Results 4241–4260 of 4300 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Orders of the Day — High Hedges Bill (9 Mar 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend makes a good point. The community legal service is promoted by the Government. My neighbour's fence was attractive when it first grew, because the row of cypress trees reminded me of my holiday in Tuscany some years previously. Sadly, my back garden's likeness to Tuscany ended at that hedge, and there is no other similarity. He chopped the tops off the trees, so they are now...

Orders of the Day — High Hedges Bill (9 Mar 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend makes a good point, but I shall leave judgment on these matters to the Committee. There is a difference between a noble cypress standing alone and a dense row of them blocking light or blocking the view. In my garden, the only view that the hedge blocks is that of the aircraft taking off from our local airport, and I am not worried about losing that view. However, in other...

Rail Freight (12 Feb 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I compliment the Government, the Under-Secretary of State, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Hill), and his ministerial colleagues on their positive and constructive approach to rail freight. They have shown that they believe that rail has a significant and growing role to play in freight transport in Britain, which is most...

Rail Freight (12 Feb 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I really have very little time, and I have had only one notice of an intervention. I apologise to my hon. Friend. The line would make use of old Great Central track bed for much of its length and would link Liverpool with Lille in northern France. It would provide a full-scale lorries-on-trains service, and Central Railway proposes an initial four trains an hour in each direction. It is...

Rail Freight (12 Feb 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I have reminded the hon. Gentleman in previous debates that Central Railway has proposed a generous property compensation scheme that was praised by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. Clearly, building any new infrastructure of this kind has effects on the people who live close by. That is inevitable and it would have to be faced by the Government. The scheme would...

Rail Freight (12 Feb 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am sorry, but I have too little time. Over a century ago, Sir Edward Watkin had a vision of a channel tunnel linked to the great central railways. Sadly, he became ill and died before he could see his vision come to fruition. I ask my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary to give his most serious attention to the Central Railway scheme and to ponder the thought that if he and our right hon. and...

Employee Rights (31 Jan 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: Is the hon. Gentleman saying that the decision would have been more acceptable if we had known about it before it was announced?

Employee Rights (31 Jan 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Central (Mr. Lloyd) on securing the debate. I also congratulate my other hon. Friends who have spoken, particularly my hon. Friend the Member for Luton, South (Ms Moran), who has played a strong role in the determined campaign by the work force and the whole town to stop the Vauxhall closure, and to keep motor car production in Luton....

Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (24 Jan 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I add my congratulations to my hon. Friend the Member for Falkirk, West (Mr. Joyce), who is not in the Chamber now. As a friend and admirer of his predecessor, I would welcome him on this Bench. I shall speak to him afterwards. We should take no lectures from the Tories about jobs and manufacturing. In the two worst British recessions since the second world war, the Tories showed that they...

Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (24 Jan 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: The hon. Gentleman's intervention illustrates the profound difference between us. I was about to state my belief that it is the business of government to intervene, to ensure that the economy operates well and to the benefit of the people—which is a different point. If I had time, I would' make greater criticisms of Lord Lawson—whose management of the economy led directly to the...

Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (24 Jan 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I define strength or weakness by the trading position. If there is a massive trade deficit with a particular country, that might indicate that the currency is overvalued against that country's currency. It is said that our currency is weak against the dollar, but we need to demonstrate the truth of that before I would accept the case. I do not accept that we have a big trade deficit with...

Opposition Day: Manufacturing Industry (24 Jan 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I remind the hon. Gentleman that, earlier today, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State sad that he was using his influence to try to persuade Vauxhall to keep its plant in Luton open. I certainly encourage my right hon. Friend in that.

Orders of the Day — Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (22 Jan 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I strongly support the Bill and I wish that it had been introduced many years ago. The measure should go further; for example, the deadlines should be brought forward. Additional measures should be introduced—perhaps not in the Bill—to counter the attractions of smoking, especially to the young. I accept that advertising is about market share, but it is also about suggesting that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Vauxhall (Luton) (13 Dec 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: May I thank my right hon. Friend for his statement and especially his assurances about measures to help workers who have lost their jobs to get new employment in the future? Hundreds of my constituents have been affected and are unemployed. This morning, I was outside the plant, where there were a lot of extremely angry people. Will my right hon. Friend condemn the company for the way in...

European Affairs (23 Nov 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: Whatever else is true about the European Union, there is certainly continuing pressure to speed up and intensify economic integration. Unfortunately for the European Union, some of the wheels are coming off the euro currency project at this very moment. Surely when wheels are coming off it is time to slow down or stop and think again possibly about the direction but certainly about the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Transport and the Regions: Central Railway (31 Oct 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does my right hon. Friend agree that the problem that faces the railway industry is a shortage of track capacity for the future? Would it not be a good idea to keep open all the options for the future, including possibilities such as Central Railway?

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dairy Regime (27 Jul 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: What his priorities are for the next reform of the common agricultural policy dairy regime. [131270]

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Fisheries and Food: Dairy Regime (27 Jul 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank my right hon. Friend for that answer. Does he agree that the provision of free school milk is a valuable service? May I take this opportunity to congratulate him on seeing off a European Commission proposal to abolish the subsidy of free school milk? May I also ask him whether he will take the action necessary to ensure the continued provision of free school milk?

New Clause 9: Selective Education Policy: Local Education Authorities (27 Jun 2000)

Kelvin Hopkins: On the previous point, does my hon. Friend agree that one problem with the selective system is that children who do not pass the 11-plus examination, or whatever one might call it, become alienated from education; therefore, across the system as a whole, such children perform less well on average? When children are in comprehensive schools, they are encouraged rather than discouraged.


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