Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the US Department of Defense on the US air force's refusal to repair the airstrip at Ascension Island before its next scheduled refurbishment in 2019.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what effect the suspension of flights to and from Ascension has had on the air bridge between the UK and the Falkland Islands.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of vehicles that the Warrior Capability and Sustainment Programme is capable of upgrading.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the cost of the Warrior Capability and Sustainment Programme will exceed its current budget; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to refurbish the airstrip at Ascension Island.
Kevan Jones: Rightly, last week there was concentration on resources in London for policing, but terrorism does not respect police authority boundaries. It is not scaremongering but a fact that next year Durham Constabulary will have its budget cut by £1.1 million, and that is before inflation and wage increases. What is the Home Secretary going to do to ensure that Durham and other regional forces...
Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that the decision on APD will affect not just her constituency but the north-east economy? Newcastle international airport employs 3,000 people directly, but it sustains some 18,000 jobs throughout the north-east. It is an economic catalyst in the north-east and any effect on that airport will have an impact on the north-east economy.
Kevan Jones: I begin by thanking the electors of North Durham for returning me to the House, which is both a privilege and a humbling experience. Again, I give them the commitment that I gave when first elected in 2001: to do my utmost to represent them in this place. I wish briefly to address three issues in the Gracious Speech: defence and security, Europe, and mental health. The events of the past few...
Kevan Jones: In the last few years, the big driver of increases in insurance premiums has been the increase in stealth taxes, for which the hon. Lady and her Government voted.
Kevan Jones: I hate to rain on the hon. Gentleman’s parade, but will he remind us whether, when he was in coalition with the Conservative Government, he raised any of the points around, for example, the cuts in police funding, or objected to, for example, the non-prioritisation of mental health and other spending?
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 13, page 10, of the National Audit Office report, Delivering Carrier Strike, published on 16 March 2017, what steps he is taking to attract service personnel into Royal Navy intelligence roles.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to paragraph 1.8, page 16, of the National Audit Office report, Delivering Carrier Strike, published on 16 March 2017, what proportion of (a) total fleet and (b) Royal Navy personnel he expects to be assigned to a carrier task group.
Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Kevan Jones: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. The hon. Lady is making a good speech, and she makes some valuable points about PIP, but it has got nothing to do with the regulation we are talking about today.
Kevan Jones: I know that the hon. Gentleman has been a Work and Pensions Minister, but he is just wrong. In my experience of constituency cases, the assessors do not consider some of the evidence, even when people take it along with them. When I have intervened and asked why that is, the cases have been overturned. I am sorry, but the system is not working.
Kevan Jones: Will my hon. Friend give way?
Kevan Jones: I advise my hon. Friend not to put much credence in planted Whips’ questions from Tory Back Benchers. Another element of concern relates to people whose mental health condition worsens when they have a failed assessment. In some cases, they end up going into hospital, which is another cost for the NHS.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to host another Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which infantry units have been identified for an increase in strength as part of Army 2020 Refine.