House of Commons
9th October 2013
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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509 UK COAL INSOLVENCY 11:9:13
That this House is aware of the circumstances resulting from the insolvency of the coal production company UK Coal which caused major job losses and resulted in the reduction by at least 10 per cent of their ex-employees' and widows' pensions, and retirees' loss of concessionary coal allowances; is further aware that concessionary fuel was a historic agreement transferred under the Coal Industry Act 1994 with the protection of the TUPE agreement which gave the provision of coal to current miners, ex-miners and their widows for their lifetimes; and understands the Government’s reluctance to involve itself in the debts of this failed company, but believes it has an obligation towards those current employees, ex-employees and their widows who should be protected against such loss.
517 DEATH OF MR ATAOLLAH REZVANI 11:9:13
That this House notes the killing in Bandar Abbas, southern Iran of Mr Ataollah Rezvani, an Iranian Bahá'í; believes that he was killed further to being harassed at the hands of the Ministry of Intelligence and having received threatening messages from persons unknown; observes that this is the first clear case of a religiously motivated killing of a Bahá'í in Iran in 15 years and represents a grave escalation of the persecution of Iran's Bahá'ís who have been subjected to incitement to hatred and violence with impunity that has been reported by various actors including United Nations Special Rapporteurs in recent years; and urges the Government to press for the Iranian authorities to bring the responsible persons to justice.
519 BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK 12:9:13
That this House congratulates all those who will take part in the charity Future First's Back to School week between 12 and 19 October 2013; notes that young people at state schools and colleges often lack the same level of careers education and access to role models available to young people at private institutions; warmly welcomes the work of Future First in tackling this problem by establishing alumni networks for young people at state schools and colleges so that they are informed and inspired to follow fulfilling careers; commends those alumni and employers who have already volunteered to work with Future First; and encourages others to do the same including members of both Houses.
520 TRANSPARENCY OF LOBBYING, NON-PARTY CAMPAIGNING AND TRADE UNION ADMINISTRATION BILL 12:9:13
That this House notes that the ludicrously mis-titled Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill was conceived in fear, drafted in haste and malice and presented with incompetence; observes the Bill's failure to reform 95 per cent. of lobbying excesses while gratuitously and vindictively imposing unnecessary bureaucratic costs on charities and trade unions; and believes that this Bill will be recognised as the signature policy of the ineptocracy created by the coalition Government.
521 SYRIA AND MOTION OF 29 AUGUST 2013 12:9:13
That this House applauds the lead given to world opinion by its vote of 29 August 2013 in resisting the easy but dangerous false solution of a military strike in Syria in favour of the difficult, painstaking tasks of diplomacy and peace-building.
524 SPEAKER'S DELEGATION TO BURMA 8:10:13
That this House wishes to thank Mr Speaker, Mr Speaker's Office and the British Embassy staff in Rangoon who helped to organise Mr Speaker's successful delegation to Burma on 28 July to 4 August 2013; welcomes the constructive meetings with Daw Suu Kyi, President Thein Sein and other Burmese politicians and activists; notes the need for constitutional change to allow Daw Suu Kyi to stand for election as President of Burma; further notes the meetings between faith leaders and the delegation, and hopes that this continued contact brings lasting peace to Burma; further welcomes Mr Speaker's speech at Yangon University; praises the hard work by all parties to reform Burma's political process, but also notes the work left to do to strengthen Burma's democracy; further welcomes the enthusiasm and desire for democracy from the younger generation shown during the meeting with youth activists in Mon State; calls for the UN Special Rapporteur on Religious Beliefs to be allowed to carry out his work with the full protection of the local police; further calls for the establishment of a UN Office of Human Rights in Burma as agreed to by President Thein Sein; and further calls on the Government to continue to provide practical assistance to strengthen the capacity building of the Burmese Naypyidaw Parliament's research department to help reduce the workload of the Bill Committees and help assist Burmese Members of Parliament to carry out their work.
525 SPEAKER'S DELEGATION TO BURMA (No. 2) 8:10:13
That this House notes the Speaker's successful delegation to Burma which visited that country between 28 July and 4 August 2013; welcomes the constructive meetings with Daw Suu Kyi, President Thein Sein, HE U Soe Thane, Minister Presidential Office, HE U Khin Aung Myint, Speaker of the Upper House, HE U Thura Shwe Mann, Speaker of the Lower House, Burmese MPs from all parties, Burmese Committee Chairs, non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, international agencies, Rohingya and Rakhine leaders, 88 Generation, ethnic and faith leaders, including Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Anglican and Catholic representatives, the Burmese business community, the Chief Minister of Mon State, the Speaker of Mon State Parliament, local MPs, and young political activists; further notes the visits to a DFID-funded school, UK-funded law clinic, a Commonwealth War Cemetery, a Migrant community clinic, and humanitarian projects; further notes the work by all parties to reform Burma's democratic process, but notes that there is still more work to be done, especially in the area of human rights; and calls on the Government to continue its support for democratic reform in Burma and to provide the resources necessary to strengthen Burma's democratic institutions.
541 FIREFIGHTERS' PENSIONS AND GOVERNMENT NEGOTIATIONS 8:10:13
That this House is concerned by the Government's failure to ensure a fair resolution to the firefighters' pensions dispute; recognises the invaluable contribution firefighters make to public safety; is further concerned by the prospect of firefighters being forced to perform physical duties until 60 years of age, believing that this could jeopardise public safety; is further concerned at the prospect of firefighters in their fifties being dismissed for being unable to fully perform their duties until the age of 60 and thus losing out on their pension entitlements; urges the Government to return to negotiations; notes the role the Government has in setting the financial limits for devolved fire pensions; applauds the actions of the Scottish Government in continuing negotiations; further urges Ministers of the Welsh Assembly Government to follow suit and to re-enter negotiations to work towards a new offer and to make representations to the Government on financial limits; believes that Defence fire and rescue service workers should also be exempt from a rise in the pensionable age; and further believes a lifetime of work should be rewarded by a fair pension.
542 SALE OF STUDENT LOANS 8:10:13
That this House believes that the Government's plans to sell off the student loan book to the private sector would be a grave error; notes that in order to make the student loan book profitable for private companies it would need to be accompanied by either subsidies from the taxpayer or an increase in the financial burden placed on graduates; and opposes any proposal to privatise the student loan book.
543 FIRST WORLD WAR COMMONWEALTH MEMORIAL 9:10:13
That this House welcomes and supports a new public campaign to recognise the collective sacrifice of the Commonwealth fallen in the First World War through a standalone and distinctive memorial statue in London created and organised by Commonwealth Exchange to mark the centenary of that war, which acknowledges and honours the diverse make-up of the Commonwealth and the UK; and further supports the Government's plans to forge a legacy that demonstrates this Commonwealth endeavour from those of differing extractions, faiths and traditions.
544 SNARING 9:10:13
That this House expresses concern that at peak times around a quarter of a million snares are set in England and Wales causing unnecessary suffering to target and non-target animals, as highlighted in snaring research published last year by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); notes that although the study confirmed the inhumane and indiscriminate nature of these traps there has been no progress made towards a ban on snares; supports OneKind in its campaign calling for DEFRA to consult on the issue with a view to banning snaring as soon as possible; and congratulates the charity for highlighting these serious welfare concerns through its dedicated website SnareWatch.
545 BM13C07002 IN THE HIGH COURT 9:10:13
That this House notes that HHJ Hindley refused permission to appeal for a mother who applied for permission on the basis that the mother's barrister, Andrew Neaves, had deliberately undermined the mother's case and the court of first instance had wrongly concluded that she accepted that the S31 threshold had been met when she had not; further notes that HHJ Hindley argued that the application was out of time because, although it was not 21 days after the receipt of the transcript of the judgment, the mother could have applied through her barrister without the judgment; further notes that in refusing permission to appeal the mother has been prevented from having her case considered even on paper by the court of appeal; and calls on the House to establish a Committee to review her case and requests that the Justice Select Committee begins an inquiry into the challenges faced by parents wishing to challenge the adoption of their children and what changes are needed to the Access to Justice Act 1999.
546 COVENTRY CITY FOOTBALL CLUB LTD ADMINISTRATOR'S FINAL REPORT 9:10:13
That this House notes the Joint Administrators of Coventry City Football Club (CCFC) Ltd have now presented their final report to creditors; believes that as they act as Officers of the Courts there was a reasonable expectation that their findings would be supported by the presentation of reasoned argument as with a a court finding; further notes that the report contains no such thing, evidence contained in board minutes from 1995 which first established the basic structure of the connected companies that make up the football club are not mentioned, board minutes from March and April 2008 which continue this structure under the current owners are not mentioned, asset registers and player transfer documentation since that time, including the asset register for 2011 which was signed by Tim Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, and indicated assets resided in CCFC Ltd are not mentioned, and no arguments to support the administrators sale of the company without assets are presented; further believes the council taxpayers of Coventry, fans of the Sky Blues and the Trustees of the Higgs Charity will not be pleased with this report; further believes that Joy Seppala and her investor's Sconset Capital Partners LP, who were responsible for the choice of administrator, may be content with the report, but cannot be happy they continue to own a club with diminished potential and increasing debt; and calls on the Government to examine the legislation that allows administrators to be appointed by those whose activities they are investigating and enables them to report in this opaque manner.
547 SPORTING RECOGNITION FOR ARMED SERVICES 9:10:13
That this House recognises the number of events held by a range of sporting organisations to respect and offer appreciation to the armed services; is deeply appreciative of the work that the UK's soldiers, sailors and airforce personnel do on an ongoing basis; and expresses the hope that, as Remembrance Day approaches, all sporting bodies and institutions will join the widespread and heartfelt acknowledgement that the freedom we currently enjoy, including the right to object and protest, is down to the efforts of those service personnel over many decades who have preserved that freedom.
548 REFUGEE TRAGEDY AT LAMPEDUSA 9:10:13
That this House is shocked at the deaths of 274 refugees off the island of Lampedusa; recognises that this is the latest in a long line of tragedies where 20,000 desperate refugees have died in unsafe vessels in the Mediterranean; and reminds all EU states that they have obligations under the Geneva Convention to provide a place of safety for asylum seekers and that the tragedy of drowning has to be met with humanity and concern not xenophobia against victims of poverty and oppression.
549 REPATRIATION OF SOLDIERS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN 9:10:13
That this House notes that the Government has deliberately reduced the profile of repatriation ceremonies for the fallen in Afghanistan in order to make participation in future wars more palatable; is appalled at the cynical advice in a Ministry of Defence document, obtained by The Guardian, advising reduced attention to war deaths including changing the repatriation of the fallen from Royal Wootton Bassett to Carterton, and considers this was an attempt to reduce publicity of the visible grief of the loved ones of the fallen; would welcome the reading out of the full list of the names of the fallen in the House; believes the moves to end the Wednesday announcements of the recently fallen were further attempts to diminish public mourning; and further believes that news of the deaths and the repatriation of the fallen should not be diminished, but that their sacrifices should be fully commemorated so that the country is sensitive to the true cost of war.
550 DRUG TESTING PILOT AT THE WAREHOUSE PROJECT 9:10:13
That this House mourns the death of Nick Bonnie, a charity worker who died after taking a contaminated ecstasy tablet at the Warehouse Project nightclub in Trafford; notes with concern that this is the twelfth UK death directly related to ecstasy this year; recognises the need to avoid further tragedies such as Nick's; applauds the Warehouse Project's zero tolerance policy on drug use and welcomes the planned pilot drug testing scheme introduced by the Warehouse Project nightclub, which would test confiscated illegal substances brought onto the premises and alert patrons to potentially lethal substances via social media; further recognises that such a scheme would promote public safety and awareness of dangerous drugs whilst maintaining a strict zero tolerance drugs policy; and therefore urges the Government to support this pilot in order to combine the UK's strict drugs policy with promotion of public safety.
551 UNDER-OCCUPANCY PENALTY AND HON. MEMBERS' ALLOWANCES 9:10:13
That this House notes that under the bedroom tax more than 600,000 social tenants with spare rooms must either move or pay an average of £14 a week penalty; further notes that hon. Members with a spare room in their London homes can claim an additional allowance if a child or children routinely reside with them; further notes that the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has ruled that they will still be eligible for the additional allowance if the child visits just once a month; condemns the 29 hon. Members who, while backing the bedroom tax, have claimed an additional £64,000 and a further 20 who claimed £37,000; and urges the Government to end this unfair allowance which can only reflect badly with members of the public.
552 APPRENTICESHIPS AND PUBLIC CONTRACTS 9:10:13
That this House celebrates the value of apprenticeships in providing opportunities and developing skills; notes the need for more apprenticeship opportunities particularly for young people at a time when there are almost one million young people out of work; believes that government and public authorities are uniquely placed to use the leverage of the money they already spend on procurement to promote skills training and provide new apprenticeship opportunities and that this should be part of the procurement process; resolves therefore that suppliers winning public contracts worth over £1 million should be required to offer apprenticeship opportunities on public contracts; further notes that the Fifth Report from the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee, Session 2012-13, on Apprenticeships has recommended this approach and estimates that at least one new apprenticeship place could be provided for every £1 million of procurement spend; further notes that this approach was successfully pursued by the previous Government; and further notes the widespread support for the Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill introduced by the hon. Member for Denton and Reddish to promote apprenticeships.
553 CENTENARY OF THE SENGHENYDD MINING DISASTER 9:10:13
That this House notes that 14 October 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the Senghenydd Mining Disaster, the worst mining disaster in British history; pays tribute to the 439 men and boys who lost their lives in the explosion at the mine and the rescue worker who was subsequently killed; further notes that the 1913 disaster could have been avoided if the legislation passed following an explosion at the Senghenydd Colliery in 1901 had been implemented properly by the owners of the mine; and commends the work of the Aber Valley Heritage Group in organising a national memorial to those who died at Senghenydd and in other mining disasters in Britain.