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Modernisation of the House of Commons (26 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: I think that I am one of the few people to speak in the debate with a young family, so I suffer from such stress. As has been said before, what is family friendly for those who live in London is not family friendly for those who live a long way from London. If we were to move towards a situation in which we had very family-friendly hours for those who live in London—more so than they are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: NHS Emergency Services (26 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: When my hon. Friend next meets his ministerial colleagues in the Welsh Assembly, will he ask them to look at the provisions of the delayed discharges and transfer of care Bill and how it has worked in England to reduce bed blocking, and will he try and persuade them to learn from the experience of England and to adopt similar measures in Wales?

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 16 - Procedure for regulations under s. 15 (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: Further to those questions, I largely understand how the system would work, but there are a few anomalies that I would like explained. I understand that where services are arranged, organised and paid for by the Scottish Executive or the Welsh Assembly, then they can determine the identity requirements to access those services. For example, if primary school services in Scotland or Wales...

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 16 - Procedure for regulations under s. 15 (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: May I persuade my hon. Friend to make the position slightly clearer? He has entirely clarified the position on housing benefit. What about universities? Let us suppose that the Welsh Assembly decides that a person going to a Welsh university does not require ID qualification to establish whether they are a home student or not. If that person were to go to an English university, would that...

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 15 - Power to make public services conditional on identity checks (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: I thank my hon. Friend the Minister, who has given way many times. The questions that have been asked so far are about how people ensure that they check on the entitlement according to the list of people   with ID cards. I want to ask my question the other way round. When there is a compulsory system in which everyone who is entitled is required to have an ID card, will people be able to...

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 8 - Issue etc. of ID cards (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: I wish to help the hon. Gentleman. He does not appear to have understood the point made by the hon. Member for Winchester, which is that the vast majority of the money for the cards will be raised from the people who get the card. Therefore, that money, which has not yet been raised, cannot be transferred to another use, however useful that might be.  

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 8 - Issue etc. of ID cards (25 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: I was not making that point, although we could argue about whether this is public or private money. If the hon. Gentleman wants to argue that the money could be better spent elsewhere, he must explain how he would persuade those same people—instead of spending the money on ID cards—to contribute to some new levy for whatever he proposed to spend the money on.

Orders of the Day — Gambling Bill: Clause 7 — Casino (24 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: I do not know whether there are any plans to build a super-casino in Bridgend. The nearest super-casino, if one is built, will probably be in Cardiff. Is my hon. Friend aware that the Liberal leader of Cardiff council has accepted a £6,000, all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas to inquire about casinos? Was it proper of him to accept that trip?

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 1 - The National Identity Register (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: Do not some of those examples already exist? If one traces birth certificates and cross-references with electoral registers, one can find out where people lived and who lived with them. That situation already exists.

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 1 - The National Identity Register (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: A moment ago, the Minister made a statement about the role of identity cards in helping the Spanish authorities arrest suspects. The part that I caught was that that information has not been shared. Will the Minister clarify that? I would have imagined that information on al-Qaeda suspects was shared, although for very good reasons not in open Committee. I hope that the Spanish authorities...

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: My hon. Friend says the Government are pandering to public opinion, but I am not sure that is the case. Public opinion is not the same as the majority view expressed in Parliament. I recall one of the tabloid papers—The Sun—running a campaign against cannabis and inviting its readership to express their opinion. The readership overwhelmingly deplored the opinion of The Sun and said that...

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: Illegality does not destroy the market—I am surprised that the Tory Front Bench team does not understand the market—it still exists, and competition always exists within a market. In an illegal enterprise, the only way in which people can compete is to use violence against their competitors. Because they are in an illegal market, their competitors cannot go to the police for protection...

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: The right hon. Gentleman is citing examples from different countries and times. Has he read that the prohibition of alcohol in the United States not only more than doubled the number of murders in that country and made the mafia extremely wealthy but changed the pattern of alcohol consumption? It was safer to transport potent alcohol, so the use of spirits increased enormously and the extent...

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: Before the right hon. Gentleman leaves whisky—

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: I thank the right hon. Gentleman—he has given way often—for giving way belatedly to me. Which would he regard as more harmful, a spliff or a bottle of whisky?

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: That part of the Bill deals with an anomalous position, but it also raises other anomalies. Can my right hon. Friend explain what harm currently done by the partially legal position of that drug will cease to be done or will be reduced by making it illegal? The drug grows widely naturally in this country and people could have it in their gardens without knowing it. Are they committing an...

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: rose—

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: rose—

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: I thank the Secretary of State for giving way to me again, but the debate so far has focused on drugs without an attempt to classify or define what is meant by drugs, and the last intervention is a classic example of that. If we define something as illegal, it becomes illegal, but we never define why it is illegal. Drugs must become illegal where they do harm. If a drug is not doing harm or...

Public Bill Committee: Identity Cards Bill: Clause 1 - The National Identity Register (18 Jan 2005)

Mr Jon Owen Jones: Can the hon. Gentleman correct the impression that I gained from the debate on Second Reading? Liberal Democrat Members shouted across the Chamber that any person requiring medical attention should be treated regardless of entitlement. Did I gain the wrong impression?


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