Cosmetic Surgery (Standards of Practice) Bill - 2nd reading – Kevan Jones.
Kevan Jones: The Minister has admitted that his Government have made these payments. I accept his point about confidentiality, but I ask him a simple question. What was the decision-making process in agreeing these payments? Which Ministers agreed to them? Did the current Prime Minister agree to those payments when she was Home Secretary, or is that covered by the confidentiality agreement?
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many enforcement notices have been taken out against landfill operators in the (a) UK and (b) North East in the last 12 months.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with NATO on the UK contribution to Operation Resolute Support and the number of UK personnel supporting that operation.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of HM Revenue and Customs budget is allocated to investigate landfill tax fraud.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate HM Revenue and Customs has made of the amount of landfill tax outstanding from landfill operators.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints HM Revenue and Customs has received of non-payment of landfill tax in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many visits to landfill sites in the (a) UK and (b) North East HM Revenue and Customs has conducted to check landfill tax payments in the last 12 months.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many criminal prosecutions for non-payment or other breaches of the law related to the landfill tax there have been in each of the last five years in the (a) UK and (b) North East.
Kevan Jones: The Minister has come to the House today to tell us that he and the Government are protecting police budgets. That is just not true. The Minister learned many of his political skills at the knee of the right hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Sir Eric Pickles), who works on the basis that if you keep saying the same thing over and over again, people will believe it. We have already heard...
Kevan Jones: The hon. Lady makes a good point. This comes down to the point about vulnerability made by my hon. Friend the Member for Halifax (Holly Lynch). For example, the police get involved when a child goes missing, but the increasing rise in dementia and other illnesses among the elderly population is also putting pressure not only on local services but on the police. If someone goes missing from a...
Kevan Jones: My hon. Friend makes a good point. I served on the Committee for the Policing and Crime Bill, which introduced the welcome step of trying to ensure that we do not keep people with mental health issues in police cells. She also makes the good point that achieving that aim is reliant on there being places of safety for them. In some areas, that might be a hospital bed. We need to develop places...
Kevan Jones: The hon. Gentleman must not have read my maiden speech, in which I referred to my constituency as a rural constituency with urban problems. I very much recognise the point he makes.
Kevan Jones: I hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying about population, but is he saying that any future formula should not take into account poverty or demand in cities or in areas that have particular problems? If he is suggesting what I think he is suggesting, we will get the situation that we have in local government, where any understanding of poverty that relates to crime is taken out of the...
Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that the pain has not been distributed equally across the country? In Durham we have lost 25% of our police officers since 2010. Nationally, the average is 12%, although Surrey, I understand, has lost only 1% of its officers.
Kevan Jones: I hope that the Minister agrees that Durham has an outstanding Labour PCC in Ron Hogg and a first-rate chief constable, who is working hard not only to drive up standards but to make the force more efficient. Does the Minister recognise that forces such as Durham’s are hindered when it comes to raising the precept? Some 55% of properties in Durham are in band A, so an increase there...
Kevan Jones: Will the Minister give way?
Kevan Jones: I thank the Minister for finally giving way. I am sure that he is aware that Durham is the most outstanding police force in the UK for efficiency. Why has that not been rewarded in the settlement? For example, changes to the funding formula this year mean that the force in Durham will have £700,000 less in its budget than it had last year.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions his Department has had with the Office of Rail and Road on the new dual carriageway planned for 13 miles of the A1 north of Newcastle.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what date the new dual carriageway planned for 13 miles of the A1 north of Newcastle will begin construction.