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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;...

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Kevan Jones: I am interested to hear what my hon. Friend has to say about the troops returning from Iraq. Other members of the Defence Committee and I visited Basra in late July, and I accept that the situation there is no bed of roses, mainly as a result of a lack of investment by the previous regime over many years. However, schools, for example, are being opened by dedicated troops who are working very...

Military Situation in Iraq (9 Sep 2003)

Kevan Jones: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Licensing Bill [Lords] (24 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: The hon. Gentleman says that there is no control on public entertainment in Scotland, but a licensing authority must put a condition on what covers public entertainment.

European Council (23 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does my right hon. Friend agree that expansion of the EU to 25 nations provides a great opportunity for British businesses, especially those in the north-east of England which rely on 78 per cent. of their exports going to the EU? Does he also agree that future business opportunities and job creation are put at risk by those who advocate either withdrawal from the EU or associate membership of it?

Written Answers — Health: Cardiac Services (18 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to assist NHS trusts and PCTs in making available latest innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of sudden cardiac death.

Licensing Bill [Lords]: New Clause 7 — Allowing Children Into Licensed Premises (16 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: I welcome the Bill, which brings our licensing laws up to date and puts them in a modern setting, clearing away centuries of anachronistic and outdated licensing laws. It fulfils a pledge in our 2001 manifesto to update our licensing laws, and gets the balance right between clamping down on antisocial behaviour and disorder and allowing freedoms for law-abiding citizens to enjoy the leisure...

Licensing Bill [Lords]: New Clause 7 — Allowing Children Into Licensed Premises (16 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: I say respectfully to my hon. Friend that he clearly has not read the Bill, and neither has his local authority. It gives local authorities the power, in licensing policy, to reflect diversity and, for the first time ever, take into account strong objections from local people to the exact problems affecting them. For the first time, they will have a say, which will address the issue of...

Licensing Bill [Lords]: Schedule 6 — Minor And Consequential Amendments (16 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: There is not only the review but the additional powers in clause 158 that allow senior police officers to close down premises for up to 24 hours on the grounds of public nuisance owing to noise emanating from premises or actual or likely disorder from a licensed premise. The police do not have those powers now and they will help residents.

Licensing Bill [Lords]: Clause 17 — Application For Premises Licence (16 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: The hon. Gentleman's example is rather frivolous and stupid, like many of the other examples that he gave in Committee and earlier tonight. If a provisional licence is granted by the licensing authority, the reasons for changing it would have to be fundamental, not the simple absence of the person from the first hearing. If the licensing authority overturned a provisional licence for...

Licensing Bill [Lords]: Clause 17 — Application For Premises Licence (16 Jun 2003)

Kevan Jones: Is it not the case that the only occasion on which a licensing authority might revoke a provisional licence is when there are major changes in, for example, a development? Surely we should welcome that requirement. If a developer changes a proposal, local people should have a say.


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