House of Commons
3rd March 2014
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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1099 CARDINAL VINCENT NICHOLS 24:2:14
That this House congratulates Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, on his elevation to the College of Cardinals and his strong support for social justice.
1101 COMPULSORY DISPLAY OF SCORES ON THE DOORS 24:2:14
That this House calls on the Government to introduce an obligation for food establishments to display food hygiene ratings under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme commonly referred to as Scores on the Doors; notes that all these ratings are available online; expresses concern that currently only the top rated establishments choose to display their ratings in their establishments; expresses further concern that the majority of customers do not check hygiene ratings online and are unaware of the hygiene ratings of many of the food establishments they use; further notes that the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme is a voluntary scheme for local authorities; welcomes that the obligation for food establishments to display food hygiene ratings under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme would bring about improved hygiene standards; celebrates that this obligation would allow the public to make informed decisions about where to eat; and further welcomes that this obligation would rightly provide recognition for businesses that maintain high standards and highlight those which do not.
1102 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND THE ROHINGYA 24:2:14
That this House is deeply concerned by the statement of the UN Special Rapporteur on Burma that the government of Burma is failing to satisfactorily investigate allegations of the mass murder of ethnic Rohingya men, women and children at Du Chee Yar Tan village in January 2014; notes that the government of Burma has failed to respond to every single request by the United Nations to carry out impartial and independent investigations into human rights abuses in Burma; further notes that the government of Burma has rejected and failed to investigate evidence compiled by Human Rights Watch of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya; condemns the rejection by the Burmese government of the UN General Assembly Resolution call to reform the discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law; believes that it is now abundantly clear that the government of Burma is not willing to take sufficient action to either investigate or end violence and discrimination against the Rohingya; and therefore calls on the Government to work to establish an independent international investigation into violations of international law against the Rohingya people in Burma.
1105 FUTURE OF HM LAND REGISTRY 24:2:14
That this House recognises and appreciates the excellent services which HM Land Registry provides to the public, with customer satisfaction of 98 per cent; notes that HM Land Registry offers value for money, and as a trading fund regularly returns a surplus to HM Treasury; is concerned that the Government's consultation on the introduction of a Land Registry service delivery company does not give any credible reasons for why a change of status is needed; further notes that Ministers are withholding key and detailed information about their future plans for the body, including proposed changes to the size and shape of the organisation; believes that this 150-year-old institution should remain within the Civil Service to ensure that public trust in the Registry's impartiality and freedom to operate without the potential conflict of commercial interests remains; and calls on the Government to acknowledge the success of HM Land Registry in its current form and to stop its plans to privatise this successful and trusted public service.
1106 UGANDAN ANTI-HOMOSEXUALITY BILL (No.2) 24:2:14
That this House condemns the signing of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law; notes that the Act expands the range of same-sex activities that will be criminalised and introduces life imprisonment for acts of so-called aggravated homosexuality; further notes that the Act also makes it a crime not to report gay people; believes that such a law makes it impossible to be openly gay in Uganda; recognises that passing such a law is a retrograde step in the worldwide fight for gay equality; and calls on the Government to denounce President Yoweri Museveni and the Ugandan government in the strongest possible terms.
1107 TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF DEATH OF BILL HICKS 24:2:14
That this House notes with deep sadness the twentieth anniversary of the death of Bill Hicks, on 26 February 2014; and salutes a man who used comedy as a weapon to assault the pomposity, arrogance and crass materialism of his age and whose every recorded and written word is a reminder of how brightly his genius burned, how dark is the world without that scorching light and how much his uncompromising honesty will be forever missed.
1108 THE PRIME MINISTER AND FOOD BANKS 25:2:14
That this House concurs with the conclusion of 27 Anglican bishops that the Prime Minister is responsible for a national crisis which has seen 500,000 people visit food banks since Easter 2013; notes with shame the bishops' concern that in the world's seventh richest country people are still going hungry; further notes with grave concern that in the last year 5,500 people have been admitted to hospital with malnutrition; and concludes that the welfare system is failing to provide a robust last line of defence against hunger and that the Government's cuts and policy has made hundreds of thousands of poor people more vulnerable and dependent on charity.
1109 DEMANDS BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS 25:2:14
That this House believes that requirements by the Department for Work and Pensions that claimants must send off at least 50 job applications a week or risk having their benefits stopped is unreasonable, punitive and fruitless; concludes that it is a way of removing people from the unemployment register both to save money and to artificially deflate the figures; and further concludes that the only honourable way to slash the numbers is to create meaningful jobs, which the Government has signally failed to do.
1112 RE-LAUNCH OF BME CANCER VOICE 25:2:14
That this House recognises the re-launch on 25 February 2014 of BME Cancer Voice by BHI (Black Health Initiative), an organisation with charitable status which works nationally with a commitment to reducing cancer patient inequalities, increasing early diagnosis, culturally appropriate and equal services within prosthesis, hair loss services and takes account of religious and ethnic differences; and calls on the Department of Health to support its essential work.
1113 GREAT BRITISH SWITCH 25:2:14
That this House notes the public's ongoing concern with ever-increasing energy prices; recognises research published by the independent regulator, Ofgem, showing that 68 per cent of those who switched gas suppliers and 70 per cent of those who switched electricity suppliers in 2012/2013 believe they have saved money; commends the campaign launched by comparethemarket.com on this matter; and urges the public to support the Great British Switch on 15 and 16 March by taking advantage of the offer to switch energy supplier without penalty.
1114 GOOGLE AND UNOFFICIAL CHARGING SITES 25:2:14
That this House notes that Google has now agreed to co-operate with Transport for London to remove unofficial congestion charge sites; further notes that up to 1,000 people a day have been conned into paying an additional charge of up to £8 each as a result of the con being perpetrated by these unofficial sites with confidential financial information being unintentionally passed to persons unknown; believes Google's decision is welcome but long overdue; and calls on all Government departments and bodies such as the Land Registry and DVLA to seek a similar agreement from Google in relation to unofficial sites charging for their services as a matter of urgency.
1116 EFFECTS OF SUPERMARKET PROMOTIONS ON LOCAL NEWSAGENTS 25:2:14
That this House notes with concern the impact that some supermarket promotions can have on newsagents and convenience stores; recognises that the recent Waitrose offer of a free newspaper with every purchase over £5 in store or on line is likely to have a detrimental impact on the traditional corner shop and newsagents; further recognises the important role that independent retailers play in local communities; and therefore urges people to support local independent newsagents and convenience stores.
1121 UGANDAN GOVERNMENT'S TREATMENT OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE 26:2:14
That this House strongly condemns Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's decision to sign into law the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which further criminalises homosexuality and introduces life sentences for aggravated homosexuality, making it lawful to report lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people to the authorities; is appalled that the Ugandan Red Pepper newspaper has published the names of 200 LGBT people putting their lives at risk; urges the Government to take immediate action working with its partners in the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the EU to make it absolutely clear to the Ugandan government and the members of the Ugandan Parliament who voted in favour of the Bill that their cavalier disregard for fundamental human rights is intolerable and to formally requests that the UN Human Rights Council investigates this persistent violation of LGBT people's fundamental human rights; and requests that the Government seeks to assist those affected in Uganda in every possible way by working with allies who share the UK's commitment to LGBT equality.
1123 FAIR TAX MARK 26:2:14
That this House notes that the Government is losing much more than £1 in every £10 it seeks to collect from companies to tax evasion and avoidance; further notes that according to a recent Institute for Business Ethics poll, the public is now more concerned about tax avoidance than any other issue of corporate conduct; shares the public opposition to companies that avoid and evade paying the tax they owe; further notes the emergence of boycotts of companies such as Amazon and Starbucks; welcomes, like ICAEW and others, the launch of the Fair Tax Mark and the certification of Midcounties Co-opeative, Unity Trust Bank and others, who have been accredited as seeking to pay the tax that they owe in the right place at the right time; believes that such a mark will usefully provide consumers with the information they need to make ethical purchasing decisions based on the behaviour of corporations, and ultimately lead to additional tax revenue being paid to HM Revenue and Customs; and therefore calls on the Government to endorse the idea of a Fair Tax Mark, to work with its founders to put fair tax at the centre of the corporate social responsibility agenda and to redouble its efforts to clamp down on corporate tax evasion and avoidance.
1124 MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND TIER-ONE VISAS 26:2:14
That this House notes with concern the recommendation of the Migration Advisory Committee that would allow foreign millionaires to bid for fast-track tier-one UK visas; rejects the principle that the right to stay in the UK could be sold off to affluent people, even if they would donate money to the UK; recognises that this policy would widen the gap in opportunity between the rich and poor applying for a tier-one visa; and recognises the benefit of allowing talented, motivated and hard-working people to apply for the right to settle in the UK, regardless of their financial background.
1125 NEW BEATSON CANCER CHARITY 26:2:14
That this House welcomes the launch of the new Beatson Cancer Charity, which brings together the resources of Friends of the Beatson and the Beatson Oncology Centre Fund; recognises that this new charity will support the vital work of the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre in Glasgow which is the UK's busiest cancer treatment centre and second busiest in Europe; understands that the launch and subsequent development of this new charity is a unique and significant step in the fight against cancer in the UK; further welcomes that the Beatson Cancer Charity is determined to beat cancer and that through a programme of active fundraising it will help fund improvements and innovation in services, provide enhanced medical equipment, fund additional nursing, radiology, physics and research posts, as well as fund education, training and staff development at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre; further welcomes that the charity will focus on facilitating high quality research programmes and ground-breaking early stage research to improve cancer treatment; understands that the Beatson Cancer Charity will adopt a partnership approach; further welcomes the Beatson Cancer Charity's support of the vision of the Beatson in Glasgow being rightfully regarded as an internationally renowned comprehensive cancer centre attracting the highest calibre of professional staff and developing state-of-the-art, pioneering techniques and treatments that will change the face of cancer treatment on a local, national and international scale; further recognises the importance of this new charity in the fight against cancer; and looks forward to hearing more about its work in due course.
1130 TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT (S. I., 2014, No. 16) 28:2:14
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Collective Redundancies and Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 16), dated 8 January 2014, a copy of which was laid before this House on 10 January, be annulled.
1131 CIDER DUTY ESCALATOR 3:3:14
That this House calls for the ending of the cider duty escalator in the 2014 Budget on 19 March 2014, in order to provide assistance to an industry that represents such a success story for British business, an industry whose fortunes are in desperate need of reviving after the recent flooding; notes that significant fruit tree loss has been reported and more is expected due to the high winds and waterlogged land that the West and South West of the country is still experiencing; and believes that removal of the duty escalator would offer essential relief for distressed fruit growers and provide the confidence to re-plant to growers, whose suffering is not yet over, as the full extent of the flood damage is yet to be assessed.
1132 PLANNING DECISIONS AND LOCALISM 3:3:14
That this House notes the recent planning decision at appeal to allow 504 homes to be built in the village of Barrow in the Ribble Valley; further notes that according to the electoral register Barrow had 304 dwellings two years ago and that over 250 homes have been built or been approved before this recent decision was taken; is concerned that with permission to build 504 more homes, the village of Barrow will have tripled in size within a very short period of time; understands that the application to build 504 new homes was vehemently opposed by the residents, the local authority and local hon. Member; and calls on the Government to give due weight to the views of local residents, councillors and council officers when deciding appeal decisions and to address the meaning of the word localism for the purposes of planning decisions.
1133 DEMENTIA STRATEGY BEYOND 2014 3:3:14
That this House welcomes the Government's commitment to improving care and services for people with dementia; notes that the National Dementia Strategy and the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia have been fundamental to achieving these improvements since the inception of the strategy in 2009; and calls for the commitment to and publication of a renewed Dementia Strategy before the end of the current framework in April 2014.
1134 CARMARTHENSHIRE SHARED APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME 3:3:14
That this House notes that Carmarthenshire Shared Apprenticeship Scheme, a social enterprise created by Coleg Sir Gar, has employed over 220 apprentices since its inception in September 2007; further notes that the scheme has secured excellent outcomes including over 95 per cent attainment at NVQ level 3 and over 90 per cent retention in the construction sector after gaining level 3 qualifications; believes that the innovative structures of the scheme ensure that apprentices have gained additional skills by working on different construction projects with a range of partners; welcomes the growth of the Carmarthenshire scheme to a South West Wales Regional Shared Apprenticeship Scheme which aims to employ 145 construction shared apprentices and become the single largest employer of construction apprentices in the UK by September 2014; and further notes that long-term youth unemployment has quadrupled in Wales since 2011 and that Carmarthenshire is providing an example of best practice for the rest of Wales and the UK to follow.
1135 ROLE OF THE REGULAR ARMY AT HOME AND ABROAD 3:3:14
That this House notes and is grateful for the sterling work undertaken by the Regular Army in dealing with the consequences of the recent floods in the UK; further notes the worsening situation in Ukraine; questions whether the Government's strategy of reducing the regular armed forces is the right strategy; and calls for a cessation of the disbandment of traditional battalions such as the Fusiliers.