Results 7821–7840 of 7874 for speaker:Kevan Jones

Written Answers — Home Department: Coroners Duties (Deaths Overseas) (12 Feb 2002)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the role of local coroners relating to UK nationals who die abroad.

Local Government Finance (30 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: Like my hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, South (Mr. Marshall), who is no longer in his seat, I intend to be parochial and raise the dire situation faced by Durham county council this year. The Minister has referred to an average settlement of more than 7 per cent. Durham's allocation is just over 5 per cent., one of the lowest settlements of any county council in the country. Durham...

Local Government Finance (30 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: I note what my right hon. Friend says. Durham county council is a very well run and moderate council, as my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, who represents Sedgefield, also knows. Durham is facing a critical situation this year because of having one of the lowest settlements of the shire counties. Some £2.7 million has been taken away or lost because the education support grant...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport, Local Government and the Regions: Social Housing (29 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: May I raise a problem found in my constituency, in villages such as Grange Villa, where private landlords are buying property—in some cases, entire streets—to house people who have been evicted by the council and social landlords? The majority of those people are on housing benefit, and landlords pay no regard to the problems and chaos that they cause in small communities such as...

Written Answers — Health: Performance Ratings (28 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS trusts given a zero star rating in the 2000–01 NHS performance ratings.

Industrial and Provident Societies Bill (25 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: In places such as North Durham, housing co-operatives may provide a solution to the problems found in pit villages when landlords buy up whole streets and let both the streets and the fabric of the community go to rack and ruin. Does my hon. Friend agree that housing co-operatives can help to prevent the problems caused by landlords buying up whole streets purely to make a profit?

Industrial and Provident Societies Bill (25 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: In my constituency, new credit unions are being set up—the Derwentside credit union, for example. They tackle the genuine poverty and misery that loan sharks cause. Does my hon. Friend agree that although the Bill is technical, it will help the people in most need in poor communities and on council estates throughout the country?

Public Services (22 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: The right hon. Lady has given us a snapshot of her constituency. In my constituency, for 18 years under her Government the GP in the ex-mining village of Craghead held his surgery in a terraced house with a leaking roof. Last week, he moved into a £250,000 purpose-built facility provided by a Labour Government. That snapshot of Durham is certainly not the same as the picture that she is...

Public Services (22 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: Will the right hon. Lady give way?

Railways (16 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does not the right hon. Gentleman admit that the privatisation introduced by his Government is the reason for the current fragmentation and disjointedness in the rail service to which he is referring? It is not down to people's failure to work in teams; privatisation was flawed and has led to the breaking up of the railways. Under this Government, the SRA is trying to put strategy and vision...

Asbestos Sufferers (16 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does the Minister accept that some companies have gone into liquidation or otherwise disappeared, but others—as mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, West (Mr. Battle)—are using tactics such as voluntarily going into liquidation to avoid liability? They are a very different proposition from the companies that have genuinely gone bust.

Asbestos Sufferers (16 Jan 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that the effect of the Fairchild judgment in the north-east has been to stop many former shipyard workers living in Jarrow and Durham, for example, getting any access to justice? The nature of the industry was that people moved around from one employer to another, and Fairchild has, in one fell swoop, stopped access to justice for thousands of former workers in heavy...

HIV: NHS Appointments Commission (11 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: If he will make a statement on the work of the NHS Appointments Commission in relation to appointments in the north-east.

HIV: NHS Appointments Commission (11 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. In the recent appointment of the chair of North Durham NHS trust, a method of selecting candidates was used that was not in the published procedure. I have also raised concerns about the method of consultation of Members of Parliament in the appointment of NHS board members. In her reply to my Adjournment debate last week, my hon. Friend gave assurances...

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Miners' Pensions (11 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the pension rights of miners dismissed during the 1984–85 strikes.

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (10 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: I welcome the Bill, which is also warmly welcomed in my constituency, certainly among the poorest members of the community. It builds on the work done since 1997 and underlines the key themes of our Government: to support families, to make work pay and get people into work and, vitally for communities such as mine, to tackle the scourge of child poverty. The Bill builds on measures that have...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (10 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: I accept my hon. Friend's point, but the two approaches should go side by side. We need to get people out of a spiral. In some villages in my constituency, people's hope has gone and, even if high-tech jobs came to the area, they would not be ready for them. They do not have the skills and they have lost the culture of work. The important point about the Bill is that it will get people back...

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (10 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: The Conservatives may be abstaining tonight because the measures in the Bill are popular with the public and they do not want to admit that a Labour Government have brought in policies that are popular with the public. Those policies are why the Labour Government were returned in June.

Orders of the Day — Tax Credits Bill (10 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: The hon. Gentleman has now been on his feet for 23 minutes, outlining what is wrong with the Bill. When will he give the House his alternatives to the Bill's proposals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Lone Parents (North-East) (10 Dec 2001)

Kevan Jones: If he will make a statement on the impact of the new deal for lone parents in the north-east.


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