House of Commons
1st July 2013
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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290 COURT OF PROTECTION AND THE INDEPENDENT'S INVESTIGATION INTO URGENT APPLICATIONS 24:6:13
That this House congratulates The Independent on its exposure of the Government's complacency about the lack of scrutiny on out-of-hours applications to the Court of Protection; believes that as an absolute minimum statistics should be maintained as to the number of out-of-hours applications and their outcomes; recognises that such ex parte applications have the risk of creating a judicial momentum that families have difficulty in resisting; and calls for the Justice Committee to review this issue.
291 125th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MATCH WOMEN'S STRIKE 24:6:13
That this House notes the 125th anniversary of the Match Women's Strike in July 2013; further notes the strike involved over 1,400 women who worked at the Bryant and May match factory in Bow, East London; further notes that the Match Women were on strike for three weeks against appalling working conditions, low pay and the use of white phosphorous which produced a terrible disease known as phossy jaw; further notes the support for the Match Women from Annie Besant, the radical member of the House Charles Bradlaugh and the London Trades Council amongst others, that the strike led to the creation of The Union of Women Matchworkers and that the strike led to a wave of new unionism in which general trade unions came into existence to represent unskilled and semi-skilled workers; and believes that the courage and the example set by the Match Women's Strike should be much more widely known.
292 EXECUTION OF PROFESSOR DEVINDERPAL SINGH BHULLAR 24:6:13
That this House notes with concern the multiple injustices in the case of Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar and his subsequent state of mental health; further notes the recognition of these injustices, and the details of the case, by human rights groups including Amnesty International, Reprieve UK and Human Rights Watch; further notes that Professor Bhullar was sentenced to death in 1995 and that the Indian Supreme Court has declined to commute the sentence; further notes therefore the imminent execution of Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, following 18 years on death row; further notes the vigil against this outside 10 Downing Street, which has now been ongoing for more than 50 days; calls on the Government to condemn the impending execution of Professor Bhullar; further calls on the President of India to show clemency and commute the death sentence of Professor Bhullar; and urges the Foreign Secretary to prioritise this matter in discussions with the Indian government.
293 OBESITY AND THE QUALITY AND OUTCOMES FRAMEWORK 24:6:13
That this House notes that obesity and being overweight affects almost two-thirds of the British population; further notes that the World Health Organisation has found that 44 per cent of the diabetes burden, 23 per cent of the ischaemic heart disease burden and 41 per cent of certain cancer burdens are attributable to being overweight and obese; believes that treating such conditions will impose a considerable financial burden on both the NHS and society as a whole, which the 2007 Foresight Report estimated could cost society £50 billion per year by 2050; further notes that action needs to be taken now to better incentivise primary care professionals to advise and recommend appropriate guidance and support for obese and overweight patients; welcomes the National Obesity Forum campaign to reform the GP incentives scheme, the Quality and Outcomes Framework; and calls on the Government to support this campaign in order to tackle the impending obesity epidemic.
294 PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS IN SUDAN 24:6:13
That this House recognises the current persecutions of Christians in Sudan; expresses grave concern at the treatment of Christians in that country; and asks the Secretary of State for International Development to apply diplomatic pressure to see a change brought about to the policy of the government of Sudan which is leading to the removal of missionaries and the persecution of people who convert from Islam.
295 COUNTRY SINGER SLIM WHITMAN 24:6:13
That this House recognises the massive contribution to country music made by Slim Whitman who recorded 65 albums and sold millions of records and was an inspiration to many young singers including Elvis Presley; expresses sympathy at this time to his family; and conveys to them how thankful the music world is for the great legacy that Slim has left for generations to come.
296 BOARDING PRACTICES OF AIRLINES 24:6:13
That this House believes that the refusal by certain airlines to allow passengers to carry on board airport shopping, in addition to a prescribed cabin baggage allowance, departs from the accepted norm, and is both confusing for consumers and anti-competitive, taking away income from airport retailers; is concerned about how this practice negatively impacts consumer choice, restricts growth at regional airports and impacts on a business model that delivers £2 billion revenue per annum; and calls on the Department for Transport to support any measure that will protect consumer rights that have been in place for many years.
297 GROUP B STREP AWARENESS MONTH 24:6:13
That this House supports Group B Strep Awareness Month in July 2013 and notes that this will raise much needed awareness of an infection that is recognised as the most common cause of serious infection in newborn babies; recognises that group B Streptococcus (GBS) causes septicaemia, pneumonia and meningitis, which all require intensive care and treatment; acknowledges that most of these infections could be prevented; welcomes the Government's recent commitment to better prevention of these devastating infections, including supporting research and making available better diagnostic tests for GBS within the NHS as are available in other developed countries; and congratulates Group B Strep Support for the work it does to raise awareness, improve prevention and support families affected by group B Strep.
298 MEANS TESTING OF BENEFITS 25:6:13
That this House notes the recent statements and media coverage regarding the possible means testing of benefits; is concerned that many senior citizens who are not wealthy fear that, whatever initial level of income is regarded as a basement below which means testing is disregarded, that over time more and more middle income earners will be drawn into the net; and calls on the Government and main opposition parties to commit to protecting the incomes of senior citizens.
299 PILOT BADGER CULL PARLIAMENTARY ASSESSMENT AND VOTE 25:6:13
That this House recognises that there have been concerns about the current pilot badger cull; notes the mixed evidence from similar schemes abroad; further notes that the response from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to Questions tabled by the hon. Member for St Albans on 19 June 2013 stated that after culling in the pilot areas has finished in 2013, the results will be evaluated and a decision taken on wider roll-out and a decision is expected to be made in early 2014 and will be reported to Parliament; and calls on the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to bring this matter before the House before any decision on a wider roll-out of a pilot badger cull is taken and that such a matter should be subject to a vote of the House.
300 FLOODS IN UTTARAKHAND, INDIA 25:6:13
That this House expresses deep sympathy and sends its heartfelt condolences to the people of Uttarakhand, India at this sad time after the devastating loss of life and destruction in the region following the terrible floods that have been taking place; commends the brave work of the rescue and emergency services, volunteers and non-governmental organisations, which are helping the injured and searching for survivors, particularly in these extremely difficult conditions; and calls on the Government to take all possible steps to offer emergency aid and assistance to the people of India.
301 £3,000 VISA BOND 26:6:13
That this House recognises the enormous importance of family visits for weddings, funerals and other special gatherings to many UK citizens with relatives living abroad; considers that visitor visas should only be issued to those whom entry clearance officers reasonably believe will comply fully with these visa conditions and leave the UK at the end of their permitted stay; and believes that those applicants who do not satisfy this test should not be able to secure a visa by offering to provide a £3,000 financial bond, as this is to erode immigration rules and discriminate against poorer families, and expose the UK to the accusation of operating a colour-coded immigration policy.
302 BBC WORLD SERVICE IN NORTH KOREA 26:6:13
That this House, believing that at its best the BBC World Service is a beacon of hope and a voice of freedom for the oppressed, welcomes reports that its Director, Peter Horrocks, aspires to use some of the additional funding becoming available to broadcast to North Korea, and would strongly support the introduction of such a service so that the people who are victims of the repressive regime in that country can know that they are not forgotten; and is grateful that the representations of parliamentarians and the All Party Group on North Korea to the BBC have received such a positive response.
303 PUBLIC OWNERSHIP OF THE RAILWAYS 26:6:13
That this House believes that the interests of passengers, taxpayers, rail workers and the wider economy would be best served by ending the UK's complex and fragmented system of privatised railways and introducing an integrated, publicly-owned and accountable railway.
304 TOTALLY LOCALLY CAMPAIGN IN PRESTATYN 26:6:13
That this House offers its support to the Totally Locally Campaign in Prestatyn which will be launched on its very own Independents Day on 4 July 2013 and which aims to celebrate the diversity and quality of independent businesses on the UK's high street; and calls on the Government to do more to help independent retailers and shopkeepers on high streets across the UK which are the lifeblood of the UK's economy.
305 FIRST WOMAN APPOINTED AS DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SUPREME COURT 26:6:13
That this House congratulates Lady Hale for becoming the first woman to be named deputy president of the Supreme Court; notes that only 22 per cent of the judiciary are female with only an eight per cent increase over a 10 year period; further notes that she is the most senior female judge in British legal history; further notes that it is a good start and that there should be many more; and calls on the Government to ensure that she is the first of many.
306 ETHNIC CLEANSING OF BEDOUIN PEOPLE IN ISRAEL 26:6:13
That this House condemns the vote by the government of Israel on the First Reading of the Prawer Plan which provides a blueprint for the removal of 40,000 Bedouin people from their ancestral homeland; regards such a decision to be ethnic cleansing and contrary to international law; and calls on the Government to make immediate representations to the government of Israel, and to seek the support of member states of the European Union, the United States and the United Nations in putting pressure on Israel not to proceed with an act of gross violation of the rights of a significant number of those whom it has a legal responsibility to protect.
307 MOHAMMED ASSAF 26:6:13
That this House applauds the success of Mohammed Assaf, a 23 year old singer from Gaza, winner of the Arab Idol television talent contest; notes the joy that his success has brought to the 13,000 refugees that make up Gaza since Israel’s formation in 1948; and commends his celebration of Palestinian identity, notably in his songs which stress Palestinian history and struggles of his people against Israeli occupation.
308 DISAPPEARANCES IN MEXICO (No. 2) 26:6:13
That this House is very concerned about the phenomenon of disappearances and enforced disappearances in Mexico, with figures from the Mexican government reporting more than 26,000 people missing or disappeared between 2006 and 2012, as highlighted in Amnesty International's report in June 2013; commends the government of Enrique Pena Nieto for taking positive steps to recognise the scale of disappearances during the last administration and to improve the search for victims; notes, however, that federal legislation criminalising enforced disappearance falls short of international law and standards; further notes that despite considerable evidence of the involvement of municipal, state and federal authorities in enforced disappearances, there have only been two successful federal prosecutions for enforced disappearance between 2006 and January 2012; is appalled that relatives of the disappeared are frequently told by police and prosecutors to stop making enquiries, and threatened to discourage them from seeking truth and justice; further notes the case of 25-year-old Lieutenant Miguel Orlando Munoz Guzman, last seen within the premises of the 26th Battalion of Ciuadad Juarez, Chihuahua, on 8 May 1993, and the lack of an effective investigation into his disappearance, with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights finding a pattern of irregularities in this case directly attributable to Lieutenant Munoz Guzman's battalion; and calls on the Government to raise Lieutenant Munoz Guzman's case, as well as the need for an effective legislative framework and an accessible nationwide rapid search mechanism, with the Mexican government, and to offer any relevant assistance.
309 ATTACKS ON MEDIA FREEDOMS IN TURKEY 26:6:13
That this House condemns the continuous targeting of journalists and media organisations in Turkey following the recent police raids on the residences of journalists working for the daily newspaper Atilim, Özgür Radio and Etkin News Agency; notes the growing concerns over the increasing state control of media organisations by the censoring body, RTÜK, the Supreme Board of Radio and Television, which has threatened to impose fines on television channels that are critical of the government, including Ulusal Channel, Halk TV, Hayat TV and Cem TV; is concerned by reports that the government is planning a draft law to regulate the use of social media following the Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's claim that the social media is a threat to society; further notes that Article 26 and Article 34 of the Turkish Constitution also guarantees the citizen's rights to freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration; further notes that the Turkish government is also bound by its international obligations such as the European Convention on Human Rights (Article 10 on freedom of expression and Article 11 on freedom of assembly) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 19 on freedom of expression and Article 20 on freedom of assembly); and therefore supports the call of the National Union of Journalists and European Federation of Journalists for the British Government to make representations to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, stressing the need to respect the right of journalists to freedom of expression guaranteed by European and International law.
310 ALI AARRASS 26:6:13
That this House commends the diplomatic mission at the Belgian Embassy in London for receiving on 18 June 2013 the sister of the torture victim and Belgian-Moroccan national Ali Aarrass and a delegation representing concerned British lawyers, human rights activists and academic experts on torture; notes the significance of the report by UN Special Rapporteur Juan Mendez which strongly supports the statement made by Ali Aarrass that he was severely tortured in Morocco and that his conviction there was based solely on torture evidence and that he continues to face reprisals, threats and intimidation in prison following his meeting with Mr Mendez; and calls on the Government to make representations to the Belgian government to build on the example set by its diplomatic staff by agreeing to meet Ali Aarrass' family and to demonstrate, furthermore, its commitment to the international obligation to prevent torture, not least by visiting Ali Aarrass in prison in Morocco as a matter of urgency.
312 JUNK FOOD IN HOSPITALS 27:6:13
That this House welcomes the motion passed overwhelmingly at the British Medical Association’s annual meeting in Edinburgh on 27 June 2013 to ban the sale of all junk foods in hospitals; backs the campaign by Dr Aseem Malhotra and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, representing the UK’s 220,000 doctors professionally, urging hospitals to sell only healthy products; notes that there has been a four-fold increase in the number of children and teenagers admitted to hospital for obesity-related conditions in the last decade and that hospitals should set an example; and calls on the Department of Health to issues guidelines prohibiting the sale of junk food and fast food franchises in hospitals.
313 MILLWALL SHIRT SPONSORSHIP AND PROSTATE CANCER UK 27:6:13
That this House congratulates Millwall Football Club for choosing to donate the sponsorship of its shirts to Prostate Cancer UK, the leading charity working with men affected by prostate cancer; acknowledges that Millwall chose to donate the value of its shirt sponsorship with the welfare of its fans foremost in its mind and that it was for these reasons that it chose not to negotiate with any companies from the payday loan industry; notes that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, with 40,000 men diagnosed each year in the UK, and that it is set to be the most common cancer by 2030; further notes with sadness that 10,000 men die from the disease each year; further congratulates Prostate Cancer UK on the work it does to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life by providing information and support to individuals, funding research and leading change to raise awareness and improve care; and further congratulates Millwall for taking this important lead in helping to promote the charity and raising awareness of this disease to help save more lives.
314 ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2013 1:7:13
That this House congratulates the Royal Highland Show 2013 on its success; notes that the show attracted 170,000 people, an increase of 9,500 on last year; further notes that 25,000 children were amongst those who attended; recognises the work of the show and the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) in engaging and educating children about Scottish agriculture and related industries; welcomes the addition of renewable energy as a part of the show for the second year running; and thanks the RHASS for all of its efforts in showcasing the very best of what Scotland has to offer at the annual Royal Highland Show.
315 SPONSORSHIP ON THE TUBE 1:7:13
That this House welcomes the GLA Conservatives' report, Untapped Resource: Bearing Down On Fares Through Sponsorship, which recommends increasing Transport for London's (TfL) revenue in order to hold down fares by inviting sponsorship for Tube stations and Tube lines; believes that keeping down fares will ease the pressure on residents of London, commuters who travel into London to work and tourists from around the world who visit the UK's great capital; and urges TfL to implement these recommendations as soon as possible.
316 COLOMBIAN PEACE PROCESS 1:7:13
That this House welcomes the visit of the Colombian Congressional Commission for Peace to London; wishes to express its support for the peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas; calls on the Government to support the international call for increased participation of Colombian civil society in the Colombian peace process; regrets the continuing humanitarian crisis in Colombia; notes that despite the peace dialogue taking place in Havana, hostilities carry on in Colombia resulting in continuing numbers of people being killed and internally displaced; and further calls therefore on the Government to support international calls for a bilateral ceasefire in Colombia and to support civil society calls for the Colombian government and the ELN to also engage in peace talks.
317 BUZZ THE LITTLE HONEY BEE PUBLICATION ON BEES AND BIODIVERSITY 1:7:13
That this House congratulates the children of Merthyr Tydfil on the publication of their book Buzz The Little Honey Bee, raising awareness of the need for positive actions to protect the future of honey bees, joining with Merthyr Tydfil District Naturalists' Society in the European-wide Bees and Biodiversity Project and showing the need for governments to take co-ordinated action to protect bees; and therefore calls on the Government to follow the children's lead by recognising more fully the economic, environmental and cultural importance of the honey bee with scientists, farmers and agriculturalists, the chemical industries, naturalists, manufactured food producers, food retailers and others to ensure all positive actions are taken to protect bees now and in the future.
318 ACCESSION OF CROATIA TO THE EU 1:7:13
That this House welcomes the enlargement of the European Union with Croatia's accession as the 28th member state; acknowledges that two-thirds of the Croatian population voted in favour of this accession in 2012; notes that Croatia is a country of rich cultural heritage, bringing to Europe additional diversity and a new language; further notes that this will provide a more diverse labour market and has the potential to create 300,000 jobs across EU member states; and urges the Government to do all it can to ensure that Croatia becomes a productive and successful EU member state.
319 MARKETING ON MATERNITY WARDS 1:7:13
That this House notes with concern the interruption of new mothers in NHS maternity wards by sales representatives; expresses concern that these representatives pass on advertising material during this time, that, more worringly, they extract data from these new mothers in order to sell it on to third parties and that sales representatives' motivation is unclear, with many new mothers believing they are giving their details to an official from the NHS; further notes that this confusion is compounded by the fact that HM Revenue and Customs pays Bounty £90,000 annually to distribute child benefit forms in their 812,000 baby bags, the information from which is sold on to third parties; further expresses concern that the NHS receives £2.3 million annually in fees and equipment from Bounty for access to maternity wards; highlights a recent Mumsnet survey which showed that over half of new mothers felt the Bounty sales representative invaded their privacy; further expresses concern that new mothers are taken advantage of by these practices during a vulnerable time; further highlights that Bounty baby bags and other marketing materials, such as Emily's Diary, validated by the Royal College of General Practitioners, which offers gift packs in exchange for personal data, implies the approval of these products and practices by NHS doctors, radiographers and midwives; condemns the commercialisation of the NHS maternity ward; congratulates Poole NHS Hospital Trust for cancelling its contract with Bounty; and calls on the Government to stop allowing sales representatives on to all maternity wards, to ensure that materials handed to new parents at this time are informative without advertisement and to forbid the selling of data acquired at this time being sold on to third parties.
320 SUCCESS OF THE EDINBURGH GUARANTEE 1:7:13
That this House congratulates Edinburgh Council on the success of the Edinburgh Guarantee; notes that more of the capital's school leavers than ever are moving into work, education or training thanks to the Guarantee and the strong partnership it has built between public and private sectors; further notes that the most recent figures published show that the success rate of Edinburgh's school leavers is up 3.3 per cent on the same time last year, meaning that 89.8 per cent of school leavers in the city are achieving and sustaining a positive destination; recognises the near 100 per cent success rate of Queensferry High School in South Queensferry in ensuring that its leavers go into further education, training or work; further congratulates the Edinburgh Guarantee on leading the way in finding training and employment places for school leavers; and wishes the Edinburgh Guarantee every success in the future.
321 PEOPLE AND PLANT GREEN LEAGUE 2013 1:7:13
That this House congratulates Queen Margaret University and Edinburgh Napier University for being awarded joint first place in the People and Plant Green League 2013; applauds the sustainable initiatives of the two institutions, including Queen Margaret University's new sustainable campus in East Lothian; recognises the example that they are setting for other universities around the UK; further recognises that the two universities have also been ranked joint 34th out of UK universities; and notes that the People and Plant Green League is the only independent ranking of universities by ethical and environmental factors.
322 PUPIL PREMIUM ELIGIBILITY AND FREE SCHOOL MEALS 1:7:13
That this House welcomes the introduction of the pupil premium to help support disadvantaged pupils and close the attainment gap; notes that pupil premium funding is allocated to schools on the basis of students who have been eligible for free school meals in the past six years; further notes that, according to the Children's Society, approximately 700,000 children living in poverty as defined by the Government do not meet the eligibility criteria for free school meals because their parents are working yet receiving low wages; believes that as a consequence of the current eligibility criteria schools in rural areas with the lowest wages in the country are not receiving funding on the scale that they should; therefore urges the Government to make the pupil premium available to all children living within its own definition of child poverty or to all those whose parents will receive universal credit when it is introduced later this year; and further notes that this could be achieved at no greater cost than what has already been budgeted, if the value of the pupil premium remained at this year's level.
323 SUCCESSFUL USE OF HOMEOPATHY IN FARMING 1:7:13
That this House congratulates Yorkshire farmer Lester Peel for being awarded the J Parlour and Son Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the Champion Suffolk sheep at this year's North Yorkshire County Show; notes that Mr Peel has been a sheep farmer for about 40 years and is owner of award-winning pedigree sheep; regrets to hear that it has been a particularly difficult 12 months for sheep farmers with Mr Peel losing more than 20 lambs to the Schmallenberg virus and also having problems with worm infestations amongst the flock; observes that he decided to turn to homeopathy and has since seen positive results from the homeopathic remedies he has included with the feed for his flock; and calls on the Government to carry out a study into the level of homeopathic usage by farmers, what results have been achieved and what potential homeopathy offers for prevention of disease amongst livestock.
324 REFORM OF CIVIL LEGAL AID 1:7:13
That this House believes access to justice is a hallmark of a civilised society; further believes that the Government's proposed reforms to civil legal aid will severely limit the ability for many to access the justice system; is deeply concerned by plans to introduce a residence test for civil legal aid, which will remove legal support for many vulnerable groups including victims of human trafficking and domestic violence; notes that the residence test will also prevent many cases being brought against the Government when it is accused of wrongdoing abroad; further notes that the majority of individuals held in immigration detention will be left without support to challenge their continued detention; regrets the effect the proposed reforms to judicial review will have on the ability of individuals to hold public bodies to account; further believes that the proposals relating to prison law will effectively mean that justice stops at the prison gate; and calls on the Government to abandon its proposed reforms of civil legal aid immediately.
325 TESCO 1:7:13
That this House is disappointed at the treatment of Tesco distribution centre workers in Harlow; notes that Tesco’s UK and Ireland Distribution Director Steve Strachota tweeted that - five depots closing and three new ones ready to go. Awesome teamwork, courageous leadership, a bit of luck. #worldclass - which was seen by many Harlow Tesco workers and their families; further notes that this decision lost 800 workers in Harlow their jobs, many of whom have given over 20 years of loyal service to Tesco; and therefore urges Tesco to condemn this tweet and recognise the upset that this has caused to Harlow workers.
326 WOMEN ON BANKNOTES 1:7:13
That this House welcomes and supports the petition Bank of England: Keep a woman on English banknotes; is concerned at the Bank of England's decision to remove Elizabeth Fry from the five pound note; notes that Elizabeth Fry is currently the only female honoured in this way and the second one ever after Florence Nightingale; further notes that there is a range of alternative national female figures that could be considered for such recognition; further notes that women make up over 50 per cent of the population and should therefore be represented on at least 50 per cent of banknotes; and calls on the Government to support equal representation and recognition of women across all spheres of public life.
327 UNIVERSAL CREDIT PILOTS 1:7:13
That this House notes the start of universal credit pilots in April 2013; further notes that almost one million young people are unemployed and increasing numbers of people in work are underemployed; believes that the introduction of conditionality for those in work, who formerly claimed tax credit and stricter sanctions for those out of work at this time are cruel, ineffective, unnecessary and discriminatory; is concerned that the Government’s preferred option of online claiming discriminates against two of the groups most likely to be entitled to elements of universal credit - those with disabilities and those on low incomes; further believes that the Government target of 80 per cent of universal credit being claimed online is unrealistic due to internet poverty and computer illiteracy; and calls on the Government to rethink universal credit and develop an approach based on creating jobs and supporting people into those jobs, as opposed to punishing them for not being able to find jobs.
328 THE ROYAL INSTITUTION 1:7:13
That this House notes the anonymous donor who provided £4.4 million towards the Royal Institution's (RI) debts and prevented the immediate sale of 21 Albemarle Street, which provided time to develop a new strategy for the RI; further notes that this was the workplace of Sir Humphry Davy and Michael Faraday and other leading British scientists; further notes that this is the place where 10 elements were discovered and where Michael Faraday first demonstrated the power of electricity; is concerned that the RI, which is a focus for children's first experience in science particularly with the Christmas lectures founded by Michael Faraday in 1825, may be lost; welcomes the fact that interest in science is on the increase among girls and boys; and calls on the Government to continue to ensure that the RI's legacy of Britain's contribution to science continues and remains in the building at 21 Albemarle Street as the place for discovery, innovation, inspiration and imagination.
329 BILL OF RIGHTS FOR NORTHERN IRELAND 1:7:13
That this House believes that there should be a legally enforceable Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; recognises that such a rights-based framework would enshrine fundamental protections and freedoms for everyone while promoting equality across society; is concerned that 15 years after the Good Friday Agreement the Government has not fulfilled its commitment to provide a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland; recognises that a Bill of Rights is a central part of Northern Ireland's internationally-recognised peace agreement and is central to the creation of a truly shared society in Northern Ireland; notes that an IPSOS/MORI poll showed that supporters of all the main parties were 80 per cent in favour of a Bill of Rights; and urges the Government to meet its obligation to introduce a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland and complete the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
330 SINGLE EUROPEAN SKY AND AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS 1:7:13
That this House is concerned that the European Commission is planning legislative changes to implement Single European Sky (SES) 2+ for 2020; notes that the changes will result in a loss of air traffic control staff and operations' centres across the EU; further notes that legislative changes will result in poorer service quality, delays to passengers, poorer safety and could result in the UK relinquishing control over its own sovereign civil and military airspace; and calls on the Government to put pressure on the European Commission to engage constructively with air traffic management staff and ensure that changes under SES will not result in air traffic management staff being cut and rather that the UK will be able to retain the ability to control its own airspace.