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Armed Forces Personnel (13 May 2004)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the allegations and photographs have not just made things difficult for our armed forces and the coalition in Iraq, but made it difficult for the voice of moderate Muslims in the region to be heard? Does he agree that that damage will take a long time to repair?

Public Bill Committee: Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of opening of large shops on Christmas Day (12 May 2004)

Kevan Jones: I thank colleagues from all parties who have supported the Bill to this stage. It has widespread support not only in the country, but from Churches and the trade union movement. I pay respect to USDAW—the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers—which has campaigned long and hard for the Bill. Clause 1 would limit and prevent large shops from opening on Christmas day. The...

Public Bill Committee: Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 - Prohibition of opening of large shops on Christmas Day (12 May 2004)

Kevan Jones: On the first point, I think I said that the legislation deals with shops at petrol stations and motorway service stations. That definition covers not only established small petrol stations with small retail outlets or shopping areas that sell things such as crisps and other snacks, but the kinds of petrol filling stations that are now emerging that have small supermarkets or mini-markets. The...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [Money] (5 May 2004)

Kevan Jones: On Second Reading, the Bill received widespread support from all parties in the House. It has widespread support in the country as well. The right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) tried to suggest that only the trade unions support it, but Church groups and—as my postbag shows—ordinary citizens also think that the Bill is proper in its aims. The hon. Member...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [Money] (5 May 2004)

Kevan Jones: People do not accuse me of that either, but the fact is that the Bill enjoys widespread support. I am very grateful for the support expressed by the Conservative Front-Bench spokesman this afternoon. The Bill will not lead to a substantial increase in costs. The idea that local authorities will have to employ armies of new inspectors to look for people selling products forbidden under the...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [Money] (5 May 2004)

Kevan Jones: The right hon. Gentleman's line of argument is very interesting, but I should point out that the Bill is also supported by the Catholic Church and the Church of England. Is he suggesting that they, too, should be levied for the cost of implementing it?

Council Tax Capping (29 Apr 2004)

Kevan Jones: When I was in local government, I always thought that capping was both a crude and a crass way of controlling local government finance. My position has not changed, unlike that of the Minister, whose statement reinforces the reasons why. Durham fire authority has worked responsibly over the past 12 months with ODPM officials to strip out £1.3 million from the budget. As the authority is...

Orders of the Day — Protective Headgear for Young Cyclists Bill (23 Apr 2004)

Kevan Jones: There are some who would accuse my hon. Friend of extending the nanny state. Does he agree that the same arguments were used in the 1960s and '70s against the wearing of seat belts, and that the legislation passed in that respect has reduced the number of deaths and the personal tragedy experienced by families whose members would otherwise have died on the roads?

Written Answers — Treasury: Employment (North-east) (1 Apr 2004)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on progress with his aim to achieve full employment in the north-east.

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: With the leave of the House, Mr. Deputy Speaker, I wish to reply to some comments made in the debate today. It has been a good debate, showing the cross-party support for the Bill. The debate has also shown that support for the Bill is inspired not only by the trade unions. Many people support the Bill because of their religious convictions, while others want the traditional nature of...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: The hon. Gentleman has now got his third plug for Stan's Shop in this debate; his discount is going to be very good when he next goes there. The important point is that that is clearly not a small shop if it is the size that he has claimed. I am quite prepared, however, to consider issues of rurality.

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: At this rate, I am sure that some Opposition Members will get good discounts when they go in all these stores. However, I am glad that I have had the opportunity to allow the hon. Member for Montgomeryshire (Lembit Öpik) to make that point, so that he gets it recorded in Hansard. I thank my hon. Friends the Members for West Lancashire (Mr. Pickthall) and for Stockport (Ms Coffey) for...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I was only just elected at the time, so I did not have the honour of knowing Sir Raymond, but the work that he did to try to protect shop workers who worked on Sundays is on the record. I welcome the important fact that some Conservative Members are now arguing for regulation. The hon. Member for West Derbyshire (Mr. McLoughlin) suggested that the legislation could extend to catering...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: Yes, that is reflected in the premise that we are all individuals and there is no such thing as society—something with which I do not agree. I think it was Hobbes who said that man's existence in such a situation was poor, nasty, brutish and short. I do not believe that many hon. Members would wish to live in such a society.

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I am grateful for that clarification—clearly libertarianism has its bounds. The right hon. Gentleman mentioned Costco. That is covered, because if people shopped there on Christmas day and purchased retail goods, the provisions in the Bill would apply. The only thing that would be excluded would be if they were buying goods for retail sale afterwards. The hon. Member for Canterbury...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I am pleased to be able to propose the Bill and I thank its sponsors, the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mr. Beith), my hon. Friend the Member for Stockport (Ms Coffey), the hon. Member for South Staffordshire (Sir Patrick Cormack), my hon. Friends the Members for Bolton, North-East (Mr. Crausby) and for Crewe and Nantwich...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: As I was not in the House at that time, I cannot comment on the individual occasion; but I think that the hon. Gentleman is right. Most people assumed that the 1994 Act covered Christmas day, and that was certainly the sentiment of the House and of those Members who supported that Bill. In December, I tabled early-day motion 327, which emphasised the need to protect and preserve the special...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I am not sure whether my hon. Friend is referring to the present right hon. Member for Kensington and Chelsea (Mr. Portillo) or the future one. I draw the House's attention to the fact that certain non-food retailers such as Woolworth's are experimenting with Christmas day trading—so this is not just a matter of catering for people who find on Christmas day that they have run out of...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: The union does sterling work in protecting its members in the retail trade, and I congratulate Sir Bill Connor on his campaign to protect workers in the retail trade from the attacks that they suffer every day. It is fine to say that people should be free to work on Christmas day, but many of the large stores are not unionised and employ very low-paid women workers, and it is not acceptable...

Christmas Day (Trading) Bill (26 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I totally agree, and it is also about the individual. My hon. Friend is right to point out that people in the retail trade work very hard in December. They work long hours, seven days a week, and to add the further burden of Christmas day would be intolerable not only for their family life but for their health. Britain was once described as a nation of shopkeepers, and some may argue that we...

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