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Written Answers — Innovation, Universities and Skills: Research: Standards (12 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) how many institutions assessed in the 2008 research assessment exercise had at least five per cent. of the research activity in one of their submissions rated as (a) four stars, (b) three stars, (c) two stars and (d) one star; and if he will make a statement; (2) if he will make it his policy that the Higher...

Written Answers — Culture Media and Sport: Arts Council of England: Finance (12 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much National Lottery funding Arts Council England has distributed for use on (a) capital projects and (b) non-capital projects in each year since its inception.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I hope that hon. Members will forgive me for not being in the Chamber earlier. I am very interested in what the hon. Gentleman is saying. Is there not a strong case for substantially raising the basic state pension and getting rid of all the means tests so that all savings are additional to the basic state pension, overcoming some of the problems that he is talking about?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am listening with great interest to the hon. Gentleman's history lesson. Is he not really suggesting that we should have a national, publicly owned savings bank, driven by the interests of the public and not by the interests of shareholders? Does he agree that such an institution would benefit from economies of scale and be cheap to administer, and therefore greatly benefit depositors?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I apologise for not being present for some of the earlier speeches, but I have heard some interesting contributions while I have been in the Chamber, and I have been provoked into saying a few words myself. I take an interest in general terms in savings and especially in pensions and income for pensioners. The Bill is a step in the right direction, as others have said, but we will have to go...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Saving Gateway Accounts Bill (13 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: The Chief Secretary may have covered this point, but is there a guarantee that additional savings for income in retirement will not be means-tested away from those on low incomes? Will any return be genuinely additional to the basic state pension, whatever that may be?

Business of the House: Equitable Life (15 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I must declare a personal interest that has no bearing on my comments. This is the result of a gross failure of regulation under successive Governments, so there is a case for full compensation for all those who have lost out. I know I am not in a minority in saying so, but it is the case. In future, would it not be sensible, advisable and, indeed, necessary for the Government to declare that...

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: My right hon. Friend has talked about the great value of the single market. However, have we not been a dumping ground for continental European produce and had a gigantic trade deficit as a result? We have been able to deal with that only because we have been able to depreciate our currency. Has the single market not been a disadvantage to us, rather than an advantage?

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: What the hon. Gentleman says suggests to me that he supports the idea of public ownership, and not just that, but a high degree of public control of how banks behave, especially when billions of pounds of public money are going into them.

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: Sadly, the hon. Gentleman is talking nonsense. There is a collapse in demand at the moment, and that is why the car industry cannot sell its cars—it is not because people do not want cars. As and when we recover, one hopes that people will start to buy cars again. If we allow the car industry to disappear in the meantime, it will not be able to produce those cars.

Financial Crisis (20 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: There is not much time left, so I shall try to be brief. I welcome this opportunity to debate the economic crisis and an EU response to it. We are seeing a series of national responses with some more words about co-ordination and solidarity, with the EU limping along behind and coming up with its own strategy. In reality, it is the national strategies that are being undertaken. It is right...

Financial Crisis: Financial Management (20 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I apologise for not being able to be here for the first part of this debate, Madam Deputy Speaker, although I was here for the whole of the first debate. I have had the misfortune to debate this nonsense for the past 12 years, often in Standing Committees and sometimes in the Chamber. I sound almost like a broken gramophone record, but I wish to repeat some sensible thoughts in the hope that...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: Following the question from my hon. Friend the Member for North-West Leicestershire (David Taylor), the hon. Gentleman will know that something like £20 billion is already spent on tax relief for savers. The overwhelming majority of that goes to the rich and the better-off. Could not the hon. Gentleman pay for his scheme simply by taking away that £20 billion? If he does not do...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: In saying that encouraging savers was the sensible thing to do, the Minister did not mention another factor—the security of savings. Given that the stock market is subject to many vagaries, and given the interest rate changes, does he agree that there is a strong case for a state bank, with guaranteed returns? It would be efficient and cheap to administer, because it would be a national...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I understand that ISAs are aimed at people on modest incomes, but because tax relief on them is available at the higher rate, the rich ensure that they take full advantage every year. Would it not be better to restrict tax relief to the basic rate?

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I agree very much with what my right hon. Friend is saying. The Opposition are talking about making Budget cuts worth £5 billion, and it is clear that local government—especially children's services—would be in the firing line. Budgets for children's services are under pressure already, but does he agree that the danger is that they could suffer even more, with the result...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I agree with what the hon. Gentleman is saying. Is it not significant that the building societies that demutualised, many of which are now banks, have got into deep trouble, whereas most of the mutuals in the building society sector have survived relatively well? Perhaps we were mistaken in allowing the building societies to demutualise in the first place. Indeed, when I came here I tried...

Opposition Day — [1st Allotted Day]: Savers (21 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak, unexpectedly, in the debate; I have a few points, which I hope will be helpful. In a sense, we all have the same objective, which is to help the least well-off and those who are suffering most in these difficult economic circumstances. However, I think we are confusing two things: dealing with the current crisis, and what we should have for the long...

Written Answers — Health: Osteopathy (21 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many osteopaths have been added to the any willing provider lists held by primary care trusts to date.

Written Answers — Health: Back Pain: Medical Treatments (26 Jan 2009)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that manual therapies recommended in draft guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for the treatment of lower back pain are available on the NHS.


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