House of Commons
12th December 2013
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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825 BAKERS' ASTHMA 2:12:13
That this House notes with concern recent Health and Safety Executive statistics which demonstrate that employees in the baking industry remain approximately 40 times more likely to develop occupational asthma than the average worker due to exposure to flour and other bakery dusts; further notes that the real incidence rates are higher still, given academic data on the under-reporting of the condition in the UK; believes that every worker has the right to work in a healthy and safe workplace and is extremely alarmed that thousands of bakers could be at risk of developing an incapacitating respiratory condition; further notes that local authorities lack the resources to conduct regular inspections of exposure levels in supermarket scratch bakeries and small, independent craft bakeries; recognises the outstanding research work done over many years by Professor Paul Cullinan of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London; welcomes the agreement of supermarket chain Morrisons to work with Professor Cullinan on identifying measures to limit this exposure in its bakeries; and further calls on the Government to meet the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union in order to ensure that all relevant employers implement such control measures to protect bakers from developing asthma.
826 UK PENSIONERS' PARLIAMENT 2:12:13
That this House welcomes the support given in recent years by Government and by the devolved administrations to organisations such as the British Youth Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament; notes that in recent times these organisations have contributed significantly to the public debate on a number of issues such as lowering the voting age and have raised the profile of many issues of importance to young people; further notes that in Ireland the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament has had similar success raising issues such as pensions; believes that similar organisations could help highlight the issues facing pensioners living in the UK; and calls on the Government to look into creating and supporting a UK Pensioners' Parliament to help ensure that the views of pensioners are properly taken into account by Government and service providers.
832 CRISIS IN GAZA 3:12:13
That this House views with grave concern a United Nations report that the situation in Gaza is near the point of catastrophe; underlines that the UN special rapporteur warns that lack of fuel imports has resulted in power cuts dramatically affecting basic services, including health, water and sanitation, with the result that raw sewage is flooding into the streets; notes that residents only receive power for six hours a day after the only power plant in Gaza was shut down due to a critical fuel shortage three weeks ago; further notes that the little power that is available is not sufficient to meet the needs of specialised health services, such as kidney dialysis, operating theatres, blood banks, intensive care units and incubators, putting innocent lives at risk; concludes that the inhumane, six-year blockade erected by Israel on the tiny strip of land holding 1.7 million people is the principal cause of this widespread suffering and distress, added to recently by the Egyptian military regime's destruction of tunnels on the Rafah border which helped to breach the embargo; and calls on the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs urgently to meet with his counterparts in Cairo and Tel Aviv to persuade them to remove the blockade and allow in urgent humanitarian aid and also to raise the plight of the people of Gaza at the United Nations General Assembly.
833 IMPOVERISHED CARERS 3:12:13
That this House is concerned that more than 32,000 carers who are looking after relatives are failing to claim carer's allowance, according to a survey by the charity Carers UK; notes that some £12.6 million has not been claimed by carers in Bradford; further notes that 42 per cent of those surveyed said they had missed financial support because of lack of information; points out that not only are carers among the poorest people in the country but they are being further hit by the bedroom tax, some of whom have lost over £700, and by the benefits cap; and calls on the Government to fund an extensive publicity campaign to make carers aware of their rights and allowances and to remove the bedroom tax penalty from some of the most impoverished people in the country.
835 NEW USAGE CLASS IN PLANNING LAW FOR TRADITIONAL PUBS 3:12:13
That this House welcomes new research entitled, Young adults and the decline of the urban English pub: issues for planning by Marion Roberts, University of Westminster and Tim Townshend, Newcastle University, published in the journal, Planning Theory and Practice in October 2013 which argues that the English planning system should create a new usage class for traditional pubs and argues in support of the traditional pub as a site for restrained and responsible social interaction for young adults; notes that this is an idea that the All-Party Parliamentary Save the Pub Group has previously proposed; and calls on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to seriously consider the concept which would be a way of preventing the loss of many viable and wanted local pubs which is currently happening due to the weakness of the planning system.
837 ADVERTISING OF CHILDREN'S TOYS 3:12:13
That this House is concerned that the methods used to promote and advertise children's toys are far too often gender-specific; believes this is especially noticeable in the advertising campaigns up to Christmas with separate advertisements for boys toys and girls toys; is further concerned that there is a risk that children's preferences and expectations will be channelled along out-dated traditional lines which may impact on their future educational and career choices; welcomes the progress that many retailers have made in removing unnecessary gender-specific advertising for children; and calls on all retailers to take action to end unnecessary gender-specific advertising.
838 ROSALIND FRANKLIN AND WOMEN IN SCIENCE 4:12:13
That this House recognises and commends the contribution to science by Rosalind Franklin in molecular biology; notes her outstanding work in the fields of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite; further notes her work field of X-ray crystallography and the well-known X-ray diffraction image, Picture 51, which led to the discovery of the structure of DNA; believes that as a female scientist, whose contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA was never fully recognised, she serves as a reminder of the importance of promoting the work of great women in science; and calls on the Government to do more to ensure that young people, particularly young women, are encouraged to pursue careers in science.
839 IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUMS' PRIVATISATION OF VISITOR SERVICES AND SECURITY 4:12:13
That this House commends the excellent work undertaken by the staff in visitor services and security at the Imperial War Museums; recognises that their expertise and experience creates an informative and personalised service for visitors; is concerned that the proposals for privatisation will result in the deterioration of this service at a crucial time of increased visitor numbers during the centenary of the First World War; and believes that visitor services and security should continue to be provided in-house to ensure a continued quality of service to the public and of terms and conditions of staff.
840 THE CULTURE SECTOR 4:12:13
That this House is concerned that the Government's funding cuts to museums and galleries has led to continued privatisation of services; notes that this has resulted in reductions in staff and the increased use of zero-hours contracts and volunteer staff; believes that the cuts and casualisation create a diminished experience for visitors; and calls on the Government to increase funding for arts and culture to ensure that the UK's cultural heritage is safeguarded for future generations.
841 FEDERATION OF BRITISH HISTORIC VEHICLE CLUBS 4:12:13
That this House pays tribute to the work of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs in promoting the preservation of historic vehicles and also encouraging their use; notes that the historic vehicle movement contributes £4.3 billion annually to the UK economy and employs 28,000 people; congratulates the Federation on the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 2013; and wishes it continued success in the future.
849 POLICING OF MINIMUM WAGE 4:12:13
That this House views with concern that only two employers in four years have been prosecuted for paying below the minimum wage; understands that HM Revenue and Customs has investigated 10,777 firms since 2009, collected £15.8 million in arrears and imposed £2.1 million in fines; points out that the unit which pursues firms costs £8 million a year to run whereas it collects just £4 million a year in arrears; notes that an estimated 300,000 people in the UK are earning less than the minimum wage; and demands a zero-tolerance policy so that all companies discovered to be paying below the minimum wage are named and shamed and that fines are increased by at least 10 times the present paltry ceiling of £5,000.
850 PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE PRIVATISATION OF EAST COAST MAIN LINE SERVICES 4:12:13
That this House notes that rail services on the East Coast Main Line have been publicly and successfully run since November 2009; further notes the record levels of passenger satisfaction; believes that the Government's plans to re-privatise East Coast Main Line services by February 2015 is motivated by rigid ideology and not in the best interests of taxpayers or passengers; and calls on the Government to hold a full public consultation before any final decision is made.
852 SUSSEX UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 5:12:13
That this House calls on Professor Michael Farthing, Vice-Chancellor of Sussex University, to retract the suspension of five Sussex students which began on 4 December 2013 following protests against the outsourcing of the university's services to private companies and in support of striking staff campaigning for fair and equal pay; notes that the protest by the students was targeted at the private company involved in the outsourcing and did not disrupt the work of students or university staff; and urges the university's management to respond positively to the requests by students and staff for a meaningful dialogue rather than continue to intimidate and penalise those students who speak out against the university's current outsourcing and staffing policies.
853 DAIRY COUNCIL CEREMONY OF THE CHRISTMAS CHEESES 2013 5:12:13
That this House congratulates the Dairy Council in staging the 2013 Ceremony of the Christmas Cheeses, which forms the beginning of the Chelsea Pensioners' traditional Christmas celebrations; further congratulates in-pensioner, Paddy Fox, who was given the honour of cutting the cheese at this historic ceremony; notes that dairy products are a nutrient-rich food for people of all ages as part of a balanced diet; welcomes the work of the Royal Hospital in ensuring that dairy products play an important role in the diet of the Chelsea Pensioners; and calls on the Department of Health to take steps to promote the consumption of nutrient-rich food such as milk, cheese and yoghurt.
854 HUMANITARIAN CONSEQUENCES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS 5:12:13
That this House welcomes the statement from 125 states expressing concern about the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons at the UN General Assembly First Committee on 21 October 2013; notes the attendance of 127 states at a governmental conference in Oslo to discuss this issue in March 2013; regrets the non-attendance of the Government; further welcomes the announcement of a new governmental conference in Mexico in February 2014; and urges the Government to ensure it is represented at the event.
856 PROPOSED PORT SERVICES REGULATION 5:12:13
That this House opposes the latest attempt by the European Commission to introduce further controls on European seaports through its proposed Port Services Regulation; supports the Government's opposition to the Regulation; notes that the UK ports industry makes a vital contribution to the UK economy, supporting over 390,000 jobs, often in less advantaged areas of the country and contributes an estimated £21 billion to UK GDP; further notes that the proposed EC port services regulations threatens these jobs and creates uncertainty for investment; highlights that the Regulation is generally regarded across Europe as unnecessary, unfair and harmful to employment, especially to the highly competitive and efficient UK ports industry; and urges the Government to continue to oppose this measure and to work with other member states to ensure that it is not enacted.
857 POPPY SCATTER TO MARK WORLD WAR ONE 5:12:13
That this House notes the plan to mark the anniversary of the start of the First World War, on 28 July 2014, by scattering poppies; further notes that Steve Trainor of Morecambe came up with this idea and is now working to make it a reality; believes that this is a fitting way to mark this important occasion; thanks Steve Trainor for the hard work in starting the Morecambe poppy scatter group; and encourages all hon. Members to start a poppy scatter in their own constituency to mark the start of the First World War.
859 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANIES 9:12:13
That this House recognises that many new housing developments have property management companies appointed to provide a range of services; further recognises that contracts are put in place between home occupiers and property management companies that set out the range of services to be provided; notes that often there is a lack of transparency in property management contracts about the standard of service to be provided; further notes that the cost of providing services, the annual accounts relating to the service charge and any increase in the annual service charge are sometimes also lacking in transparency; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals that will require property developers to provide greater clarity in the contracting, costing, incremental rises in service charges and the process of tendering for property management contracts.
860 EXCLUSION OF SEAFARERS - EU LABOUR DIRECTIVES 9:12:13
That this House is aware that discussions are currently taking place at inter-Government level to allow the inclusion of seafarers to be within the scope of EU social directives, thereby ending the unjustifiable and discriminatory treatment of this group of workers; notes that so far there have been three individual Commission consultations on this matter since 2007; believes there is no rationale for sustaining the current exclusion regime and that instead all seafaring employees should as of right be placed on an equal footing with other land-based workers; and calls on the Government to support the extension of the acquis communautaire on labour and social laws so that such people enjoy the same protection as other categories of workers.
861 PARTHENON MARBLES (UNESCO MEDIATION PROCESS) 9:12:13
That this House recalls that Greece has continuously, since it gained full independence in 1832, requested the return of the sculptures removed from the Parthenon by Lord Elgin and held in the British Museum since 1816; is aware that this dispute has been on the agenda of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Promotion of the Return of Cultural Property since 1987; notes that the Director General of UNESCO has recently written to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the Director of the British Museum to advise them of Greece's request for the dispute to be settled by mediation; and calls on the Government and the British Museum to co-operate fully and positively in the mediation process.
863 PAY OF HON. MEMBERS AND PUBLIC SECTOR PAY 9:12:13
That this House notes the decision in the Spending Review announced to Parliament on 26 June 2013 to restrict public sector pay increases to 1 per cent; endorses the view that what is good enough for the workers is good enough for the politicians; and instructs the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to enforce public sector pay policy in its decisions over hon. Members' pay.
864 NELSON MANDELA 9:12:13
That this House is deeply saddened by the news that Nelson Mandela has passed away; passes its condolences to his family and friends; recognises his deserved iconic status reached through his unwavering commitment to promoting equality and democracy in South Africa; recalls his outstanding achievements in helping to dismantle apartheid in South Africa; remembers his great work performed for his various charities including the Nelson Mandela and the Mandela-Rhodes Foundations; pays its respects to this great and inspirational man; and calls on the Government to fashion a suitable initiative that will best secure his legacy.
865 DR ELSIE INGLIS AND THE SCOTTISH WOMEN'S HOSPITALS 10:12:13
That this House celebrates the bravery, achievements and hard work of Dr Elsie Inglis and the other women who set up and served in the Scottish Women's Hospitals; notes that Dr Inglis persevered with this project despite a severe lack of support from the British War Office; recognises that by the end of the First World War nearly £500,000 had been raised and 14 fully equipped field hospitals had been set up; estimates that between 1914 and 1918 some 1,000 women served in the hospitals in Serbia, Belgium, France, Russia, Romania, Corsica, Corfu and Greece, saving the lives of tens of thousands of people; further notes that whilst Dr Inglis and the other women who served in these hospitals are recognised as heroes in Serbia, their work and achievements are barely recognised in the UK outside of Dr Inglis' adopted home of Edinburgh; and strongly believes that during the centenary year of the outbreak of the First World War, the work of the brave women who served in these hospitals should be properly recognised and celebrated.
866 GOOGLE ALGORITHMS CHANGES AND LOSS TO BUSINESS 10:12:13
That this House calls on search engine giant Google to be mindful of supporting small to medium business and reset their algorithms in such a way that small and medium-sized businesses who pay their taxes are not disadvantaged against large multi-national foot loose companies; and notes that some small businesses recently reported that changes by Google to algorithms have cut 30 per cent of internet hits and traffic to their sites, hitting sales and profits and potentially losing the Exchequer millions, if not more, in lost tax revenues and undermining jobs in the real economy.
867 PROTEST AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LONDON 10:12:13
That this House believes that police have no place on university campuses and other seats of learning; condemns the University of London management for calling in officers and private security to break up a peaceful protest against plans to close down the student union; deplores the naked mendacity in the statement from Chris Cobb, the University's chief operating officer, that the University would always support peaceful and legitimate protest; and demands that the University's Vice-Chancellor and its Collegiate Council act immediately to rescind the closure of the union and the prohibition of protest at Senate House.
868 THE GOVERNMENT'S ECONOMIC POLICY 10:12:13
That this House believes that the Chancellor of the Exchequer's Autumn Statement demonstrates that he is attempting to balance the books by slashing welfare and by pouring cash into property speculation, rather than productive investment; notes that if there is no change in policy by 2018-19, public services will be cut by 20 per cent; further notes that according to the respected Institute of Fiscal Studies the bulk of the reduction in the budget deficit will come from cuts in spending rather than tax increases, 86 per cent as against 14 per cent; is convinced that this policy of locking the country into a low productivity, low investment, low wage economy will see public services crumble and poverty soar; and calls on the Liberal Democrat partners in this damaging coalition to divorce themselves from this disastrous course which can only mean falling living standards for the majority of people while the rich once more prosper.
869 DIGITAL BILL OF RIGHTS 11:12:13
That this House notes the recent open statement signed by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and AOL calling for reform of government surveillance; welcomes their calls for reform to restore the public's trust in the internet; supports the five principles they identify about limiting governments' authority to collect users' information, oversight and accountability, transparency about government demands, respecting the free flow of information, and avoiding conflicts among governments; agrees that they form a sensible basis for reform of digital rights; and calls on the Government to support their statement and make reforms that ensure that government surveillance efforts are clearly restricted by law, proportionate to the risks, transparent and subject to independent oversight.
870 DEATH SENTENCE ON ABDUL QADER MOLLAH 11:12:13
That this House notes that Abdul Qader Mollah has been sentenced to death by the courts in Bangladesh for crimes committed during the 1971 war; further notes that international monitoring organisations have concluded that the judicial process which led to Abdul Qader Mollah being found guilty of war crimes was deeply flawed; believes that the execution of Abdul Qader Mollah would be unjust and wrong and do nothing to promote peace and reconciliation in Bangladesh; calls on the Government to make urgent representations to the Bangladesh authorities not to proceed with this execution; and urges the Bangladesh authorities not to proceed with this execution.
871 A DOG IS FOR LIFE, NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN 11:12:13
That this House notes the Dogs Trust's famous slogan, A Dog is For Life, Not Just for Christmas, is 35 years old this year and was created in 1978 by the charity's Chief Executive, Clarissa Baldwin OBE, at a time when thousands of people were buying puppies to give to family and friends as Christmas presents, resulting in puppies being abandoned in the New Year; recognises that, despite many years of campaigning by Dogs Trust, there still exists a problem of dogs being given as Christmas presents and notes that 34 per cent of children will ask for a puppy this Christmas; further notes the problem of dogs being given as Christmas presents is still a major concern in a country where there were 112,000 stray and abandoned dogs taken in by local authorities last year, 9,000 of which were put to sleep; and wholeheartedly supports the Dogs Trust in its determination to ensure that one day all dogs are cared for by responsible owners, and have a home for life.
872 FREEDOM OF THE CROSS 11:12:13
That this House supports the Freedom of the Cross campaign which highlights the struggle that many Christians have in their faith in the workplace and public arena and feels that their right to do so must be upheld.
873 GLOUCESTERSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 11:12:13
That this House believes that it is unacceptable that the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has not publicly disclosed its Division of Surgery Strategy document and its proposal to centralise most surgical services across Gloucestershire and integrate some of these services currently provided by Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucester Royal Hospital on to one site; further believes that the Trust should now fully disclose its report and publish the costs and benefits of combining services across Gloucestershire; further believes that the Trust should make clear the precise timescale of any proposed changes and fully explain what changes are being proposed and what the effect on jobs will be; and further believes that the Trust should engage in a full and open public consultation as the current secret discussions risk a loss of confidence in the management of the Trust to deliver a full range of health services in both Gloucester and Cheltenham Hospitals.
874 TAILORED BUSINESS LOANS AND EMBEDDED SWAPS 11:12:13
That this House notes that small and medium-sized businesses across the country struggled during the financial crisis; further notes that potentially tens of thousands of businesses may have been sold inappropriate complex financial products including fixed rate swaps and embedded swaps; is concerned that while fixed rate swaps purchased as an independent product are included in the current Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) review scheme, swaps embedded in businesses loans are not; further notes that many of these embedded swaps were sold without proper explanation of either the conditions or costs; understands these products are not regulated by the FCA; and therefore calls on the Government to ensure there is proper regulation in the future and that there is a review and access to redress for those affected in the past.
875 SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH COMBATTING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS 11:12:13
That this House is concerned about the burden of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK and overseas, including the most worrying threat of antibiotic resistance in gonorrhoea, and the risks STIs pose, including mortality, and infection of the unborn foetus, while recognising the promise of interdisciplinary scientific research that will contribute to efforts to combat STIs; supports microbiologists in their work to develop new treatments for antibiotic-resistant infections, innovative diagnostic devices that improve care, and an HIV vaccine; and welcomes the Society for General Microbiology statement, Microbiology and the challenge of sexually transmitted infections: Are we up to it?, which makes the case for basic scientific research as a contribution to wider efforts to improve sexual health.
876 CHORISTER JACK TOPPING 11:12:13
That this House recognises the efforts of Jack Topping, an 11-year-old chorister from the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Choir who has become the youngest solo artist to sign to Decca records; notes that Jack has been chosen to support this year's Save the Children Christmas campaign and that he is the youngest ever singer to be appointed as an ambassador for Save the Children; and wishes him every success in raising money through the proceeds of his single, Tomorrow, for a very worthwhile charitable cause.
877 UNIVERSITIES UK 12:12:13
That this House condemns Universities UK for promoting gender apartheid by supporting the segregation of women at universities; notes that this is contrary to the spirit of university, its ethos and academic freedom; believes that those involved in this decision should resign and that the decision should be reversed immediately; and urges the Minister of State for Universities and Science to launch an inquiry into the workings of Universities UK.
878 SKERTON HIGH SCHOOL (No.2) 12:12:13
That this House notes that Lancashire County Council has recently consulted on the closure of Skerton High School; further notes that the vast majority of respondents opposed the closure, but that Lancashire County Council has indicated it will close the school anyway; believes that an email from the Lead Member for Children's Services, sent before the consultation stating that he believed the school should close, is evidence that the county council had made a decision before considering all the facts; further believes that the county council must review its decision to avoid allegations of predetermination; and calls on Lancashire County Council to listen to local residents and to keep this important local school open.
879 LINCOLN CLOSE ILLUMINATIONS 12:12:13
That this House notes that the Lincoln Close Illuminations in Morecambe were switched on over the weekend of 1 December 2013 by David Morris MP and Dr Alison Birtle, a clinical oncologist; further notes that this event raises much-needed funds for Derian House Children's Hospice; thanks the large number of people from the local community who supported this event; and congratulates Ian and Diane Clifton who have organised the illuminations for the last 16 years.
880 NELSON MANDELA AND NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT 12:12:13
That this House admires the nobility of spirit and political judgment of former President Nelson Mandela; recalls the wisdom of his final speech as President of the Republic of South Africa to the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September 1998; further recalls that the very first resolution of the General Assembly, adopted in January 1946, sought to address the challenge of the elimination from national armaments of atomic weapons and all other major weapons adaptable to mass destruction; further recalls the document submitted by the non-aligned states to the UN General Assembly in 1998 entitled Towards a Nuclear Weapon Free World: The Need for a New Agenda; agrees with Mr Mandela's call that all members of the UN should seriously consider this important resolution and give it their support; backs Mr Mandela's view expressed in his speech on 21 September 1998 that the question of whether these terrible and terrifying weapons of mass destruction are needed should be asked, even if such a question were to sound naive to those who had elaborated sophisticated arguments to justify their refusal to eliminate such weapons; and believes that the Government should take all steps to deliver the elimination of all nuclear weapons of mass destruction as demanded by President Mandela.
881 CALDERDALE HOSPITAL ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT 12:12:13
That this House expresses concern about the possible closure of Calderdale's Accident and Emergency (A&E) department; recognises the vital role local A&E services play in meeting the health needs of local people; notes that thousands of people access treatment at Calderdale's A&E department every year; further recognises that closing that department would force people from Halifax and other communities to travel out of the area to access A&E treatment; calls on the Government and local NHS bosses to make clear what their plans are for local health services; further calls on the Government and local NHS bosses to make clear there are no plans to close Calderdale's A&E department; praises the NHS staff who do such an excellent job at Calderdale Royal Hospital; urges decision-makers to formally consult with and take into account the views of Halifax and Calderdale residents who overwhelmingly want to see the future of the local A&E department secured; and hopes that Calderdale's A&E department will continue to be at the heart of NHS provision in Halifax.