House of Commons
20th 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1164 BOB CROW 11:3:14
That this House records with sadness the tragic loss of Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary; sends its deepest condolences to his family, friends and the members of his union; and recognises him as one of the most outstanding trade union leaders of his generation, who was very much loved by his RMT members and also respected across the transport industry for his tireless work for a better and safer transport system.
1171 ENDING THE ESCALATOR ON THE DUTY ON SPIRITS 12:3:14
That this House recognises the huge contribution the Scotch whisky industry makes to UK exports, totalling £4.3 billion in the last full year, and contrasts this with the long-term decline of the domestic market for Scotch whisky; and calls on the Chancellor to end the spirits duty escalator in this month's budget in line with the decision to end it for beer last year.
1175 1988 CHEMICAL WEAPON ATTACK IN HALABJA 12:3:14
That this House recalls with repugnance the biggest single chemical weapons attack on civilians which was inflicted by the forces of Saddam Hussein on the town of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan on 16 March 1988; further recalls that 5,000 men, women and children died immediately and many more thousands of people died later or were permanently injured, physically and psychologically; believes that this attack was part of a long-running policy of genocide against the Kurds of Iraq; and further believes that, in the absence of any likely national or international judicial process after so many years, the Government should follow the example of the House which, on 28 February 2013, formally recognised this action as genocide.
1176 COASTAL EROSION 12:3:14
That this House requests that the Government interacts with all regional assemblies to coordinate a plan of action to address coastal erosion that is affecting up to 80 locations UK-wide.
1177 COMMONWEALTH DAY 13:3:14
That this House extends best wishes to all those in the Commonwealth as the UK marks Commonwealth Day 2014; notes that the Commonwealth is a powerful influence for good for the future; thanks Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her leadership and headship of the Commonwealth; and looks forward to the Commonwealth Games which are being staged in Glasgow later in 2014 as a beacon of all that is good within the Commonwealth of Nations.
1178 RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB 13:3:14
That this House extends congratulations and best wishes to Rangers Football Club on winning the Scottish League One title with eight games remaining; and wishes the club and its supporters continued success as they complete the next stage in the comeback to the top of Scottish football.
1180 TACKLING WARZONE RAPE IN CONGO AND BEYOND 13:3:14
That this House notes the horrific continuation of the use of rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war in conflicts around the world; further notes the shocking scale of this crisis in Congo where an estimated 48 women are raped every hour; applauds the work of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to end these atrocious crimes; welcomes his initiative to host an international conference on warzone rape with UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie in the UK; supports Save the Congo's 48AnHour campaign which aims to mobilise international effort to end Congo's culture of impunity for the use of rape as a weapon of war and for crimes of international concern; and calls on the Secretary of State to support the creation of a hybrid international Criminal Tribunal for Congo to address impunity behind the wars, revenge attacks and conflicts that continue to consume the Congolese people.
1181 VOICE OF THE FUTURE 2014 13:3:14
That this House congratulates the Society of Biology on organising the Voice of the Future 2014 event on 19 March 2014 at the House and on its continuing commitment under its Royal Charter to serve the public benefit by seeking to assist right hon. and hon. Members with a better understanding of science; notes that Voice of the Future 2014 is taking place during National Science and Engineering Week and involves young scientists and engineers from all over the UK, including A Level science students; further notes that the event will be addressed by the Minister for Universities and Science, the Shadow Minister for Universities and Science and the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser; further notes the special Science Question Time with hon. Members on the Select Committee on Science and Technology; applauds the involvement in this event of many of the UK's greatest science and engineering organisations, including the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Society of Biology, the Institute of Physics, the Biochemical Society, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Society for Experimental Biology, the Society for Applied Microbiology, the British Pharmacological Society, the Society for Experimental Biology, the Society of Endocrinology, the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the Geological Society, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Open University; and welcomes the contribution that Voice of the Future 2014 can make to building and maintaining a constructive dialogue between Parliament and the younger generation of scientists and engineers.
1183 JOB OPPORTUNITIES AND EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 13:3:14
That this House celebrates the value and significance of young people in the workforce and notes the need for stronger connections between schools, colleges and businesses, to provide greater and more streamlined opportunities for young people to enter the world of work, as recommended by the British Chambers of Commerce, Skills and Employment Manifesto; further notes the importance that employers place on skills and attributes such as effective communication, literacy, self-management, a positive attitude, people skills, team-working, problem solving and commercial awareness; and urges schools, businesses, Chambers, local enterprise partnerships, local government and the Government to work collaboratively to help promote and develop such employability skills and job opportunities for young people.
1184 ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN NORTH KOREA 13:3:14
That this House welcomes and fully endorses the findings and recommendations of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations in North Korea; calls on the Government to lead the international community in implementing the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry, including seeking a referral of a case to the International Criminal Court (ICC); urges the Government to work within the UN to renew, strengthen and expand the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, including increasing resources in support of the Special Rapporteur's work, in order to strengthen a continuing mechanism for monitoring, investigation and reporting; further calls on the Government to work with others in the UN to establish a database for evidence with a view to future justice and accountability; and further urges the Government to actively consider every possible mechanism for accountability, including the establishment of an ad hoc tribunal, if a referral to the ICC is not achieved.
1186 EARLY ACCESS TO MEDICINES FOR SUFFERERS OF MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY 13:3:14
That this House welcomes the introduction of an early access to medicines scheme to accelerate the pace at which innovative treatments are made available to patients; notes the significant impact such a scheme could have in allowing patients affected by rare diseases access to emerging treatments; further notes that in its September 2013 report on access to high cost drugs for rare diseases the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Muscular Dystrophy recommended that the Government bring forward the earlier access to medicines scheme; and praises the work of APPG for Muscular Dystrophy, supported by the Muscular Dystrophy campaigns for its hard work over the last year in pushing for the introduction of this scheme.
1187 NEW FOREST SUPPORT FOR HELP FOR HEROES 13:3:14
That this House salutes the many volunteers throughout the UK who raise substantial funds for Help for Heroes; congratulates, in particular, Elaine Husband, Mary and Nick Pattison, Shelagh Morgan, Lynn England and Claire Parsons of Brockenhurst, whose October 2013 Charity Weekend at the Balmer Lawn Hotel raised £30,348; notes that previously, in October 2011, the same team had raised £23,500; and wishes them every success in surpassing even these totals in October 2015, when the next in this admirable, enjoyable and productive series of events is to be held.
1188 SKILLS FUNDING AGENCY 13:3:14
That this House is concerned by the Government's restructuring of how apprenticeships are delivered and funded in the UK; notes that the current proposals will see a reduction of 30 per cent in current staffing levels at the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) which is entirely devoted to promoting apprenticeships and assisting employers who are taking part in apprenticeship schemes; further notes that the proposed restructuring will place burdens on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that currently benefit from SFA assistance and advice; is concerned that any additional burdens on SMEs such as training will result in a reduction of apprenticeships due to the time and financial constraints which will inevitably be placed on SMEs; and calls on the Government to halt its restructuring programme and consult fully with staff and their representatives as well as SMEs that currently benefit from the SFA in its current form.
1189 ROLE OF HOUSING IN THE PROVISION OF CARE 13:3:14
That this House welcomes the launch of On the Cusp?, a new brochure produced by the national charity Care and Repair England (CaRE) highlighting the critical role of housing in the provision of care; notes the causal link between housing conditions and a wide range of common chronic health conditions; further notes the age group most likely to live in poor housing is low income older people over 75; acknowledges the impact of housing on the risk of injury and accidents particularly among older people; believes that enabling older people to live healthier and more independent lives is dependent on the provision of decent, suitable homes; and calls on the Government to address the concerns raised by CaRE by making the connection between population ageing, health and social care policy and the need for appropriate housing.
1190 DEFENCE REVIEW 2015 AND TRIDENT REPLACEMENT 13:3:14
That this House notes that a National Security Strategy (NSS) and Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) is due to be conducted in 2015; further notes the Defence Committee report, Towards the next Defence and Security Review (Seventh Report, HC 197) and its concern that SDSR 2015 must be about understanding and outlining Britain's place in the world; believes that the decision on whether to maintain a nuclear weapons system beyond the life of Trident is central to this discussion and must be fully debated within the NSS and SDSR process; and urges that the Main Gate decision on the construction of Trident replacement submarines be delayed until after the publication of the SDSR.
1191 TAYFORTH UNIVERSITIES OFFICER TRAINING CORPS 17:3:14
That this House congratulates Tayforth Universities Officer Training Corps (UOTC) for winning Exercise Northern Lights at Barry Buddon Training Camp near Aberdeen; commends them for demonstrating outstanding ability in the fields of military skills, sports and piping; draws attention to the excellent work done by UOTC throughout the country in providing a diverse range of skills training; and wishes Tayforth UOTC and their colleagues across the UK well in continuing their excellent work far into the future.
1192 A DECADE OF FAIRTRADE YORK 17:3:14
That this House recognises the achievement of the City of York in celebrating 10 years of being a Fairtrade city; commends the hard work and distinct changes that local shops, schools, businesses and universities have made to achieve York's Fairtrade status; acknowledges the consistent work that York Fair Trade Forum—a voluntary organisation helping to sustain York's Fairtrade city status and create awareness in communities throughout York—does to make people more aware of Fairtrade and to support it; highlights the city's awareness and value of ensuring sustainable development for farmers and other producers globally; notes that more still needs to be achieved to create fairness for developing workers across the globe; and looks forward to many more decades of Fairtrade support and awareness in York and elsewhere in the UK.
1193 WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY 2014 17:3:14
That this House notes World Social Work Day on 18 March 2014; recognises social work as a global profession; and commends social workers across the UK for their dedication and hard work with some of the most vulnerable people in society.
1194 BAHRAIN FORMULA ONE GP 2014 17:3:14
That this House opposes the staging of the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix due to ongoing human rights violations in that country; notes that Human Rights Watch's 2014 World Report highlighted that Bahrain's human rights record regressed in key areas in 2013 drawing particular attention to arbitrary detention, ill-treatment and torture of activists, prosecution and harassment of government critics and a failure to hold those guilty of human rights abuses to account; expresses deep concern that in previous years Bahrain has implemented a severe crackdown before and during the Grand Prix, restricting freedom of movement of persons in the country, detaining and deporting foreign journalists and conducting mass arbitrary detentions in towns close to the Formula 1 circuit; recalls with concern that previous Grand Prix have coincided with the extrajudicial killing of protester Salah Abbas in 2012 and the arbitrary imprisonment and alleged sexual abuse in custody of protester Rihanna al Mousawi in 2013; further expresses disappointment at the continued failure to hold security forces to account for these abuses, as well as the arrest, detention and torture of 27 employees of the Bahrain International Circuit in 2011; and urges the Government to make strong representations to try and prevent the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix from going ahead.
1195 COMMEMORATION OF THE FALLEN IRISH MEN AND WOMEN OF THE GREAT WAR 18:3:14
That this House supports and encourages initiatives to promote peace in Ireland and further develop the warm and friendly relations between Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of recent years by commemorating the men and women from the Island of Ireland who lost their lives during the First World War; recognises the achievements of the Journey of Reconciliation Trust under the leadership of Glen Barr, OBE, from Northern Ireland and Paddy Harte, honorary OBE, from the Republic of Ireland in inspiring the Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines, Belgium, in the Ypres salient where the 16th (Irish) and the 36th (Ulster) Divisions fought side by side in June 1917 during the battle for the Messines Ridge; and is encouraged by the positive discussions with the government of the Irish Republic to ensure that the heroism and sacrifice of Irishmen awarded the Victoria Cross during the Great War is remembered with the laying of commemorative paving stones in their home counties in the Irish Republic.
1196 SIX NATIONS RUGBY 18:3:14
That this House congratulates the Ireland rugby team on its marvellous victory in winning the 2014 Six Nations Championship; and notes the combined strength of the Ireland team in its make up of team members from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
1197 DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS POLICY ON SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS 18:3:14
That this House is concerned about the shift in the policy of the Department for Work and Pensions requiring deaf people in receipt of Access to Work funds to employ a full-time salaried support worker to enable them to bridge the gap which inhibits their abilities to participate equally in the job market; is worried that this approach will probably lead to other severe problems for deaf people in work where sign language interpreters are required; and calls on the Government immediately to reverse this strategy and instead discuss a better way forward with deaf organisations.
1198 LEGAL AID SPENDING 18:3:14
That this House notes the need to make savings in the Ministry of Justice's budget; is concerned by the overwhelmingly critical response to the Government's proposals for legal aid, and the impact those proposals will have on access to justice, the integrity of the justice system and the survival of high street solicitors and the independent Bar; and calls on the Government to work with the professions to find alternative savings.
1199 DRAFT NATIONAL INSITUTE FOR HEALTH AND CARE EXCELLENCE GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF ENZALUTAMIDE 18:3:14
That this House notes with concern that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued a draft recommendation which will limit the use of the drug enzalutamide, a life extending treatment for men in the final stages of prostate cancer, only to those men who have not received another drug called abiraterone; further notes with concern that this decision will result in men having no other options on the NHS; is aware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, that 36,566 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and that 10,000 men die from the disease in England and Wales every year; further notes that there is no way for clinicians to tell which treatment - enzalutamide or abiraterone - will work best for men, making it important for both treatment options to be available to men without this restriction; calls on the Government to ensure that men with prostate cancer are able to access both cancer drugs to treat their health condition and to help prolong their life; and further calls on NICE to reconsider its draft decision and recommend enzalutamide as an alternative treatment to abiraterone, if their clinicians prescribe it.
1200 PARDON FOR ALAN TURING 18:3:14
That this House welcomes the long overdue pardon of Alan Turing, the man revered for his vital contribution to Britain's war effort by inventing the machine that broke the Enigma code and who received a criminal conviction for having a sexual relationship with another man; deplores the fact he was forced to take oestrogen therapy or be sent to prison if he did not comply; expresses sorrow that he went on to take his own life as a result; further notes that there were 75,895 other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people who were unfairly convicted for similar offences; and calls on the Government to ensure that they too receive pardons.
1201 WORLD WATER DAY 19:3:14
That this House welcomes World Water Day 2014 on 24 March; notes that diarrhoeal diseases killed more than 1,600 children under five years of age every day in 2012, 600,000 per year, accounting for nine per cent of all under-five deaths; further notes that these deaths are largely preventable; further welcomes the World Health Organisation and the United Nations Children's Fund report Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea (GAPPD) which aims to reduce deaths from diarrhoea to less than one in 1,000 by 2025; supports the conclusion of GAPPD that what is needed is 'an integrated national package of effective and affordable interventions that are tailored to local contexts and reach those children most at risk'; calls on national governments and the international community to support effective interventions, including continued breastfeeding, appropriate vaccinations, access to safe drinking water, sanitation and handwashing facilities, reduction in indoor air pollution and effective treatment, including oral rehydration solution and zinc; further welcomes the work of PATH, WaterAid and other international organisations in delivering healthcare solutions in the developing world; and further calls on the Government to continue to support integrated healthcare efforts.
1203 HEPATITIS C (No. 2) 19:3:14
That this House recognises that hepatitis C is the most prevalent blood-borne virus in the UK and can cause cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer and death; is alarmed that Public Health England estimates there to be some 250,000 hepatitis C positive people in the UK, although most cases remain undiagnosed; notes that the virus disproportionately affects marginalised groups, including intravenous drug users, prisoners and immigrant populations; further notes that only three per cent of those chronically infected receive potentially curative treatment each year; believes that hepatitis C can be effectively eliminated in England within a generation if simple actions are taken to ensure better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the virus; and calls on the Government to make the eradication of the virus a clear priority, with co-ordinated urgent action to reverse the rising death toll from hepatitis C.
1204 URBAN SPEED LIMITS 20:3:14
That this House notes that a reduction of the national default urban speed limit from 30 miles per hour (mph) to 20 mph would help to prevent needless road casualties, encourage healthier lifestyles and reduce pollution; is appalled that, every day, five children and 25 adults are killed or seriously injured while walking or cycling on UK roads, every one devastating for families, every one entirely preventable; further notes that at 20 mph, stopping distances are about half that at 30 mph, meaning that drivers are much more able to stop in time in an emergency, such as if a child steps out; further notes that a reduction in the limit would help bring about more active and healthy lifestyles, with one trial showing that widespread 20 mph limits led to a 20 per cent increase in walking and cycling; further notes that 20 mph limits also reduce pollution by causing vehicles to travel at a more constant speed; congratulates Brake, the road safety charity, on using its parliamentary reception to draw attention to the benefits of 20 mph limits and drivers slowing down; and calls on policymakers and practitioners to take steps to reduce speeds and make the roads safer for walking and cycling.
1205 HYDE PARK PICTURE HOUSE 100th ANNIVERSARY 20:3:14
That this House congratulates Hyde Park Picture House on celebrating its 100th anniversary; notes that the Grade II-listed site on Brudenell Road first opened on 7 November 1914 with the first film to be screened being Their Only Son; further notes that with 6,000 men from Leeds having enlisted to fight in the First World War, the Picture House played a valuable role in providing Leeds residents with news bulletins and footage of the war; strongly commends the Picture House for remaining a popular and much-loved local venue despite the building of local super-cinemas and the development of television, video, DVDs and the internet; further commends the commitment of Leeds City Council which stepped in to save the Picture House from closure in 1989; further commends the Trustees of Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House Limited for their determination to preserve and ensure the future security of the Picture House; and wishes the Hyde Park Picture House many more years of success.
1206 SCHOOL CROSSING PATROLS, HARLOW 20:3:14
That this House pays tribute to the good work of school crossing patrollers in Harlow; notes that they provide a vital service for Harlow's school children, are important figures of reassurance for the community, help keep roads safe and speeding to a minimum; is concerned that Essex County Council (ECC) is considering the future of school crossing patrols around Essex; further notes that school crossing patrollers have offered alternative ways to save money; and urges ECC to do everything it can to support school crossing patrols and secure a strong future for them.
1207 WAGE LEVELS AND THE TUC'S FAIR PAY FORTNIGHT CAMPAIGN 20:3:14
That this House notes that living standards have been under pressure since the recession of 2008-09 and despite the recent recovery in growth are not yet picking up, and that real wages for the average full-time worker have fallen by £2,800 since 2009; further notes that the reason for the squeeze, the longest since the 1870s, is weak wage growth; further notes that even on the more optimistic forecasts, real wages for those in the middle and below will not return to their 2008 levels until around 2020, and that whilst more people are now in work and unemployment is falling, too many of the new jobs are low paid, insecure and precarious; believes that a real, sustainable recovery which benefits ordinary people will require real wages to rise, and that this would not only relieve some of the strains on living standards but provide a solid underpinning for rising household spending and economic growth; and therefore strongly agrees with the TUC that Britain needs a pay rise, and supports the TUC's Fair Pay Fortnight campaign beginning on 24 March 2014.
1208 TREATMENT OF ATRIAL FIBRILLATION 20:3:14
That this House is deeply concerned that clinical commissioning groups and GPs across the country are failing to prescribe new oral anti-coagulants (NOACs), which are new life-saving drugs which prevent atrial fibrillation-related strokes; notes that these drugs have been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence; considers that the short-term cost of these drugs (Apixaban, Dabigatran and Rivaroxaban) is far outweighed by the cost of an atrial fibrillation-related stroke and other preventable illnesses; and recognises that the one million people with atrial fibrillation stand to benefit from NOACs wider use.
1209 DIFFERENTIAL VISA COSTS 20:3:14
That this House is concerned by the huge differential in the costs of dependents visas; points out that a British citizen is charged £1,906 for a visa for a relative from a country outside the European Union whereas an EU citizen living in Britain is charged just £55 for the same visa; believes that this discriminates against British citizens; and calls on the Government to equalise the cost for all dependents visas at £55.
1210 SCHOOL PLACES 20:3:14
That this House is concerned that unless more places are created in secondary schools an increasing number of local authorities will be facing a shortfall; notes a Local Government Association analysis of Department for Education figures shows that by 2019-20, 49 of 152 local authorities will have more secondary-age pupils than school places, if sufficient places are not provided; further notes that although 90,000 additional primary places were created last academic year there is a need for almost 130,000 places, the equivalent of 4,750 classes, by 2017-18; and calls on the Government to provide sufficient funding to make up for the looming shortfall and to give back to councils the power to create new schools so they can fulfil their statutory duty to offer places.
1211 INVASION OF IRAQ 2003 20:3:14
That this House recalls that it was 11 years ago on 20 March 2003 that the first missiles hit Baghdad, signalling what was dubbed shock and awe, the start of the US-led attack on Iraq in which the UK participated; further recalls that the premise on which the war was launched was that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction, based in large part on false dossiers produced by the then Government; notes that there were no weapons of mass destruction as the Iraqi government said at the time and as independent witnesses had verified; believes that this House and the British public were gravely and deliberately misled; mourns the thousands of men, women and children who died as a result of these falsehoods; and concludes that this was the greatest British foreign policy disaster in living memory.
1212 STRIP-SEARCHING OF CHILDREN 20:3:14
That this House is appalled that in five years 4,638 children between the ages of 10 and 16 years were strip-searched by Metropolitan Police officers; understands that this can require searches of body cavities, including intimate areas; notes that police are allowed to do this if they suspect the person is hiding Class A drugs or an object that could cause harm; further notes that permission for the search need only be given by a police inspector; and calls on the Government to require an independent adult to be present when these searches are carried out.
1213 PROMOTION OF TAX HAVENS BY BANKS IN AFRICA 20:3:14
That this House commends ActionAid for its work in highlighting the activities of Barclays Bank in Africa; condemns the Bank's promotion of the use of tax havens by large businesses working in Africa; notes that banks' tax haven businesses undermine efforts by African governments to raise the money they need to pay for vital services such as health and education, thereby ending their dependency on aid; further notes that promoting tax havens goes against commitments made by the CEO of Barclays, Antony Jenkins, to ensure that Barclays acts as a force for good in Africa; and calls on Barclays Bank to change its policy of promotion and use of tax havens.