Results 1–20 of 142 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Gerald Jones

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Gerald Jones: Thank you for calling me to speak in this important debate, Mr Deputy Speaker. I welcome the concessions that the Government have been forced to make on universal credit, but I do not believe that they go anything like far enough to relieve the hardship and stress that this roll-out is causing, and will continue to cause unless and until the Government take on board the concerns and take...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Gerald Jones: If the hon. Gentleman had been listening, he would have heard that I welcomed those concessions earlier this afternoon, but, as I also said, they do not go far enough. I was with the Trussell Trust last weekend, collecting for the food bank in my area, because I know, as many other Members do, that that need is growing rather than reducing. It appears that there are the same issues everywhere...

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

Gerald Jones: Thank you, Mr Hanson, for calling me to speak so early in today’s debate. Given the large number of people who wish to speak, I will try to keep my comments relatively brief. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Warrington North (Helen Jones) on setting out so powerfully how the Government are on the wrong track with regard to public sector pay. I also wish to declare an...

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

Gerald Jones: Yes, I do. It is an example of the dedication of our public sector workers but, as my hon. Friend says, is a bridge too far. We need to see an end to the public sector pay cap, with a fully funded pay rise for all those working in our public services. Local authorities have tried to ease the situation. The two local authorities serving my constituency, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier (27 Nov 2017)

Gerald Jones: HMS Diamond recently had to abandon its operations because of issues with its propeller. This means that none of the £1 billion Type 45 destroyers, which have been riddled with issues, is currently at sea. Given the important role that they will play in supporting the carriers, what urgent action are the Government taking to remedy these issues?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Leaving the EU: Foreign and Security Policy (21 Nov 2017)

Gerald Jones: EU funding has enabled an African Union peacekeeping force to play a vital role in helping to stabilise Somalia during its transition to democracy, but we cannot be complacent and it is essential for the Government to maintain some influence on EU policy in Somalia as we prepare to leave the European Union. What reassurances can the Foreign Secretary give us that this important issue will not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Investment (1 Nov 2017)

Gerald Jones: What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on infrastructure investment in Wales.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Infrastructure Investment (1 Nov 2017)

Gerald Jones: Like many constituencies across Wales, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney has seen huge benefits from European structural funds, but there is great uncertainty about the future. Will the Minister assure the House that the level of financial benefits that we currently enjoy from structural funds will be replicated when we leave the European Union?

Armed Forces (Flexible Working) Bill [Lords] (30 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: This debate has been an interesting one with a considerable amount of consensus. It has clearly shown how much our armed forces are valued in this House. We heard from a range of Members, not least the Chair of the Defence Committee, the right hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis), who reminded us of concerns about retention and the need to avoid bureaucracy and entertained us with the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (30 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: With the First Minister of Wales meeting the Prime Minister earlier today amid the continuing lack of clarity over Brexit, can the Secretary of State reassure me that the Government will respect the devolved nations and regions of the UK and not use Brexit as an opportunity for a power grab?

Universal Credit Roll-Out (24 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is one thing for the Government to ignore Opposition Members, but it is another thing—and foolhardy and irresponsible—for them to ignore organisations such as Shelter, Citizens Advice, Gingerbread and the Child Poverty Action Group, to name but a few, which are at the forefront of dealing with the chaos of this roll-out?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Daesh (23 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: The Labour party has long called for an operational service medal for our personnel on Operation Shader, so we welcome last month’s announcement. The Secretary of State has rightly acknowledged that the changing nature of warfare requires changing the criteria for how we award medals. Does he have any plans to review the process, and when might that review be published?

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: My contribution to this important debate will be brief. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant), as others have, on introducing this Bill and on his work to raise awareness of it. I also congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch) on her work in last year’s ten-minute rule Bill and her wider Protect the Protectors campaign. We all know...

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: The police service, fire service and armed forces parliamentary schemes give parliamentarians a small but important glimpse of those services at the grassroots and of the daily pressures they deal with on our behalf. Attacking a police officer is already an offence but, as things currently stand, the legislation is not effective and sentences are not fit for purpose. No specific protection...

Universal Credit Roll-Out (18 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to speak in today’s important debate. I know that many Members on both sides of the House share my concerns, but they are also shared by many outside this House. They are shared by organisations at the forefront of supporting people through difficult periods and supporting the most vulnerable in our society, such as Community Housing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya People (17 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: What recent representations he has made to his Myanmar counterpart on the treatment of the Rohingya people.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Rohingya People (17 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: We are seeing the heartbreaking pictures and hearing the tragic stories of the plight of the Rohingya people on a daily basis now. Will the Minister increase his representations? Specifically in the light of the evidence of the atrocities by the Myanmar armed forces, does he feel that the decision to lift the EU sanctions against the military regime was premature?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (11 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: What recent assessment he has made of the potential merits of reducing the voting age to 16.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Voting Age (11 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: The Labour Welsh Government are currently making provision in Wales for 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in local and Welsh Government elections. Will the Minister urge his Government and other Conservative Members to support the Bill of my hon. Friend the Member for Oldham West and Royton (Jim McMahon) on 3 November, to prove that this Government do not disregard the views of young people?

Supported Housing Funding — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (10 Oct 2017)

Gerald Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman also acknowledge the concerns of Community Housing Cymru, on behalf of housing associations in Wales, about the level of funding to be devolved under the new arrangements and the length of time that it is taking for the Green Paper to be published?


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