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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...

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Clause 22 — Employment tribunals (8 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: Might not one way of reducing the number of applications be to educate small business and other employers to use proper procedures?

Orders of the Day — Employment Bill: Clause 22 — Employment tribunals (8 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: Surely, if the employer thinks that the claim is frivolous and vexatious, the law allows them to ask for a pre-hearing assessment before the chairman of the tribunal. The chairman can determine that the claim is frivolous and vexatious, and direct that, if the case is taken forward, the other party will have to cover the costs if they lose.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Skills: School Travel (4 Jul 2002)

Kevan Jones: May I raise with my hon. Friend the case of Mrs. Stoker and Mrs. Scott-Davey, whose children, Katie and Jonathon, attend St. Leonard's Catholic school in Durham? The children are non-Catholic, so they are not automatically entitled to free transport, unlike their Catholic neighbours. Does he agree that to discriminate against children on the grounds of religion in that way is wrong? Will he...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform Bill [Lords]: Clause 67 - Nationality requirements applicable to police officers etc. (27 Jun 2002)

Kevan Jones: Is it not the case that non-UK citizens are practising and therefore administering the law? It is not necessary to be a UK citizen. My solicitor—an American citizen with permanent residency of 20 years—regularly practises in the courts. In the administration of justice, therefore, non-UK citizens are already part of the process.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform Bill [Lords]: Clause 36 - Community safety accreditation schemes (25 Jun 2002)

Kevan Jones: Such people come under the control of the chief constable. Let us imagine that the chief constable was accountable to the local authority. Surely that will create confusion. The hon. Gentleman is proposing that the policing in an area should be politicised.

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform Bill [Lords]: Clause 36 - Community safety accreditation schemes (25 Jun 2002)

Kevan Jones: I am somewhat lost by the argument pursued by the hon. Gentleman. Clearly, the schemes would have to be approved by the chief constable and their effectiveness monitored. The amendment seems to imply that the safeguard of democracy is somehow to have them under the control of the local authority. The conclusion of the argument would be that the police authority should come directly under the...

Public Bill Committee: Police Reform Bill [Lords]: Clause 36 - Community safety accreditation schemes (25 Jun 2002)

Kevan Jones: I do not think that anyone would have a problem with consultation because that is how to get the best policies. However, the Liberal Democrats propose a veto on the actions of the chief constable. Is it not a radical departure from the tripartite arrangements that we have previously discussed if the police authority and other parties may veto the operational independence of the chief...

Written Answers — Health: Smallpox Vaccine (25 Jun 2002)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if Powderject has applied for a licence for the smallpox vaccine; and if such a licence was included in the specification provided by his Department.

Written Answers — Health: Smallpox Vaccine (17 Jun 2002)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies were approached with regard to the supply of smallpox vaccines; and what information was included in the specification sent to these companies.


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