Results 7601–7620 of 7874 for speaker:Kevan Jones

Coalfield Communities (Housing) (26 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: I am pleased to have secured this debate, Mr. Cook, as it is of great importance to many of my constituents and to many hon. Members who represent mining and former mining communities. In my maiden speech in the House on 9 July 2001, I described my constituency as rural, but with urban problems. The two main towns, Chester le Street and Stanley, and their satellite villages, were founded on...

Coalfield Communities (Housing) (26 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: I am sorry if I have caused offence, Mr. Cook, as you have been a friend and colleague for many years. Mr. Deputy Speaker, these problems put tremendous pressures on local communities: a resident of South Moor told me that she felt as if she was living under siege. To try to quantify some of these problems in my constituency, last year I commissioned Northumbria university to produce a report...

Coalfield Communities (Housing) (26 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: I agree that registration will help some of these communities. My hon. Friend raises a pertinent point. In some areas, private landlords who have made their money out of property that was often bought at a very low price abandon it. They are determined to get as much money as possible out of the property in a short time, but when problems arise they put up the boards, or in some cases allow...

Coalfield Communities (Housing) (26 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: I refer to them as "housing benefit junkies", because that is what they are. They put little investment into the properties they buy, often at very low prices, and live off the misery of the neighbours who have to put up with it. However, I am not tarring all private landlords with the same brush. There are some, even in north Durham, who are responsible, carry out repairs and care about and...

Licensing Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: I welcome the Bill, which will update our archaic licensing laws and address some of the serious antisocial behaviour problems that we all experience in our constituencies. During the passage of the Bill in the other place, I was disappointed that such progressive legislation was dogged by silly stories, such as claims that the spontaneous singing of "Happy Birthday" would be banned, as would...

Licensing Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does my hon. Friend agree that many working men's clubs are concerned that, as it is phrased, the Bill will restrict their off-licence sales, from which they have benefited for the past 60 years? Does he agree that the Government need to look at that?

Licensing Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that it is difficult for local people, when they wish to object to a licence, to make representations to licensing magistrates? There are two reasons for that: they are not informed in the first place, and many are intimidated by licensing magistrates and the applicants' solicitors.

Licensing Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: Does the hon. Gentleman envisage a mythical situation in which a licence is so controversial in terms of the local authority's policy that no local people object, including Liberal Democrat councillors?

Licensing Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: I have experience not internationally, but in the city of Newcastle, as we held an experiment with 24-hour licensing on millennium eve and during Euro 96. Fewer people were arrested on those evenings than on the average Friday and Saturday night, and Northumbria constabulary recognises that a more flexible approach to licensing reduced the violence on the streets.

Licensing Bill [Lords] (24 Mar 2003)

Kevan Jones: Is the hon. Gentleman not misunderstanding the Bill? If a publican applies for a licence to sell alcohol, part of that licence will allow him to provide entertainment. He will no longer need to apply for a separate public entertainments licence. The idea that this will drive pubs not to provide music is nonsense.

Future Aircraft Carrier (30 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: I warmly welcome today's announcement, which is good news for the north-east economy and particularly for Swan Hunter on the Tyne, a company that was closed by the Conservative Government but given a bright future by Labour. Can my right hon. Friend assure us that the MOD and contractors work with organisations such as Northern Defence Industries to ensure that the maximum number of small and...

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: New Clause 3 — Pre-Referendum (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: I understand my hon. Friend's position, and I understand that some people in all regions, including the north-east, are vehemently against elected regional assemblies. But is it not a fact that the Bill will give local people the say in whether they want a regional assembly? It will not be down to the Deputy Prime Minister, or any Minister. It will be down to the people. What is he afraid of...

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: New Clause 3 — Pre-Referendum (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: Is not the main point about this Bill that it will give the people in those regions the option of whether they want regional government? Why is the Conservative party afraid of giving people a say in how their regions are governed?

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: New Clause 2 — Further Referendum on Petition (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: I am pleased that the hon. Gentleman has clarified the fact that the Conservatives will oppose regional assemblies. However, you said in Committee that you recognised that people in the north-east are interested in having a regional assembly. Will the Conservative party in the north-east therefore oppose the establishment of a regional assembly there?

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill: New Clause 2 — Further Referendum on Petition (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: Can the hon. Gentleman confirm whether the Conservative party in the north-east will campaign for a no vote in any referendum there?

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: How will the hon. Gentleman justify wasting time this afternoon to my constituents in the north-east, who are keen for the Bill to become law and who have the right to say what happens in their region?

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: I rise to support the programme motion. I had the privilege of serving on the Standing Committee considering the Bill. There was a lot of filibustering in our debates, including an hour spent on the word "but". The Opposition put forward no substantial alternative to the proposals for regional assemblies, although the Liberal Democrats made some vague attempts. A lot of time was spent on...

Regional Assemblies (Preparations) Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: I do recall that. My constituents in the north-east want this Bill, which they consider to be important. The Conservatives are wasting time, and that will not help tackle some of the problems faced by regions such as the north-east. When a referendum is held, I hope that people remember that the Opposition had no alternatives to propose.

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Plastic Carrier Bags (23 Jan 2003)

Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will make a statement on the Government policy in relation to taxation of plastic carrier bags.


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