Results 4241–4260 of 4362 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Public Services (5 Dec 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does my hon. Friend agree that there is something very precious about the public services to which he has referred? The public service ethos cannot be bought. People have a real commitment to those for whom they care, which goes beyond mere payment. It is not only about remuneration. It would be bad to lose that ethos.

Dissemination of Information (3 Dec 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend has made my point for me. Nevertheless, does he agree that this constant bluster from Conservative Members is simply a grotesque attempt to shift the blame from them to us for the mess that they created?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Music (Licensed Premises) (3 Dec 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: When she will introduce legislation to abolish the restrictions on the numbers of musicians permitted to play together in licensed premises.

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Music (Licensed Premises) (3 Dec 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: Many thousands of part-time and professional musicians who wish to play and entertain in pubs and restaurants, and millions who wish to listen to them, find that that is not possible because of the current restriction—the two-in-a-bar rule. Is it not nonsensical that a quiet jazz piano trio or a string quartet may not play in such premises, while a loud karaoke machine or discotheque...

Home Energy Conservation Bill (30 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I shall speak briefly on one or two important points. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Brighton, Kemptown (Dr. Turner) on promoting the Bill. It has wide support in the House and I hope that it becomes law. However, it is rather slim; my hon. Friend has obviously trimmed it so that it has the maximum possibility of becoming law and gaining the Government's support. I should like...

Home Energy Conservation Bill (30 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that helpful intervention and I shall certainly contact him after the debate. We have a long way to go in this respect, certainly in my constituency. The problem is one of finance. Solar panels are still uneconomic, even in the long term, but they could become economic if they were adopted as a mass exercise. If there were mass production and mass...

Written Answers — Health: Teenage Pregnancy (30 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy will publish its first annual report.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Far East (British Internees) (26 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: For what reason British civilians interned in the far east during the second world war and accepted as British at the time of internment have not been granted compensation.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Far East (British Internees) (26 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank my hon. Friend for his answer. May I draw his attention to the case of my constituent, Dr. Mark Erooga? Dr. Erooga was naturalised in 1940, swore allegiance to the sovereign, served in the Hong Kong defence reserve and was interned in 1941 when working at Kowloon hospital. After the war he worked in the national health service from its inception until his retirement. Does my hon....

Age Equality Commission Bill (23 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: The hon. Gentleman suggests that generalised burdensome legislation would be introduced. However, surely the purpose of the Bill is to advise the Government on specific legislation on specific problems. Each problem will be considered carefully and our Government would certainly not introduce legislation that had not been fully thought through and that was not carefully targeted. [Interruption.]

Age Equality Commission Bill (23 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: rose—

Age Equality Commission Bill (23 Nov 2001)

Kelvin Hopkins: The hon. Gentleman keeps making the point that we do not need legislation to encourage good practice. However, there are many examples in recent decades in which legislation has made a significant difference. For example, the legislation on the compulsory wearing of seat belts and crash helmets and the serious laws restricting drinking and driving have saved countless thousands of lives. Even...

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...


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