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Gerald Jones

Labour - Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

Shadow Minister (Wales)

(since April 2020)
Shadow Minister (Defence)
3rd Jul 2017 - 10th Apr 2020
Shadow Minister (Wales)
10th Oct 2016 - 3rd Jul 2017
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee
6th Jul 2015 - 3rd May 2017
Welsh Affairs Committee
13th Jul 2015 - 21st Nov 2016


Department Event
Wednesday 19th May 2021
11:30
Wales Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 May 2021, 11:30 a.m.
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Department Event
Wednesday 30th June 2021
11:30
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30 Jun 2021, 11:30 a.m.
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Division Votes
Wednesday 28th April 2021
Immigration
voted Aye - in line with the party majority
One of 196 Labour Aye votes vs 0 Labour No votes
Tally: Ayes - 270 Noes - 358
Speeches
Monday 12th April 2021
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

On behalf of the people in my constituency of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, I offer my condolences to Her Majesty …

Written Answers
Tuesday 17th November 2020
Courts: Wales
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which parts of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate in each …
Early Day Motions
Monday 10th October 2016
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABERFAN DISASTER
That this House sends a message of wholehearted support to the people of Aberfan, Merthyr Vale and surrounding communities in …
Bills
Wednesday 25th November 2020
Driving Offences (Amendment) Bill 2019-21
A Bill to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to provide that dangerous and careless, or inconsiderate, driving offences may …
MP Financial Interests
Saturday 11th January 2020
2. (a) Support linked to an MP but received by a local party organisation or indirectly via a central party organisation
Name of donor: GMB Wales and South West Region
Address of donor: Garley House, 17 Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 0TB …
EDM signed
Thursday 28th January 2021
Holocaust Memorial Day 2021
That this House notes that on 27 January 2021 the UK will observe Holocaust Memorial Day marking the anniversary of …

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Gerald Jones has voted in 226 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Rishi Sunak (Conservative)
Chancellor of the Exchequer
(14 debate interactions)
Simon Hart (Conservative)
Secretary of State for Wales
(10 debate interactions)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (Conservative)
Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons
(10 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
HM Treasury
(11 debate contributions)
Wales Office
(8 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(8 debate contributions)
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Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Petitions with highest Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney signature proportion
Petition Open
234
of 349,539 signatures (0.07%)
Petitions with most Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney signatures
Petition Open
234
of 349,539 signatures (0.07%)
Petition Open
2
of 5,943 signatures (0.03%)
Petition Open
2
of 8,383 signatures (0.02%)
Petition Open
1
of 28,873 signatures (0.00%)
Petition Debates Contributed

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

We would like the government to support and regard social care: financially, publicly and systematically on an equal par as NHS. We would like parliament to debate how to support social care during COVID-19 and beyond so that it automatically has the same access to operational and financial support.

To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an increase of £220 a year for an overseas worker to live and work in the UK, at a time when the NHS, and UK economy, relies heavily on them.

Give NHS workers who are EU and other Nationals automatic UK citizenship if they stay and risk their own lives looking after the British people during the COVID crisis.


Latest EDMs signed by Gerald Jones

30th December 2020
Gerald Jones signed this EDM on Thursday 28th January 2021

Holocaust Memorial Day 2021

Tabled by: Bob Blackman (Conservative - Harrow East)
That this House notes that on 27 January 2021 the UK will observe Holocaust Memorial Day marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated 1.1 million people were murdered; commemorates the six million victims of the Holocaust; further notes that the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 …
97 signatures
(Most recent: 11 May 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 45
Scottish National Party: 31
Conservative: 7
Liberal Democrat: 4
Independent: 3
Plaid Cymru: 3
Democratic Unionist Party: 2
Green Party: 1
Alba Party: 1
14th January 2021
Gerald Jones signed this EDM on Monday 18th January 2021

Godfrey Colin Cameron

Tabled by: Chris Stephens (Scottish National Party - Glasgow South West)
That this House is deeply saddened by news of the death of Godfrey Colin Cameron, a hardworking member of Parliamentary security staff and member of the PCS trade union who passed away aged just 55 after contracting covid-19; extends our sincere condolences to his devoted wife Hyacinth, children Leon and …
139 signatures
(Most recent: 8 Feb 2021)
Signatures by party:
Labour: 117
Scottish National Party: 15
Plaid Cymru: 3
Independent: 2
Alba Party: 1
Democratic Unionist Party: 1
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Gerald Jones, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Gerald Jones has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Gerald Jones has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Gerald Jones


A Bill to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 to provide that dangerous and careless, or inconsiderate, driving offences may be committed in places other than roads and other public places; and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading (Commons)
Wednesday 25th November 2020
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Gerald Jones has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


26 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Explanation of written questions
5th Nov 2020
What steps she is taking to reduce the backlog of cases in the CPS.

The CPS is working closely with partner agencies across the criminal justice system to reduce the current backlog of cases created by the Covid-19 outbreak. This includes both internal measures to deal with larger live caseloads in CPS Areas and working closely with partners to ensure maximum throughput of cases at court.

Considerable progress is being made. In the honourable member’s constituency, Merthyr Magistrates’ Court has now reduced its backlog to pre-COVID levels.

Michael Ellis
Attorney General
18th May 2020
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that the basis of monthly inflation figures produced by the Office for National Statistics remains comparable during the period of the covid-19 lockdown throughout the UK.

The information requested falls under the remit of the UK Statistics Authority. I have therefore asked the Authority to respond.

Chloe Smith
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to ensure that (a) preservation of jobs and (b) payment of wages are conditions for support offered to business during the covid-19 outbreak.

The Government has outlined an unprecedented package of measures to protect millions of people’s jobs and incomes as part of the national effort in response to Coronavirus.

A new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be set up to help pay people’s wages. Employers will be able to contact HMRC, who will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. This will apply to members of the workforce who remain on businesses’ payroll, but are temporarily unable to work due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Nadhim Zahawi
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
19th Mar 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the potential for the Government to issue SMS communications to all mobile telephones in the UK at a time of national emergency.

The Government is in regular contact with the major fixed and mobile operators, technology providers and Ofcom regarding the current situation. Discussions relating to measures and options to mitigate and inform on the impacts of Covid-19 are ongoing with industry stakeholders and relevant parties.

Matt Warman
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason there are delays in the reissuing of driving licences by the DVLA to (a) people aged over 70 and (b) in cases where licences have been suspended for health reasons which are preventing those people from driving.

The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency’s (DVLA) online services, including renewals for drivers over 70 are available and have continued to operate as normal throughout the pandemic.

DVLA is currently working with reduced staff on its site in Swansea to meet social distancing requirements. Paper applications are therefore taking longer to process as they must be dealt with in person.

As healthcare professionals are rightly focused on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DVLA is experiencing delays where information is needed from medical professionals in order to make a licensing decision where a driver has declared a medical condition.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
5th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with representatives of the International Airlines Group on the proposed redundancies at British Airways.

The Department for Transport is in regular contact with airlines, airports and unions to understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on the sector and its workers. However, we do not comment on discussions held with individual companies, as this information is commercially sensitive.

4th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) other Cabinet colleagues on Government support for airlines and the aviation industry.

The Department has been working closely with the aviation sector and HM Treasury to produce and support measures which will ensure there is sufficient capacity to protect global travel routes, continue repatriation, freight and maintain vital connectivity. The Secretary of State is regularly meeting with his Cabinet colleagues including the Chancellor of the Exchequer, in addition to the many more meetings attended by Junior Ministers and DfT Officials to help achieve these goals.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with trades unions representing employees in the aviation industry on safeguarding employment in that sector.

The Department for Transport has regular calls with trade unions at both ministerial and official level. These calls cover a wide range of issues, including the safeguarding of employment for employees in the aviation industry.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he plans to prevent (a) share buybacks, (b) the payment of dividends and (c) capital contributions from the date of Government loans to UK aviation companies until 12 months after those loans have been repaid in full; and if he will make a statement.

Bespoke financial support will only be considered as a last resort, once all other options have been exhausted.

Terms for any bespoke financial support would be structured to protect taxpayers’ interest, and the Government would expect to have regard to factors including but not limited to whether the business makes a material contribution to the economic activity of the UK, and the equitable and fair treatment across businesses in the sector.

Any bespoke support would need to represent value for money. Any Government support would also need to comply with current State aid rules.

3rd Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policy on restarting passenger flights of research by the International Air Transport Association that 48 per cent of people in the UK would be willing to travel within a month or two once covid-19 is under control.

The Department for Transport has, and will continue, to strive to develop policy based on the best possible evidence.

1st May 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the length of the timeframe for mandatory reconsideration during the covid-19 outbreak.

DWP is continuing to process Mandatory Reconsiderations during the current Covid-19 pandemic and is aiming to avoid delay where possible.

Justin Tomlinson
Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)
24th Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the responses to his consultation on legislative changes to support the rollout of covid-19 vaccines in the UK; and when he plans to publish the outcome of that consultation.

The consultation on Changes to Human Medicine Regulations to support the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines received a huge number of responses, and we welcome the views of all individuals, organisations and stakeholders who participated.

We are now in the process of analysing those responses, considering any changes to the legislation we may wish to make, and will respond to the consultation in due course.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
23rd Sep 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential risk of the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency being given temporary authorisation allowing patients the covid-19 vaccine before that vaccine undergoes the full licensing process.

All vaccines will undergo a thorough assessment of quality, safety and efficacy before being licensed. The preferred route to enable deployment of a new vaccine for COVID-19 is through the usual marketing authorisation (product licensing) process. If a suitable COVID-19 vaccine candidate, with strong supporting evidence of safety, quality and efficacy, becomes available, we will seek to license that vaccine through the usual route. Until the end of December 2020, European Union legislation requires biotechnological medicines, which would include candidate COVID-19 vaccines, to be authorised via the European Medicines Agency, and a marketing authorisation granted by them would automatically be valid in the United Kingdom. From January 2021, the UK’s licensing authority Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency will have new powers to license all medicines, including vaccines. Any temporary authorisation of the supply of an unlicensed vaccine would be by exception and the timing of this would depend on the public health need. Following vaccine deployment, safety will be proactively and continuously monitored.

Nadine Dorries
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Oct 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will publish all Departmental budget adjustments in response to the covid-19 outbreak, in full, so that there is transparency and clarity of consequential funding to allow devolved Administrations to plan their response to the covid-19 outbreak effectively.

The Treasury regularly updates parliament on funding for measures in response to Covid-19. All adjustments to departmental budgets since Main Estimates will be published at Supplementary Estimates in the winter, in the usual way.

In July the Treasury announced an unprecedented guarantee that the DAs would receive at least £12.7 billion in additional resource funding this year to help them respond to Covid-19. The Treasury has subsequently uplifted that by £1.3 billion, to at least £14 billion. This gives the Scottish Government, Welsh Government and Northern Ireland Executive the certainty to ensure they can plan for Covid-19 response in the months ahead.

Steve Barclay
Chief Secretary to the Treasury
18th May 2020
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to ensure that businesses headquartered in a recognised tax haven do not receive taxpayer-funded covid-19 support.

The Government has introduced an unprecedented package of support.

This has been targeted at the businesses and individuals who most need assistance, while ensuring that the measures are simple, certain and introduced in a timely manner to protect livelihoods.

The Government expects everyone to act responsibly by only claiming and using support as intended, and is keeping measures under regular review.

The Government continues to be at the forefront of global action to tackle tax avoidance, with a series of robust measures in place to tackle profit shifting arrangements.

Jesse Norman
Financial Secretary (HM Treasury)
6th Jul 2020
What assessment he has made of the effect on veteran welfare of the temporary closure of the Veterans UK telephone helpline during the covid-19 outbreak.

Veterans UK has helped over 13,000 veterans since 23 March 2020.

Where urgent or vulnerable veterans have been identified, the Veterans Welfare Service has made immediate contact.

14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if his Department will include a land sector strategy in its Defence Industrial Strategy refresh.

Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector. The Ministry of Defence keeps its approach under constant review to ensure that the implementation and impact of our policies remain effective. We have decided in the past to adopt alternative approaches in specific areas, as we have done in Shipbuilding and Combat Air, and we continually assess our approach to other sectors to determine whether we need to develop separate strategies. Our approach to the Land sector is no different. Last year the Army launched the Army Industrial Engagement Framework which defined how the Army will develop a more cohesive and effective relationship with industry throughout the procurement and development process. The refreshed Defence Industrial Policy from 2017 remains the overarching policy document which describes our approach to industry more broadly.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons his Department has not published a strategy for the land sector similar to those for the air and maritime sectors.

Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector. The Ministry of Defence keeps its approach under constant review to ensure that the implementation and impact of our policies remain effective. We have decided in the past to adopt alternative approaches in specific areas, as we have done in Shipbuilding and Combat Air, and we continually assess our approach to other sectors to determine whether we need to develop separate strategies. Our approach to the Land sector is no different. Last year the Army launched the Army Industrial Engagement Framework which defined how the Army will develop a more cohesive and effective relationship with industry throughout the procurement and development process. The refreshed Defence Industrial Policy from 2017 remains the overarching policy document which describes our approach to industry more broadly.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to revise the Defence Industrial Strategy policy.

Our refreshed Defence Industrial Policy, published in December 2017, sets out our commitment to encouraging a thriving and globally competitive UK defence sector. The Ministry of Defence keeps its approach under constant review to ensure that the implementation and impact of our policies remain effective. We have decided in the past to adopt alternative approaches in specific areas, as we have done in Shipbuilding and Combat Air, and we continually assess our approach to other sectors to determine whether we need to develop separate strategies. Our approach to the Land sector is no different. Last year the Army launched the Army Industrial Engagement Framework which defined how the Army will develop a more cohesive and effective relationship with industry throughout the procurement and development process. The refreshed Defence Industrial Policy from 2017 remains the overarching policy document which describes our approach to industry more broadly.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
14th Jan 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his Department's policy to ensure that future vehicle procurement programmes for the British Army are awarded through open competition.

The Government's default position on defence procurement remains competition wherever appropriate. The Ministry of Defence has a responsibility to procure the best equipment for our Armed Forces whilst achieving value for money for the taxpayer.

James Heappey
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which parts of the HM Courts and Tribunals Service estate in each constituency of Wales have been sold since 2010; what the date was of each such sale; and how much was paid for each part of the estate sold.

The table below provides the details of all court and tribunal buildings in Wales that have been sold since 2010.

Court

Date sold

Proceed

Aberdare Magistrates and County Court

Apr-12

£275,000

Abergavenny Magistrates' Court

Mar-19

£499,809

Abertillery Magistrates Court

Sep-11

£81,000

Ammanford Magistrates Court

Oct-12

£90,000

Barry Magistrates Court

Jun-12

£250,000

Brecon Law Courts

Mar-19

£575,000

Bridgend Law Courts

Mar-17

£375,000

Caerphilly Magistrates' Court

Mar-18

£445,000

Cardigan Magistrates Court

Apr-13

£48,910

Carmarthen Law Courts (The Guildhall)

Dec-16

£223,004

Denbigh Magistrates Court

Dec-13

£165,000

Dolgellau Crown & Magistrates' Court

Nov-17

£67,509

Flint Magistrates Court

Apr-15

£87,500

Holyhead Magistrates' Court

Oct-17

£112,500

Llangefni Civil and Family Court

Mar-18

£72,000

Llangefni Magistrates Court

Sept - 12 Leasehold property - Lease sold

£32,228

Llwynypia Magistrates Court

Dec-11

£471,010

Neath and Port Talbot Civil and Family Court

Oct-17

£250,000

Neath Magistrates’ Court

Jul-14

£450,000

Pontypool County Court

Jun-14

£200,000

Pontypridd Magistrates' Court

Mar-17

£350,000

Pwllheli Magistrates Court

Dec-12

£131,013

Rhyl County Court

Sep-17

£92,150

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
12th Nov 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on additional court space in each constituency of Wales since March 2020.

HMCTS has so far spent £283,922 to create additional court space in Wales. We have opened a temporary Nightingale court in Swansea, established extra jury capacity in Cardiff and installed modular buildings (Portaccabins) in Caernarfon and Swansea.

Recovering from the impact of the pandemic is our top priority. HMCTS has published updates on their response to Covid-19 in the criminal and civil, family and tribunals jurisdictions in England and Wales. They provide comprehensive updates on recovery plans and include details about Nightingale courts and our actions to make sure our buildings are covid-secure.

We’ve unlocked vital capacity across England and Wales by opening 16 Nightingale Courts to provide 29 extra court rooms, 10 of which are being used for non-custodial jury trials. Portacabins are being installed to enable jury trials and therefore increase crime/jury hearing capacity. They are primarily being used as jury deliberating rooms and for assembly/jury management.

Chris Philp
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
8th Jan 2020
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of intergovernmental relations between the Government and Scottish Government.

The UK Government is committed to having a constructive relationship with the Scottish Government. We continue to develop proposals for a package of reforms as part of the review on intergovernmental relations.

16th Jun 2020
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether the Government plans to provide additional support to the hospitality and tourism industry in Wales via the Welsh Government during the recovery from the covid-19 outbreak.

I have regular discussions with the Welsh Government on how best to reopen the hospitality and tourism sector in Wales to make the most of the summer season, whilst respecting social distancing. Helping the sector to reopen will allow the industry to start rebuilding.

Through the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), the UK Government has supported over 400,000 jobs in Wales. Over £2.3bn in Barnett consequential funding has been allocated to date to the Welsh Government to support its response to the virus. This demonstrates the value to Wales of being part of the United Kingdom.

Using the scientific advice available, the UK Government has set out a clear plan on how we will rebuild the UK for a world with Covid-19 whilst respecting devolved decision-making. Subject to scientific advice, next month will see the partial reopening of some of the tourism and hospitality sector in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I welcome the Welsh Government’s plans for a partial reopening of the sector in July. However, given its importance to the Welsh economy, with over 9.5% of the workforce directly employed in the visitor economy and over £6 billion in visitor spending in 2018, I would urge the Welsh Government to do more to ensure that Wales is not left behind the rest of the UK.

Simon Hart
Secretary of State for Wales