Kevan Jones: Yes, I do, but the problem is that local authority budgets are under tremendous pressure, so they are going for the cheapest price. If somebody goes to them and says, “I can get rid of your waste for less”, what are they going to do? One council in Wales was trucking its waste up to the north-east. Can someone tell me, if the operator was paying the proper amount of landfill tax,...
Kevan Jones: I think even the best plastic surgeon would struggle with me. The question is whether VAT is payable on cosmetic procedures. The problem is that such procedures vary from facelifts and tummy tucks to boob jobs, fillers and that side of the industry. I came to the issue through a constituent. I will not talk about the regulation, because that does not apply to the taxation of cosmetic surgery,...
Kevan Jones: Like the right hon. Lady, I think that the digital movement is an improvement, but has she come across examples—I have one in my constituency—of when there is a problem and small businesses particularly need to speak to somebody? Following the closure of tax offices, it takes a long time before one is actually able to speak to someone on the phone. Although the digital movement...
Kevan Jones: Can I ask why?
Kevan Jones: Is the Minister saying that those proposals will actually come forward? I will address this in my speech, but I have been in discussion with HMRC’s policy department, which has given certain commitments to making some serious changes in order to collect more landfill tax and stop avoidance.
Kevan Jones: As the Minister knows, HMRC’s landfill tax figures show a £150 million tax gap. Will the future proposals be published for further reaction and consultation? What I hear from the industry is that some of the proposals it wants are being ignored by HMRC.
Kevan Jones: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I thought this debate was about the Government’s proposals. The Minister, following a set-up question from a Back Bencher, is now talking about what proposals Labour might have. Is that in order? Should we not be sticking to the—
Kevan Jones: It is a set-up—
Kevan Jones: I wish to make a point about tax avoidance and fraud. When it comes to landfill tax, will that extend to companies or public organisations which know that the price they are paying for the collection of their waste cannot possibly include the disposal rates of landfill tax? Or will it cover those accountants and others who are involved in a landfill tax company and know what is actually going...
Kevan Jones: As chair of the all-party group on shipbuilding, I welcome these orders for the UK shipbuilding industry, but may I ask the Secretary of State about two fundamental points? First, on military capability, will the Type 31 add to our defence capability? Will it be able to fulfil our full NATO maritime standing commitments? So far little has been said about its anti-submarine or war-fighting...
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the whole-lifetime cost of operating RAF (a) Hercules and (b) A400M fleets.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many mental health practitioners were employed by his Department in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs plans to conduct a review of VAT charges on cosmetic surgeries; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to Section 3.3 of the Culture White Paper, published in March 2016, if she will provide a timetable on the decision to ratify the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 4675, what elements of maintenance, repair and overhaul work in relation to the P-8A programme will be undertaken at the planned P-8A facility at RAF Lossiemouth.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 4675, if he will list the components to be manufactured at Boeing's planned factory in Sheffield that will be used in his Department's planned programmes.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 18 July 2017 to Question 4675, which companies had representatives at that event in Seattle.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Aircraft Carrier Alliance prime contractors on procurement of new RFA Fleet Solid Support ships.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on armed forces careers helplines in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which private sector organisations are contracted by his Department to provide armed forces careers helplines; and what the total value of those contracts is.