Kelvin Hopkins: What recent estimate he has made of the value of the defence sector to the Scottish economy.
Kelvin Hopkins: At Defence questions on 26 November, I raised concerns about the desperate shortage of Royal Navy coastal defence vessels, which number just three according to the Minister for the Armed Forces, the right hon. Member for Milton Keynes North (Mark Lancaster). It is also the case that Scottish shipyards have suffered from major cuts in defence orders. Will the Government now right both those...
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision in improving standards in the financial sector.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to bring forward legislative proposals in relation to access rights to grandchildren by grandparents; and if he will make a statement.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of recouping the cost to the public purse of the bailout of the Royal Bank of Scotland by planned sale of shares by 2023-24.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the expected contribution to the public purse of the proposed sale of the Government's stake in RBS.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if the Government will commit to the full disclosure of the beneficiaries of offshore trusts.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions his Department has had with NICE on acceptance of the classification of myalgic encephalomyelitis as a neurological disease as defined by the World Health Organisation; and if he will make a statement.
Kelvin Hopkins: Early-day motions are a vital component of political expression for Back-Bench Members of this House and thus for our wider democracy. In recent times, however, the EDM service has been progressively diminished, such that new motions now disappear from listing in the blue pages very quickly, and there is no consolidated list of recent EDMs printed each week. Will the Leader of the House use...
Kelvin Hopkins: What steps he is taking to reduce levels of air pollution to legal limits.
Kelvin Hopkins: I thank the Minister for her answer, but she will know that at least 4.5 million children are growing up in areas with unsafe levels of particulate matters, with long-term implications for their health. UNICEF is now calling for the Government to introduce legally binding limits to meet the World Health Organisation recommended limit values for air pollution by 2025. Will Ministers consult...
Kelvin Hopkins: What recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of the size of the Royal Navy surface fleet.
Kelvin Hopkins: Are we not desperately short of coastal defence vessels at a time when our borders and restored fishing grounds will need to be policed properly for the long term? If we ordered new such ships from British shipbuilders, we would secure thousands of jobs for the domestic economy and restore the strength of our vital coastal defences.
Kelvin Hopkins: What decisions on railway investment he plans to make as a result of the recent east coast main line route study.
Kelvin Hopkins: In 1990, British Rail ran an express train from King’s Cross to Edinburgh with track cleared of other traffic in 3 hours and 30 minutes, including a two-minute stop at Newcastle. This was less time than planned for HS2, and with some additional four-tracking and two rail flyovers, the east coast main line could run regular 140 mph services in such times, and with the existing stock. Will...
Kelvin Hopkins: What steps he is taking to improve mental health support for firefighters.
Kelvin Hopkins: The hon. Gentleman mentioned the cost to society and to the Government of £15 billion a year. How much would it cost if the Government changed their policy, and heroin addicts went to their local NHS clinic to get their fix in the morning and evening and there was no drug crime at all because it was free at the point of need, administered by the national health service? How much would the...
Kelvin Hopkins: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on a first-class speech. Could he say roughly what proportion of people in prison are there because of the drugs trade? What are the costs to the criminal justice system, and what is the total social cost of drugs? I hope he will cover those points in his speech.
Kelvin Hopkins: I regret that I was unable to be here for the beginning of the debate, but I support everything the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne North (Catherine McKinnell) said. I have made a number of specific suggestions for upgrading and improving the east coast main line, particularly the southern half of it, that would make possible the restoration of direct fast services from King’s Cross to...
Kelvin Hopkins: What recent assessment he has made of trends in the cost of railway infrastructure; and if he will make a statement.