Results 4241–4260 of 4263 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Orders of the Day — Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill (3 Mar 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: A propos the recent comments made by Conservative Members, may I say that I am finding my hon. Friend's speech particularly interesting and illuminating? Within the scope of the debate, I hope that he will make every point that he has at his disposal, because I am learning a lot from listening to him.

Orders of the Day — Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill (3 Mar 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: It gives me great pleasure to support what is a small but important Bill. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wealden (Sir G. Johnson Smith) on introducing it. I am one of those who remember him in his previous job as a television presenter on the excellent "Tonight" programme some years ago. I was rather surprised to find how long ago the programme was put on.

Orders of the Day — Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill (3 Mar 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: Indeed; it reminds me of how old I am, too. At that time, I had no aspiration to become an hon. Member, but it gives me great pleasure to debate this important issue with the right hon. Member for Wealden and, indeed, to be on the same side. The ombudsman concept is Scandinavian in origin. It is an important concept and institution in our constitutional arrangements. It is typical that it...

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Young Persons) Bill (11 Feb 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: I join hon. Members in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Pudsey (Mr. Truswell) on introducing this seemingly modest but important Bill. It is about a serious subject, which should concern all of us, especially parents. I apologise for having had to leave the Chamber briefly, earlier in the day, to attend to other business. I hope that I did not miss too much. I have listened with...

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Young Persons) Bill (11 Feb 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am not sure that she would be terribly proud of her grandson, given that he has certainly given up the teetotal habit but retained the socialism. When my father was a student, he entered a pub for the first time in his life and consumed half a pint of mild ale. He was so terrified of his mother that he did not go home that night because he preferred her to suspect that he had been out all...

Orders of the Day — Licensing (Young Persons) Bill (11 Feb 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: I apologise, Mr. Deputy Speaker. The all-party group does valuable work and strongly supports the Bill. I have also been in touch with Alcohol Concern, as have other hon. Members. I am the patron of a group in my county, called Bedfordshire Alcohol Services in the Community, which is concerned about these matters. I work hard to try to promote the group's ideas. It recently launched an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Central Railway (11 Jan 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: I welcome my hon. Friend's reply—he will know of my interest in and support for the scheme. Does he agree that such a scheme could fit in very well with the Government's transport policy, by transferring large amounts of road freight to rail; that it would save public money by reducing roads expenditure; and that it could contribute significantly to the financial viability of the...

Orders of the Day — Record Copies of Acts (1 Nov 1999)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am concerned by my hon. Friend's reference to subsidy. Does he agree that several valuable industries have been sustained by subsidy and that Britain remains an industrial nation as a result?

Luton Hat Industry (15 Jul 1999)

Kelvin Hopkins: As another Luton Member—and a daily wearer of hats, come rain or shine, for obvious reasons—I wonder whether my hon. Friend agrees that a revival of the cloth cap, and perhaps even the cloth-cap image, among Labour Members, would be beneficial to the hat industry and to the economy of Luton.

Prayers: Transport (Eastern Region) (24 Mar 1999)

Kelvin Hopkins: Luton airport is a public-private partnership, and money is coming in from the private sector. However, the long-term ownership remains with the local authority.

Prayers: Transport (Eastern Region) (24 Mar 1999)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am pleased to have the opportunity to raise in the House the substantial subject of transport in the eastern region. I have lived in the eastern region of England for the past 30 years, and have travelled its length and breadth many times by a variety of transport modes. I have also been a rail commuter for all those 30 years. Moreover, I have a long-standing interest in transport policy....

Orders of the Day — Agriculture Council (12 Mar 1999)

Kelvin Hopkins: I welcome my right hon. Friend's statement and applaud his efforts in what were obviously very difficult negotiations. I believe that there is broad agreement that the common agricultural policy is a very bad system of agricultural subsidy and has always been specifically disadvantageous to Britain. Does my right hon. Friend think that, taken together, these reforms will diminish Britain's...

Orders of the Day — Roads Review (31 Jul 1998)

Kelvin Hopkins: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on his appointment and welcome his roads statement today. I welcome especially his decision to withdraw from the roads programme the widening of the M1 between junctions 10 and 14 where it passes through my constituency. I am sure that the Minister realises that that is one of the few places along its route where the M1 passes very close to dwellings. As a...

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Manufacturing Trade (19 May 1998)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does my hon. Friend agree that the most successful countries in the post-war era were Germany and Japan, which ensured that their currencies were kept low relative to those of other countries? Their success was based largely, if not primarily, on a low exchange rate.

Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Manufacturing Trade (19 May 1998)

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Orders of the Day — Scotland Bill: Manufacturing Trade (19 May 1998)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way again. He is pointing out that the journalists know nothing about the J-curve and time lags in such matters. Relatively small changes in exchange rates make almost no difference. Would he like to comment on the TUC's suggestion this week that an exchange rate target of DM 2.50 might be reasonable? I think that that is still too high, but at...

Duty-free Sales (6 May 1998)

Kelvin Hopkins: I add my voice to the unanimous view expressed by hon. Members this morning. I am happy to do so. Many of my constituents work at London Luton airport, in duty free and other parts of the air travel sector. Many thousands of jobs in Luton depend on the airport's success and the economics of the airport's operations and the airlines that use it are crucially affected by duty-free shopping. If...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Apr 1998)

Kelvin Hopkins: How can I follow that? Does my right hon. Friend agree that the channel tunnel could and should carry much more freight traffic? If so, will the Government consider every practical means of increasing such traffic through the tunnel?

Prayers: Employment of Children Bill (13 Feb 1998)

Kelvin Hopkins: I referred to the ILO convention as a minimum starting point. It is a basis to work on, but I would go beyond it.

Prayers: Employment of Children Bill (13 Feb 1998)

Kelvin Hopkins: Will the hon. Gentleman distinguish between child employment outside school hours and work experience as part of the curriculum in school hours?


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