Results 4241–4260 of 4350 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Written Answers — Education and Skills: Class Sizes (Key Stage 1) (22 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what progress she has made with implementing the Government's class size policy for key stage 1.

Transport (Eastern Region) (20 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: The point is that a transport link would make it more coherent.

Transport (Eastern Region) (20 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right about the link to the station. That link, between the new mainline station and the airport, is the problem. Translink might provide a link—certainly in my scheme—with a tramway that would go directly from the station to the airport departure area. That is part of my suggestion.

Transport (Eastern Region) (20 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend may be aware of past railway investment projects, notably the east coast main line, where more elaborate and expensive proposals were rejected on Treasury advice. Over the years, the investment proved not to be effective and further work is now required for the future. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is better to get it right at the beginning and not to spoil the ship for a...

Transport (Eastern Region) (20 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am pleased to have this opportunity to put my concerns about transport in the eastern region to hon. Members and to the Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions, my hon. Friend the Member for Plymouth, Devonport (Mr. Jamieson). Several parliamentary colleagues from the region are present, and I hope that they will have an opportunity to make clear their...

Transport (Eastern Region) (20 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: The hon. Gentleman is right. The problem is especially acute in my constituency because an east-west route takes heavy lorry traffic right through the middle of the town, which is wholly inappropriate. I hope that my colleagues will expand on how that problem affects their constituencies and the different parts of the region. I turn now to the matters of most concern in my constituency and...

City of London (Ward Elections) Bill (15 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: rose—

City of London (Ward Elections) Bill (15 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: A moment ago, the hon. Gentleman said that the City of London corporation was not always nefarious—in other words, it is sometimes benign. That may or may not be the case, and I am happy to accept that it can be benign, but is he suggesting that whether an organisation is benign or nefarious justifies its being less democratic? Should I tell the electorate that I do not have to stand...

Railtrack (13 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: rose—

Railtrack (13 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I travel on Thameslink every day and I understand that Thameslink 2000 was to have been finished by 2000 under privatisation. Is that successful privatisation?

Railtrack (13 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Student Finance (25 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that working in a baked-bean factory through the summer vacation is an admirable thing to do, but having to work nightly in a bar when one should be studying is a very different matter?

Student Finance (25 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am very pleased to have an opportunity to contribute to the debate, and to debate with my hon. Friend the Minister for Lifelong Learning. She kindly invited me—along with one or two colleagues on the Labour Benches—to a private meeting a few weeks ago to discuss these matters, and I put my view to her. I thought that I was alone at that meeting in expressing the dangerously...

Student Finance (25 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: Provided that taxation is progressive and redistributive, taxation is fair. I should like to think that my hon. Friend's daughter who went to university will pay considerably more tax in her lifetime because she will receive a higher income.

Student Finance (25 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend disagrees, but the fact is that graduates earn more than non-graduates once they have made the sacrifice in those early years. Financing people through that period so that they can attain qualifications and therefore pay higher taxes later in life that meet the cost of their education is a fair deal. Those students are privileged in the sense that, in general, they will have a...

Manufacturing Industry (24 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: The hon. Gentleman is talking about the tax environment in which companies operate, but is that not relatively small beer compared with the massive overvaluation of the pound? Given a correct valuation for the pound in competitive terms, could we not live with the tax changes and might we not need support such as we had in the past when we had similar problems with an overvalued pound?

Manufacturing Industry (24 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that appreciation was at least partly to do with an anticipation of the euro? Those who knew it was coming started to get out of euro zone currencies and into other currencies, particularly the dollar and sterling.

Manufacturing Industry (24 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am pleased to contribute to this debate and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Crosby (Mrs. Curtis-Thomas) on her excellent introduction. I have a great interest in manufacturing and believe that it is a vital component of our economy, which has been sorely abused over the past several decades. In my first year as a Member of Parliament my constituency was hit by the closure of...

Manufacturing Industry (24 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: As the hon. Gentleman will know, managing the macro-economic economy depends on monetary and fiscal factors. If we need a fiscal stimulus in a recession, I am happy with that. However, if there is a fiscal stimulus when the value of the currency is too high, it will draw in imports but not promote development of the domestic economy. Therefore the two go together. I would focus on getting the...

Elderly People (Long-Term Care) (16 Oct 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I congratulate the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome (Mr. Heath) on initiating this important debate today, and I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in it. I shall discuss two main issues. I do not expect my hon. Friend the Minister to give way to us today, but I hope that she will take note of what we say and consider possible future changes. I profoundly believe that long-term care...


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