Kelvin Hopkins: As the MP for Luton North, I represent many of those who have lost their jobs, and I have to say that, had the company been in public ownership—with proper transparency and accountability to Parliament—I suspect that this would not have happened. [Interruption.]
Kelvin Hopkins: My concern is that, when the company collapsed, the assets had almost all disappeared, so there was very little financial value in the assets of the company. Was this to benefit shareholders and owners, and how much money has the state effectively paid out that the owners and shareholders should have been accountable for?
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much VAT has been refunded to visitors to the UK in each of the last five years.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and to who the annual tax reliefs have been granted under the Patent-Box scheme.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public purse has been of the case of Stagecoach Group PLC and Stagecoach Holdings Limited and the Commissioners for Her Majesty; and how much of that cost has been recovered.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what was the cost of litigation in the case of Greene King Plc & Anor v HM Revenue and Customs; and how much of this has been recovered from Ernst & Young.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many successful prosecutions there have been for offences under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007 in each year from 2010.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce legislative proposals to prohibit companies with a deficit on their defined benefit pension scheme from paying any dividends without the prior approval of the Pensions Regulators.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to require companies with a deficit on their defined benefit pension scheme to seek the approval of the Pensions Regulator before agreeing to any merger or takeover.
Kelvin Hopkins: What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the level of fees and charges applied to investments and pension schemes by asset managers.
Kelvin Hopkins: Is not the reality that for millions of ordinary people the only way to guarantee a sufficient income in retirement is a good state pension together with a state earnings-related pension scheme for all, with defined contributions and defined benefits?
Kelvin Hopkins: What recent discussions her Department has had with the National Trust on its stewardship of places of cultural value and heritage.
Kelvin Hopkins: I thank the Minister for his answer. I should say that I am a member and a supporter of the National Trust. I must ask, however, whether the licensing for trail hunting on National Trust land is consistent with his aim of preserving and protecting historical places and spaces, considering the growing evidence of illegal hunting, particularly under the false alibi of trail hunting, and the...
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the effect of the introduction of universal credit on family incomes in Northern Ireland.
Kelvin Hopkins: The truth is that UK manufacturing capacity has languished at too low a level for many years. However, the depreciation of sterling to a more sensible parity has seen a number of companies, including Rolls-Royce and Nissan, boost their investment. Now that we are leaving the EU, will the Government look to use state aid and public procurement programmes to further boost British manufacturing?
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether a decision has been made on the proposal to remove the 50 per cent cap on religious selection at free schools; and when her Department plans to publish its response to the Schools that Work for Everyone consultation.
Kelvin Hopkins: I shall try to stay within three minutes. I speak as a governor for 24 years of Luton Sixth Form College, a superb college with great achievements. Indeed, we have a great success on my immediate left: my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol East (Kerry McCarthy) was a star pupil at Luton Sixth Form College many years ago, which proves my point. I am also chair of the all-party parliamentary...
Kelvin Hopkins: The right hon. Gentleman touches on a subject that also affects me very much. Two local colleges are being talked about in terms of a forced merger. I have written to Ministers and to the educational establishment to try and make sure that it does not happen. I hope that the Minister takes note that we do not want forced mergers, which damage our local systems.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the joint statement signed by the UK, the US and France on 7 July 2017, for what reasons the new ban treaty risks undermining the existing international security architecture; and what steps he has taken to promote the effectiveness of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Kelvin Hopkins: Does the Secretary of State agree that it is entirely possible to love Europe—a subcontinent of wonderful peoples of great culture—but at the same time to oppose totally the European Union on democratic and economic grounds?