Results 7821–7840 of 7982 for speaker:Kevan Jones

Police Reform Bill [Lords]: Schedule 4 — Powers exercisable by police civilians (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I concur with the sentiments expressed by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary: the judge and jury on the success of the Bill will be the people in constituencies such as mine. One of the key issues is not the dry statistics—the public are now bored with politicians from all parties talking about those—but the effectiveness of the measures in local communities. Fear of crime is...

Police Reform Bill [Lords]: Schedule 4 — Powers exercisable by police civilians (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: As the hon. Gentleman's remark shows, the debate has been good-natured. If my questioning of the hon. Members for Lewes (Norman Baker) and for Mid-Dorset and North Poole (Mrs. Brooke) has seemed tough at times, I apologise, but I see it as my role to try to pin the Liberal Democrats down to a policy occasionally. I know that that is difficult for them.

Police Reform Bill [Lords]: Schedule 4 — Powers exercisable by police civilians (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I am grateful for that intervention. On one occasion, Liberal Democrat Members had three different policies on the same day. They argued that the Home Secretary should have more powers, and then that the local authority should have independence. However, we will not dwell on that. This is a very good Bill, and it will make a difference in communities throughout the country. I hope that, when...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I know that, back in 1994, the hon. Gentleman was just a humble spin doctor, but, if he had been a Member of Parliament, would he have voted to reduce the number of councillors on police authorities and to allow the Home Secretary to have a direct input into the appointment of independent members of those authorities?

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I accept the logic of the right hon. and learned Gentleman's argument, but what would happen if the police authority decided to do nothing and take no action?

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: This would be a horrible moment in anyone's political career: I think that I agree with right hon. and learned Gentleman, about the need for local police authorities to be more accountable. I have argued previously for the introduction of direct elections, but he was a member of a Government who introduced measures to reduce the number of local councillors on the authorities. Did he argue...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I asked the hon. Gentleman this question in Committee, and I shall do so again. Under what circumstances, in the Liberal Democrat wonderland in which he appears to live, would it be appropriate for the Home Secretary to intervene in a local police authority? Is he telling the House that a Home Secretary should never intervene in a police authority that was failing its local public? If so, I...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: This afternoon and in Committee, we heard much from Conservative Members about political control of operational policing. The right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin) made the extraordinary statement that it was important to keep politics out of local policing. In Committee, the Opposition tried to suggest that the Bill was all about giving the Home Secretary more direct control over...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I am grateful for that intervention. I agree with the hon. Member for Southwark, North and Bermondsey (Simon Hughes) that we should discuss reform of local police authorities, but the Bill does not cover that. The Liberal Democrats try to present a utopian vision of local police authorities that are somehow in touch with what happens locally or are representative. I cannot accept that. The...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I am grateful for that intervention because the hon. Gentleman gave an example of a Conservative Government changing local operational methods and placing political appointees on police authorities to control the direction of local policing. Those provisions were far stronger than the measure that we are considering. We are discussing not political control, but improving standards. That will...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I have listened carefully to the right hon. Gentleman's arguments, but is he actually saying that under no circumstances should the Home Secretary or Parliament have any control over a chief constable or a local police authority? If that is the case, how are chief constables or police authorities to be democratically accountable to Parliament?

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [2nd allotted day]: New Clause 1 — Improvement action plans (10 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: Was not it the previous Conservative Government who put in place the current structure of police authorities, which previously had a larger democratic element in the numbers of local councillors who sat on them? Is the Conservative party now proposing directly elected police authorities and chief constables?

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [1st allotted day]: Clause 100 — Powers of Secretary of State to make orders and regulations (9 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: Has the hon. Gentleman asked those of his constituents who are ordinary members of the public whether they are in favour of CSOs and safer communities?

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [1st allotted day]: Clause 100 — Powers of Secretary of State to make orders and regulations (9 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: Somewhat ironically, the Conservatives' comments reveal the true nature of their opposition. As two such contributions have shown, they are against community support officers. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Upminster (Angela Watkinson) nods, but in my constituency CSOs will be welcomed. In Stanley, our experiment with community safety wardens has proved very popular, and I am sure that...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [1st allotted day]: Clause 100 — Powers of Secretary of State to make orders and regulations (9 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I would be happy if the Conservatives had made it clear in Committee and on the Floor of the House that they are against CSOs—the hon. Member for Upminster did so a moment ago—but instead they are trying to neuter them. It is clear that the hon. Member for Tatton (Mr. Osborne) is not convinced that CSOs will be effective, but I am and so are the Government, who want to ensure...

Orders of the Day — Police Reform Bill [Lords] — [1st allotted day]: Clause 100 — Powers of Secretary of State to make orders and regulations (9 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: I find it strange that Conservatives are now acting as the trade union officials of police authorities. I welcome CSOs and so will my community. This Government should get a lot of credit for their introduction, but the Opposition will claim that credit, or—once they prove popular—they will say that they thought that they would work. We shall also see the usual double standards...

Written Answers — Transport: Rail Safety (9 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on his policy on debris on railway lines.

Care Homes (8 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that the root cause of the problem was the previous Conservative Government? I was a councillor 10 years ago, and I saw the effects of their policies on the care sector. They brought in differential charging, which allowed private sector care homes to charge higher fees than local authority homes, and that led to the boom of profiteering at the expense of elderly...


Create an alert

Did you find what you were looking for?

Advanced search

Find this exact word or phrase

You can also do this from the main search box by putting exact words in quotes: like "cycling" or "hutton report"

By default, we show words related to your search term, like “cycle” and “cycles” in a search for cycling. Putting the word in quotes, like "cycling", will stop this.

Excluding these words

You can also do this from the main search box by putting a minus sign before words you don’t want: like hunting -fox

We also support a bunch of boolean search modifiers, like AND and NEAR, for precise searching.

Date range

to

You can give a start date, an end date, or both to restrict results to a particular date range. A missing end date implies the current date, and a missing start date implies the oldest date we have in the system. Dates can be entered in any format you wish, e.g. 3rd March 2007 or 17/10/1989

Person

Enter a name here to restrict results to contributions only by that person.

Section

Restrict results to a particular parliament or assembly that we cover (e.g. the Scottish Parliament), or a particular type of data within an institution, such as Commons Written Answers.

Column

If you know the actual Hansard column number of the information you are interested in (perhaps you’re looking up a paper reference), you can restrict results to that; you can also use column:123 in the main search box.