Results 8301–8320 of 8523 for speaker:Kevan Jones

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 7 - Encouraging Voting (10 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: I should like to argue against the amendment. It is ironic that the Liberal Democrats are against postal voting. I accept that the experiments so far have been limited but, according to the Electoral Commission's evaluation, it is clear that the experiments have been successful in increasing turnout. I understand that the average has increased from 32 per cent. to more than 47 per cent. A...

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 7 - Encouraging Voting (10 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: The good burghers of North Durham returned me on a nearly 58 per cent. turnout, and Chester-le-Street and Derwentside councils are trying for all-postal balloting pilots on the basis that they will increase participation. I expected that the Liberal Democrats, like all of us, would support moves to increase the number of people who participate in the democratic process. On fraud, I refer...

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 7 - Encouraging Voting (10 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: I am trying to follow the logic of the hon. Gentleman's argument. Can he explain how postal balloting discourages politicians from knocking on doors to get the vote out? What is the difference? Matthew Green: Certainly. People can vote over a period of time in postal ballots because they have a window of opportunity, which is greater than a day, in which to post their ballots. As the final...

Written Answers — Defence: Dyn Corp (5 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the employment policies of Dyn Corp in relation to its tendering for an MOD contract.

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 7 - Encouraging voting (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: I find it intriguing that the Electoral Commission was set up to encourage people to vote, but we are arguing that we should be encouraging it to encourage abstention. Does the hon. Gentleman define abstention in two different ways? For example, someone might go to the poll and ruin the ballot paper and someone else might sit at home and not turn up. How do we judge whether the act of...

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 6 - Combination of polls (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Is there not a third option for the person in the ballot booth? If the question is yes or no, they can simply abstain by not voting, which is what happens in general and local elections. In 2001, county elections were held in Durham at the same time as the general election. There was a difference in different wards between the turnout for county elections and the general election. People...

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 6 - Combination of polls (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Opposition Members began by arguing against holding referendums on the same day as general elections; now, they are hiding behind the Electoral Commission. To put the hon. Gentleman's question back to him, if the commission says that it is all right to hold a referendum on the same day as a general election, will Conservative Members support that?

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 6 - Combination of polls (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Is not the important point that a high turnout in a referendum helps the Minister to make a decision? On measuring the depth of feeling, if people feel strongly against an issue, they will vote against it. What do the Conservatives have against giving people a say about what happens in their region?

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 6 - Combination of polls (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: I find it difficult to follow the logic whereby a higher turnout in a referendum somehow gives the poll a spurious legitimacy, particularly if the vote went against forming regional government. How can turnout affect the question put to the electorate?

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 5 - Referendums: frequency (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the difference between then and now is that people will have a say under our proposals. In the north-east, Tyne and Wear county council and, later, Cleveland county council were abolished without any consultation with local people, whereas we will give local people a say in regional government and about what the structure of their local government will be.

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 5 - Referendums: frequency (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: I agree with the hon. Gentleman on that point, but will he share his thoughts on the CBI position of 10 years?

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 5 - Referendums: frequency (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Why does the Conservative party not listen to the CBI, which is suggesting 10 years?

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 5 - Referendums: frequency (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman disagree with the CBI?

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 5 - Referendums: frequency (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that recent major reforms of the structure of local government occurred under a Conservative Government? The last Conservative Government's major reform in the north-east was the creation of unitary councils. Is the hon. Gentleman saying that our existing local government structures should be frozen in time and never examined? The two-tier system that remains in...

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: Clause 5 - Referendums: frequency (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does not the amendment demonstrate that the Conservatives do not understand that notion of regionalism? Under what is being proposed, would it not be possible for the large population in London and the south-east to outvote regions such as the north-east, where, as has already been said, there is a groundswell of opinion in favour of regional assemblies? Once again, London and the south-east...

Public Bill Committee: Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (3 Dec 2002)

Kevan Jones: If the hon. Gentleman says that the Bill meets the requirements of certain regions, will he name them? Is the north-east one of those regions? If it is, does he disagree fundamentally with the position that was taken by his hon. Friend the Member for Hexham (Mr. Atkinson), who is vehemently opposed to a regional assembly for the north-east?

Education, Culture, Media and Sport (15 Nov 2002)

Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Education, Culture, Media and Sport (15 Nov 2002)

Kevan Jones: I welcome the inclusion of licensing law reform in the Queen's Speech. I am a former chair of public health and development in Newcastle who was responsible for administering our shambolic system, so I think that the proposals are sensible ones that will bring our licensing laws into modern settings, which we all welcome. My hon. Friend the Member for Selby (Mr. Grogan) mentioned the history...

Education, Culture, Media and Sport (15 Nov 2002)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that many teachers use SATs to identify pupils' weaknesses and establish individual performance improvement plans for them? In that way they are being used in primary schools to drive up standards across the board and for individual pupils.

Education, Culture, Media and Sport (15 Nov 2002)

Kevan Jones: I, too, have two schools in my constituency that are struggling to raise #50,000, and there is no lack of commitment from parents or teachers. Does my hon. Friend agree that it makes dedicated and hard-working teachers feel that they are second best, and leads to low morale?


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