Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress his Department has made on the Warrior Capability Sustainment programme; what the timetable is for that programme; and if he will make a statement.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) Lockheed Martin, (b) BAE Systems and (c) the US Department of Defense on maintaining the current level of UK-build content for the F-35 Lightning II programme.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans for (a) 1 Armoured Infantry Brigade and (b) 2 Armoured Infantry brigade to reach initial operational capacity; and when he pans for (i) 1 Armoured Infantry brigade and (ii) 2 Armoured Infantry brigade to reach full operational capacity.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to publish a defence industrial strategy.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether AEI Cables had been contracted by his Department to supply the Type 45 Destroyer Power Improvement Programme; and whether an alternative such supplier has now been sourced.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where existing contracts between his Department and AEI Cables are in place, whether his Department and defence programme main contractors have identified UK-based suppliers for future UK defence programme cabling requirements.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which current defence programmes have been supplied by AEI Cables.
Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current value is of existing contracts between his Department and AEI Cables.
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 closure of AEI Cables.
Kevan Jones: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. A fundamental part of our parliamentary democracy is the right of our constituents to raise concerns with their Members of Parliament. My constituent Dawn Knight has raised with me the terrible treatment she received from the Hospital Medical Group following cosmetic surgery. I have raised her case on a number of occasions with Ministers, including on the...
Kevan Jones: I thank the Minister and my hon. Friend the Member for Tooting a(Dr Allin-Khan) from the Opposition Front Bench for their contributions. The Minister did very well in outlining the importance of cricket in communities such as Durham at a grassroots level, and my hon. Friend also stressed its importance. However, if public money is going to the ECB, it must be conditional on full...
Kevan Jones: It does, and I thank the Minister for that clarification. This is an important issue and it will be one of the issues that my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham and I will raise when we meet the Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, the hon. Member for Chatham and Aylesford. I will put on the record my thanks for the Minister’s courtesy in informing me herself...
Kevan Jones: I thank the Minister for how he has responded. Can he ask his ministerial colleague whether she can get an explanation from the Department of how the points were reached? It is clear from the ECB’s own financial regulations that it cannot make those penalties. That is a basic answer expected by cricket fans in the north-east and Durham.
Kevan Jones: If it is a 60:40 split, I am not sure how that can be interpreted. Obviously I will take this up with the sports Minister when I meet her, but it is about making sure that that revenue is going to grassroots cricket rather than the centre.
Kevan Jones: I must put it on the record that I did not accuse Mr Graves of anything. It is just that he needs to be completely transparent about his relationship with Yorkshire, including how the trust operates. I certainly did not accuse him of any wrongdoing.
Kevan Jones: Is that £20 million conditional on the ECB signing up to that code? It should be, because the transparency that the Minister says the Government want is clearly something that we need to force on the ECB.
Kevan Jones: Is it not a nonsense that nearly £900,000 of that is actually money owed to the ECB for the test match?
Kevan Jones: I am very interested in the way my hon. Friend is describing the penalties. Does she agree that Durham cricket club is now basically owned and run by the ECB?
Kevan Jones: A simple thing that the ECB could do today is to explain to the public not only how the decision was made but how the calculation came together. Clearly, using its own financial regulations, there is no possible way for the ECB to get to this figure.
Kevan Jones: I beg to move, That this House has considered Durham county cricket club and the England and Wales Cricket Board. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship this afternoon, Sir David. It is also a pleasure to have the opportunity to speak about one of Durham’s passions—cricket—and the absolutely disgraceful and shameless way in which the England and Wales Cricket...