Kelvin Hopkins: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the cost of granting a VAT exemption to non-maintained special schools that support severely disabled children to bring those schools into line with the VAT exemption that applies to maintained special schools, special academies and special free schools.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of her Department's budget for 16 to 19 education was underspent in each of the last three years.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how much of the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit budget for 16 to 19 education, excluding apprenticeships, was reallocated to other budgets in each of the last three years.
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the Resource Departmental Expenditure Limit budget was for 16 to 19 education, excluding apprenticeships, in each of the last three years.
Kelvin Hopkins: What steps she is taking to review mental health provision in prisons.
Kelvin Hopkins: There were 119 prison suicides in 2016—an increase of 32% on the previous year—and cases of self-harm were up by 19%, at more than 10,000. Does the Minister agree that these are appalling statistics? What are the Government going to do to address this human misery?
Kelvin Hopkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the (a) planned and (b) actual expenditure on 16-19 education was in each of the last three years.
Kelvin Hopkins: Luton’s housing waiting list is now three times higher than it was in the 1970s, when I was vice-chair of the council’s housing committee. The housing stock has halved in that time from compulsory sales. Is it not the truth that only a Labour Government led by my right hon. Friend the Member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) will save Britain’s housing situation and make...
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.