for married couples and civil partners (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the problems of the married couples tax allowance as proposed by the Government is the situation of what might traditionally have been called the deserted spouse, often the wife who was left? What would happen in that situation? That is a very real issue to be answered.

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: Can the Minister tell us how bad Capita has to get before, in his estimation, any fine would be imposed upon it by the Government?

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. Does he agree that one of the ways in which Government and officialdom get it a bit wrong on the Welsh language is by assuming that the only people who need any sort of Welsh language provision are those who complete the forms in Welsh? As many of us know, there are people who are vastly more comfortable speaking Welsh but not necessarily writing it.

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: Diolch yn fawr, Mr Owen. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship. I am pleased to have secured this debate on personal independent payments in Wales. It is an important debate for many of our constituents, including many of the most vulnerable, who are being failed by the system. I hope that hon. Members here today will share cases from their constituencies and that we will get some...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend. The Minister may be heartened to hear me mention a previous Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher, who used to say she believed we should run the national budget like a household budget. Leaving aside our views on the politics of the late Baroness, perhaps we can use that analogy here, to look at the scandal of the joint DWP and Capita mess that has...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: I would be delighted to put the Minister in contact with my constituent or, indeed, with all the current cases I have, and they could rightfully have that debate. PIP is a huge issue. I am sure that he is rather sorry that there are absolutely no Government Members here to defend him, so he has to do a little of his own work on that score this morning.

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: I assure the Minister that I want this issue sorted, and I am only sorry that it has not been sorted sooner. I am of course aware that assessments are complicated. I am under no illusions that such systems are easy to run, and they are not simple to understand. I am clear, however, that Capita is being given public money to provide a service. I called for the debate today because my...

[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Personal Independence Payments (Wales) (9 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend. Indeed, when the Prime Minister announced that the system would change to migrate those on disability living allowance to a personal independence payment, surely that was not part of the promises he made. When PIP was first introduced last year, surely the waiting times, the missed calls and the assessments for which staff have failed even to turn...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — North Wales Economy (1 April 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: Thank you, Mr Hollobone. I could probably speak on this subject for about an hour—obviously my remarks will have to be rather shorter than that—especially as I have in my constituency the one world heritage site in north Wales, the Pontcysyllte aqueduct, but we will not boast about such things. I would like to concentrate briefly on two things that specifically relate to my...

Bill Presented: Wales Bill (31 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: I am interested in what the hon. Gentleman is saying about referendums. I well remember the referendum in, I think, February 2011—it was certainly cold enough. Having been told by rather a lot of people in north-east Wales that north-east Wales would vote no, it strengthened the process in terms of full law-making powers that north-east Wales voted very conclusively yes. I think...

Bill Presented: Wales Bill (31 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: rose—

Bill Presented: Wales Bill (31 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: I hate to see the hon. Gentleman looking so unhappy. I suggest that the solution comes in the form of two excellent words used by the leader of the UK Labour party at the Welsh conference: “reserved powers”.

Written Answers — Wales: Zero-hours Contracts (26 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what estimate he has made of the number of workers in Wales employed on zero-hours contracts; and what assessment he has made of trends in that number since 2010.

Amendment of the Law (25 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: It is a huge privilege and pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen South (Dame Anne Begg), who speaks with such knowledge, expertise and passion in this most important area. At a time when there seem to be days for celebrating pretty much everything in this country, I do not think that there will ever be a national Department for Work and Pensions day. That is a bit of a...

Amendment of the Law (25 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Amendment of the Law (25 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: No, I want the hon. Gentleman to give way.

Amendment of the Law (25 March 2014)

Susan Elan Jones: The hon. Gentleman has returned from Patagonia as partisan as ever. Why does he not commend the fact that 80% of traineeships under Jobs Growth Wales are in the private sector? Surely, as a former small business man, he welcomes that.

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