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Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: In a nightmare scenario for the MOD, in which my hon. Friend the Member for Leyton and Wanstead is appointed a Minister, what would he do in circumstances whereby Parliament had decided that our troops should serve abroad on a humanitarian mission, or, for example, in Afghanistan, where the occupation is universally sanctioned, and someone said that they were not prepared to fight or go on...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I want to help my hon. Friend in regard to clause 2, which deals with misconduct. He says that subsection (1)(b) is relevant to his argument, but subsection (7) states: "A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable to any punishment mentioned in the Table in section 163, and any sentence of imprisonment imposed in respect of the offence may be for life." The first punishment...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: Having spent three months on the Bill—

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: Four months, I am reminded, and some of us were more assiduous than others— [Interruption.] My hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) says from a sedentary position that he would have deserted. In the present circumstances, the Government would have welcomed that. When I saw the amendments and a press release issued by my hon. Friend, I was worried that we had...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: That is an argument that can be had around a specific campaign such as the one in Iraq. I am grateful to my hon. Friend, but he knows that we disagree on that. The important point is that if people have agreed to serve in Her Majesty's armed forces, there must be some sanction or control over their actions. My hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington referred to those who were shot at...

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I disagree. The measure does not say the sentence for desertion will automatically be life imprisonment, but up to life imprisonment, so there is flexibility in sentencing. The idea has been sold that somehow if one deserts one will automatically get life imprisonment, and that is not the case.

Orders of the Day: Clause 8 — Desertion (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: My hon. Friend's point goes to the kernel of the argument. In the armed forces the ultimate sanction must be there for the sake of military discipline in very difficult situations. As I have said, there is a great difference between conscripted armed forces and those who have volunteered and made a conscious decision to serve in the armed forces. I also agree with the point made by my hon....

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Iraq (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I have seen first hand in Basra the work of British armed forces and police forces in training the Iraqi police and security services. Will my right hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to the work that those individuals do, sometimes in very dangerous personal situations? Does he agree that that training is bearing fruit? My hon. Friend the Member for Sittingbourne and Sheppey (Derek...

Written Answers — Health: Diagnostic Scans (22 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diagnostic scans were carried out by Alliance Medical Ltd. in the NHS in County Durham (a) in each of the last 12 months and (b) in each of the previous five years.

Written Answers — Health: Diagnostic Scans (15 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the performance of Alliance Medical Ltd. in providing diagnostic scans in the NHS; and if she will make a statement; (2) what aspects of performance her Department examines when carrying out (a) weekly, (b) monthly and (c) annual assessments of the performance of Alliance Medical Ltd. in providing diagnostic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: National Minimum Wage (11 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: Since the introduction of the minimum wage, 111,000 individuals in the north-east have benefited, including many women and part-time workers. In addition, unemployment in my constituency is down by 50 per cent. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is time that those sanguine voices who said that the minimum wage would create unemployment should apologise?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Iraq (Basra Incident) (8 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I add my condolences to those expressed to the families concerned, and I welcome my right hon. Friend to his new post. As someone who has been to Iraq four times in the past three years, most recently in March, I concur with my right hon. Friend's view that southern Iraq is not on the brink of civil war, and I agree that the capacity of the Iraqi armed forces and police in southern Iraq has...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Sunday Trading (4 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: Will my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating USDAW, the shop workers' union, on its campaign to protect its members who work on a Sunday, many of whom are low-paid and women workers? Can he assure me that his Department will take the proactive approach to protecting Sunday workers that it took when I piloted my excellent Christmas Day (Trading) Bill through the last Parliament?

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I am listening carefully to the hon. Lady, but less than 10 minutes ago Liberal Democrats moved an amendment to make rural areas a tax-free haven for gas guzzlers and petrol heads. Is she trying to tell the House that those areas are exempt from the provision, but that the rest of us must go down the green route?

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I hear what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but surely vehicles working in fields are already covered by red diesel, for example.

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I always enjoy the hon. Gentleman's contributions. He has been cut loose from the Front Bench and takes opposing views to those of some of the more radical elements of his Front-Bench team. Does he agree that he should encourage his constituents to consider alternatives, such as liquefied petroleum gas, that would not only be more environmentally friendly to his beautiful constituency, but...

Part 7: Clause 13 — Rates (3 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I suggest that the hon. Gentleman does something that I did in my early days on Newcastle city council by encouraging his local council to make their vehicles run on LPG. That creates a local market and ensures that bunkering facilities can be provided, even in isolated communities such as his.

Army Barracks (Deaths) (3 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: I have listened carefully to the hon. Gentleman saying what the Liberal Democrats want to put forward, but there were two occasions on which they could have influenced the matter. First, when the Select Committee put together its report, the Liberal Democrat Member very rarely attended. The second and most recent occasion was when we considered the Armed Forces Bill. The Liberal Democrat...

Army Barracks (Deaths) (3 May 2006)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that one of the issues raised by Mrs. Langford and others is the fact that families are not allowed to attend Army inquests? That leads to the idea that there is something to cover up. My hon. Friend may like to know that the Select Committee on the Armed Forces Bill recommends that the family be allowed to attend as a matter of course. Does he think that that would...


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