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...
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...
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.
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...
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?
Kelvin Hopkins: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.
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...
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?
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...
Kelvin Hopkins: There is evidence that thousands of people have been deterred from bringing a case to employment tribunals simply because of the fees.
Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about the affordability of pensions advice, but the trustworthiness of pensions advice is also an issue. Even I—I am fairly numerate—do not trust the advice I am given, although fortunately the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority gives better advice than most. Many ordinary people not only think that it is not for the likes of them and...
Kelvin Hopkins: Many professionals in the nuclear industry and outside academics are seriously concerned about the ongoing problem of what to do with nuclear waste from the civil programmes. Will the new arrangements simply parallel exactly what Euratom is doing or will they be stronger? Is the Minister not concerned that we still have to deal with the serious problem of long-term storage of civil nuclear waste?
Kelvin Hopkins: I would remind the hon. Lady that we are substantial net importers of motor products from the EU and especially of high-value-added components in the supply chain. Now that we are leaving the EU, will the Minister and the Government look to using state aid and public procurement programmes to benefit British motor manufacturing and Vauxhall in particular?
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will appoint an independent committee to examine the governance of recognised supervisory bodies.
Kelvin Hopkins: The national health service is under immense pressure from under-resourcing, but also from the heavy and continuing burdens arising from alcohol abuse. May we have a full debate in Government time on how the Government propose to address this serious problem?
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the role of Companies House is in combatting money laundering.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what checks his Department carries out to ensure that dividends paid by companies do not exceed their distributable reserves.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will appoint an independent committee to examine the governance of the Financial Reporting Council.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will publish the dates on which his Department authorised the Financial Reporting Council to pass the fines levied on auditing firms to recognised supervisory bodies.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what procedures are used by Companies House to verify the authenticity of company directors, secretaries and registered addresses.