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Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Military Co-operation (European Forces) (3 Nov 2003)

Kevan Jones: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Mr. Roy), I had the privilege of visiting Afghanistan last week. Will my right hon. Friend commend the work carried out by the European partners in Afghanistan, and in particular the work done by British armed forces in Afghanistan under the able command of Colonel Richard Kemp? Will he confirm that that is a good example of...

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that, whether the tonnage is 40,000 or 60,000, the commitment to the two CVFs will lead to large amounts of work for shipbuilding communities throughout this country, many of which went through lean years when the Conservatives were in power?

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: The debate is important not only because we are considering the procurement of equipment to defend our nation but because the industry provides highly skilled jobs in many constituencies. The defence industry welcomed the Government's defence industrial policy, which they announced in the House last year. The document was long overdue, but for the first time it transparently linked providing...

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Alas, I have to agree with my hon. Friend. Unfortunately, the climate in the United States at the moment is all about protecting the Americans' interests. I do not think that they realise the damage that that will do to the defence industry not only in the United States but in this country, and also to other sectors such as the steel industry. If the Buy American Bill goes through, it will...

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: I too was at that event. I understand that Brough falls within a constituency that the Liberal Democrats will be targeting at the next election. Will we now be seeing Focus leaflets going out, supporting the defence industry and also supporting the decision to buy Hawk, which was not the Liberal Democrat view a few months back?

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: I will try to help my hon. Friend. Does he agree that the strange thing about the FRES programme is the fact that after spending several million pounds, through Alvis Vickers and other companies, on the development phase, the Government have suddenly pulled the plug on the programme? Has not that sent a message to UK suppliers that they may not be in the loop for the next procurement of the...

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: I hear what the hon. Gentleman says about the change in position of the US Administration, but is he aware that as early as last week Paul Wolfowitz was trying to negotiate with Mr. Hunter about his Bill, not to veto it—as we were told in Washington—but to water it down? It would still have grave implications for the UK defence industry.

Defence Procurement (23 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Will my right hon. Friend comment on some of the headlines that have appeared in the north-eastern regional press? The Newcastle Journal has one that reads: "Delays on ship deal put jobs in danger." That refers to work that could go to Swan Hunter. Obviously, the procurement of the CVF will have a great impact not only on the north-east but on other regions. Will the Minister scotch some of...

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: It is interesting to hear that the beaming light of democracy is strong and vibrant in Chorley, but does my hon. Friend agree that if we take postal voting away from constituencies such as that of my right hon. Friend the Member for Gateshead, East and Washington, West (Joyce Quin), where postal voting has been used for three years, the situation will seem strange and turnout might plummet...

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is harder to impersonate someone using a postal vote than under the present system whereby all that someone has to do to get a ballot paper is turn up at a polling station and give a name? To use a postal vote, a person has to have access to the building to which the ballot paper has been sent.

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: The evidence from the pilots that have taken place in the north-east runs completely contrary to what the hon. Gentleman suggests. In Chester-le-Street, which had a pilot this year, turnout went up, on average, from 29 per cent. to 50 per cent. It is a Liberal Democrat-free zone, and some wards are far from marginal, but people still turned out to vote.

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: Perish the thought. Is it not the case that if one applies for a postal vote now, one votes at a different time from someone who votes on election day?

European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill (21 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: If the hon. Gentleman is suggesting that cynicism is keeping people away from the ballot boxes, how does he explain the fact that wherever postal voting pilots have been held, turnout has increased and, in most cases, doubled? In the Chester North ward council by-election that was held using postal voting in my constituency two weeks ago, the turnout was 64 per cent.

Mineworkers' Compensation (16 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: With great respect, that is nonsense. I used to deal daily with compensation claims in the shipyards, where a certain percentage of the claim was taken off for smokers to take account of damage not caused by dust. The Department's approach seems to make the generalisation that many people are suffering due to exposure to other things, such as tobacco smoke. In many cases—for example,...

Mineworkers' Compensation (16 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: I am pleased to have secured this debate, and I thank Mr. Speaker for selecting this subject for debate this evening. It gives the House the opportunity to discuss the position of former surface workers of British Coal who are suffering from respiratory disease as a result of their exposure to coal dust at work. I know that many right hon. and hon. Members who represent coal mining or former...

Written Answers — Defence: Future Rapid Effects System (6 Oct 2003)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what assessment has been made of the Future Rapid Effects System project in relation to (a) security of supply, (b) export potential and (c) industrial capabilities; (2) how much has been spent on the Future Rapid Effects System; (3) whether overseas companies will be invited to bid for a lead role in the Future Rapid Effects System project;...


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