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Orders of the Day — Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: New Clause 1 — Cultural and Non-Christian Exemption (18 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that his proposal would impose great burdens on shop owners? How would they verify what someone's religion is or is not?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Plastic Bags (17 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: Will my hon. Friend join me in congratulating Durham county council on working with major food retailers in the county—such as Tesco, Sainbury's and the Co-operative Society—not only to encourage customers to reuse their carrier bags, but to provide biodegradable carrier bags? Does he agree that that is a better way forward than slapping an arbitrary tax on shoppers?

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Miners' Compensation (10 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: I congratulate the Minister on his tough action against solicitors, including those associated with the Union of Democratic Mineworkers. However, is he aware that in many cases solicitors are paying money back to claimants only when claimants have made a complaint? I urge the Minister to have an urgent meeting with the Law Society to press the organisation to ensure that all those solicitors...

Veterans' Affairs (9 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that another difficulty with an inquiry would be locating records? The Ministry of Defence has admitted that recordkeeping of what type and combination of vaccines people received before the first Gulf war was non-existent in some cases and poor in others.

Veterans' Affairs (9 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: indicated assent.

Armed Forces Personnel (13 May 2004)

Kevan Jones: First, I associate myself with all hon. Members who have paid tribute to the armed forces this afternoon. For the last three years, I have been privileged to be a member of the Defence Committee, which brought me into regular contact with the men and women in our armed forces. Last year, I also took part in the armed forces parliamentary scheme with the Royal Marines. I never cease to be...

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.

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