Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 11 July 2017 to Question 2552, on Ministry of Defence: Private Sector, how many of the staff referred to in that Answer are now on zero-hours contracts.
Kevan Jones: In the previous debate, my hon. Friend the Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) talked about the power of the Executive not only over controlling the agenda, but over ensuring that laws that are in manifestos get through. However, we are in a unique position in this two-year Session of Parliament. As my hon. Friends the Members for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport (Luke Pollard), for Ealing...
Kevan Jones: The need for that legislation came to light when we were passing the Armed Forces Act, when we were able to remove that provision in relation to the armed forces but not in relation to the merchant navy. That came forward as a private Member’s Bill, rather than the Government using their time to do it.
Kevan Jones: I understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying about the Standing Orders, but the Leader of the House just announced that the Government may come forward with additional sitting days for private Members’ Bills throughout the Session. Would he oppose those, and for what purpose would he suggest they should be used?
Kevan Jones: I understand what the hon. Gentleman is saying, but surely if this was a normal, year-long Session, the chances of getting a private Member’s Bill through would be less even than with the 13 days. I have some sympathy with him about the idea of having another ballot, but does he really think it is fair that the number of days should be limited when the Session has been increased to more...
Kevan Jones: Will the hon. Lady give way?
Kevan Jones: May I give the hon. Lady some advice? If she is going to make a speech, will she please look at the subject before she stands up to speak? She said she was disappointed that this debate was limiting the time available for the next one, a point made by the hon. Member for Eastleigh (Mims Davies). If she had not given in to the Whips and agreed to speak in this debate, would we not have had...
Kevan Jones: This point has not really been raised in this debate, but is not the real reason why the Government are doing this the fact that there can be votes on those debates? The Government are scared of a number of individuals on their Back Benches doing what my right hon. Friend the Member for Knowsley (Mr Howarth) said, which is voting in the national interest rather than their party’s interest.
Kevan Jones: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. This debate is about Opposition days and our ability to hold the Government to account. If the Leader of the House wants debates about the subjects she is now referring to, why does she not allow them rather than diverting from what this debate is about?
Kevan Jones: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.
Kevan Jones: I know that you were deep in conversation, Mr Speaker, but the Leader of the House has returned to issues that have nothing to do with this debate. She is just giving a long list of what this Government have achieved. If she really wants those issues to be properly aired, why will she not give us Opposition day debates so that we can vote on them?
Kevan Jones: Go on, get on with it!
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what stocks of (a) antiques, (b) paintings and (c) fine wines are held by his Department; if he will list any such assets sold over the last five years together with the sale proceeds from such transactions; and whether he plans to sell further such assets.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value was of repayments his Department made to Government Hospitality for wines and spirits in each of the last five years.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 27 October 2016 to Question 49899, what assessment he has made of the implications of his Department’s policies of the announcement by the Russian defence ministry that it is halting cooperation with the US within the framework of the Memorandum on the Prevention of Incidents and Ensuring Air Safety in Syria.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department’s policies of the US and Russian Federation’s ceasefire deal in South-West Syria.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the workshare for support and maintenance contracts for the planned P-8 Poseidon fleet he plans to have fulfilled by UK-based companies.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of support and maintenance contracts for the planned UK AH-64E Apache fleet will be fulfilled by UK-based companies.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what costs have been incurred as a result of the re-routing of the South Atlantic air bridge.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on services provided by Uber in each of the last three years.