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Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I cannot possibly deliver my speech in three minutes, but I will do my best. I am pleased to be able to speak in this significant debate on an issue that marks a turning point in Britain’s politics and economics. The collapse of Carillion should see the end of a huge policy mistake—the dogma-driven tragedy of the privatising, outsourcing and marketising of our public services. It...

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is making a first-class speech. Does this not bring to mind the quotation from John Maynard Keynes that capitalism rewards bad behaviour?

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is making an important point about the audit companies. Is it not a major problem that they are ostensibly there to represent the shareholders’ interests against those of the managers but that they are actually employed by the managers, and that if they do not give the managers what they want, they will not get the next contract?

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Services (10 Jul 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: Whether he plans to review the future provision of probation services; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Probation Services (10 Jul 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: Given the constant underperformance, high cost and deeply abject failure of private probation companies, is it not time to re-establish a professional, coherent and comprehensively public probation service?

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is fair enough that, when people leave the House, or leave Government jobs, they should be able to earn a living, but not necessarily in the area in which they previously worked, from which they could benefit through their inside knowledge, or in which they might even have influenced policy in the expectation of a subsequent reward. That is what is wrong. If someone who was in the MOD then...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I hope that the hon. Lady is not reading too much into my words. In my short speech, I said that I wanted strong rules, rigidly enforced. That is the way it should be. There should be an entire separation between what a Minister does in government and what they do after they leave Parliament.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is making the point made by the Chair and other colleagues. Putting people on ACOBA who look like members of the establishment, honest though they may be, just reinforces the image among the public of the establishment looking after itself, instead of having ordinary people, maybe bus drivers and hairdressers, who are remote from the establishment on the committee.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I am pleased to support the report. I commend the Chairman for his excellent speech. I have for a long time been concerned about public confidence in politicians and the state of Government, and it is very important indeed that we get it across that we are, overwhelmingly, honest people, trying to do the right thing by our constituents and by the country to improve everyone’s lives. But...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech. Does he agree that a case has been made for a lower Thames crossing—a tunnel for traffic that would take some of the traffic away from my hon. Friend’s constituency? It might, we suggest, be combined with a rail tunnel for GB Freight Routes. That would cut costs and be a very convenient crossing for both.

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is a great pleasure to speak in this debate, and I congratulate the Select Committees on bringing forward this important report. Effective action on air quality is now vital and urgent. I live in a town centre with heavy traffic and am, I think, personally affected as much as anyone by poor air quality. I also congratulate hon. Members on a series of first-class, informative and persuasive...

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business (28 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank my political neighbour for giving way. I suffered from breathing fumes in traffic jams when driving my car on holiday. I did not know that my chest problems were to do with breathing fumes. The simple technique of making sure that when we use our air conditioning, we press the button that recirculates the air inside the car rather than drawing in polluted air from outside, is very...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I do not believe that a third runway at Heathrow is necessary or desirable, for all the reasons that have been set out so powerfully by other Members. I shall certainly vote against Heathrow expansion tonight. I entered the Chamber totally opposed to it, and what I have heard has convinced me that it is an absolute and total nonsense, I do not wish to be wholly negative about the need for...

Business of the House: National Policy Statement: Airports (25 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I thank my hon. Friend for making that powerful point. There is massive extra capacity at Birmingham, and that seems likely to expand in the future. There is a railway station actually in the airport, linked via Leamington Spa to the main Great Western line. It is not a remote parkway station, but can provide direct rail travel right into the airport, much as happens at Gatwick. With 125-mph...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Children’s Academic and Practical Skills (25 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: The two colleges serving my own constituents are both suffering severe financial pressures. My hon. Friend the Member for Huddersfield is absolutely right: further education is fundamental to providing ongoing education in both practical and academic skills. When are the Government going to look at FE in general and particularly at the two colleges serving my constituency?

ME: Treatment and Research — [Mr Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. May I first say how moving and graphic the speech from the hon. Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) was? I am so pleased that I was here to hear it. I shall speak briefly because much of what I would have said has been said already, but I want to add my voice to all those demanding that we take ME seriously—that in the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales: Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon (13 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: The Swansea Bay tidal lagoon is vital to Britain’s future energy supplies and is the first of many major schemes to harness the vast marine energy resources around our shores to generate electricity and switch the country to renewables, to reduce and prevent climate change. That is now urgent. Given that, among other things, the Welsh Government have offered to help pay for it, when are...

Rail Timetabling (4 Jun 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: I have thousands of constituents who commute daily from Leagrave and Luton stations and who are suffering from recent service failures—I have a sheaf of their complaints in my hand. Is it not the reality that GTR has consistently sought to squeeze more passengers on to too few trains and has employed insufficient drivers in the interest of profits, at the expense of passengers? When are...

Business of the House (24 May 2018)

Kelvin Hopkins: Recent estimates are that every year in the UK more than 15,000 babies are born damaged by alcohol consumed during pregnancy, condemning them to lifelong difficulties. Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, for example, has been found to affect more than 50% of those in prison; that is just one tragic manifestation of its scourges. Will the Leader of the House press the case with her Government...


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