Results 21–40 of 4291 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I rise to speak about railway costs, the way they have exploded in the past 25 years and what I think now needs to be done. I will speak, by way of example, about the incredible increase in the costs of rail electrification. The Minister and his departmental officials may have seen the illuminating recent article in the Rail Professional journal by Don Heath, a brilliant railway engineer who...

Homelessness: Department for Transport (27 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: The Government said recently that they wanted to see the elimination of diesel traction on our railways in a few years. How can they achieve that if they are going to cancel all the electrification schemes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Alcohol Abuse (26 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: What recent assessment she has made of the effect of alcohol abuse on levels of crime and costs of policing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Alcohol Abuse (26 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: The Minister is obviously aware of the terrible damage that alcohol does, but is she aware of a recent report implicating alcohol as a major factor in child abuse among other things? When are the Government going to take serious, comprehensive and effective action to reduce alcohol abuse, and the suffering and cost that it still inflicts across our society?

PRAYERS - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] (23 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend the Member for Dewsbury (Paula Sherriff) made a very important point about age. I have come here, as somebody of a certain age, with my donor card, which I have carried all my adult life. There is the thought that the organs of someone my age might not be in as good a state as a young person’s and therefore might be less likely to be used in transplants, but bodies can...

PRAYERS - [Mr Speaker in the Chair] : Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill — [Mr Speaker in the Chair] (23 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I support everything that my hon. Friend has said. Like him, I represent a constituency with a very high proportion of people from BAME communities. There are not just fewer people consenting to donate their organs, but considerably higher rates of heart disease among these communities. Therefore, particularly for heart transplants, it is very important that we get as many people from BAME...

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (22 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: What discussions have Ministers had with minority communities women’s groups, and how do the Government propose to address their specific concerns?

Health and Social Care: Children and Young People: Mental Health (6 Feb 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: Will the Government commission more extensive research into the causes of mental ill health among children and young people, both pre and post-natal, with a view to preventing as much ill health as possible?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does my hon. Friend agree that if Parliament appeared to be dragging its feet on leaving the EU when a majority of the people decided that we should leave, the people would get frustrated with Parliament? We have to remember their wishes.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Analysis of Effectiveness of Provisions of this Act on Tax Avoidance and Evasion (19 Dec 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: The Minister mentioned HMRC. One of the things the Government have done over many years now is to squeeze HMRC, which has fewer offices and not enough staff. Does he not accept that every single additional tax officer collects many times their own salary? If the Government were serious about tax collection, they would expand HMRC substantially.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Analysis of Effectiveness of Provisions of this Act on Tax Avoidance and Evasion (19 Dec 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I shall speak briefly. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Oxford East (Anneliese Dodds) on her excellent Front-Bench speech. Early in his speech, the hon. Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) talked about morality. There is morality in paying tax: we cannot have a civilised society without people paying tax to pay for public services and income being redistributed from those who...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Analysis of Effectiveness of Provisions of this Act on Tax Avoidance and Evasion (19 Dec 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I congratulate my hon. Friend on the first part of her speech. Some three or four years ago, the distinguished tax expert Richard Murphy estimated the total tax gap at £119 billion a year. To my knowledge, that figure has never been seriously challenged or debunked, and it may now even be higher. Does my hon. Friend accept that if the Government were serious about dealing with this...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Higher Rates for Additional Dwellings (18 Dec 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does the right hon. Gentleman not accept that the only solution to the housing crisis is to build millions more houses, not to pump demand into the demand side, which just pushes up prices in the end?

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.


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