Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the US Department of Defense on the System Development and Demonstration phase of the F-35 Lightning II programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the time taken for Block 3F testing of the F-35 Lighting II programme on the UK's planning Initial Operating Capability.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policy of the Memorandum from the US Director of Operational Test and Evaluation to the US Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, on the Director's concerns regarding progress and readiness of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Programme for initial operational test and...
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to maximise the UK workshare in the AH-64E Apache programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on employment in the UK of awarding the AH-64E Apache programme contract to Boeing.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the workshare of the AH-64E Apache programme is fulfilled by UK-based companies.
Kevan Jones: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to paragraph 2.19 of the National Audit Office report, Delivering the defence estate, published on 15 November 2016, if he will provide details of the alternative funding arrangements being explored with his Department to fund the defence estate Footprint Strategy.
Kevan Jones: Does Transport for the North’s remit actually go any further than the corridor that Minister referred to? I have certainly not seen a great deal of impact or any ideas for the rest of the north, which, if the Minister looks at a map, goes a bit further north than Leeds.
Kevan Jones: I am grateful for that information, but if those services do not stop at Chester-le-Street, they are not actually going to improve things for my constituents at all.
Kevan Jones: That is a good example of the sort of project that could deliver for the north-east, not to compete with high-speed rail but to bring rail back to communities in rural Northumberland and parts of County Durham, which would be beneficial to local people.
Kevan Jones: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Houghton and Sunderland South (Bridget Phillipson) on securing the debate. My constituency, like that of the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mrs Trevelyan), is rural, although it is not quite as large as hers. She made an interesting point, because in parts of my constituency,...
Kevan Jones: I hear what my hon. Friend says, but the quality contract was put up as the only game in town for the north-east bus network. I am sorry, but it never was. Proper regulation is important, but the way that it was done meant that it never stacked up financially. It would have meant that my constituency was more poorly served; for example, Durham taxpayers would have subsidised the Tyne and Wear...
Kevan Jones: I understand what the Minister is saying, but what about the patient? Where does the patient come into this? If I go to my GP and he says I need a referral, that is between me and my GP. If it was not for my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Dr Blackman-Woods) or the BBC raising this, none of my constituents—or myself and my hon. Friend, who are patients of the CCG—would...
Kevan Jones: The patients are not being consulted.
Kevan Jones: I am sorry, that is not the case. In North Durham, patients have not been told about it. If I went to a GP who said I needed a referral, I would not be told that. What the Minister is saying is in complete contrast to what he told me during a debate on coeliac disease a few weeks ago, in which he condemned CCGs for not consulting people before awarding contracts.
Kevan Jones: What about the patients?
Kevan Jones: Will the Minister give way?
Kevan Jones: The point about that is that I, as a patient, have not given permission for that. The way this has been done—with no consultation, which the Minister says is wrong—means that no one knows what is actually happening.
Kevan Jones: That is absolute nonsense.
Kevan Jones: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham (Dr Blackman-Woods) on securing the debate. The decision of the North Durham CCG raises some fundamental questions about how the NHS is run in North Durham, and our constituents’ relationship with the NHS. As my hon. Friend described, there was no consultation of my constituents about the decision, which was taken in secret....