Results 121–140 of 4363 for speaker:Kelvin Hopkins

Operation Stack/Lorry Parking in Kent: National Railway Museum and Ownership of National Assets (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Of course, Darlington is one of the historic towns of our railway history, with the Stockton to Darlington Railway being the first effective steam railway in the world, let alone in Britain. I am therefore pleased that my hon. Friend is here. There is also the matter of the Museums Association guidelines and the disregarding of safeguards specifically set up to ensure ethical disposal. I have...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is raising a very important issue, which is leading to a lot of suffering among elderly people in particular. Will she make reference to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care for the Elderly, which, almost two decades ago, recommended free long-term care for all? That is where we should be.

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend refers again to local authority care homes. In my constituency, three superb local authority care homes were forcibly closed effectively by Government policy. They were loved by the residents. They had full-time, permanently employed trade union staff and were supported and applauded by the local healthcare professionals. They were all closed. Now we have only the private...

Social Care (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I do apologise for intervening so often. Does my hon. Friend agree, as my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Jack Dromey) has hinted, that the whole care sector ought to be in the public sector in the longer term at least, provided on the same basis—free at the point of need—as the national health service?

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: USA: HMS Vigilant (25 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the purpose was of HMS Vigilant's visit to the USA in September 2017.

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Data-gathering from money service businesses (24 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I want to respond briefly to what the Minister said. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship yet again, Mr Walker, possibly for the last time during this Committee. I have always had a concern about the money service industry, particularly since many of my constituents send money to family members overseas. There are large immigrant minorities from every part of the world in my...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Taxation of chargeable gains: review of treatment of commercial property held by persons with foreign domicile (24 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am interested in the former Chancellor and how many jobs he has. It is particularly interesting to learn how much he is being paid for those jobs.

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Air passenger duty: rates of duty from 1 April 2018 (24 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am glad that the Minister has raised the question of ethnic minorities. My constituency has a large Caribbean community, who are concerned about air passenger duty’s effect on flights to the Caribbean to see family and so on. Has the Minister received any specific representations on that? The other question, of course, is about the airlines themselves. In Luton, we have London Luton...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Carrying on a third country goods fulfilment business (24 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship again this morning, Mr Howarth. When I first entered this House over 20 years ago, I visited my local VAT office and they said that if they had more VAT officers they could collect many more times their own salaries. That has been the case ever since. I am not so familiar with third country goods fulfilment businesses, but it nevertheless...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Deemed domicile: income tax and capital gains tax (19 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: The issue of non-dom taxation has been going on for years. The reality is that Conservative Governments and perhaps even Labour Governments have not gone far enough to eliminate the problem by saying that these people are going to pay tax properly and not wriggle all the time. Does my hon. Friend agree that we have to get rid of a world where rich people live in Monaco in the south of France...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Museum and gallery exhibitions (19 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: I support what my hon. Friend said, and I hope Members will support the amendment and that it will be successful. I have a brief comment to make. In my ideal world, we would fund museums and the rich cultural heritage we have not through tax reliefs but by direct funding. We would collect all the tax and then pay it to museums and galleries directly through local authority and national...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Corporate interest restriction (19 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Does my hon. Friend have a figure for the total cost of PFI repayments every year to the national health service? That would illustrate the enormous burden of PFI schemes on our health service.

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Corporate interest restriction (19 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. Rather than speak specifically to the amendment, I want to make a comment. My hon. Friend the Member for Walthamstow has raised some very important issues about PFI, but from the beginning it has been an outrageous rip-off of the public purse and the citizens of this country. It should be abandoned. Indeed, in his speech at our...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Corporate interest restriction (19 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Rather than having another elaborate PFI system, would it not be simpler, in the health service and in the education sector, to build by traditional public borrowing, which is extremely cheap and would save billions for the taxpayer?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (18 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: Sustainable development goal 4 focuses on inclusive and quality education for all, but a recent joint report by Leonard Cheshire and the UN Girls’ Education Initiative has found that girls’ education, especially of those with disabilities, is being overlooked in many developing countries. Will the Government seek to advance this SDG with the utmost vigour to ensure equal...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Carried-forward Losses (17 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: There is a lot of evidence that the banks are still engaging in risky gambling on the international exchanges, and compensating for that by squeezing ordinary taxpayers, ordinary bank customers and small businesses in particular to back up their gambling losses. Would my hon. Friend say that we are still facing danger in the future because of the banks’ behaviour?

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Trading and property allowances (17 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I support my hon. Friend the Member for Bootle. It is said that Britain has more accountants per head of population than any other country, probably because the complexity of our tax system means that we all need to use one. However, in this situation, as he said, the amounts involved might be small, and the cost of an accountant...

Public Bill Committee: Finance Bill: Legal expenses etc (17 Oct 2017)

Kelvin Hopkins: There is evidence that thousands of people have been deterred from bringing a case to employment tribunals simply because of the fees.


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