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Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Libya: Slavery (11 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many times and on what dates the Government has raised the issue of slavery in Libya in discussion with the Libyan Government or has otherwise made representations to that government on that subject.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Resignations (11 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many teachers left the profession within three years of qualification in each region of England in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Teachers: Resignations (11 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what information her Department holds on the reasons for teachers leaving the profession; and if she will make a statement.

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right about the decisions taken and the concern about traffic flows. Does he agree that evidence is now appearing that the tolling on the bridge is increasing traffic flows through Warrington, which is already very congested? And that is after the former Member for Warrington South appeared in the 2015 election in front of a big banner saying, “No tolls”, so...

Tolls on the Mersey Crossings — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend makes a very good case. Was he concerned, as I was, to hear the Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen (Jake Berry), yesterday dismiss the problem of the tolls for the bridges and the Mersey tunnels limiting economic growth in the region and attribute, I understand, to the Mayor of the city region views that he does not hold?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Legal Aid (5 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: It is estimated that providing early legal help in family court cases would cost less than £14 million because, as the hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Robert Neill) has just said, many cases would be resolved before getting to court. Why does the Minister continue to insist that this is not a cost-effective way of dealing with cases? Does he actually know how many cases are...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: It has been a great pleasure to listen to this debate. I thank all hon. Members on this side who have spoken. I feel sorry for the Minister, who is normally a reasonable soul, because he has been sent here to defend the indefensible. As hon. Members on the Government side have slipped away, I thought at one point that he would be left solely with his Parliamentary Private Secretary,...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: Does the Minister accept, first, that most of the money spent on raising the tax threshold actually benefits the better-off? Secondly, does he accept that the combined effects of the Government’s tax and benefit changes, even when raising the tax threshold is taken into account, has been to hit low-paid families in work hardest?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: I know from staff at Risley Prison in my constituency that prison staff are now unable to take time off when necessary and that whole wings are locked up for half a day, meaning that prisoners cannot access education or work. Does my hon. Friend agree that, as well as that being unfair to the staff, it does not help us to reform prisoners—it makes it more likely that they will reoffend?

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 200032 relating to public sector pay. It is a great pleasure to be here under your chairmanship, Mr Hanson. When Conservative Members talk about public sector workers, it is common to hear them refer to them as if they were somehow a drain on the economy. They try to make a distinction between public sector workers and taxpayers, as if...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right, and I will come to that issue later. None of us could function day to day without, for instance, the people who sweep our streets and empty our bins. I mention them because their hard and unglamorous jobs—as many public sector jobs still are—often get overlooked when we talk about the public sector. We understandably see documentaries about hospitals and...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right and, again, I will come to that matter later. When we are told that only the private sector generates value in the economy, we should ask, “Yes, but who looks after your workers when they are sick? Who do you call if you are burgled or are the victim of fraud? Who do you call if a fire starts in your building? Who educated the workers you employ?” The...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Gratitude for public sector workers is not enough; they also deserve our respect. Respect involves paying them a decent wage for the job they do but, sadly, under this Government their wages have been continually held down.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: I could not have put it better myself. The result was that one of the Conservative Government’s first actions was to announce a two-year freeze on public sector pay from 2011-12. They followed that up with an announcement that public sector pay would be capped at 1% for the following four years and, in his 2015 summer Budget, the Chancellor announced a further four years of the cap,...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: Indeed. The situation my hon. Friend mentioned is true of many people in the public sector. Between 2010 and 2016, food prices went up by 8.5%, electricity went up by 27.7% and gas went up by 24%. These are not things that people can do without; they are essential for a decent life. Note that I am not talking about an extravagant life; I am simply talking about a decent life.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right. I will come to the effect on local economies in a moment. In the meantime, we should note that the costs of going to work have risen since 2010. Bus and coach fares have gone up by 25%. Many low-paid public sector workers are reliant on public transport because they cannot afford to run a car. The cost of a nursery place for a child under two has gone up by 21% on...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My hon. Friend is right. This Government have been very good at trying to place the blame elsewhere for a policy they introduced. In fact, so bad have things got that last year the chief executive of NHS Providers told the Health Service Journal that one trust had tracked where its low-paid workers were going when they left. They were leaving to work in supermarkets because the pay was...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: My right hon. Friend is right. The cap has depressed the wider economy. It is now starting to depress wages in the private sector, and it is seriously depressing public sector workers. It has failed all round. The Government need to accept that they have failed and should stop trying to put the blame elsewhere. They announced, for instance, that the police can have a rise, but they will not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Local and Regional Economies: Transport (4 Dec 2017)

Helen Jones: Tomorrow my hon. Friend the Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson) will open a debate on tolls on the Mersey crossing. Does the Minister accept that the fact that people cannot cross the Mersey between Warrington and Liverpool without paying a toll, whether across the bridge or through the tunnels, is holding back the regional economy? If so, will he have urgent discussions with his...


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