House of Commons
29th August 2013
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
The figure following this symbol is the number of Members who have added their names in support of the Motion, including the Member in charge of the Motion.
After an Early Day Motion (EDM) has been printed for the first time, it is only reprinted when names are added or amendments tabled; only the first six names and any names added since the last printing are included. After the week in which a Motion is first printed and the following week, added names and amendments appear only in a separate paper, Mature EDMs, distributed the next Thursday. In the meantime, they are available for inspection by Members in the Table Office and the Library or on the EDM database at edmi.parliament.uk
450 PARLIAMENTARY RIGHT TO DEBATE MILITARY ACTION 29:8:13
That this House believes that Parliament should, as of right, normally hold a debate before any British commitment to military action.
451 WELFARE OF IMPORTED PUPPIES 29:8:13
That this House notes with concern the growing number of puppies being imported from Eastern Europe following the relaxation of the UK's quarantine rules; further notes that some points of entry have recorded an increase in the number of illegally imported dogs detained; is concerned at the lack of specific regulations governing transport conditions and journey times for these animals; is further concerned that many may be reared and transported in poor conditions; questions the validity of the paperwork accompanying many of these animals; is further concerned that these imports could introduce disease to the UK, potentially including rabies; applauds the work of the FOUR PAWS organisation and others in this area; and calls on the Government to strengthen the current rules to end this trade in puppies and protect the UK's rabies-free status.
452 ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS 29:8:13
That this House calls on the Government to ensure that workers' rights are protected and that a race to the bottom is avoided; notes with great concern the large number of workers in all sectors employed on zero hour contracts; further notes that, while this flexibility can suit some workers, on the whole it undermines employment, financial and family stability and raises grave doubts about employers' commitment to the welfare of their employees; urges employers to invest in a stable and secure workforce whose skills and aspirations are recognised and encouraged through longer term contracts, training and proper observation of workplace rights.
453 SYRIA AND THE USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS 29:8:13
That this House deplores the chemical weapons attacks and appalling loss of life in Syria; notes that the reports of weapons inspectors in Syria are yet to be published and that there is no UN authorisation for military action; calls for refugees from the Syrian conflict to be fully assisted and supported; and believes that the case for military action against Syria has not been established.
454 SUPRANATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND SYRIA 29:8:13
That this House believes that supranational institutions, such as the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, need strengthening in order to deal better with situations such as the use of chemical weapons in Syria; and further believes, therefore, that they need to be tested and given the time and opportunity to fail to deal with such issues before the Government considers circumventing the procedures of such bodies.
455 ARTICLE 18: AN ORPHANED RIGHT? REPORT 29:8:13
That this House welcomes the publication of the new report Article 18: An Orphaned Right? by the All Party Parliamentary Group on International Religious Freedom; notes that this report examines abuses of religious freedom using the framework of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of religion or belief; congratulates the authors of the report for producing a concise and clear survey of abuses of freedom of religion or belief throughout the world, affecting people of all religions and none; endorses the Report's policy recommendations including the appointment of an Ambassador for Religious Freedom and the establishment of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office advisory committee on freedom of religion or belief; and calls on the Government to accept these recommendations as soon as possible.
456 RUSSIA-GEORGIA CRISIS 29:8:13
That this House recognises that the Russia-Georgia crisis has now had its fifth anniversary; commends all those who are committed to retaining the peace and enhancing cooperation between the two nations; and asks the Foreign Office to apply diplomatic measures to ensure that there is a recognition of the sovereignty of each state and that all soldiers are withdrawn from areas which are not owned by each nation individually.
457 MARTIN LUTHER KING 'I HAVE A DREAM' 50TH ANNIVERSARY SPEECH 29:8:13
That this House remembers the great work carried out by Martin Luther King in the search for equal rights in America; recalls with sadness on this the 50th anniversary of his `I have a dream' speech, the assassination of this great man; notes that it is one of the most famous and well-known speeches in history and reaffirms the need for true racial equality throughout the world.
458 MR GREG CLARKE AND FOOTBALL LEAGUE'S INSOLVENCY POLICY 29:8:13
That this House notes that the Football League's insolvency policy, as written, requires an owner wishing to move a club away from its traditional area to demonstrate a clear plan with timescales for its return; further notes that despite this, Greg Clarke, the Chairman of the Football League, has admitted that he does not know if the owners of Coventry City Football Club will build a stadium in the Coventry area in the next five years or if it is their intention ever to do so; calls on the Football League in light of this to alter its policy to reflect the actions it has taken in this case; believes that the policy should recognise that the League will back its member clubs right to move if they wish, for however long they wish, will require no commitments from them other than a demonstration that they have the funds to continue to run the club, will disregard the views of fans, will criticise those who build and pay for stadiums for clubs to play in, as he has done, even when a club withholds the rent and puts itself into administration in order to avoid its obligations; and, in light of this policy coupled with the serious administrative errors it has belatedly admitted, further believes that the League is not a fit and capable organisation to administer the national game.
459 DEFRA-FUNDED ELECTRIC SHOCK COLLAR RESEARCH 29:8:13
That this House recognises the findings of the published, DEFRA-funded, research into the use of electric shock collars on dogs which demonstrated that electric shock collars caused negative behavioural and physiological changes in a portion of dogs, were not more effective than positive reinforcement methods which is the main argument for their use and were open to misuse as owners either did not read the manuals or they were not provided; notes that positive training tools, including recall training, retractable leads and clicker training, help build a relation of mutual trust and liking between owner and dog rather than a relationship based on fear and pain; and urges the Government to implement a ban on electric shock collars as was done in Wales under its Animal Welfare Act 2006 to stop unnecessary pain and distress to dogs.
460 BILL WALKER MSP 29:8:13
That this House believes that Bill Walker MSP should vacate his seat in the Scottish Parliament immediately.
461 BAKERS' INDUSTRIAL ACTION OVER ZERO HOURS CONTRACTS 29:8:13
That this House expresses grave concern over the rise in the number of UK workers employed on zero hours contracts and the growth of casualisation across the labour market; notes the serious and detrimental impact of zero hours contracts on many people who lack the ability to plan their lives or budget effectively; resolves to support workers at Hovis (Premier Foods) in Wigan who have rejected the employment of agency labour on zero hours contracts following recent redundancies and have been left with no choice other than to take industrial action over these concerns; believes that the company's failure to withdraw agency labour from the site sets a damaging precedent, undermines current terms and conditions, creates a two-tier workforce and leaves a poor legacy for subsequent generations of people who may be employed at Hovis in the future; further notes the outstanding messages of solidarity from members of the public; and urges the company to re-enter negotiations with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union to resolve this dispute fairly, amicably and in accordance with the strength of feeling among the workforce and the general public.