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First Deaf Yachtsman To Circumnavigate The Globe That this House congratulates Gerry Hughes on becoming the world's first deaf yachtsman to sail single-handed around the world, passing all five Southern great capes after eight months; notes that this is a sailing challenge which only 300 people have completed, involving over 32,000 miles; wishes Mr Hughes every success in his next challenge, whatever that might be; and particularly recognises the inspiration he has provided to deaf people around Scotland and the UK. 10074 51 40 Bruce, Malcolm http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45480
Use By HRH The Prince Of Wales Of Intestate Cash That this House is appalled that HRH The Prince of Wales has used money from people who died intestate in Cornwall to fund his own charities and to support bursaries at his old public school in Scotland; understands that because of a historical quirk Prince Charles, the Duke of Cornwall, becomes the owner of assets of anyone who dies in that county without a will or family; notes that last year this provided him with more than 10218 50 1 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45481
Shaker Aamer That this House welcomes the news that Scotland Yard has opened investigations into three further allegations of mistreatment and torture of detainees at Bagram detention centre after 9/11; notes that one of those detainees is Shaker Aamer, now at Guant 10218 49 4 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45482
Israeli Attacks On Burin That this House condemns the repeated attacks by Israeli forces on the Bilal Al Najjar cultural and community centre in the village of Burin, outside Nablus on the occupied West Bank; notes that the centre has come under extreme levels of intimidation since its inception, with volunteers continually arrested and property destroyed; protests about the most serious instance of vandalism by Israeli Defence Force soldiers on 11 April 2013 when every piece of equipment, including computers, desks and artworks, was destroyed; and demands that the Government bring what pressure it can on the Israeli government both to restrain its soldiers and to immediately recompense the villagers for their loss. 10218 48 9 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45483
Evictions In Benefit Cap Areas That this House is deeply concerned that claimants in areas participating in the trial of the Government's benefit cap are being sent eviction letters by landlords because they may not be able to pay the rent; notes that one of Britain's biggest social landlords, Genesis, has issued this warning to tenants in Haringey; believes that this provides the first evidence that these welfare changes will lead to increased homelessness; further notes that Enfield Council is considering moving 330 people to places like Birmingham and Bradford; and calls on the Government, even now, to scrap this plan which is bound to lead to misery and homelessness for some of the country's poorest families. 10218 47 13 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45484
VAT On Tabloid Newspapers That this House urges the Government to impose VAT on daily and Sunday tabloid newspapers which are principally in the entertainment industry rather than the news business; and believes that such a measure could bring in an estimated revenue of 10218 46 1 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45485
NHS And Compassionate Care That this House believes that newly-employed NHS managers should spend a year on wards working as healthcare assistants to develop their compassionate care before taking up positions behind desks. 10218 45 8 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45486
New Schools Network That this House notes that the New Schools Network (NSN) received an initial grant from the Department for Education (DfE) of 24715 44 13 Morris, Grahame http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45487
Statutory Fire Service Duty To Respond To Major Flooding That this House acknowledges 2012 as the second wettest on record in the UK, according to the Met Office; notes that in 2012 there was a 73 per cent increase in firefighters attending over 22,500 flood incidents across the UK, compared with 13,000 in 2011; further notes that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' Climate Change Risk Assessment warns of the increased risk of flooding in the future; is aware that, unlike in England and Wales, the law in Scotland and Northern Ireland requires the fire and rescue service to respond to serious flooding; recalls the recommendation of the Pitt Review supporting a statutory duty on fire and rescue services to respond to major flooding; welcomes support for a statutory duty from key stakeholders in the sector, particularly the Fire Brigades Union and the Chief Fire Officers Association; understands that such a change would not require primary legislation; and calls on the Government to implement as soon as possible a statutory duty on fire and rescue services to respond to major flooding in England and Wales. 10282 43 30 Hoey, Kate http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45488
Hillsborough, Anne Williams And Justice That this House notes that a new inquest is to be held into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough Stadium on 15 April 1989; further notes with great sadness that Anne Williams, who campaigned tirelessly for justice for her 15 year old son Kevin and the other 95 victims, died of cancer a week ago and will not see the outcome of that new inquest nor whether any police officer will ever face trial for their role in that tragedy and its cover-up; further notes that Richard Wells, the former Chief Constable of South Yorkshire, said last September it was absolutely essential that charges were brought against police officers involved in the Hillsborough disaster; further notes that a recent report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) concluded that Sir Norman Bettison, who resigned as Chief Constable of West Yorkshire in 2012, had a case to answer for discreditable conduct and abuse of authority for his role in the tragedy; further notes that the IPCC investigation into the disaster has begun to interview police officers as part of its wider investigation into the Hillsborough disaster; believes that it is outrageous that it has taken well over 20 years for the families to secure a process that could begin to deliver them justice; and calls on the relevant authorities to move with all speed to conclude their investigations and to deliver justice for the families. 10218 42 13 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45489
Bantams At Wembley That this House notes that Bradford City FC will be in the play-off final at Wembley on 18 May 2013, hoping to win promotion to the First Division; further notes that this is Bradford City's second Wembley appearance this season; further notes that this appearance at Wembley arises from an incredible comeback after going three-two down at home to Burton Albion in the first leg of the semi-final with two goals from Nakhi Wells and one from big Jim Hanson in the second leg; congratulates the team, manager, owners and all who work at Bradford City for remarkable achievements in an incredible season; and wishes the Bantams every success at Wembley. 10218 41 1 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45490
Bangladesh Garment Factory Disaster That this House sends its condolences to the families of the more than 600 people killed and to the many more injured in the collapse of the garment factory near Dhaka, Bangladesh; notes that this factory supplies clothes to some of the big name companies on Britain's high streets; further notes that the factory managers and owners are alleged to have ignored signs of cracking in the building reported days before the collapse in a building that had had five more storeys added than it should have; further notes that factories in developing countries like Bangladesh are under enormous pressure to minimise costs from the western multinational companies buying from them; believes that western multinationals buying from developing countries have a responsibility to ensure that the factories producing these goods provide a safe environment for their workers to work in and for workers' rights to be fully recognised and respected; further believes that the western multinationals that bought clothes from this factory should provide compensation to the bereaved families and the injured survivors; calls on the Government to work with the Bangladeshi government to secure safe working conditions for Bangladeshi workers supplying British markets; and further calls on the Government to enact laws that will provide for sanctions if western multinationals selling goods in this country fail to fulfil their responsibilities to ensure safe and decent working conditions for those working in their supply chain. 10218 40 21 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45491
Sir Alex Ferguson (No. 3) That this House congratulates the greatest living Scotsman, Sir Alex Ferguson, on his memorable and inspirational achievements in football, too many to list in their entirety here; notes his unmatched managerial career, from league titles with Aberdeen and the capturing of the European Cup Winners' Cup, to 26 years at Manchester United where he won 38 trophies, including 13 league titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups; welcomes the fact that although he may be stepping down as manager of the club he will continue to have a vital role at Manchester United; and sincerely hopes that from the end of the season he will be able to switch off the hairdryer and have more time to spend with family, friends and enjoying his wine cellar and on perfecting his piano skills. 10218 39 2 Galloway, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45492
Kidnappings And Murder In Syria That this House regrets the kidnappings of the Syrian Orthodox Bishop Yohanna Ibrahim and the Greek Orthodox Bishop Boulos Yazaji as well as the murder of their driver in Syria; notes that Bishop Ibrahim had been returning from an attempt to negotiate the release of two priests who had been taken hostage; and calls for their immediate release and the individuals responsible for the kidnapping and murder to be identified and brought to justice. 10116 38 29 Clarke, Tom http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45493
Leicester's Bid For UK City Of Culture 2017 That this House welcomes the initial bid by Leicester to become the UK's City of Culture for 2017; notes it is a city of festivals with the largest celebration of Diwali outside of India and festivals for Eid, Vaisakhi and St George's Day; further notes that Leicester has many cultural attractions, an exciting creative and cultural quarter, famous theatres such as the Haymarket and Curve, and the Space Centre; further notes that Leicester is a city of brilliant diversity, culture and language; and calls on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to give the city the title of City of Culture 2017. 10614 37 5 Vaz, Keith http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45494
Reform Of Legal Aid That this House deplores the Government's intention to award legal aid franchises to a limited number of contractors, effectively abolishing a client's right to choose their legal representation; notes that this will reduce the quality of legal representation to the lowest standard possible; further notes the fact that firms currently compete on quality of service and will henceforth be required to compete on the basis of price; regrets the damning effect which this further reform of legal aid is likely to have on high street solicitors firms who are likely to either close or abandon legal aid cases; further notes that this will have a very detrimental effect on the provision of services through the medium of the Welsh language; further notes that this will create vast advice deserts in many rural areas; further regrets the departure from the principle of equality of arms before the law and the rights of all citizens to access to justice; and calls on the Government to abandon this ill-thought through reform immediately. 10368 36 87 Llwyd, Elfyn http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45495
Atypical Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome That this House notes with serious concern the decision by Ministers at the Department of Health not to recommend the national commissioning of Eculizumab for the treatment of atypical haemolytic uraemic syndrome (aHUS); further notes that aHUS is a very rare disease causing renal failure and life-threatening complications in children and adults; further notes that a submission to the Advisory Group for National Specialised Services (AGNSS) was made by Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust and supported by the Renal Association, the British Association for Paediatric Nephrology, the British Transplantation Society and NHS Kidney Care; further notes that AGNSS recommended that Eculizumab should be routinely nationally commissioned for patients with aHUS and that Eculizumab would help save lives; is disappointed that the Governemnt has not followed AGNSS' recommendation and has instead referred Eculizumab to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for further appraisal; believes that this will result in unacceptable further delays in accessing treatment for aHUS patients and their families; and calls on Ministers at the Department of Health to reconsider their decision and enter into formal negotiations with Eculizumab's manufacturer, Alexion, on establishing a patient access scheme. 11707 35 18 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45496
Treatment Of 17 Year Olds In Police Custody That this House condemns the exclusion of 17 year olds from the specific protection given to juveniles in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, which remains inconsistent with domestic and international legislation which states that a human is a child until the age of 18 and that 17 year olds in police custody are consequently not provided with an appropriate adult as a matter of course; notes with great sadness the tragic consequences this has had for the Thornber and Lawton family whose 17 year old sons Edward Thornber, who was arrested for the possession of cannabis, and Joe Lawton, arrested for drink driving, committed suicide as a result; and calls on the Government for a change of law so that 17 year olds are treated as children when arrested and in police custody, as requested by a 52,000 signature petition presented to 10 Downing Street on 28 March 2013. 11707 34 19 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45497
Homophobic Chanting At Football Games That this House welcomes the report from the Brighton and Hove Albion Supporters' Club (BHASC), along with the Gay Football Supporters' Network (GFSN), that details evidence and a log of the level of homophobic chanting at both home and away matches; recognises the extent of the problem when Brighton fans have been subjected to homophobic abuse by at least 72 per cent of opponents they have faced this season; agrees with the report that, although chants range from what would be considered to be mild to much more offensive, if these words relating to a person's sexuality were replaced with words relating to someone's race or skin colour, appropriate action would be taken; further recognises the good work both the BHASC and the GFSN have done in highlighting this problem; and calls for the clubs, the football authorities, the police and relevant authorities to work with them to eradicate this abuse. 11707 33 20 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45498
Help For Home Buyers That this House welcomes the Government's recent announcement of measures to make housing more affordable by a range of methods including a help-to-buy scheme, and providing an interest-free Government loan to help people to raise a housing deposit; recognises that this and the commitment to build a further 15,000 affordable homes will help to boost the housing market; notes that these measures will increase the amount of first time buyers and second movers who can afford to buy houses; further notes that measures should be put in place to prevent misuse of this scheme from buyers of second homes and investment properties; and urges the Government to do this so the scheme can run as intended. 11707 32 6 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45499
Secret Imprisonment And The Recent Practice Direction That this House welcomes the practice direction issued by the Lord Chief Justice and the President of the Family Division on 3 May 2013 relating to the imprisonment of people for contempt of court; notes that a number of people have been imprisoned in secret in the past; recognises that the proposals in this practice direction will lead towards greater accountability and transparency in respect of imprisonment for contempt of court; further notes that the practice direction should see the end of secret jailings for contempt of court, but recognises that there remain people whose liberty is constrained without proper accountability; and looks forward to other positive proposals for greater accountability in the judicial estate. 11420 31 3 Hemming, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45500
Alan Turing That this House commemorates Alan Turing on his birthday, 23 June, for his many mathematical and scientific breakthroughs including the vital contribution he made to Britain's war effort by inventing the machine that broke the Enigma code; regrets that following his years of national service, he received a criminal conviction for having a sexual relationship with another man; deplores the fact that he was forced to take oestrogen therapy or be sent to prison if he did not comply; expresses profound sorrow that he went on to take his own life on 8 June 1954 at the age of just 41 years; recognises that so far over 34,000 people have signed the e-petition on the 10 Downing Street website calling for Alan Turing to be pardoned; calls therefore for a posthumous or disregarded conviction to be granted; and acknowledges the huge and unnecessary suffering that he and so many other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have had to endure. 11707 30 29 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45501
Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 That this House notes the Motor Vehicles (Driving Licences) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (S.I., 2013, No. 258) laid in the House on 13 February 2013, which will retain the current number plate test as the main assessment of driver vision; further notes with concern that this measure does not go far enough in ensuring drivers have adequate vision; refers to recent research commissioned by RSA Insurance Group and supported by the Optical Confederation and Brake, which finds that road crashes caused by poor driver vision result in nearly 2,900 casualties and cost the UK an estimated 11707 29 2 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45502
Type 1 Diabetes Research That this House supports the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) in its campaign to increase awareness and understanding about type 1 diabetes; notes that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are separate and distinct conditions; acknowledges that type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening auto immune condition and is not caused by eating sugary food, by being overweight or by lifestyle choices; further notes with concern that type 1 is a leading cause of kidney failure, adult blindness, stroke, heart attacks and nerve damage and that incidence of the condition is increasing by four per cent year on year; further notes that approximately five per cent of the entire NHS budget is spent on treating type 1 diabetes; recognises that JDRF is the world's leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research and the only organisation dedicated solely to finding the cure for type 1; and believes that more funding for medical research will lead to the development of better treatments for type 1 diabetes, resulting in fewer complications and hospitalisations, improved cost efficiencies for the NHS budget and lead to a cure. 10527 28 25 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45503
Industrialisation Of Dairy Farming That this House notes that pressures are building for the increasing industrialisation of UK dairy farming and that a growing number of cows are being kept indoors for all or most of the year, many of which are pushed to extremely high milk yields; further notes the 2009 report by the European Food Safety Authority which concluded that breeding for high milk yield is the major factor causing poor health and welfare in cows; and believes that the factory farming of dairy cows must be brought to an end. 10527 27 14 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45504
Smoke Detectors And Fire Safety That this House notes that the number of fatalities from fires in dwellings has fallen by a quarter since 1999 but that there are still on average five fatalities a week; further notes with concern that approximately one quarter of social homes do not have smoke alarms; calls on the Government to strengthen legislation to ensure all local authority and registered social landlord properties have smoke detectors on each floor and that privately-rented properties have working smoke detectors at the commencement of any tenancy agreement; and further calls on the Government to continue its efforts to raise awareness of the benefits of smoke detectors. 10527 26 33 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45505
Avoidable Deaths From Diabetes That this House notes with alarm that up to 24,000 people with diabetes die in England each year from causes that could have been avoided; further notes that there is no reason why people with diabetes cannot live long and healthy lives if they receive the right care and support to help them manage their condition; recognises Diabetes UK's 15 healthcare essentials campaign which outlines 15 diabetes checks or services that every person with diabetes should receive or have access to; further notes that half of people with type 2 and more than two-thirds of people with type 1 diabetes are not receiving the care they need to stay healthy; and calls on the Government to place a greater emphasis on prioritising diabetes in the Health Outcomes and Commissioning Frameworks to improve standards of care so that the 2.3 million people with diabetes in England receive the care they need to stay healthy. 10527 25 31 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45506
Time Limit For Local Authority Referenda That this House welcomes the ability of local communities to determine the form of governance used by their local authorities; notes with concern that communities in England can hold a referendum on local government arrangements only once every 10 years compared to five years in Wales; and calls on the Government to bring forward proposals to equalise the limits so that all councils can hold referenda every five years if supported by the appropriate number of local residents. 10527 24 4 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45507
Safety Of Racehorses That this House recognises the important role horseracing has long played in Britain's sporting and cultural life and that the industry's reputation and future financial health could be damaged by growing public concern about the welfare of horses entered into Aintree's annual Grand National event; notes that the race, according to figures published by the British Horseracing Authority, is more than five times more lethal to horses than the average British jump race; further notes that a recent NOP opinion poll found that the majority of respondents now regard this long and punishing event as cruel; and calls on the Government to bring forward an additional code of practice under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 that would resolve the problems of the Grand National by applying minimum horse welfare standards to all races in Britain, after having considered matters such as the number and hazardous nature of fences and the number of horses permitted to enter each event. 10527 23 3 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45508
Seasonal Unemployment That this House notes with concern that many coastal resorts in the UK experience seasonal employment fluctuations; is concerned that many workers in resorts experience low wages and employment uncertainty; and calls on the Government to consider policies to address the difficulties coastal resort economies face outside the summer season. 10527 22 21 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45509
Close Season For Hare Shooting That this House deplores the shooting of hares throughout their breeding season as cruel and unnecessary; notes that in Scotland the brown hare and mountain hare now have close seasons to protect nursing mothers and their dependant young; and calls on the Government to confer similar protection on these icons of the British countryside. 10527 21 22 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45510
Trial Of Single/double Summer Time That this House notes the significant financial, environmental, public health and quality of life benefits that could accrue by advancing the clocks to GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer; further notes in particular the increased trade in the tourism, hospitality and retail sectors estimated at over three billion and 80,000 new jobs, the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from reduced heat and light by aligning the clocks more closely to people's lifestyles and the significant health gains from reduced levels of seasonal affective disorder and increased levels of sports participation and physical activity; further notes the likely reduction in death and injury from fewer road accidents and expected reductions in crime and the fear of crime; and therefore calls on the Government to instigate a three year trial of single/double summer time. 10527 20 2 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45511
Effect Of Spending Reductions On Seaside Resort Economies That this House notes that the seven local authority areas with the largest proportion of their population in receipt of local housing allowance are coastal areas containing some of the nation's best known seaside resorts; further notes that seaside resorts dependent on tourism tend to have economies built on low value, low paid, insecure employment where cuts to welfare cannot easily be replaced outside the black economy; and calls on the Government to review urgently the impact of welfare reforms on coastal economies and seaside resorts in particular, so that such areas do not suffer disproportionately from public spending cuts. 10527 19 12 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45512
Preventing Amputations As A Consequence Of Diabetes That this House notes with concern that around 125 amputations are carried out every week on people with diabetes because of complications connected with their condition and that, as well as the devastating impact this has on the person, these amputations are currently costing the NHS between 600 million and 700 million every year; further notes that 80 per cent of these amputations are potentially preventable and that this cost can be significantly reduced with better care; and therefore calls on the Government to support the Putting Feet First campaign which highlights that amputations can be prevented and underlines how important it is for people with diabetes to get regular foot checks and treatment from a specialist foot care team when a foot problem is identified and which aims to reduce diabetes-related amputations by 50 per cent in the next five years. 10527 18 28 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45513
Sir Alex Ferguson (No. 2) That this House notes the outstanding contribution to football of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager of Aberdeen from 1978 until 1986 and then Manchester United, spanning four decades, from 1986 until his retirement in May 2013; recognises the success both in the Scottish and English top divisions, breaking the stranglehold of Rangers and Celtic in Scotland with Scottish League, Scottish Cup and European Cup Winners' Cup success, and then transforming Manchester United into the most successful English club of all time, winning an unprecedented 38 trophies, including 13 league titles and two UEFA Champions League titles; further notes the joy he has brought to fans of Manchester United, and despair to fans of other teams during his 26 years as Manchester United manager; and wishes him well for his retirement. 11707 17 11 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45514
Sword Beach That this House is appalled that the French tourist industry is issuing maps of the Normandy invasion zone that do not include Sword Beach; and calls on the Government to request that the French tourist industry rectifies this omission and remind it at the same time that the action at Sword Beach was a vital part of the liberation of France which enabled 28,845 men of 1 Corps to land for the loss of 683 British lives. 10576 16 5 Stringer, Graham http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45515
Sir Alex Ferguson That this House congratulates Sir Alex Ferguson on his unparallelled success as a manager of Aberdeen and Manchester United having won the Scottish premiership three times, the Scottish Cup four times, the Scottish League Cup, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup with Aberdeen and the Premier League 13 times, the FA Cup five times, the League Cup four times, the UEFA Champions League twice, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, the Inter Continental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup and the FA Charity/Community Shield 10 times; and believes he should be immediately ennobled and elevated to the House of Lords. 10576 15 8 Stringer, Graham http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45516
Religious Liberty In The Arab World That this House recognises the importance of freedom of religion as a fundamental element of an open, liberal democracy; calls on the Government to use its influence, directly with the nations of the Arab world and indirectly through the EU and the UN, to protect Christians and other religious minorities under threat and ensure that they are not forced to flee from their homes and become refugees and asylum seekers; urges that any new constitutions fully support religious freedom as defined by Articles 18 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and asks the Government to raise issues of religious liberty as a key topic in all dealings with the governments of the Arab world. 13814 14 28 Long, Naomi http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45517
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia That this House recognises that the birth defect congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH), which is as common as cystic fibrosis but much less known, can affect any unborn child, requiring additional antenatal care plus intensive care and treatment of the affected newborn; regrets that only 50 per cent of babies diagnosed with CDH survive, whilst those who do survive endure ongoing medical problems ranging from asthma and feeding problems to chronic lung and digestive problems, development delays and oxygen dependency; acknowledges that there is no known cause or prevention for the condition and that treatment remains medically challenging and costly; congratulates CDH UK for the work it does to raise awareness of the condition and support families facing diagnosis; and calls on the Government to provide funding to progress research into the causes of CDH, with a view to identifying developing prevention strategies and better treatment of the condition, which could save lives and potentially reduce costs to the NHS in the long term and to work with the devolved administrations to develop expertise and share knowledge on the condition throughout the UK. 13814 13 22 Long, Naomi http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45518
Unlicensed Advertisement Of Puppies That this House recognises that dogs are not a commodity and should be bought only from licensed breeders; notes that puppies sold in pet shops or by other third parties are almost exclusively bred on puppy farms; and, given the fact that the Pet Animals Act 1951 is out of date, calls on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to consider introducing secondary legislation under the provisions of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to prohibit the sale of puppies in pet shops. 13814 12 14 Long, Naomi http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45519
Sale Of Puppies In Pet Shops That this House recognises that dogs are not a retail commodity and should be bought only from licensed breeders; notes that the internet and local news media are used to advertise the sale of puppies; is concerned that these advertisements are unregulated with no controls to identify the breeder, or the source of these animals; and urges the Government to review and strengthen the existing Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999 and to introduce legislation to govern the advertising and breeding of dogs. 13814 11 12 Long, Naomi http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45520
Violence Towards Christians In Africa And The Middle East That this House is concerned at violence directed at Christian groups and places of worship in Africa and the Middle East; notes with alarm recent sectarian violence directed at religious groups in places such as Egypt, Pakistan, Mali and Sudan; urges governments in these regions to investigate any incident of religious violence and prosecute people responsible for these attacks; further notes with concern that there is evidence of state security forces being involved in some of these attacks; fully endorses the fundamental principle of the UN Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination on Religion or Belief; and calls on the Government to actively promote such multinational efforts and to put pressure on national governments to discharge their responsibilities toward protecting religious groups and eradicating intolerance. 13856 10 35 Ritchie, Margaret http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45521
Fetal Valproate Syndrome That this House notes with concern the recent refusal by the Minister for Care and Support of a public inquiry into why information was withheld concerning the disastrous way in which sodium valproate has affected pregnant women and their children; further notes the cost to the public purse of additional health, education and welfare costs incurred by families affected by Fetal Valproate Syndrome; believes that the regulator could have avoided such costs and large numbers of people affected since sodium valproate was licensed and sold from 1973; further believes that its makers, the pharmaceutical company Sanofi, failed in its duty of care and corporate responsibility by not informing the relevant agencies of its teratogenic effects; welcomes the Minister's recent decision to meet representatives of the Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust; and urges the holding of a public inquiry. 11427 9 25 Anderson, David http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45522
Yorkhill Children's Charity That this House congratulates Yorkhill Children's Charity on expanding its provision to help the treatment and care of children in Glasgow, Scotland and internationally; notes that the charity has donated more than 10684 8 23 Robertson, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45523
Aberdeen's Bid To Become UK City Of Culture That this House supports Aberdeen's bid to be UK City of Culture 2017; recognises that Aberdeen would host an incredible year of culture; further recognises that the legacy of Aberdeen as UK City of Culture 2017 would be more significant for Aberdeen than the other 10 cities competing; and understands that the title would help to increase engagement with the arts in Aberdeen, bring to the attention of the world the city's incredible cultural offer and help attract talent to and retain it in the city. 10032 7 7 Begg, Anne http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45524
Extractive Industries That this House notes the role of UK-listed extractive companies to both the UK economy and to international investment and development; commends the work of the All-Party Group on the extractive industries; and encourages all sector members to continue engaging with the public at all levels. 10685 6 12 Joyce, Eric http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45525
UK Shipping Insurance And Security Industries That this House congratulates the UK shipping, insurance and security industries on their successful and combined efforts to reduce piracy and terrorism offshore and onshore in the African continent. 10685 5 19 Joyce, Eric http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45526
Kenya That this House congratulates the people of Kenya on their recent peaceful presidential election; recognises Kenya's profound and leading role in helping assure the security of UK citizens and of peoples across the world; appreciates the unrivalled training facilities Kenya has for many years provided the UK armed services; welcomes the development of Kenya as an African investment hub; and asserts that the historical friendship between our two nations will ensure that we continue to grow together through shared experience. 10685 4 4 Joyce, Eric http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45527
Rwanda That this House remembers with solemnity the Rwandan Genocide of 1994; commends the people of Rwanda on their astonishing social, economic and technological progress since then; deplores all genocide-denial and ethnic divisionism; urges the UK Government and other EU nations to pursue suspected genocidaires with vigour; encourages the Rwandan government to continue to address perceived issues of media openness and political space; and further commends Rwanda's new and growing contribution to the Commonwealth. 10685 3 23 Joyce, Eric http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45528
Africa That this House commends the leadership of African nations on all matters pertaining to that continent; reaffirms the need for developed nations to act in support wherever requested; urges international institutions to act with great respect for the sovereignty of all African states; applauds the work of the African Union and other regional bodies; and welcomes the commitment of African governments to economic growth and social development. 10685 2 7 Joyce, Eric http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45529
Investing In Development That this House commends the Government and opposition parties on their continued commitment to international development aid; recognises that in challenging economic times such expenditure must be continuously justified to the UK public; welcomes the change in emphasis towards enabling developing nations to grow their own economies and move away from reliance on aid; further recognises the crucial role of good relations with partner nations in the developing world; congratulates non-governmental organisations on their work to date; and urges UK investors to work with new prospects in the developing world. 10685 1 10 Joyce, Eric http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45530
Fair Deal For Your Local Campaign That this House welcomes the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign supported by the Federation of Small Businesses, Forum of Private Business, the Campaign for Real Ale, Guild of Master Victuallers, Fair Pint, Licensees Supporting Licensees, Pubs Advisory Service, Justice for Licensees and Licensees Unite calling for a fair deal for licensees tied to large pub companies; further welcomes the Government's commitment to introduce a statutory code of practice to enshrine principles of fair dealing and that tied licensees should not be worse off than free of tie licensees; notes that large companies take more than is fair or sustainable from pub profits in both inflated product prices and excessive rents, causing failure of pub businesses nationwide; believes that to deliver the Government's commitment the code must include an option for tied landlords of large companies to pay an independently assessed market rent only to their pub owning company and that this should be offered alongside tied agreements; further notes that this solution was put forward by the former Business and Enterprise Committee, and now by the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, with unanimous cross-party support of Committee members; further believes that this would deliver a fair and positive business relationship between large pub companies and their licensees, resulting in a thriving pub sector which would boost the economy; supports the commitment to exclude family brewers by applying the code to companies that own more than 500 pubs; and urges the Government to implement this to secure a sustainable future for Britain's pubs. 11672 57 113 Mulholland, Greg http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45531
Lynne Stewart That this House supports the petition signed by Desmond Tutu and many other prominent human rights campaigners and lawyers calling for the release from US prison of Lynne Stewart on compassionate grounds, bearing in mind that she has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer; notes that as a lawyer Lynne represented controversial, poor and often unpopular defendants, was sentenced to 28 months' imprisonment for passing information from a client convicted of terrorist offences, which she contested, but was later re-sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment; and considers that it would be unjust and inhumane for her to be kept incarcerated to die in prison. 10383 56 7 McDonnell, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45532
Childcare Ratios That this House is concerned about Government proposals in More Great Childcare to reduce staff to child ratios for nurseries and childminders caring for children under three years old; believes this to be the wrong step to take to improve childcare quality and cost which will lead to a reduction in quality and could threaten child safety and the ability of childcare professionals in nursery and home settings to meet the emotional and attachment needs of babies and young children; notes there are sizeable numbers of parents, providers and organisations in the childcare sector wholly opposed to a reduction in ratios; further notes that there is little evidence that changes to ratios will have any effect on reducing costs; and calls on the Government to reverse this decision. 25165 55 48 Powell, Lucy http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45533
Human Trafficking That this House recognises that human trafficking represents a form of modern-day slavery and that many victims are held under conditions of enforced or bonded servitude whilst being exploited for their labour; urges the Government fully to implement the Council of Europe's Convention on Human Trafficking, including appointing an independent rapporteur or ombudsperson and to work closely with other EU member states to adopt an effective regime to combat this appalling practice; notes that, as well as sustaining the criminal economy, human trafficking infiltrates the mainstream economy and the high street; further recognises that many innocent consumers buy products and use services that have been in some way produced or sustained by human trafficking or modern-day slavery; and calls on the Government to introduce a framework for UK companies to audit their supply chain in order to eradicate any trace of human trafficking or modern-day slavery from their goods and services. 13856 54 34 Ritchie, Margaret http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45534
Safety Of Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide That this House is concerned for the safety of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, former president of Haiti, who has been invited to attend court, and also for the safety of all those who are demonstrating in his support; notes that Mr Aristide was Haiti's first democratically-elected president and that he is respected and held dear by the majority of the population who twice elected him; and hopes that he will be afforded the protection and respect he is entitled to. 10383 53 4 McDonnell, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45535
Importance Of The UK Oil And Gas Industry To The UK Economy That this House welcomes the publication of the UK Oil and Gas strategy; recognises the important role the oil and gas industry plays in the UK economy, employing over 400,000 people; further recognises that the UK supply chain also plays an important role in the UK economy with 1,100 companies achieving a combined revenue of 10552 52 13 Smith, Robert http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45536
Dundee UK City Of Culture Bid 2017 That this House welcomes the decision of Dundee City Council to bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017; recognises the vibrant cultural scene in Dundee including Dundee Rep, Dundee Contemporary Arts, the McManus Galleries and many other venues; notes the vibrant musical and artistic scene across the city; further notes the contribution made by the University of Dundee, University of Abertay, Dundee and Dundee College; looks forward to the VA at Dundee opening; and wishes the city of Dundee every success in its bid to become UK City of Culture in 2017. 11974 59 7 McGovern, Jim http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45537
East Coast Main Line That this House notes that rail services on the East Coast Main Line have been publicly run by East Coast since November 2009; congratulates East Coast management and staff for improving services; welcomes the 24763 58 47 Gilmore, Sheila http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45538
Roster Proposals For Parliamentary Security Staff That this House appreciates the value and dedication that our security staff display every day to ensure that our Parliament is safe and secure; recognises that these staff undertake their work with a professionalism and commitment to our safety that is cherished by all hon. Members; is concerned that changes proposed to their shift patterns of work are being imposed without the agreement of staff who regard them as deeply flawed and unhealthy; and urges the Metropolitan Police management to reach a resolution by engaging with staff and their representatives to agree a new roster that will suit the needs of the Parliamentary Estate without further undermining staff morale. 10383 71 31 McDonnell, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45539
Ipsa And Home Valuations That this House believes that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority should publish the proportion of homes of hon. Members for which expenses are claimed whose value has risen, stayed the same and fallen since May 2010 in Greater London and outside London. 10057 70 1 Bottomley, Peter http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45540
Chester Football Club That this House congratulates Chester Football Club on winning the Conference North title, its third championship in a row; notes that it scored over 100 goals for a second successive season and amassed 100 points for a third successive season; further notes that it has now reached the Conference, the league from which the former Chester City FC disappeared three seasons ago; further congratulates manager Neil Young, captain George Horan and all staff, players and fans for their determination and solidarity; and commends this community club as a brilliant advertisement for supporter ownership. 10383 69 12 McDonnell, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45541
Free School Site Proposal On School Playing Field Land In Brighton And Hove That this House is opposed to the proposal by the Secretary of State for Education to concrete over a significant section of a playing field used by Cardinal Newman Catholic School, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College and Stanford Junior and Infant Schools, to provide a site for a new free school; notes that the playing fields are used daily by the schools and local community; also notes the schools' joint statement that the plan would severely impair the institutions' provision for sports and permanently remove a vital green space in the heart of a densely populated city; further notes that removing this field would leave the infant and junior schools with only a concrete playground; believes that this plan flies in the face of the UK's Olympic legacy; further notes the village green application pending on this site; regrets the appalling lack of communication with the four schools from the Education Funding Agency; backs the Notice of Motion passed by Brighton and Hove City Council opposing the imposition of new school sites by central Government; applauds the strong local resistance to this proposal which rides roughshod over the community's wishes; and calls on the Secretary of State to withdraw it immediately. 24910 68 8 Lucas, Caroline http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45542
Victimisation Of Trades Union Representatives In The Home Department That this House is concerned at the number of trades union representatives who have faced disciplinary action or been sacked by the Home Department in recent years; notes that strong representation for workers is needed when almost a quarter of UK Border Agency staff have admitted to experiencing bullying; is further concerned that Jon Biggar, a longstanding representative in the Identity and Passport Service, has been made compulsorily redundant after the Department broke its own rules which dictate that those facing redundancy should have preferential treatment for internal vacancies; is aware that Mr Biggar applied for various jobs within the Home Department and wider Civil Service but was barred on every single occasion on spurious grounds even when being the only candidate for a role; and asks that Ministers intervene immediately to ensure that the victimisation of workplace representatives does not continue, so that they can work towards achieving workplaces where all staff are treated with dignity and respect. 10383 67 29 McDonnell, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45543
70th Anniversary Of The Battle Of The Atlantic That this House commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic; salutes the bravery and courage of those Royal Navy and Merchant Navy personnel who battled for over six years; and remembers with great pride the 5,000 merchant ships and 30,000 British merchant seamen who lost their lives to provide the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland with food and supplies and to maintain the democratic process and freedom that we enjoy today. 13864 66 34 Shannon, Jim http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45544
Sir Alex Ferguson And Northern Irish Football That this House recognises the contribution to British football that Sir Alex Ferguson made in his time as a player and a manager; acknowledges the legacy that he has left behind both for Manchester United fans and also football fans in general in Northern Ireland who enjoyed, throughout the Troubles, the support that Sir Alex gave to the Milk Cup and other sporting events that took place in Northern Ireland; and thanks him for his passion and love of the beautiful game that has inspired an entire generation and will continue to impact and inspire generations to come. 13864 65 14 Shannon, Jim http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45545
British Physics Olympiad That this House acknowledges the work of the British Physics Olympiad, which gives gifted young physicists the opportunity to develop their knowledge of physics and compete against their international counterparts at the Annual International Physics Olympiad; notes the achievement of the British representatives at the 43rd International Physics Olympiad 2012, winning two silver and three bronze medals; congratulates the five British representatives who will compete at the 44th International Physics Olympiad 2013 in Denmark from 7 to 15 July 2013; further notes the value of physics to the economy, with physics-based businesses contributing 8.5 per cent of UK gross domestic product and employing more than one million people; and calls on the Government to offer support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects that are representing Britain on the world stage. 24852 64 22 Vaz, Valerie http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45546
Heritage Lottery Fund First World War: Then And Now That this House welcomes the launch of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Centenary grant programme First World War: Then and Now; notes that it will make at least 10240 63 28 Gray, James http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45547
New Unite Community Centre In Tower Hamlets That this House congratulates Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, Lutfur Rahman, Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Barclays Bank for their unique partnership in launching a new Unite Community Centre, the first of its type, in Cable Street, Tower Hamlets, East London; notes that the centre will help people in one of the most deprived areas of the UK with employment and welfare issues; further notes that this community centre will be the first of a number of such centres that will be rolled out by Unite over the next period; acknowledges the important role played by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in helping to deliver this initiative; commends Barclays Bank for its support for the centre; and further notes that the centre will offer various educational courses, including IT skills as well as offering assistance to find employment, from creating a CV to interview preparation and with centre staff also advising on the growing number of welfare and benefit issues in London's second most deprived borough. 24715 62 26 Morris, Grahame http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45548
National Travel Scheme For Young People That this House welcomes the Portsmouth Youth Parliament's campaign for the introduction of the National Travel Scheme for Young People (NTSfYP), and recognises Anna Harris and Tshibola Kabongo for their hard work in relation to this issue; notes that young people are some of the largest users of public transport which is vital for access to education, training, employment and social activities; acknowledges the response the Government gave to the Youth Select Committee which observed that bus fares for young people vary greatly across the country and that bus companies should be doing more in the way of offering discounted fares; further recognises the importance of listening to and involving young people in discussions surrounding transport; and calls on the Government formally to respond to the NTSfYP campaign. 10258 61 15 Hancock, Mike http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45549
Live Animal Exports That this House is extremely concerned that the live export of animals to continental Europe has resumed from the port of Dover for the first time in two years, despite widespread opposition from the British public; is aware that a recent YouGov poll revealed that two-thirds of the public would prefer British farm animals to be slaughtered in the UK and exported as meat; calls on the Government to ban the export of live animals to continental Europe; notes with concern that in September 2012, 46 sheep drowned or had to be euthanised on the quayside in Ramsgate; further notes that in 2011 Portsmouth City Council was able to deter the export of live animals through the introduction of a levy; and urges the Secretaries of State for Transport and for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to amend the outdated Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 to allow ports authorities in the UK the right to refuse any ship involved in such activities the use of its port. 10258 60 30 Hancock, Mike http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45550
Type 1 Diabetes Research at end add '; draws attention to the growing problem of young Type 1 diabetics with related eating disorders; and calls for further action to confront this growing and worrying problem.'. 10292 28A1 3 Howarth, George http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45551
Tackling UK Wildlife Crime That this House welcomes the recent draft resolution from the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Crime prevention and criminal justice responses to illicit trafficking in protected species of wild fauna and flora (E/CN.15/2013/L.20/Rev); and urges the Government to support the resolution, to ensure wildlife crime is recognised as serious organised crime and to ensure wildlife crime is tackled effectively across the UK through providing long-term strategic and financial support. 10619 98 40 Walley, Joan http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45552
Coeliac Disease: Awareness And Diagnosis That this House recognises that people with coeliac disease, for whom the only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet for life, are often misdiagnosed and can be undiagnosed for a very long period of time; notes that the average length of time to diagnosis from the onset of symptoms is a staggering 13 years, often resulting in long-term damage to patients when a simple blood test would have started the diagnostic process off; further notes that more should be done to encourage healthcare professionals at all levels, including pharmacists, who are often the first point of advice for patients, to educate themselves to recognise the symptoms of the disease and so ensure faster diagnosis for those who suffer; and calls on the Government to take steps towards reducing the time to diagnosis by 25 per cent over the next three years. 10133 97 38 Corbyn, Jeremy http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45553
Allegations Of Oil Market Manipulation That this House is deeply concerned by reports that the European Commission has been forced to raid the offices of oil giants, including Shell, BP, Statoil and Platts the oil-price benchmarker, following allegations of oil market manipulation and price-fixing; notes that oil prices are stubbornly high in the UK and that petrol and diesel as a result are more expensive than they have ever been; further notes that, despite a unanimous vote of the House in September 2012 and support from the Minister for Energy at the time calling for a full and thorough investigation, the Office of Fair Trading only managed an enquiry whether to have an enquiry after pressure from hon. Members and that while it expressed concerns about rigging in the oil market, no further action was taken; concludes that rip-off oil prices are crushing the living standards of British families, are a huge brake on jobs and growth and that motorists in the UK are being taken for a very expensive ride; and therefore urges that if convictions are made for oil price-fixing, that there should be tough prison sentences and windfall taxes on the companies involved, with all the money used to cut fuel duty. 24784 96 22 Halfon, Robert http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45554
House Of Commons Nursery That this House notes the decision taken by the House of Commons Commission on 14 December 2009 to convert the extremely popular and well-used Bellamy's Bar and the Astor Suite in Parliament Street into a nursery for 40 children; records that this change of use was not put to the House for debate or decision; further notes that the popularity of Bellamy's Bar and the Astor Suite, which were open to staff, hon. Members and guests and generated valuable income, was demonstrated by the fact that 10231 95 1 Godsiff, Roger http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45555
G8 Summit And Employment Opportunities That this House notes the imminent G8 summit to be held in Fermanagh; expresses the hope that international recognition can be given regarding progress made in Northern Ireland in ensuring that terror cannot defeat democracy; and calls on the Prime Minister to engage with other world leaders in helping to build a vibrant economic powerhouse so that the significant numbers of young people currently not in employment can avail themselves of opportunities to work and build an even better future for all in Northern Ireland. 10780 94 13 Campbell, Gregory http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45556
Adult Learners' Week And Part-Time Education That this House recognises the vital role of adult learning and the transformative effect it has on the economy, employers, social mobility and the lives of those who undertake it; welcomes the efforts of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Universities UK, Birkbeck (University of London), The Open University, the CBI, the NUS and countless others in promoting these benefits during Adult Learners' Week; notes that the majority of adult learners study part-time; is concerned that new enrolments to part-time undergraduate courses in England largely declined in significant numbers between 2010-11 and 2012-13; and urges the Government to consider favourably the conclusions of Universities UK's review into part-time and mature higher education when it reports in October 2013. 10171 93 51 Dobson, Frank http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45557
Right Of Abode For Former British-Hong Kong Servicemen That this House recognises the enormous contribution to Britain of the former Hong Kong Armed Forces from 1857 until 1997; believes that those remaining soldiers of the Hong Kong Military Service Corps and the Hong Kong Royal Naval Service who did not receive a UK passport following the handover of Hong Kong to China should now be offered that choice; notes that not more than some 500 soldiers were given a UK passport in 1997 under the then passport selection scheme; further notes that the remainder of the military Corps and some 100 Royal Naval servicemen were left behind; acknowledges that these men and their ancestors have served British commitments in south-east Asia greatly, stood shoulder to shoulder with Britain through two World Wars as well as alongside Britain in France, Burma, Korea, Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and the United Nations for King, Queen and country; and calls on the Government to recognise that the decision not to have asked each serviceman to freely transfer their nationality from British-Hong Kong to Hong Kong-Chinese was unjust and an error that should now be rectified. 11199 92 19 Rosindell, Andrew http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45558
The Reverend Ken Clapham That this House notes that the Reverend Ken Clapham is the vicar at St Cuthbert's in Over Kellet and is known by parishioners as the Bishop of the Moon; further notes that Colonel James B Irwin and General Charles Duke have visited St Cuthbert's; further notes that the Bishop of the Moon does much work in the local community to educate young people about space; and calls on the Government to roll out this programme so that young people beyond St Cuthbert's Parish can learn about space. 24966 91 1 Morris, David http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45559
FC Halifax Town That this House congratulates FC Halifax Town on its promotion to the Conference Premier League; praises the efforts of manager Neil Aspin and the board of directors and all the staff, players and fans for their contribution throughout the season; commends the club's efforts in achieving three promotions since it re-formed in 2008; notes that the club is now back in the league from which the former Halifax Town AFC disappeared five seasons ago; acknowledges the resilience of everyone at FC Halifax Town on getting the club back on track; and wishes them every success in the Conference Premier League next season. 11607 90 16 Riordan, Linda http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45560
Supporting Children And Young People With Type 1 Diabetes That this House notes with alarm that, according to the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit, 94 per cent of children and young people with Type 1 diabetes are not receiving the full care and support they need; further notes that 85 per cent of children and young people with diabetes have poor blood glucose control, leading to avoidable complications including amputation, blindness and early death; recognises that Diabetes UK has outlined the 10 checks, care and services needed by young people with Type 1 diabetes; further notes that the rates of admission for diabetic ketoacidosis for children with diabetes has been increasing year on year and that 25 to 30 per cent of all newly diagnosed children with diabetes present in diabetic ketoacidosis; and calls on the Government and the NHS Commissioning Board to ensure that all children and young people get the diabetes care they need. 10527 89 31 Sanders, Adrian http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45561
House Of Lords (Cessation Of Membership) Bill That this House notes that the House of Lords (Cessation of Membership) Bill (HL) which was passed by the House of Lords and introduced in this House during the last session of Parliament made provision for peers to cease to be members of the House of Lords by way of retirement or in the event of non-attendance or criminal conviction; recognises that these reforms are both necessary and reasonable; and hopes that the Bill will be re-introduced either by the Government or by individual hon. Members in the current session. 10348 88 31 Laing, Eleanor http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45562
Walking To School That this House recognises that walking to school can improve the physical and mental health of children, provides the opportunity for parents and carers to spend quality time with their children and reduces carbon emissions and congestion; notes the success of the Living Streets Walk to School campaign in encouraging increased numbers of children, parents and carers to walk to school; and calls on the Government to support the Walk to School campaign and the Walk to School Week 2013. 11672 87 27 Mulholland, Greg http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45563
National Walking Month 2013 That this House recognises that walking can improve physical and mental health, provides opportunities for families to spend time together, reconnects people to their local community and can save people money; notes the Living Streets National Walking Month campaign to inspire people to walk more; and calls on the Government to support Walk to School Week and Walk to Work Week, which encourages people of all ages to walk more when going about their daily activities. 11672 86 23 Mulholland, Greg http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45564
Kabila Regime And Detention Of Eug That this House expresses its gravest concern at the continued detention of the Congolese MP and Opposition leader, Eug 10009 85 12 Amess, David http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45565
Performance Of UK Trade And Investment Towards British Small And Medium-Sized Enterprises That this House notes that the feedback from over 300 British small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) interviewed by the hon. Member for Shrewsbury over the last eight months for a report on the performance of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has highlighted many areas for concern; further notes that the report will be published on 10 June; urges the Government to take note of the profound frustrations that many SMEs are facing with regard to their interaction with this organisation; believes that for British exports to enjoy an increase commensurate with the Government's aspirations, UKTI should be privatised and become a single entity with the chief executive and his board being able to manage staff independently without interference from the Foreign Office and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; and further notes that under such a private structure the right calibre of commercial sales experts can be engaged who would be able to provide levels of service rightly demanded by Britain's entrepreneurs. 11817 84 8 Kawczynski, Daniel http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45566
South African Mineworkers That this House notes with deep concern that employees of Anglo American, the largest gold miner in South Africa throughout the twentieth century, undertook the dustiest jobs without the protection of a respirator as profits were prioritised over employee safety as evidenced by research carried out by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA); further notes that a series of published studies over the last decade reveals that the prevalence of silicosis, a lung disease caused by prolonged or intensive exposure to silica dust in gold mines, is at around 25 per cent in long-term miners, including miners at Anglo American mines as reported by ACTSA; recognises that the condition of silicosis decreased lung capacity, making it difficult to breath, and massively increases the risk of tuberculosis, and that the combination of silicosis and tuberculosis can be fatal; and supports calls on Anglo American to live up to its Corporate Social Responsibility promises and take urgent steps to provide decent compensation and improve medical services for the thousands of miners formerly employed on Anglo's South African gold mines who have experienced silicosis. 11963 83 40 Clark, Katy http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45567
Overseas Domestic Worker Visa That this House notes that on 6 April 2012 the Government made several changes to the overseas domestic worker visa which removed the rights of migrant domestic workers to change employer; further notes that these workers are now given visas that are valid for a maximum period of six months and only for employment with a named employer; recognises that migrant domestic workers are especially vulnerable to exploitation and that the new visas give them even less protection from mistreatment; calls on the Government to restore the previous rights of migrant domestic workers, including the right to change employer, the right to renew the domestic worker visa while still in the UK and the right to family reunion; and urges the Government to extend these rights also to domestic workers in diplomatic households. 11963 82 27 Clark, Katy http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45568
Newport County AFC's Return To The Football League That this House congratulates Newport County AFC for winning back a place in the Football League after 25 years of relegation, bankruptcy and exile; recalls with pride the courageous and persistent campaign by the club's loyal supporters; believes that the team of club President David Hando, Chairman Les Scadding, manager Justin Edinburgh, skilled players and enthusiastic supporters augur well for future success in their new home at Rodney Parade; and further congratulates Swansea, Cardiff and Wrexham football teams for their unparalleled successes this season. 10203 81 8 Flynn, Paul http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45569
Freedom Of Information Act 2000 That this House notes that the Government is proposing to make it easier for public authorities to refuse Freedom of Information requests on cost grounds in order to prevent disproportionate use of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 by some requesters; expresses concern that requests by those making moderate use of the legislation will also be more easily refused under the proposals; is particularly concerned at the proposal that the time which authorities spend considering whether to release information should be taken into account when calculating whether the cost limit has been reached; further notes that this proposal was expressly rejected by the Justice Committee in its post-legislative review of the Act; believes that this proposal will penalise requests raising new or complex issues which will inevitably require substantial time to consider; observes that the Government's objective will in any case be achieved following recent decisions of an Upper Tribunal that requests which involve a disproportionate, manifestly unjustified, inappropriate or improper use of the Act can be refused as vexatious; and calls on the Government not to proceed with its proposals. 10537 80 58 Shepherd, Richard http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45570
Contour Homes And Ferguson Court Lift That this House condemns Contour Homes for its culpable negligence with regard to Ferguson Court in the constituency of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton; regards it as inexcusable that its failure in its duty has meant that the lift at Ferguson Court has been out of order since October 2012; understands that, due to its incompetence and lack of concern, the lift will not be repaired or replaced until 30 July at the earliest, a period of nine months in which elderly and disabled tenants have been unable to cope to the extent that some of them have been unable to leave their homes; takes the view that Contour Homes has failed in its duty and role as social landlords; and calls on the relevant authorities to consider actively whether Contour Homes should be allowed to continue as social landlords. 10327 79 3 Kaufman, Gerald http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45571
VAT Reduction For Hospitality Industry That this House recognises that local restaurants and pubs are facing very challenging conditions in the current economy and are being put under further pressure by the rise of large supermarkets; notes that these businesses lie at the heart of their local communities, economically and socially; further notes that 13 EU member states, including the Republic of Ireland, have introduced a reduced rate of VAT within their tourism and hospitality sectors for hotels, restaurants and pubs and that such measures have had a positive impact; calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to introduce similar sector-specific VAT reduction measures to help businesses in the UK; and further recognises that such a move would encourage growth in the wider economy, support job creation and generate investment in local businesses. 13856 78 17 Ritchie, Margaret http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45572
Forced Child Adoption That this House recognises the suffering that forced child adoptions during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s caused, which took place due to social pressures on women who had children outside of marriage; notes the unacceptable adoption and care practices of the past, such as not giving information about welfare services including housing and financial help which were available at the time and not questioning whether women putting their children up for adoption had given informed consent; further recognises the negligence of previous Governments, with regard to ensuring that the care provided for unmarried mothers was appropriate and that they and their children were not mistreated or discriminated against, resulting in many women suffering traumatising pre and post-natal experiences and children being denied contact with their birth parents; further notes that the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has this year apologised to the victims of forced adoptions in Australia; and therefore calls on the UK Government to apologise in order to go some way toward helping the parents and children who were victims of these practices. 11707 77 26 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45573
Manchester Airport That this House congratulates Manchester Airport on receiving the Platinum Big Tick award, making it one of the top 31 businesses in the UK in terms of long term planning and social, economic and environmental contributions; and welcomes the recognition of Manchester Airport as the best airport in the UK according to leading global travel search site Skyscanner, having been commended by passengers for its superb organisation, passenger accessibility and passenger friendliness and having the best customer service, bars, restaurants and shops of any UK airport. 11707 76 5 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45574
Chorlton Library That this House recognises Chorlton Library as one of South Manchester's most iconic, historic and beautiful buildings; notes that Chorlton Library was funded by a 11707 75 1 Leech, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45575
Register Of Lobbyists That this House notes that the Gracious Speech contained no reference to a Bill to create a statutory register of lobbyists; further notes that there have been two Private Members' Bills and a Government consultation during the present Parliament and that Cabinet Office Ministers have repeatedly promised such a Bill as has the Prime Minister; and calls on the Government to publish such a Bill immediately. 10143 74 34 Cryer, John http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45576
Public Infrastructure Spending And Economic Growth That this House notes the research published today by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) that shows how investing 24743 73 17 Edwards, Jonathan http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45577
International Wildlife Crime That this House expresses concern at the scale of international wildlife trafficking, which is estimated to be worth in the region of 24779 72 40 Parish, Neil http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45578
Scientific Procedures At Imperial College London That this House is very concerned by the reported poor practices and animal welfare issues at Imperial College London, as reported by the Sunday Times of 14 April 2013 after an investigation by the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection; notes in particular the breaches in the regulatory regime governing animal experiments and inappropriate licensing and enforcement by the Home Office; and calls for a wholly independent inquiry into these allegations and any wider implications for how animal testing is licensed. 24910 110 18 Lucas, Caroline http://www.edms.org.uk/data/2013-14.xml 2013-14 45579
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