Results 1–20 of 4923 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kevan Jones

Carillion (15 Jan 2018)

Kevan Jones: Carillion is notorious in the subcontracting industry as a company that pays its bills very late—over 90 days in most cases. The Minister has talked about public sector contractors that will need to be paid, but what support will the Government give small business in the north-east and elsewhere that are in non-Government contracts and are still waiting to be paid?

National Security Capability Review (15 Jan 2018)

Kevan Jones: In 2015, the Conservative party was very clear that the size of the Army should be 82,000. Will the Secretary of State give a commitment today that on his watch the size of the Army will not drop below 82,000, and if it does, will he resign?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (15 Jan 2018)

Kevan Jones: The national shipbuilding strategy states that overseas nations will order 40 Type 31 frigates. It is nearly 40 years since we last successfully exported any frigates, so will the Minister explain how that figure was arrived at? Is there any fact behind it, or is it just optimistic spin?

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: Yes, I recognise that.

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: From a sedentary position on the Treasury Bench, the hon. Gentleman says that I was wrong, but I was not. In Durham and other places, the flat budget for police funding from central Government will have to be made up by local taxpayers. Taking into account the pay increase and inflation, that will amount to a real-terms cut.

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: Will the Minister give way?

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: For counter-terrorism, the Minister is correct; there will be more money for counter-terrorism. But unless he can read the tea leaves and predict that every single policy authority will put the maximum on local precepts, he cannot give the undertaking on frontline policing that he has just given.

Prevention and Suppression of Terrorism (19 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: The hon. Lady should look at the detail of today’s announcement. No extra Government funding has been announced at all. What is happening is that the cash from central Government is being kept flat and her local taxpayers will be asked to fund the gap.

Policing (19 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: The Minister has visited Durham’s outstanding police force. He has said that he is listening to chiefs and to police and crime commissioners. Both Ron Hogg, the Labour PCC, and Mike Barton, the chief constable, have raised with him a particular problem that Durham has, which is that 50% of our properties are in band A, so relying on precept to cover the hole that has developed as a...

Local Government Finance Settlement (19 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: On the formula for transitional funding, what consideration is given to the percentage of core spending a council derives from revenue support grant? In Durham’s case it is 14.3%, whereas in Surrey’s it is 3.5%. That meant that last year core spending in Durham fell by 1.2%, whereas in Surrey the figure was 0.1%.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: I can inform my right hon. Friend that it was actually worse than that, because the Government had also deemed the north as being the north-west, the north-east and Yorkshire.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: My right hon. Friend is right: the taxpayer got about £1 billion and it has been a shoddy deal, because not only did it lock us into a long-term contract, but it locked us into a ludicrous situation whereby, once houses became surplus and were given back to Annington Homes, the taxpayer had to refurbish them and also in some cases—when they were having to be knocked down, for...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: I do not disagree with the right hon. Gentleman, but unless we do some work on where we are going to house these people and families, we will be throwing them out to the market. That is why the last Labour Government introduced the early support for members of the armed forces who wish to purchase their own property, a move that was cancelled in the first Budget in 2011. There is a mixture...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: I do agree with the hon. Gentleman. Anyone with a close involvement with the armed forces, as he has, will know that we rely on those men and women to go on operations and that a key issue for morale is to ensure that their families are supported during those times. I am a bit wary about this proposal for another reason. When the Australians introduced this type of rent allowance, they did it...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: They are indeed. My hon. Friend the Member for Ipswich (Sandy Martin) mentioned the example of Persimmon earlier. Many of those companies are no longer housebuilders in the traditional sense. They are employment agents who employ contractors to do things. In my own constituency, some of the complaints about new builds are pretty horrendous, and I think that that experience is shared across...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Added to that is the fact that the definition of “affordable” in London is completely out of reach for most people. The Government have this one idea that we are going to solve our housing problem through the private sector. I accept that it has a part to play, but the social sector, meaning both councils and very good housing associations, could...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: I agree with the hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts) and the right hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) about the armed forces allowance. In my experience, as in theirs, the modern member of the armed forces, whether male or female, wants choice. I have nothing against that, but I think that this is the wrong way of providing it. As we heard from my hon. Friend the Member...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend think it is a bit ironic that when a similar measure was proposed in 2015, it was derided as a gimmick by the then Chancellor?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the mistakes that former Chancellor Osborne made was the cap on rents, which threw into complete chaos the planning of social landlords and housing associations in budgeting for building new houses? It had the effect of reducing the supply, rather than increasing it.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kevan Jones: Having tried to get out of the Annington Homes contract when I was responsible for armed forces housing, may I say that the situation is worse than my hon. Friend describes? The MOD is still paying not only for empty houses, but for houses that have been demolished. It was the worst deal possible for the taxpayer.


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