Results 61–80 of 4353 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Capita (24 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: In my two decades in the House, I have opposed PFI schemes root and branch from the beginning. It seems that the number of PFI agreements has dwindled to virtually zero, so it looks like the Government agree with me now. A number of public authorities are now insourcing and making financial gains as a result. Will the Government encourage that process, which would save public money? Will they...

Written Answers — Home Office: Vetting: Construction (23 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the potential (a) amount in compensation payments by the Metropolitan Police to the victims of Special Branch officers who communicated with organisations and individuals that blacklisted construction workers, (b) number of recipients of such compensation and (c) amount of each individual payment; and what...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (19 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: The Leader of the House will recall that I recently raised in business questions the problem of addiction, including compulsive gambling. One of the most dangerously addictive forms of gambling is online gambling, and she might have seen that one of the German Länder has recently legislated to prevent online gambling in that area. Will she urge her Government colleagues to look at that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Freight (19 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: What plans he has to increase the proportion of freight carried by rail.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Rail Freight (19 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank the Minister for his answer, but is the reality not that only a small proportion of freight in Britain is carried by rail, and that it has been declining? By contrast, a third of all freight in Germany is transported by rail, and in the US the figure is 50%. To achieve a substantial modal shift in freight from road to rail, is it not essential to introduce a much bigger...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I remember the 1970s very well, but it was between 1979 and 1983 that we saw a collapse. We had a Tory Government who were determined to introduce the new free market world, which saw British industry almost disappear.

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am very pleased to speak in this important debate, Mr Deputy Speaker, and to see that an industrial strategy for the country is at last back on the political agenda, although I have to say, without being unkind to the Tories, that we need a Labour Government prepared to make the right kind of interventions to make sure that it works. The truth is that Britain has suffered from a long and...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: We have just seen a hostile takeover of GKN. Some of my constituents work at a GKN plant in Luton. Does this not look like a return to the kind of cowboy capitalism we have seen in the past, where hostile takeovers lead to asset-stripping that will make short-term profit rather than being about the long-term interests of the economy and our manufacturing sector?

Access to Fertility Services: Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (18 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am most interested in the hon. Gentleman’s concern about flying. I enjoy flying but my wife will not fly, so I do understand. The hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby (Mr Goodwill) talked about the danger per mile flown. If it were the danger per hour flown, I suspect the figures for motor travel and for flying might be a bit closer.

Written Answers — Home Office: Vetting: Construction (16 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received reports of disciplinary action initiated against Special Branch officers communicating with organisations or individuals that blacklisted construction workers.

Written Answers — Home Office: Vetting: Construction (16 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she and her predecessors were briefed by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on Special Branch officers communicating with organisations or individuals that blacklisted construction workers.

Written Answers — Department for Exiting the European Union: Martin Selmayr (16 Apr 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, if he will make an assessment of the extent to which the appointment of Professor Dr Martin Selmayr as Secretary General of the European Commission followed professionally approved procedures; and if he will make a statement.

Autism (29 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed (Mrs Trevelyan), whose speech was interesting, intelligent and very passionate, born of personal experience. I must also congratulate the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan) on securing and leading this important debate, which follows her great innovation of the Autism Act 2009. As I am sure...

Education Committee (29 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am very pleased to hear the report of the Chair of the Education Committee. These economic and educational divisions were deep in our society when I was young, which was a very long time ago, and they are still here today. My view has always been that these things develop in primary education. Is the Committee looking seriously at how we can avoid those divisions opening up at a very young age?

GKN: Proposed Takeover by Melrose (27 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I have constituents who work at the GKN plant in Luton, and I recently met trade union representatives who are understandably concerned about the future. Older Members in the Chamber, of whom I am one, will remember that hostile takeovers, merger mania and short-termism were core factors in the devastating era of asset stripping and deindustrialisation that led to the disappearance of vast...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Social Services: Minimum Wage (27 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of sleep-in back liability for providers in Bedfordshire.

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am pleased that Northern Ireland is doing relatively well, in spite of difficulties. Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that a factor in manufacturing doing relatively well in Northern Ireland, and in the rest of the United Kingdom, is the depreciation of the pound following the referendum, and that keeping the pound at a sensible level would be better for Northern Ireland’s future...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I apologise for intruding on private Scottish grief. Does the hon. Lady not accept that the real reason we have sluggish growth in the United Kingdom as a whole is because of Tory austerity, cuts in public spending and low wage growth?

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am sorry that I was not in the Chamber earlier, but I was watching the debate, and I listened very carefully to what the right hon. Member for Wokingham (John Redwood) said. As a socialist of the left, I clearly have some differences with him, but he focused on one thing with which I agree—the balance of trade and our enormous net financial contribution to the rest of the EU. That...

Grenfell Update: The Economy (22 Mar 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that the great advantage of being a United Kingdom is that we can redistribute from the wealthiest areas to those in greater need? Sometimes, through the Barnett formula and regional spending, money can be redistributed from places such as the south-east, which is very wealthy, to places that are less wealthy, such as Scotland.


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