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Orders of the Day — Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 — Prohibition of Opening of Large Shops on Christmas Day (18 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: I accept that the right hon. Member for Bromley and Chislehurst (Mr. Forth) is trying, with his amendments, to open up the debate on exemptions. The problem with framing this Bill, as with the 1994 Act, has been that whatever we add to the list of exemptions will create difficulties. The right hon. Gentleman is correct in asserting that I do not want to reopen the entire debate on the 1994...

Orders of the Day — Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 — Prohibition of Opening of Large Shops on Christmas Day (18 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: That might be essential for the celebration of Christmas in some people's eyes, although I would not agree. We come back to the point that several Members made eloquently on Second Reading: are we suggesting that, with all the trading days that we have in the year, Christmas should be just another trading day because people cannot plan their Christmas shopping during the lead-up to Christmas?...

Orders of the Day — Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 — Prohibition of Opening of Large Shops on Christmas Day (18 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: Obviously, some people would agree with that. The right hon. Gentleman would certainly make an entertaining Christmas day for the family of the hon. Member for Gainsborough and, no doubt, others. There is opportunity, in smaller convenience stores and other outlets, to purchase emergency supplies or presents on the way to Gainsborough. I understand that, under amendment No. 8, the right hon....

Orders of the Day — Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 — Prohibition of Opening of Large Shops on Christmas Day (18 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: I am sorry, but I should not like to give the Secretary of State such wide-ranging powers. I foresee great legal challenges if he allowed a store to be exempt in one area but not in another. The amendment would be expensive and bureaucratic to implement, and it might go against what the Bill is trying to achieve—to keep the special nature of Christmas day—and turn that day into...

Orders of the Day — Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 — Prohibition of Opening of Large Shops on Christmas Day (18 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: The right hon. Gentleman does not know me very well if he makes that assertion. The point is that this is a simple Bill to close the loophole in the 1994 Act. I am trying to ensure that we do not make that difficult by opening up the Act, and creating problems. Some of the issues that have been raised require discussion, and we might need to revisit the 1994 Act on certain issues. That would...

Orders of the Day — Christmas Day (Trading) Bill: Clause 1 — Prohibition of Opening of Large Shops on Christmas Day (18 Jun 2004)

Kevan Jones: The right hon. Gentleman's line of argument is interesting, but I wish to question the definition of a shop that sells mostly books. I understand that he has mentioned people buying the Bible, but would large licensed sex shops—which may sell mostly books, but sell other things as well—be allowed to open on Christmas day?

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

Kevan Jones: This has been a good debate and I do not want to impugn the motives of the hon. Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope) and the right hon. Member for East Yorkshire (Mr. Knight), because they have raised issues that, in a multicultural society, need to be dealt with not only through this Bill but in other areas of public policy. However, there are clear problems in enforcing the provisions in...

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

Kevan Jones: I am grateful for that intervention and I shall deal with amendment No. 11 in a moment. In fact, new clause 1 contains the following phrase: "Where the owner of a large shop employs entirely non-Christian employees". It is clear that there would be pressure to employ people who are not Christian, if employing Christians would prevent shop owners from opening on Christmas day. The issue has...

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

Kevan Jones: I can, and I am sure that the Minister will want to address that issue in his reply. But in terms of public consultation—

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

Kevan Jones: I certainly want to reinforce that point. I have received letters from owners of smaller shops in my constituency—very hard-working non-Christian families—expressing some concern. However, this Bill will not restrict their trade on Christmas day and other such days. So although I understand the reasoning behind the new clause, because of the way in which it is framed it would be...

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

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, if the new clause were adopted, in what is a Christian country, we would be discriminating against Christians? If a devout Christian who did not want to work on Christmas day, and who recognised the Christmas holiday, applied for a job in a store employing only non-Christians, there would be an incentive for the store owner not to employ that person...

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

Kevan Jones: Yes, but the fact of the matter is that, under new clause 1, if that person were the only Christian employed by that store, it would not be allowed to open. Is it right that, in a predominantly Christian country, we should introduce legislation that discriminates against Christians?

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

Kevan Jones: The law as it stands restricts the activities of large shops if Christmas day falls on a Sunday. If it falls on another day, they can open. The Bill is simply trying to close a loophole. Many hon. Members who spoke on Second Reading believed that the Bill would achieve that. There is not a free-for-all on Christmas day.

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

Kevan Jones: The right hon. Gentleman is correct in saying that USDAW and other trade unions support the Bill, but it has also received strong support from others. I have letters from local Church groups, and both the established Church and the Catholic Church back the Bill as well.

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...


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