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Bae Systems Military Air & Information Sites: Job Losses (10 Oct 2017)

Helen Jones: Those of us with constituents who work in the supply chain for BAE Systems, as well as those who have constituents directly employed by the company, are disappointed to hear the Minister’s statement because she talked about managing decline. The Opposition want to see proper investment in the skills we need and in defence industrial strategy so that we do not have to buy technologies...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (10 Oct 2017)

Helen Jones: If nurses or other NHS staff are awarded a pay rise above the current pay cap, will the Government fund that pay rise fully, or will they require it to be met by cuts in patient services?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Helen Jones: In the last Parliament, a joint report of the Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee found widespread exploitation of women at work, and especially of young women in vulnerable employment. Now that the barrier of fees has been removed, will the Minister look seriously at the report’s recommendations and work with other Departments to ensure that women are aware of...

HS2 Update (17 Jul 2017)

Helen Jones: The original justification for the Hoo Green to Bamfurlong spur was the siting of a stock depot at Golborne. The Secretary of State has confirmed today that that will be moved to Crewe and that he will develop the Crewe hub. The costs for that part of the line have been repeatedly questioned and the devastation it will cause to the two villages of Culcheth and Hollins Green in my constituency...

Schools Update (17 Jul 2017)

Helen Jones: Warrington is one of the lowest funded authorities in the country, yet schools in my constituency were still losing out under the funding formula the Secretary of State had proposed, and were preparing to sack teachers and teaching assistants. Can she confirm that she still does not regard these as underfunded schools, and that the 0.5% increase will not meet the costs imposed on them by...

NHS Shared Business Services (27 Jun 2017)

Helen Jones: The Secretary of State told the House in February that all correspondence was kept safe and secure, and he has repeated that claim today, so when did he know that 35 sacks of mail had been destroyed by staff, and why has he not mentioned it since?

GCSE English Literature Exams — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (24 Apr 2017)

Helen Jones: There is very little for me to say, except to thank my hon. Friend the Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck) for her contribution. I listened carefully to the Minister’s detailed response, and thank him for it. No doubt we will discuss the matter at length on other occasions. In the meantime, may I say what a pleasure it has been to chair the Petitions Committee and that I wish...

GCSE English Literature Exams — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (24 Apr 2017)

Helen Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 172405 relating to GCSE English Literature exams. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, for the last Petitions Committee debate of this Parliament. I must confess that when I saw the petition, I had mixed feelings. English is my subject: it was what I was most interested in at school, I read English at...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Yazidi Captives: Daesh (28 Mar 2017)

Helen Jones: The hon. Gentleman will know that when Yazidi women are released, they have great difficulty accessing the medical services—particularly the psychiatric services—that they need. Plane-loads of Yazidi women have been flown to Germany for treatment. Can Britain now do its bit and undertake to do the same thing?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health: Digital Platforms (21 Mar 2017)

Helen Jones: While digital platforms can be useful in guiding patients to the right service, does the Minister accept that there are still huge shortages of people who can carry out talking therapies, and long waits for child and adolescent mental health services? When are the Government going to stop talking about improving mental health services and actually ensure that the money is going where it is...

Workplace Dress Codes (High Heels) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (6 Mar 2017)

Helen Jones: I thank all colleagues who have spoken in this debate. Among the parliamentarians here, I see women of different ages, shapes and heights. We have all managed to do our job without anyone telling us how to dress—funnily enough, it does not matter. We need to get that message across to employers. My hon. Friend the Member for Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough (Gill Furniss), who...

Workplace Dress Codes (High Heels) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (6 Mar 2017)

Helen Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 129823 relating to high heels and workplace dress codes. It is a great pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mr Hanson. I also wish to discuss the joint report by the Petitions Committee and the Women and Equalities Committee on the same subject. Hon. Members here will remember how the petition came about. Nicola Thorp, who created the...

Workplace Dress Codes (High Heels) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (6 Mar 2017)

Helen Jones: The hon. Gentleman is quite right, and I will come on to that issue later in my speech. It is very important that people have information about their rights, but information by itself is not enough. We found that there were real issues about enforcement and access to justice. Women told us that when they raised these concerns, they were belittled. One said, “I was told that I would be...

Workplace Dress Codes (High Heels) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (6 Mar 2017)

Helen Jones: I absolutely agree. Since the fees were raised in 2013, these cases have fallen off a cliff; they are not being brought any more. We have to remember that many of these women work in non-unionised workplaces, so a union cannot bring a claim. The Equal Pay Act was extended by unions bringing test cases on behalf of their workforce. That is not happening any more. Ultimately, women must be able...

Workplace Dress Codes (High Heels) — [Mr David Hanson in the Chair] (6 Mar 2017)

Helen Jones: Yes, I could not agree more; the hon. Gentleman is right about that issue. We also say that if the existing law is not shown to be working, the Government need to take action to clarify the law. As I said, we thought at the beginning that this would be a short inquiry, but it has exposed a number of issues in the workplace: widespread discrimination against women; stereotypical views of what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Foreign Nationals: NHS Treatment (7 Feb 2017)

Helen Jones: I have always supported the view that we are not running an international health service, but as well as directing his energies towards that question will the Secretary of State direct them towards stopping the waste of money that occurs elsewhere in the NHS when highly trained surgeons and theatre teams are forced to wait to operate because beds are not available for their patients and have...

Maintained Nursery Schools Funding — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

Helen Jones: I would. Briefly, I thank my colleagues for their contributions to this debate. I am far from reassured by what the Minister has said. She offered no certainty to nursery schools and clearly does not understand the problem. Question put and agreed to. Resolved, That this House has considered funding for maintained nursery schools.

Maintained Nursery Schools Funding — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

Helen Jones: If, as the Minister says, she understands and values the contributions that maintained nursery schools make, why did the Government create this problem by going for a flat funding formula? She says she is trying to put it right, but the problem is entirely of the Government’s own making, is it not?

Maintained Nursery Schools Funding — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair] (1 Feb 2017)

Helen Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered funding for maintained nursery schools. It is a pleasure to be here under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. It may help if I say at the outset that I do not intend to speak for long and will take only a few interventions; otherwise I shall be unfair to colleagues, many of whom want to make speeches. We are here because we fear for the future of...


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