Results 121–140 of 4263 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Technical and Further Education Bill: Financial Support for Students Undertaking Apprenticeships (19 Apr 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Although what the Minister is saying is correct, in that those apprentices will be paid, taking child benefit away from low-income families will be a disincentive for them to take up apprenticeships. Those families will be pressed to stay in education so that they can continue to get child benefit. Is that not the case?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Exiting the EU: Public Finances (18 Apr 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Since the EU referendum, the substantial sterling depreciation has seen exports increase and the balance of trade deficit reduce from £13.7 billion in quarter 3 of last year to £5 billion in quarter 4. However, the Chancellor has repeatedly said that he is not concerned about the exchange rate. Is it not just plain wrong to dismiss the significance of the exchange rate?

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The paper did not have a mass circulation. It had a rather limited circulation, but it was not a commercial paper, so it was not in any way undermining journals across the country.

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is making a very good point. I wonder if he might inquire if the right hon. Gentleman has joined the NUJ.

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: In my early life in politics, reporters went out and met people, spoke to them and interviewed them at length. They got to know the local politicians, the local community and the local areas; they were really in touch with the local community, and they were better for it.

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is a great pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Nuttall. I will not speak for long, because I know that others wish to speak. I support the National Union of Journalists in its campaign. I am a member of the NUJ parliamentary group and, as a strong trade unionist, I think it is important to support it. I am concerned about the suffering of many NUJ members who have lost their jobs...

Backbench Business: Local and Regional News — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (30 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am listening with interest to the hon. Gentleman and support what he is saying. Does he agree that local radio and local television are not the same, and cannot provide the same detailed coverage, as local newsprint, and that we need local newspapers as well as local television and radio?

Written Answers — Department of Health: Heart Diseases: Children (30 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital in the UK treats the largest number of primary referrals from tertiary centres for children with arrhythmic heart conditions; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nuclear Disarmament (30 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK security policy of the Tbilisi Declaration adopted at the 25th annual session of the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe in July 2016 to give support to the 2018 UN international conference on nuclear disarmament at the highest level.

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I welcome the triggering of article 50, because it will make possible the democratic socialist future that I and many others have struggled for all their lives. The Prime Minister will be aware that we have a trade deficit with the EU of over £60 billion a year and another deficit of about £20 billion a year on investments, income and remittances, and that we are paying more than...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Leukaemia (21 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what comparative assessment he has made of survival rates for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in the UK and other EU countries.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Leukaemia (21 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, how many patients were diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia in each of the last 10 years.

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (16 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am a member of the Select Committee. I supported the publication of the report, but in the spirit of acquiescence rather than enthusiasm. The Chairman will recall that I was uneasy about one or two phrases that were subsequently corrected. In particular, does he agree with our inserting the possibility of a further inquiry—not by our Select Committee but possibly by others—if...

Apprentices: Financial Support — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: It has been a great pleasure to lead in this debate. I thank all those who have spoken: the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows); the hon. Member for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (Dr Poulter) who made some useful interventions; and of course my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool South (Gordon Marsden), the shadow Minister, who made a very useful and thorough...

Apprentices: Financial Support — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank the Minister for giving way. It is a pleasure to listen to him speaking. I said in my speech that the Government have made some moves, but not enough. The outcome will be successful if we achieve the number of apprenticeships, trained apprentices and skills that we require for our economy. If that works, what has happened will be enough, but I suspect it is not yet really enough.

Apprentices: Financial Support — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I agree absolutely with what the Minister says about the importance of raising skills in STEM subjects in particular, but is it not the case that the failures are lower down in the school system, rather than at the further education or apprenticeship level? Is he saying to his colleagues in education that we have to do as much as possible to ensure that when youngsters reach the age of 16,...

Apprentices: Financial Support — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: The Minister is making a fair point about apprentices earning a wage, but families—particularly those on modest incomes—are acutely aware of the tipping point where the benefits that those people might get if they were in education outweigh the wage they might get if they were in an apprenticeship. When incomes are tight, such marginal differences make a difference to the choices...

Apprentices: Financial Support — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank my hon. Friend for his kind words. When apprenticeships are successful, many apprentices go on to have highly skilled jobs, overtaking even those who have been to university, including graduates, and they are ahead both in promotions and earnings by the time university students get started.

Apprentices: Financial Support — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend mentions the motor industry. Vauxhall is a leader in that industry, and I know Vauxhall well, being from Luton. In recent years it has encouraged young people from local schools and colleges to tour the factory to see what life is like in manufacturing, and it has recruited new apprentices. Vauxhall found that its workforce was ageing, but now it is getting younger again,...

Apprentices: Financial Support — [Joan Ryan in the Chair] (8 Mar 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I hope my hon. Friend does not mind my interrupting his flow. He talks about companies; one of the problems with companies, particularly small companies, is that they sometimes have short lifespans and then apprentices are lost. The great advantage of big projects such as Crossrail—which I, too, have visited and been impressed by—is that they give long-term certainty to...


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