Kevan Jones: I thank the Minister and my hon. Friend the Member for Tooting a(Dr Allin-Khan) from the Opposition Front Bench for their contributions. The Minister did very well in outlining the importance of cricket in communities such as Durham at a grassroots level, and my hon. Friend also stressed its importance. However, if public money is going to the ECB, it must be conditional on full...
Kevan Jones: It does, and I thank the Minister for that clarification. This is an important issue and it will be one of the issues that my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham and I will raise when we meet the Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford. I will put on the record my thanks for the Minister’s courtesy in informing me herself...
Kevan Jones: I thank the Minister for how he has responded. Can he ask his ministerial colleague whether she can get an explanation from the Department of how the points were reached? It is clear from the ECB’s own financial regulations that it cannot make those penalties. That is a basic answer expected by cricket fans in the north-east and Durham.
Kevan Jones: If it is a 60:40 split, I am not sure how that can be interpreted. Obviously I will take this up with the sports Minister when I meet her, but it is about making sure that that revenue is going to grassroots cricket rather than the centre.
Kevan Jones: I must put it on the record that I did not accuse Mr Graves of anything. It is just that he needs to be completely transparent about his relationship with Yorkshire, including how the trust operates. I certainly did not accuse him of any wrongdoing.
Kevan Jones: Is that £20 million conditional on the ECB signing up to that code? It should be, because the transparency that the Minister says the Government want is clearly something that we need to force on the ECB.
Kevan Jones: Is it not a nonsense that nearly £900,000 of that is actually money owed to the ECB for the test match?
Kevan Jones: I am very interested in the way my hon. Friend is describing the penalties. Does she agree that Durham cricket club is now basically owned and run by the ECB?
Kevan Jones: A simple thing that the ECB could do today is to explain to the public not only how the decision was made but how the calculation came together. Clearly, using its own financial regulations, there is no possible way for the ECB to get to this figure.
Kevan Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered Durham county cricket club and the England and Wales Cricket Board. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir David. It is also a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak about one of Durham’s passions—cricket—and the absolutely disgraceful and shameless way in which the England and Wales Cricket...
Kevan Jones: It is, and it is very important that the test matches and other events there have been family events. The other thing that the club has done—I pay tribute to it for this—is that it has actively gone out and worked with local communities and young people. It has not just gone for the easy targets; it has actually dealt with some very difficult-to-reach individuals who have then got...
Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons publication of the National Shipbuilding Strategy has been delayed.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to publish the National Shipbuilding Strategy.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to support the UK civil and military helicopter sector.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with GKN on the future of the workforce at that company's Yeovil helicopter plant.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether any alternative funding arrangements provided by his Department for the Ministry of Defence's Footprint Strategy will be dependent on the Defence Infrastructure Organisation fulfilling particular key performance indicators.