Results 8201–8220 of 8693 for speaker:Kevan Jones

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...

Defence Policy (25 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I agree with the emphasis that the hon. Gentleman places on the threat to the homeland and the need for extra vigilance and expenditure on that. Can he explain how a future Conservative Government would meet that threat when bound by the straitjacket imposed by the shadow Chancellor?

Defence Policy (25 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the problems facing our armed forces today originate in decisions taken in 1992, 1993 and 1994 by the last Conservative Government? Does my right hon. Friend further agree with the comments of the First Sea Lord to the Defence Select Committee yesterday, who said that stopping recruitment had been a dreadful mistake and had led to a black...

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (22 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: Does my right hon. Friend agree that striking examples of that investment in my constituency are the new hospital in Chester-le-Street, a new doctor's surgery in Craghead and a proposed new health centre in Stanley, which would be put at risk if the Opposition implemented their vision of cuts in public services?

Public Bill Committee: Pensions Bill: New clause 5 - State pension rights of women with a - record of reduced rate contributions (18 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for giving way. He is stating that the measure will not solve the problem for quite a large number of people. Are the Liberal Democrats suggesting another alternative for those people who will not find it in their interests to pay additional credits, and has that been costed?

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Radioactive Waste (18 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if the Government will assess the merits of creating a new radioactive waste management organisation, based on Nirex, as a statutory corporation.

Written Answers — Trade and Industry: Mark Gilbert Morse Solicitors (15 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many chronic obstructive pulmonary disease claims have been settled with her Department by Mark Gilbert Morse Solicitors of Newcastle.

Cardiac Risk in the Young (Screening) Bill (12 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: What the Minister is saying is fascinating, and it is good news that a Labour Government have put extra money into the health service, but what on earth does all this have to do with the Bill?

Cardiac Risk in the Young (Screening) Bill (12 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: It would not work.

Cardiac Risk in the Young (Screening) Bill (12 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: I support this important Bill and congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stockton, South (Ms Taylor) on promoting it. The hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles), who unfortunately cannot be in his place, made a moving speech. He summed up the matter well when he described his sense of loss of his friend, Alan. As the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis) said, many...

Cardiac Risk in the Young (Screening) Bill (12 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: Is it not also the case that many such deaths are put down to accidents? For example, many fit and healthy teenagers who die in swimming pools have their deaths put down to drowning, but the real cause is a heart condition.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: Does my right hon. Friend agree that many of his Sedgefield constituents and many of my North Durham constituents have benefited greatly from the scheme, introduced by a Labour Government, through which miners and former miners who were exposed to coal dust are compensated? That is a real achievement that is of benefit to those communities. Will he join me in condemning the small minority of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Church Land (8 Mar 2004)

Kevan Jones: May I raise the question of the development of land at Lingey house in Sacriston in my constituency by the Church Commissioners? What weight is given to local people's views? I ask that especially in light of the letter that I received from Vivien Brooks of the Church Commissioners, saying that she sees no reason for a meeting with local residents if it is for the purpose of discussing access...


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