House of Commons
10th March 2014
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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.
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.
1139 FAIRTRADE'S MAKE BANANAS FAIR CAMPAIGN 4:3:14
That this House celebrates the achievements of the Fairtrade movement in this 20th year since the Fairtrade mark first appeared on shelves in the United Kingdom; further congratulates the Fairtrade movement on sales of some £1.78 billion of Fairtrade products supporting farmers and workers around the world in 2013; further welcomes the Fairtrade Foundation's campaign to Make Bananas Fair which calls on the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to co-ordinate government action to investigate unsustainably low banana prices and act to address their impact on banana farmers and workers in developing countries; and calls on retailers to pay the cost of sustainable production and living wages to banana farmers and workers.
1141 LIVE EXPORT OF HORSES AND PONIES 4:3:14
That this House notes the exposure by the BBC on its Inside Out programme of the UK's failure in its duty to protect horses and ponies from being exported live for slaughter abroad; is appalled that animals continue to be transported long distances in this process with little regard shown for their health and welfare during such arduous journeys; reminds the Government of promises past and that legislation is currently in place to prevent such treatment from occurring; is also aware that a recently signed tripartite agreement to further restrict the unlimited movement of less financially valued stock is now in place; and urges those responsible to use that tripartite agreement to both police and enforce this policy forthwith.
1142 ARMED FORCES SERVICE MEMORIAL 5:3:14
That this House applauds the excellent work done by the UK armed forces and the Government's commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant which supports those who have given the most, such as the injured and those who died in service; notes that many service personnel who have lost their lives while serving do not have their names inscribed on the Armed Forces National Memorial although they have all sworn allegiance to their country and undertaken strenuous training; further notes a great many of the said personnel have completed years of service with a significant number of them having served on active operational tours of duty; recognises that the National Memorial Arboretum was set up as a special place for honouring those who served the nation; and supports the suggestion, upon consultation with the Arboretum trustees, that a separate Armed Forces Service Memorial be included at the Arboretum for those who died since World War II, either in service or as a consequence of their service, affording the opportunity to their bereaved families to pay their respects in a special place of honour.
1143 NORTH KOREA 5:3:14
That this House expresses concern about North Korean human rights abuses and persecution of Christians; further expresses anger that North Korea has concentration camps where horrific crimes take place at Yodok and Chongori and other locations; and requests that the Government engages with the North Korean Ambassador and conveys disgust at how the Christian minority have been treated, opens up discussions with the Chinese authorities to assist Christians and those suffering horrendous human rights abuses and requests that China does not repatriate those fleeing from North Korea to China because of the persecution.
1145 VIOLENCE AGAINST COMMUNITIES IN COLOMBIA SEEKING LAND RESTITUTION 5:3:14
That this House welcomes the Victims and Land Restitution Law in Colombia; notes with concern, however, the escalation of violence against communities seeking land restitution; further notes that in several cases this is due to the implementation of development projects involving foreign businesses and the production of agro-industrial crops for export; is alarmed by reports of violence against several communities in the process of land reclamation, notably the Afro-Colombian communities of Curvaradó, Cacarica and COCOMOPOCA and small-scale farming communities of Pitalito and Las Pabas, including reports that shots were fired at members of the Pitalito community, their leaders and lawyer; also notes with concern the escalation of threats against the human rights organisation, the Inter-Church Commission for Justice and Peace (Comision Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz), particularly in the context of increased killings of human rights defenders in Colombia; therefore calls on the Colombian government to provide adequate security and protection for communities, leaders and human rights defenders; and further calls on the Government to raise these concerns with the Colombian government and to report in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office annual Human Rights Report on the implementation of UN due diligence criteria by British businesses in Colombia in relation to land, in compliance with the UK Action Plan on Business and Human Rights; and urges the UK Embassy in Colombia to meet, monitor and report on the aforementioned communities.
1146 ILLEGAL OCCUPATION 6:3:14
That this House acknowledges the international condemnation of the illegal occupation of Ukraine by Russia but reminds the House that the north of the island of Cyprus has been living under illegal occupation by Turkey and this has been so without similar condemnation from successive Governments.
1147 PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN LEBANON 10:3:14
That this House recognises the current political situation in Lebanon and the need to affirm legitimate governance in a time of crisis; acknowledges the impact of Syrian refugees on Lebanon and the political concerns this is raising for the stability in the country; expresses deep concern over the discrimination against Palestinian refugees in Lebanon due to their status and the resulting lack of access to legal mechanisms; calls on the Lebanese authorities to ensure the safety and security of all Palestinian refugees within Lebanon; and further calls on the Government to assure Lebanon of the necessary support in assisting the refugees present in Lebanon, ensuring the provision of food, medical supplies and basic rights.
1148 LONDON ECONOMICS PUBS REPORT 10:3:14
That this House is concerned about the December 2013 London Economics (LE) report, entitled 'Modelling the impact of proposed policies on pubs and the pub sector', commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); notes the report was not based on independent research but confidential data supplied by pub companies lobbying against any Government action; further notes LE suspiciously failed to speak to pubco tenants or any organisations supporting the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign; is appalled LE has charged the taxpayer £26,000 for fieldwork when none was undertaken; further notes the report has not adhered to the brief and not done any work to assess pub viability as a result of reform, having instead tested viability of hugely indebted pubcos; further notes LE effectively admits this, saying it merely reports on what we would expect pub companies to do, given previous experience and the financial situation they find themselves in; further notes the report misunderstands the pubco economic model, contains factual errors, misreports industry evidence and makes incorrect conclusions; concludes the report is a waste of £39,100 of taxpayers' money; welcomes the parliamentary Save the Pub group's report exposing flaws in LE's report; further notes robust research by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) that the BIS Select Committee's market rent-only option would make thousands of pubs more viable, and projects that introduce this option would benefit the UK economy by £78 million; and demands that BIS disregards the LE report and uses the FSB research as evidence for making a decision.
1149 10 YEARS OF FAIRTRADE LEEDS 10:3:14
That this House congratulates the city of Leeds on celebrating 10 years since becoming a Fairtrade city; commends the Leeds Fairtrade City Steering Group for its inspiring commitment to promoting Fairtrade in communities across Leeds; highlights the value Leeds' residents place on ensuring sustainable development for farmers and workers around the world; acknowledges that local schools, businesses and universities have achieved Fairtrade status; agrees that Leeds is an excellent example for other towns and cities around the UK considering pursuing Fairtrade status; notes that more can still be done to ensure fairness for marginalised producers across the globe; and looks forward to many more years of progress for the Fairtrade movement.
1150 USE OF TASERS ON CHILDREN 10:3:14
That this House is appalled that the use of Tasers on children by the Metropolitan Police has risen six-fold over four years; notes that according to the Children's Rights Alliance for England, and based on a Freedom of Information request, stun guns were used on 53 young people in the city in 2013 compared to nine in 2008; further notes that 70 per cent of the incidents occurred in four London boroughs, Croydon, Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark; believes that children should never be subject to Taser assault; and calls on the Home Secretary to invoke an immediate ban on their use.
1151 STOP AND SEARCH 10:3:14
That this House believes that police stop and search powers unfairly target the black and Asian communities; notes that the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that black people were six times more likely than white people to be stopped, with Asian or other ethnic minority groups two times more likely; points out that the Home Secretary set a deadline of 12 December 2013 to reduce significantly one of the stop and search powers related to the possibility of violence; deeply regrets that this did not happen; and believes that regressive attitudes in Downing Street are to blame and that Ministers who are members of the Conservative Party are afraid of appearing soft on crime with May elections imminent.
1152 PERFORMANCE OF KINGS SCIENCE ACADEMY 10:3:14
That this House is very concerned that another Ofsted report on Kings Science Academy (KSA), Bradford has concluded that senior leaders and governors at the school are still not taking effective action on crucial areas requiring improvement; notes the report says that the school has not recruited sufficient high-quality, experienced teachers to deliver the curriculum, and of 29 new teachers joining the staff 19 were either newly-qualified or trainees; further notes that KSA has not developed procedures for dealing with teaching which is not good enough and that the academy has not developed an approach in which students are fully comfortable to acknowledge when they need help and ask for it; recalls that this school was both visited and lauded by the Secretary of State for Education and the Prime Minister as being an exemplar of the new free schools policy; believes that on the contrary, the KSA fiasco demonstrates the failure of Government policy; and concludes that past and present trustees and governors have signally failed pupils and parents and are not fit for purpose and that the school should be removed from the control of the Trust that set it up.
1153 IMMIGRATION DEBATE 10:3:14
That this House is intensely relaxed about people coming to this country to study and work and bringing necessary skills, as long as they pay their taxes and pay their way; notes that Government ministers are once more bitterly at odds over immigration; further notes that while the number of immigrants arriving from outside the EU has fallen, those arriving from within the EU has increased by 60,000 to 209,000; points out that Government ministers' commitment to cutting net migration to below 100,000 by next year is impossible without leaving the EU; believes that the Immigration Minister James Brokenshire's claim that the number of arrivals from the EU is too high is simply a naked attempt to hold on to Tory voters who are likely to vote for UKIP in the May elections; and calls on all parties and members to stop using immigration as a political football.
1154 UNIVERSITY VICE-CHANCELLORS' PAY 10:3:14
That this House condemns the massive, above inflation pay rises of university vice-chancellors while insisting their employees stick to a one per cent increase; points out that in the Russell Group of universities which represents 24 of the most selective higher education institutions in the country basic pay rose by more than £20,000 last year to an average of almost £293,000; highlights the case of the Open University's Martin Bean, the highest-paid boss, who earns £407,000 a year and is apparently so busy he has just advertised for a £45,000 a year speechwriter; is certain that no potential student picks a university because of its vice-chancellor; notes that the appeal from Universities Minister David Willetts to exercise restraint has fallen on deaf ears; understands the disquiet among staff, particularly lecturers, that below inflation pay rises are imposed on them while their employers enjoy record remuneration; and calls on the Government to ensure that vice-chancellors' pay increases only by the same percentage as that of their staff.
1155 SOL CAMPBELL 10:3:14
That this House is deeply worried about the claims made by former England footballer Sol Campbell about racism in the Football Association (FA) and the impact of this on his career; notes that Mr Campbell suggests that if he was white he would have been captain of the England side 'for more than 10 years'; further notes that Mr Campbell was capped 73 times for England and captained the side on only three occasions; and calls on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to investigate these claims to eradicate any racism in the FA.
1156 SCAMS AGAINST THE VULNERABLE 10:3:14
That this House congratulates Age Cymru on its timely and vital campaign to protect vulnerable older people in Wales from scams, such as postal scams, nuisance calls, investment scams, fake PPI recovery offers, internet repair scammers, courier scams and internet scams; and calls for the Government to examine the case for drastically increasing the scope and the scale of No Cold Calling zones to protect older people from rogue traders and high pressure salespeople on their doorstep and for internet service providers to work with other service and product providers to supply easily and affordably higher levels of security capable of blocking or quarantining scams.
1157 PENSION ENTITLEMENT FOR MILITARY WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS 10:3:14
That this House expresses sympathy with the military widows and widowers forced to surrender their 1975 Armed Forces Pension Scheme entitlement when deciding to marry or cohabit with a new partner; acknowledges the enormous sacrifices made by military spouses on behalf of the UK, often raising a family single-handedly while a loved one serves overseas; believes it is cruel and unfair to make those who become widows and widowers to make a choice between having a new relationship and financial security; notes that the 2005 Armed Forces Pension Scheme does not require widows and widowers to sacrifice their entitlement if they find a new partner; further believes that the savings to the taxpayer made by widows and widowers sacrificing their pension entitlement is minimal and that in 2013 there were only 10 1975 Armed Forces Pension Scheme 75 widows payments voluntarily surrendered at an annual saving of £31,294; supports the Forces Pensions Society campaign, backed by the Royal British Legion, to abolish this unfair and unnecessary provision; and urges the Government to amend the 1975 Armed Forces Pension Scheme so that widows and widowers no longer have to sacrifice their entitlement when cohabiting or marrying a new partner.
1158 GUIDELINES ON ASSISTED SUICIDE AND PUBLIC SAFETY 10:3:14
That this House notes and draws to the attention of those wishing to change the law on assisted suicide, the remarks of the Minister of State at the Department of Justice, Lord Faulks, during a debate on 5 March 2014 in the House of Lords, that since the publication of the Guidelines of Assisted Suicide four cases were referred onwards for prosecution for murder or serious assault; believes that the emergence of these cases shows how well the current guidelines are working; and reasserts its belief that to relax the current law would add further to the number of unlawful killings and murders and that the most important considerations are the protection of vulnerable people and public safety.
1159 LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND SCHOOL SUPPORT WORKERS' PAY 10:3:14
That this House recognises that local government and school support workers provide an excellent and essential service to the public; expresses concern about levels of local government pay; further recognises that local government workers have endured a real terms 18 per cent reduction in basic pay since 2010; believes that low pay in local government is resulting in significant economic hardship for them and their families; supports the National Joint Council (NJC) pay claim for 2014-15; notes that this would deliver the Living Wage for the 500,000 lowest paid local government workers; further notes that 55 per cent of the cost of the claim could be met through increased tax and national insurance income and reduced spending on in-work-benefits; and therefore calls on local government employers to accept the NJC claim and offer a pay award which includes an emphasis on fair rewards for the lowest paid and hard-pressed sections of the workforce.
1160 FUTURE OF BBC THREE 10:3:14
That this House is concerned at the proposal of BBC management to recommend the closure of BBC Three by autumn 2015; notes that this is the first time in the BBC's history that it has proposed to close a television channel; further notes that BBC Three has given birth to hugely popular content such as Little Britain and Gavin and Stacey, alongside innovative current affairs programmes aimed at a youth audience such as the 60 Seconds format; regrets that this £50 million saving follows an extensive round of cuts and job losses under the Delivering Quality First agenda and is a result of the freeze in the licence fee together with having to absorb the World Service, S4C and the roll-out of broadband; fears that the proposal will lead to compulsory redundancies; urges BBC management to take this proposal off the table pending the outcome of negotiations over renewal of its Royal Charter; and joins the National Union of Journalists in urging all parties to commit to an uprating of the TV licence by at least the rate of inflation in order to ensure that quality diverse public service broadcasting that plays an enormous role in the broader creative industry can continue to flourish.
1161 FIREARMS LICENCE FEE 10:3:14
That this House urges the Government to increase the firearms licence fee to eliminate the £17 million burden placed upon police services to subsidise private gun ownership; notes that the current fee stands at £50 while its costs the police £196 to process each private gun licence; further notes that police services across the country are facing severe financial pressures resulting in a reduction in the number of frontline and specialist police officers; agrees that every measure possible should be taken to protect funding for vital police work; and acknowledges that when the Government is imposing extensive public spending reductions it is unacceptable to use funding earmarked for policing to subsidise an activity by a small minority of the British public.
1162 ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT IN SCHOOLS 10:3:14
That this House welcomes the Department for Education's policy review for the management of asbestos in schools; notes that the review was called following the Committee on Carcinogenicity's conclusion that children are more vulnerable to asbestos exposure than adults; further notes the evidence given to the Education Select Committee by a leading epidemiologist that between 200 and 300 people could die each year from their asbestos exposure experienced as a child at school; and calls on the Government to look to Australia where a National Strategic Plan for asbestos has recently been introduced which will establish long-term strategic policies for the eradication of asbestos disease and will set systems, timelines and processes for the safe removal of asbestos materials from public and commercial buildings, with priority being given to schools.