House of Commons
28th October 2013
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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598 WORLD POLIO DAY 21:10:13
That this House notes that World Polio Day is on 24 October 2013; further notes that within five years polio, like smallpox, can be eradicated across the world; recognises that in the last 25 years cases are down 99 per cent with 2.5 billion vulnerable children reached through vaccination programmes which offer a blueprint for cost-effective, targeted and outcomes-driven international public health intervention; further notes that just three countries, from an original 125, now have endemic polio – Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan; understands that vaccination programmes must focus on these countries to eradicate the disease and prevent its return elsewhere; further recognises the contribution of more than 50,000 British Rotarians towards a polio-free world through their volunteering and £20 million fundraising contribution; realises that the funding gap for this final effort to eradicate polio is a tangible £620 million; appreciates that the Government has contributed a world-leading £600 million towards eradicating polio to date; and calls on the Government to help finish the job of creating a polio-free world by continuing to commit funding, maintaining the UK's commitment to the World Health Organisation, Rotary International, CDC and Unicef's Global Polio Eradication Initiative and associated Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan 2013-18 and ensuring the UK's continued global leadership role through seeking support from international bodies, governments, non-governmental organisations, corporations and the wider general public to help eradicate this disease once and for all.
599 COMMUNITY PUBS 21:10:13
That this House supports community pubs; notes that 80 per cent of pubs are small businesses; further notes that business rates form a significant part of a pub's fixed costs; and calls on the Government to support the British Beer and Pub Association and CAMRA's Better Rates for Pubs campaign to extend small business rate relief for pubs beyond April 2014, promote take-up of rural rate relief for pubs and review the revaluation process for pub business rates to ensure that the valuation accurately reflects the pub's actual turnover.
600 DETENTION OF KIERON BRYAN IN RUSSIA 21:10:13
That this House notes with concern the detention by the Russian authorities of journalist Kieron Bryan who was under contract to record a film for Greenpeace when he was arrested on 19 September 2013, and is now detained in Murmansk; believes that he is neither a criminal nor a threat to the Russian state and that he should be released immediately; is dismayed that he is facing charges of piracy which carry a sentence of up to 15 years' imprisonment; and is grateful for the support given to him by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Ministers of that Department and consular staff.
601 NATIONAL AUDIT OFFICE STAFF TERMS AND CONDITIONS 21:10:13
That this House recognises the hard work and professionalism of the staff of the National Audit Office (NAO) in providing assurance on the use of public money and helping Parliament to hold those who spend it to account; asserts an interest in the welfare of NAO staff and notes with concern the attempts by NAO management to reduce the terms and conditions of existing staff, including reducing contractual sick pay and leave entitlements; is aware that with no Government departments seeking to reduce the contractual conditions of existing staff, NAO staff are facing a bigger cut to terms and conditions than all existing civil servants; is concerned that the lack of a clear financial case for these changes, especially at a time when NAO staff have a lower sickness absence rate than both the public and private sector averages, will have the potential to undermine workers' rights in other organisations should NAO management succeed in seeing through their plans; and calls on the Government and the NAO Chairman, Comptroller and Auditor General to withdraw these changes and enter into urgent talks with employees and their representatives.
603 TEXTILE WORKERS IN BANGLADESH 22:10:13
That this House notes that Bangladesh is currently the world's second-biggest producer of textiles and garments, and that it's mostly-female workforce of four million people are the lowest paid in the world and face appalling working conditions on a daily basis for less than £28 a month; deeply regrets the tragic disasters at garment factories across Bangladesh in recent months, which have claimed well over 1200 lives, left tens of thousands too injured to work and pushed millions more into poverty; commends Global Citizen's See Through Fashion campaign, which is working with the British fashion industry to encourage retailers to sign up to the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh, which will ensure better safety and working conditions for the people who make a majority of Britain's clothes; further commends industry leaders like Primark, Arcadia, River Island and Matalan for signing up to the Accord to ensure that their supply chains are transparent and do not expose their consumers to the moral toxicity of wearing clothes manufactured admidst such fatally-flawed business practices; condemns the deplorable delay of the remaining British retailers like Edinburgh Woollen Mill who also own Peacocks and Sports Direct, who continue to refuse to sign the Accord and who find themselves in an ever-shrinking minority of British retailers on the wrong side of both the financial and moral arguments; and urges them to sign up to the Accord at the earliest opportunity.
604 CYBER-BULLYING 22:10:13
That this House congratulates Cybersmile, the cyber-bulling charity, for being shortlisted for the UK's Best New Charity Award at the 2013 Charity Times Awards; draws attention to the growing problem of cyber-bullying in the UK; highlights research from Cybersmile which indicates that 44 per cent of teachers believe there have been more than 10 incidents of cyber-bullying in their school in the past 12 months and that around three quarters of teachers have personal experience of cyber-bullying and only a third of schools have a specific cyber-bullying policy; notes with concern that cyber-bullying is a crime that can affect victims anytime anywhere, including in the home; and calls on the Government and devolved administrations to ensure that cyber-bullying is included as part of the curriculum in all schools so that children can be made properly aware of the issue and know who to turn to for advice and support in the event that they experience cyber-bullying.
605 RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 2013 22:10:13
That this House welcomes to the UK the national teams of Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga and USA for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup; hopes for victories for England, Scotland and Wales over whichever opposition they play over the course of the tournament; congratulates all those involved in RLWC2013 on the build-up to what will be the biggest and best rugby league international event to date; is grateful to all the volunteers in Team 13 for their involvement; notes the record number of crowds achieved even before the tournament kicks-off; is looking forward to a fantastic spectacle of international sport; and further hopes it will be another major multi-national sporting event for which Britain can be proud.
607 DETENTION OF GREENPEACE ACTIVISTS IN RUSSIA 22:10:13
That this House is concerned that 28 Greenpeace activists, a freelance photographer and a freelance videographer, from 18 countries in total, have been detained in Russia since 19 September 2013, following a peaceful protest at the Prirazlomnaya oil drilling platform operated by Gazprom in Arctic waters; notes that there are six British nationals among those detained: Iain Rogers, Frank Hewetson, Kieron Bryan, Alexandra Harris, Anthony Perrett and Philip Ball; considers the piracy charges they face to be completely unfounded; observes that President Vladimir Putin and his adviser Mikhail Fedotov have made similar comments regarding the absence of any justification for accusations of piracy and that 11 Nobel Peace Prize laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu have written to the Russian President calling for the excessive charges to be dropped; welcomes steps taken by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide consular assistance and make representations to Russian officials; urges the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to ensure these efforts continue as a matter of priority; further notes the overwhelming support from global civil society, which has seen over 1.5 million people appeal for the release of the Arctic 30; and calls on the Government to continue to make urgent representations to the Russian government to secure the release of all detainees without delay.
608 ELECTRICAL FIRE SAFETY WEEK 2013 22:10:13
That this House notes that, according to the Electrical Safety Council (ESC), misuse of electrical appliances is now the number one cause of dwelling fires in Great Britain; welcomes safety messages from the ESC, Fire Kills campaign and fire and rescue services nationwide in the context of Electrical Fire Safety Week 2013; and urges householders to undertake basic visual safety checks in order to stop preventable fire accidents from occurring in their own home.
609 BANK OF ENGLAND AND DEVOLVED ADMINISTRATIONS 22:10:13
That this House calls on the Governor of the Bank of England to hold talks with the Economic Ministers of the devolved administrations and to appear before the relevant devolved legislature committees in order to gain a fuller picture of the effect of monetary policy upon the economies of the nations of the sterling zone; notes that the Governor holds meetings with the Chancellor of the Exchequer and appears before the Treasury Select Committee; further notes the increasing fiscal independence of the devolved nations following tax-varying and borrowing powers; and calls on the Bank of England to consider the economies of the entire sterling zone when formulating monetary policy.
610 ENERGY PRICES AND THE PROFITS OF UTILITIES 23:10:13
That this House notes the suggestion of Sir John Major for a windfall tax of excess profits of energy utilities; and calls for detailed proposals for such an approach to be developed by the Government with a view towards protecting the more vulnerable members of society.
611 PRIVATE PROSECUTIONS OF THE POLICE AND OTHER PUBLIC SERVANTS AND THE CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE 23:10:13
That this House notes that at times the police and public servants are prosecuted for perjury and other offences in private prosecutions; believes that having the facility for a private prosecution is an important safeguard when the prosecutors refuse to prosecute; further notes that in a number of cases the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has taken over such prosecutions merely to prevent the prosecution from progressing; further believes that this raises concerns as to whether this is a misuse of its power to intervene, when the option to have a case struck out for lack of evidence exists to prevent false prosecutions; and calls for the CPS to list all of the prosecutions that it has taken over in the last decade along with details of the employer of the person being prosecuted, what they have done and the reasons for that decision.
612 HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS ENQUIRY CENTRES 23:10:13
That this House is concerned by Government plans to close all HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) 281 enquiry centres throughout the UK; notes that only 87 customers in the pilot area in the North East of England managed to secure a face-to-face appointment during the first two months of the pilot, compared to 2,182 over the same period in 2012; further notes that as a result of the closures more pressure will be put onto HMRC contact centres, which already struggle to meet existing caller demand; recognises that the decision to end the contracts of 4,500 staff employed as fixed term appointments by March 2014 will further compound the misery of members of the public and the business community who want to comply with the tax system, potentially increasing disengagement with HMRC and leading to more tax avioidance and evasion; and calls on the Government to reconsider its proposals to close the HMRC enquiry centre network and to ensure that adequate levels of properly trained, permanent staff are put in place to meet public service demand.
613 EXTENSION OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 23:10:13
That this House praises the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for the transparency and openness it has brought to the public sector and the public right of access of information held by central and local government and its agencies; notes that public services delivered by private companies are currently beyond the scope of the 2000 Act; further notes that, as growing amounts of public services are privatised, ever decreasing amounts of public spend are subject to freedom of information; and supports calls to extend the legislation so that public services contracted out to the private and third sector are covered by freedom of information legislation.
614 UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UNION 23:10:13
That this House notes the University of London's intention to derecognise the University of London Union from August 2014, abolishing its democratic function and replacing it with a management-run services centre; further notes that neither the University's review group nor any of its governing bodies contain a single student; believes that the University of London Union has recently played an iconic role in the student movement and that the presence of a cross-London representative body is essential given the specific and acute problems that students in London face; further believes that the plans to abolish the University of London Union would damage the experience of student life for many students, would set a dangerous precedent and are contrary to the principles of democratic community which bind higher education; supports students in defending the University of London Union as a student-run entity for all students in London; reminds the University of London that the right to independent representation and freedom to organise democratically at every level of an institution are basic rights and are enshrined in the spirit of the Education Act 1994, and that it has no right to shut down its student union; and urges the University of London to reconsider its plans.
615 NATIONAL ADHD WEEK 23:10:13
That this House notes that National ADHD Week was held from 14 to 20 October 2013; further notes how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has the ability to complicate a child's life and that of its family without the correct and continued support; and urges that no barriers are placed in the way of a child's success who suffers from ADHD.
616 ARMED FORCES COVENANT 23:10:13
That this House notes that service personnel are disadvantaged as a direct result of the absence of an armed forces covenant in Northern Ireland; and calls on the Government to ensure that any such disadvantages are addressed and identified needs are met.
617 HUMAN TRAFFICKING (No. 2) 23:10:13
That this House recognises the growing phenomenon of human trafficking within the UK's local communities; and supports the efforts of each individual group as they raise awareness within schools, churches and communities in an attempt to end this heinous crime.
618 REFUGEES 23:10:13
That this House expresses condolences to the families of those refugees who lost their lives trying to enter Europe in sub-standard carriers; notes the rescue of 350 people by the Italian authorities; and calls on European governments to take measures to prevent further tragedies and to offer resources to police the waters between Africa and Europe.
619 BBC REMUNERATION LEVELS 23:10:13
That this House notes a range of comments from highly placed people at the BBC, including Alan Yentob and Sir David Attenborough, regarding the extent of remuneration being paid to senior staff and presenters, Sir David having described this as a huge embarrassment; acknowledges the limited degree to which the BBC as a public service broadcaster has moved in the face of continuing criticism of its refusal to declare a more precise banding of earnings levels; and calls on the BBC to indicate a precise timeframe for its move towards more openness as a broadcaster paid for out of the public purse via the licence fee.
620 SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE DURING RECONSIDERATION OF EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE REFUSALS 23:10:13
That this House notes that at present people who apply for employment and support allowance (ESA) and are declared fit for work can ask for this decision to be reconsidered prior to lodging a formal appeal; further notes that at present people can continue to receive ESA at the assessment rate during this period; welcomes the introduction of reconsideration in all cases as of 28 October 2013; expresses concern that people will no longer be able to claim ESA during this period; further expresses concern that their only alternative will be to apply for jobseeker's allowance (JSA), for which being fit for work is a condition of receipt; further notes that since October 2008 four in 10 appeals have been successful; fears that in future people who are awarded ESA on appeal will be ineligible for both ESA or JSA during reconsideration; believes that the Government has a duty to support those who cannot support themselves through no fault of their own; and calls on Ministers to bring forward legislative proposals to ensure that ESA claimants can continue to receive the benefit at the assessment rate during this period.
621 ANTHEM AT THE RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD CUP 23:10:13
That this House believes that it would be wrong and inappropriate for England Rugby League to use the UK National Anthem, God Save the Queen, which is the official National Anthem of Wales, on the opening day of the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) 2013 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on 26 October 2013; notes that God Save the Queen is the National Anthem of the UK and belongs equally to all four home nations; further believes that as the UK is hosting RLWC2013, God Save the Queen should be sung as part of the opening ceremony by all home nations; further believes that England Rugby League should do as the Wales and Scotland teams do and use a different song as their anthem to be played before each match; urges England to use an English anthem for RLWC2013; notes that Jerusalem is already in use as the English anthem for Commonwealth Games England; and suggests that the England Rugby League team uses Jerusalem as its anthem for RLWC2013.
622 FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION'S 150TH ANNIVERSARY 23:10:13
That this House congratulates the Football Association (FA) on the occasion of its 150th anniversary on 26 October 2013; notes that the FA is the oldest governing body in football; commends the FA's not-for-profit commitment to supporting football since 1863; further commends the £100 million invested by the FA annually into football including facilities for grassroots football, coaching programmes for boys and girls, and development programmes for people with disabilities; welcomes the FA's valuable contribution to and support of the national game; and looks forward to hearing the progress of the newly-appointed FA Commission into English Football.
623 PRIVATISATION IN THE PRISON SERVICE 23:10:13
That this House calls for an urgent and independent review into the impact of privatisation in the Prison Service; is concerned that the latest Ministry of Justice report on prison annual performance ratings, published in July 2013, gave the G4S-run HM Prison Oakwood and Serco-run HM Prison Thameside the lowest ranking possible; is alarmed that the Chief Inspector of Prisons in his report on an unannounced inspection of that prison in June 2013, has confirmed that drug use at the 1,600-place privately-run HM Prison Oakwood, which opened in April 2012, is more than twice the rate of similar jails, while inmates find it difficult to get hold of clean prison clothing, basic toiletries and cleaning materials; would be deeply concerned at any suggestion that the newly-proposed super prison near Wrexham be a privately-run prison; and calls on the Secretary of State for Justice to commission an independent review to consider the overall impact of privatisation in the Prison Service, addressing the process, finance and impact on prisoners, staff, communities and the public.
625 AZERBAIJAN ELECTION 24:10:13
That this House is appalled at the evidence of many abuses in the recent general election in Azerbaijan, including an official announcement of the result before voting began; applauds the thorough scrutiny by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe that reported manipulation of voter lists, results and protocols, including cases of votes being reassigned to a different candidate, with 58 per cent of observed polling stations assessed as bad or very bad, with clear indications of ballot box stuffing in 37 polling stations and every conceivable violation of voter identification; notes that the US State Department found that the election fell short of international standards; is astonished that the Council of Europe (COE) monitoring group reported no irregularities; and believes that its incredible conclusion further dents the COE's reputation as a champion of human rights.
626 DIABETES COURSE KIDS IN CONTROL OF FOOD - KICk-OFF 24:10:13
That this House congratulates Dr Kath Price and nurse Julie Knowles from Sheffield Children's Hospital for their award at the annual Quality in Care Awards for the best improvement programme for children and young people; notes that this pair of medics set up an education course for school children with diabetes; welcomes the five-day scheme called Kids in Control of Food – KICk-OFF which was designed with help from teachers at King Edward VII school in Broomhill; recognises that the course teaches youngsters aged 11 to 16 with Type 1 diabetes how to match insulin doses to their particular lifestyles; further notes that there are about 29,000 children and young people with diabetes in the UK, an estimated 26,500 of whom have Type 1 diabetes, about 500 have Type 2 diabetes and a further 2,000 have not been diagnosed; and further welcomes the scheme’s work towards reducing children's risk of long-term health problems.
628 LACK OF AUDIO DESCRIPTION FROM ONLINE STREAMING COMPANIES 24:10:13
That this House notes that the three largest online streaming companies, Netflix, LoveFilm and Sky, do not offer audio description as part of their services; further notes that audio description is essential to enable blind people to use these services and that, without it, these services are effectively denied to blind people; calls on these online streaming companies to introduce audio description as soon as possible; and further calls on the Government to use its influence to ensure that audio description is introduced by Netflix, LoveFilm and Sky.
630 OPEN GOVERNMENT AND ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS 28:10:13
That this House is concerned that the current lack of accountability and openness created by the secrecy clause, Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, is a hindrance to public accountability, open government and the replacement, reduction and refinement of animal use in experiments; notes the concerns of the animal experimentation industry about personal information and intellectual property, which are already met by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and are no reason to maintain a blanket ban on information, especially as government polls reveal a decreasing level of public trust in regulation; and calls on the Government to repeal Section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
631 TESTING OF HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS ON ANIMALS 28:10:13
That this House notes that the Coalition Agreement contained a pledge to end the testing of household products on animals; further notes that a response to a Parliamentary Question on 28 March 2011 stated that `the prohibition will apply to both finished household products and their ingredients, although in practice mainly the latter are tested', 28 March 2011, Official Report, column 80W; is disappointed that no action has been taken on this issue to date; and supports the campaign led by Cruelty Free International to call on the Government to introduce a total ban on the testing of finished products and ingredients.
632 ALL-PARTY INQUIRY INTO ELECTORAL CONDUCT 28:10:13
That this House notes the publication of a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct; welcomes the cross-party nature of the report and the engagement of such a wide range of political parties in the process; further welcomes the recommendations of that report, including the call for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Electoral Commission to enhance their activities in facing down racism and discrimination during elections; and calls on the Government, the Electoral Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the police to respond fully to the recommendations of the inquiry.
633 Y GWYLL/HINTERLAND 28:10:13
That this House welcomes the launch of S4C's new bilingual prime-time detective drama series Y Gwyll/Hinterland; notes that it represents a new and exciting concept for programmes in Wales, with the all-Welsh cast filming four episodes back-to-back in Welsh and English, with the Welsh-language version to broadcast on S4C and the English-language version pre-sold to BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Four; further notes that the ground-breaking series was filmed and set in the stunning surroundings and landscapes of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, and Wales; notes that Y Gwyll/Hinterland was filmed as a joint partnership between S4C, Fiction Factory, All 3 Media, and Tinopolis; further notes the success of the première in Aberystwyth on 18 October 2013; further welcomes the international interest in the series with Danish television pre-buying the series, and its showing at BAFTA in London and at Mipcom in Cannes, France; further welcomes its first broadcast on S4C on 29 October 2013 and on BBC Cymru Wales in 2014; wishes the programme continued success in the months ahead; further notes the continued strength and success of television and drama production in Wales; and further notes how important the creative sector is to the Welsh economy and its role in showcasing Wales to the world.
634 LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE 28:10:13
That this House is aware that the Government released authority-specific information on local government future funding in July 2013 as part of the consultation of the Local Government Finance Settlement; notes that Coventry City Council has already lost approximately £45 million in the three years to 2013-14 in core Government grant and has had to implement a significant savings programme as a consequence, that a further £19 million cut was also expected for 2014-15 and that the June Spending Round announcement indicated a 10 per cent cut in resources for local government in 2015-16; understands instead that according to the July settlement consultation, the actual cut is over 13 per cent nationally and 15.2 per cent for Coventry; recognises that Coventry will therefore be facing a cumulative cut of 24.2 per cent between October 2013 and 2015-16; further notes that both the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury have indicated that they expect the current trend of austerity settlements to continue for the remainder of this decade; further notes fears voiced by sources within Coventry City Council and other local authorities that, assuming current trends, by 2020 local authorities will only be able to afford the most basic elements of their services, such as statutory minimum levels of service in children's and adults' social care; and calls on the Government to reconsider the scale of the cuts to local government future funding to avoid local authorities having to reduce non-mandatory services.
635 FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION 28:10:13
That this House expresses concern at the abhorrent crime of female genital mutilation (FGM); notes the work of the British Arab Federation in its efforts to tackle this issue; calls on the Government to implement a change in the law to protect girls living in Britain and British girls from being taken to other legal jurisdictions with the intention of carrying out FGM; further calls for better enforcement of the law relating to parents and guardians who organise FGM and medical practitioners who conduct FGM procedures; and further calls for better education to support young girls in resisting FGM and to empower communities to confront that crime.