Results 1–20 of 1858 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Andrew Jones

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: We have had a very comprehensive debate, as is fitting for a Finance Bill. I thank all Members who have contributed. Some Members mentioned the public sector pay cap. They might not have noticed that it was lifted on 12 September in a statement made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury. That was confirmed in the Budget on 22 November. Lots of Labour Members commented on the bank levy,...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. I thank all Members who have contributed to the debate today. We have had 37 Back-Bench contributions or interventions. I have to say that there was remarkable knowledge from the hon. Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) about the 1823 Act—194 years ago; I am not even sure the Conservative party existed...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I will get going first, and then I will come back to the hon. Gentleman. Members also raised the paradise papers—the tax evasion papers. We have not actually seen those papers yet, because they would not be provided to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, but the point remains. Should we be bearing down on anybody who is not paying their fair share of taxes? Absolutely, and that is...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I will come to the issue of payment. It is of course part of a balanced approach to delivering public services, but I will address the hon. Gentleman’s point later. I would like to re-emphasise the point that nobody on our side of the House in any way thinks that public sector workers are the enemy. I entirely agree with the hon. Lady’s point that modern economies have a mixture...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I think that perhaps the hon. Lady is getting a bit carried away. We have no idea what the motives are for people being or not being at this debate. I have certainly been here in debates where there has been no Labour Member of Parliament, but I have not sought to make some kind of cheap political point off the back of it, because that is simply not appropriate and not reasonable. To recap,...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I am not entirely sure that the Labour election manifesto, which claimed that their policies were fully funded, was 100% accurate. Perhaps we could go back to some of the rather awkward interviews that the shadow Chancellor gave in the media over the weekend.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: The hon. Gentleman asked whether the Government have done research on the size of the pay bill; I have just detailed the numbers. We are acutely aware of how public spending has an impact across the country. Any expenditure has an impact on the local economy as money recirculates round, so of course that point is understood.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I am being very generous, but I will give way to a fellow north Yorkshire Member.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I will come on to the process ahead. Despite the difficult economic circumstances from 2010, the Government have continued to invest in our public servants. We are helping them, alongside all others, to keep more of their money by increasing the personal allowance. That is a significant change. In 2010, the personal allowance stood at £6,475, but in the Budget only a few days ago, the...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I do not accept that. I have looked at the distribution analysis and what the hon. Lady said is simply not the case. We have not just helped through the personal allowance. We have invested a further £100 million to recruit 2,500 extra police officers, and in July, my right hon. Friend the Education Secretary announced an additional £1.3 billion for schools to support the transition...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: The hon. Gentleman is perhaps not absolutely correct about the process. That also predates my time in the House and goes back to the expenses crisis in 2007 and 2008. Any hon. Members who have been here a bit longer are welcome to jump in, but I think that at that point, Parliament basically gave all responsibility for its pay rises to an independent body. Since then, I do not think that it...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: Nothing the hon. Gentleman said about what I have said is remotely accurate—I have not said that public sector workers should not be paid a decent salary—so I am afraid I do not accept at all the point he makes. It is right that Secretaries of State have the responsibility to determine the right pay award for their workforces. That is because across the public services, each...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I draw the hon. Lady’s attention to the interview given by the shadow Chancellor yesterday in which he said that public sector pay reviews were always subject to negotiation. Perhaps he needs to have a conversation internally first. Before any decision on pay is made, there is indeed a well-established process for the consideration of pay across the public sector. For local government...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I accept that—I was actually quoting the shadow Chancellor. Let me press on. The pay review bodies will consider evidence from stakeholders, including employers, Governments and unions, and they will make their recommendations in spring and summer next year. Secretaries of State will use the recommendations to inform the final pay awards in the normal way. The PRBs’...

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I have given way already to the hon. Gentleman, so I will give way to the hon. Lady.

Public Sector Pay — [David Hanson in the Chair] (4 Dec 2017)

Andrew Jones: I was not watching the clock, so thank you, Mr Stringer. I recognise that starting salaries and debt are clearly related for people making choices, but our NHS provides a magnificent career with long-term security and pay progression. The current average salary for a nurse is £27,635, which is very near the national average salary. Nursing presents a great career. I mentioned earlier...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Digital Infrastructure (28 Nov 2017)

Andrew Jones: The Government are investing more than £1 billion to stimulate the market to build the next-generation digital infrastructure the UK needs for its future. At the autumn Budget, we launched a £190 million challenge fund for gold-standard full fibre broadband, provided £160 million to develop 5G networks and invested £35 million to improve mobile connectivity for rail passengers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Digital Infrastructure (28 Nov 2017)

Andrew Jones: The Government are supporting the roll-out of superfast broadband right across the UK, and that has included allocating more than £120 million to help the Scottish Government deliver 100% superfast coverage in Scotland by 2021. To be specific, the Minister for Digital discussed progress with the Scottish Government on 6 November and had further discussions this week.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Digital Infrastructure (28 Nov 2017)

Andrew Jones: I think the hon. Gentleman may have missed some of the announcements in the Budget. Perhaps I could highlight one in particular: the £740 million from the national productivity investment fund that has been allocated for digital infrastructure.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Major Digital Infrastructure (28 Nov 2017)

Andrew Jones: My hon. Friend makes a typically insightful point. Digital improvement is one of the key drivers in improving our productivity, so I am happy to agree entirely with his wise points.


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