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Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) on securing this important debate and on a making a powerful opening speech. At Prime Minister’s questions a few weeks ago, I asked the Prime Minister whether she agreed that the PIP assessment process was fundamentally flawed, and what action she...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: My hon. Friend outlines a very sad and tragic case. It is one reason among many why the Government have to take note and listen. The Prime Minister also stated that in the majority of cases, the change at appeal is due to the presentation at appeal of new evidence that was not presented at the original case. However, in the vast majority of cases that are brought to my attention at my...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: My hon. Friend makes an important point, with which I wholeheartedly agree. The number of cases being brought to appeal and the length of time taken highlight the unnecessary cost of taking the cases to a tribunal. It stands to reason that if a large percentage of appeals are accepted, the original decisions are fundamentally flawed.

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: My hon. Friend highlights the current state of affairs and how necessary it is for the Government to take action. I will conclude by briefly highlighting one of the many cases that has been brought to me. A client in my constituency—a gentleman who lives with his wife and three children in a housing association property—suffers with epilepsy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: My hon. Friend highlights an interesting point, and it is something that the Government need to get a grip on. Unfortunately, the Government seem unwilling or unable to see the mess that is being caused or to do something about it. Will the Minister take stock of what she has heard in the debate this morning, give us some answers and get a grip on the situation?

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (31 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on reducing the time taken to make universal credit payments in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Universal Credit (31 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: The DWP’s own analysis shows that half of those with rent arrears under universal credit said that they had gone into arrears after making a claim. Is the Minister content with the fact that more Welsh families who were not previously in arrears have begun 2018 in debt following their claim for universal credit?

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: I thank the Minister for his response. We tabled the new clause largely for probing reasons. If he will not accept it, I hope that he will reflect on our debate and that the Government will publish the information available. I do not think that arguments about cost and delay stand up when the evidence is already there and no additional work would be required. However, I beg to ask leave to...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct, and I wholeheartedly agree with him. This highlights more than ever that active steps need to be taken if we are to reach the targets that are in place. The new advertising campaign for the Army is a good example of that. In spite of the negative reaction in some parts of the press, we welcome this new campaign and think that it is quite right that the...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: My hon. Friend highlights my point that we do need absolute clarity and transparency in the figures, not only on diversity, but across the board. As I have said, diversity is a strength; it minimises the risk of groupthink. As operations take place in varying locations, a diverse force offers different ways to connect with local populations. If the purpose of the Bill is, in part, to increase...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: New clause 1 would ensure that the armed forces personnel numbers and diversity statistics are as accurate as possible and that there can be proper scrutiny of the new flexible working measures. It would require that the personnel statistics and the diversity statistics include details of how many personnel work part time. It is vital that there is transparency about the personnel numbers so...

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords]: Reporting of Armed Forces personnel serving part-time (29 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: I agree wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend that it is essential to have transparency and clarity on the figures. If the Government do not give the full picture, they are not fully informing the public debate or allowing us to see a true picture of the Ministry of Defence’s performance. Indeed, they are potentially encouraging a debate based on inaccurate information. The Government have...

Fatalities in Northern Ireland and British Military Personnel — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (25 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: It is indeed a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I start by paying tribute to the Chair of the Defence Committee, the right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), and to the members of the Committee for their work in producing the report. This is an extremely important and profoundly serious issue and wholly deserving of the Committee’s attention. The Chair of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Future Accommodation Model (15 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: We know that the Conservatives have a poor record when it comes to making decisions on armed forces housing. The 1996 sell-off is the prime example of that. The Ministry of Defence is planning to sell a number of sites as part of its changes to the defence estate, but it is unclear what will happen to the housing stock on those sites. Will the Minister tell us what plans are in place for that...

Prime Minister: Engagements (10 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: My constituency office and local citizens advice bureau are receiving ever-increasing complaints about personal independence payment claims. Assessments are being refused and 65% of decisions are currently overturned on appeal at tribunal. The growing number of appeals means that the tribunal process is taking longer—anything from four to seven months. Does the Prime Minister agree that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (9 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: What steps he is taking to promote human rights in discussions with his counterparts in other countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Human Rights (9 Jan 2018)

Gerald Jones: In Egypt, the treatment of the LGBT community continues to deteriorate, but I understand that lawmakers in the Egyptian Parliament are now considering a Bill to punish same-sex relationships with a maximum 10-year prison sentence. What representations have the Minister or the Foreign Secretary made to President Sisi about these alarming developments?

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

Gerald Jones: What assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to Northern Ireland of maintaining full alignment with the rules of the customs union and single market after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Leaving the EU: Alignment (20 Dec 2017)

Gerald Jones: Has the Secretary of State’s office shown more diligence than the Department for Exiting the European Union in producing impact assessments on the effects to the Northern Ireland economy of all eventualities of leaving the European Union—and if not, why not?


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