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Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: USA: Nuclear Weapons (26 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list the occasions on which US nuclear warheads have been transferred to British submarines.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Stagecoach Group: KPMG (26 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the tax tribunal's decision in the case of Stagecoach PLC and Stagecoach Group Holdings Limited v The Commissioners for HM Revenue and Customs, what assessment he has made of the role of KPMG in selling the scheme which the tribunal found to be unlawful.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: British Home Stores: Company Liquidations (26 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Government of Jersey on the closing of BHS.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Mossack Fonseca: Disclosure of Information (26 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department has made in its inquiry into the Panama Papers.

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank the Minister and all hon. Members for their contributions. I am pleased that I raised this important issue, because the debate has shone a light on a subject that may not have been illuminated before. I would perhaps demur from some of the Minister’s points. The rules under the National Heritage Act are fairly strict, including the criteria by which assets can be disposed of,...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I have visited Barry Island, which is also a seaside resort. My late mother-in-law came from Penrhiwceiber in south Wales; we went to stay with her relatives, naturally. The Barry railway preservation graveyard has saved hundreds of superb engines for the future. We must be grateful for that, even though it was a matter of accident. Many of the artefacts at heritage railways and the NRM...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I have had advice from an academic lawyer who has investigated Swanage Railway in particular. It has charitable connections but is actually a private company.

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: As I said in my speech, I am an absolute admirer of all the heritage railways and have been on many of them myself. They do a fabulous job supplementing the national collection.

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am very much enjoying my hon. Friend’s speech. Is it not even more remarkable that railways have become the transport mode of the future? Across the world, countries are building railways. When I was working in the TUC economic department and was responsible for transport policy, railways were being phased out through the Beeching cuts and so on. Now, we realise that that was a...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: As my hon. Friend points out, the fundamental difference with museums such as Darlington and others that are essentially private or local authority is that they charge. Our party had a policy of free access to national museums in public ownership. That is a fundamental difference, and of course we then take responsibility for the upkeep of the museum, for investment in preserving the assets...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I must say that it is only in the last two days that I have heard about the possible promise to get the Swanage steam engine into steam again. I suspect that might be a reaction to today’s debate. Wonderful as small private railways are as a supplement to the NRM, they cannot have the resources to do the job properly and ensure that our national assets stay in good condition. I could go...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I beg to move, That this House has considered the National Railway Museum and ownership of national assets. It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Chope. I am pleased to have this opportunity to raise a matter of serious concern relating to the National Railway Museum and ownership of national assets. The National Railway Museum has described itself as the greatest...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I agree absolutely. Losing our heritage would be a disaster for our history. Some countries have had their histories almost destroyed and forgotten, and they have been lessened by that experience. We must preserve our great industrial heritage. My concern—indeed, my alarm—has been raised by the giving away of three steam locomotives during the past 18 months without consultation...

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I will come to the specific detail about the particular engines. The decisions were unprecedented and indeed set a dangerous precedent that could be followed by others unless abandoned now. Precious artefacts of all kinds must remain owned by us all, for us all, and be exhibited in our great museums and galleries of all kinds, showing to the world our rich national heritage in all its glory....

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank my hon. Friend for that helpful intervention. I agree with her. Giving away publicly owned locomotives from museums that are free to enter to institutions where people have to pay is, in effect, privatisation.

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Of course, Darlington is one of the historic towns of our railway history, with the Stockton to Darlington Railway being the first effective steam railway in the world, let alone in Britain. I am therefore pleased that my hon. Friend is here. There is also the matter of the Museums Association guidelines and the disregarding of safeguards specifically set up to ensure ethical disposal. I have...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is raising a very important issue, which is leading to a lot of suffering among elderly people in particular. Will she make reference to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly, which, almost two decades ago, recommended free long-term care for all? That is where we should be.

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend refers again to local authority care homes. In my constituency, three superb local authority care homes were forcibly closed effectively by Government policy. They were loved by the residents. They had full-time, permanently employed trade union staff and were supported and applauded by the local healthcare professionals. They were all closed. Now we have only the private...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I do apologise for intervening so often. Does my hon. Friend agree, as my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey) has hinted, that the whole care sector ought to be in the public sector in the longer term at least, provided on the same basis—free at the point of need—as the national health service?


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