Results 1–20 of 572 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Susan Elan Jones

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Waveney (Peter Aldous), my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (James Frith) and all other contributors to the debate, but of course I particularly thank my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth). I was intrigued by her description of her first experience of banking and I remembered my wonderful chequebook with a nice...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: Yes, I would welcome that. I think that is a positive point. We also have to consider what the banks have been telling us. My right hon. Friend the Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) spoke about some commercially sensitive information that she was not allowed to have. I, too, have asked for commercially sensitive information, such as how many people had accounts at the branch, and...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: Where charges exist, the average cost of a single transaction is £1.70, and it is worrying that we are not looking more at free access to cash, which is a basic right. We do not say that about drinking water or many other things. It is nonsense that we are prepared to let banks charge money for us to visit a cashpoint, and there is no doubt that charging hits the poorest communities...

Community Bank Closures (8 Feb 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: Excellent. I do not know whether Members have been on the steam train, but Corwen is a wonderful place for tourism and has fantastic local businesses. The town really wants to consider and develop community banking, and people are adapting. We are not expecting to return to a previous era—we do not expect Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson to come back—but we need a type of...

Capita: Business of the House (1 Feb 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: Residents of the town of Llangollen in my constituency are concerned that there is no Department for Work and Pensions or Careers Wales presence in that town. This means that residents must travel some considerable distance. This is not just a problem for Llangollen; it is a problem for many of our rural communities and small towns across the UK. Will the Leader of the House provide time for...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: We have had a very good and thorough debate, and it is not every day that one gets a Minister making their debut here in Westminster Hall. We will make it especially memorable for him, because we will hold him to account on what he has said about that new body. More action needs to be taken; that is undoubtedly true and has been said by Members from right across the political spectrum. We...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered e-petition 201947 relating to fireworks. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I discovered that a past Member of the House of the Lords from my area was the first peer to smoke in the House of Lords. I assure you, Mr Walker, and other Members present that I have no plans to become the first Member of either House of...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: There is a very strong case for that. At the very least, the Government should launch a public consultation on the issue. In June 2016 a Minister, the hon. Member for Orpington (Joseph Johnson), stated that the fireworks industry is worth £180 million and directly employs 250 people, and that thousands of others in the supply chain would be affected by new legislation. So there we have...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: I agree with the right hon. Lady. For those of us who represent rural or semi-rural seats, that is a particular issue.

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: My hon. Friend from Wales makes a strong case. I mentioned earlier the 5,700-plus comments reflecting different views on the Facebook page. I cannot talk about all of them but I will quote one: Facebook user Stephanie Daisy shared a moving video about her daughter, Maisie, who suffered serious injuries after a small home firework display went wrong on 5 November 2016. A stray flare became...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: My hon. Friend makes a good point and there are similar examples in other constituencies, although the one he refers to is especially serious. People who wear hearing aids have concerns, too. According to The Independent, the petition organisers claim that random fireworks can be a nuisance to those who wear hearing aids. Individuals with those devices can turn the volume down or remove the...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: I agree with my hon. Friend. The petitioners refer to the lack of proper statistics as an issue. Unorganised, spontaneous firework displays are worrying for many children and adults with health concerns. Many of those who care for children know that the loud noises generated by random firework displays can distress children who live with autism, hearing difficulties and certain mental health...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: I suspect that trading standards may like to pay them a visit, as that may not be entirely in keeping with current legislation, let alone any future plans that the debate may bring. There are many concerns about domestic animals. The 2005 report by the RSPCA, “Firework fears and phobias in the domestic dog”, which was based on extensive research, informs us that almost half the...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: I had not heard of that particular custom but it sounds as if that is the case. Having said all that, many would argue that fireworks are pretty well regulated across the UK. There are separate, stricter regulations for Northern Ireland, but even for the rest of us, several good statutes relate to firework use—I will not go into all of them. The Fireworks (Amendment) Regulations 2004...

Fireworks — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (29 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: That is probably true, and I know what I would quite like to do to some perpetrators, but it is worth noting that some countries have far tougher rules for spontaneous local firework displays. Last November, a fascinating piece on the BBC website noted how, in the American state of Delaware, someone can get a shotgun without a licence but it is totally illegal for an individual to buy a...

Defence (11 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Glasgow North West (Carol Monaghan) and to take part in this debate. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Gedling (Vernon Coaker) for his outstanding, wide-ranging introductory speech, which set the tone for the debate—or at least most of it—that we have had so far. The comment that struck me most was by my hon....

Independent Living Fund — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the fears that my hon. Friend the Member for Wrexham, I and others have is that, because there are such pressures on council budgets, there will be great campaigns on locally based issues—the closure of a library or the like—but individuals with disabilities will not have that same sort of voice and could therefore be left unheard and with...

Independent Living Fund — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (9 Jan 2018)

Susan Elan Jones: Does my hon. Friend and parliamentary neighbour agree that two debates are happening? One is about devolution, localism and the like—a lot of which is very creative—and the other about everything happening in the background with an agenda for cuts. That is where the problem lies and that is how people with grave disabilities could be greatly affected.

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Susan Elan Jones: There are some chilling figures about that. I appreciate that it is quite a long time since I was at university, and I know that my old university, the University of Bristol, has improved considerably in this regard, but when I was there more than 70% of students in my faculty were independently educated. In one department in the faculty, that figure was 91%, which is staggering.

Social Mobility (Wales) — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (19 Dec 2017)

Susan Elan Jones: Will my hon. Friend confirm that the resignation—I agree that it was hugely significant—included a former Conservative Cabinet Minister, Gillian Shephard? Social mobility is not a partisan issue; it is something we all need to be worried about if we care about the future of our countries of Wales and Britain.


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