House of Commons
24th June 2014
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
The figure following this symbol is the number of Members who have added their names in support of the Motion, including the Member in charge of the Motion.
After an Early Day Motion (EDM) has been printed for the first time, it is only reprinted when names are added or amendments tabled; only the first six names and any names added since the last printing are included. After the week in which a Motion is first printed and the following week, added names and amendments appear only in a separate paper, Mature EDMs, distributed the next Thursday. In the meantime, they are available for inspection by Members in the Table Office and the Library or on the EDM database at edmi.parliament.uk
99 HIGH COURT JUDGMENT ON ASYLUM SUPPORT 16:6:14
That this House notes the High Court judgment of 9 April 2014 (Refugee Action v Secretary of State for the Home Department) which states that the Government's assessment of the amount needed by asylum seekers to meet their essential living needs is flawed and further notes the Government's decision not to appeal this ruling; is concerned as stated in the judgment, that asylum support rates have not been increased since April 2011 and that the majority of those on asylum support receive just £5.23 a day to pay for essentials such as food, clothing and toiletries; further notes that asylum seekers spend an average of 18 months on this support and are almost never allowed to work; believes this is detrimental to the well-being of refugees including children; is particularly concerned that children aged 16 and 17 years are treated as adults for the purposes of asylum support making it difficult to participate fully in education; and calls on the Government to raise asylum support rates to at least 70 per cent of income support - the equivalent of £7.17 a day for most adult asylum seekers - and to increase this in line with inflation annually.
101 EDUCATION ENTITLEMENT FOR ALL CAMPAIGN 16:6:14
That this House welcomes the NASUWT Entitlement for All campaign, which advocates the adoption of an entitlements-based approach to state education, including the tackling of poverty and disadvantage in society as a prerequisite to improving educational outcomes for all, providing a broad and balanced curriculum experience fit for the 21st century, insisting that all teachers have met nationally-relevant professional standards and expectations in order to work as qualified teachers and investing in a highly skilled education workforce to support children and young people.
102 VAT REDUCTION FOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY 16:6:14
That this House recognises that local restaurants and public houses are facing very challenging conditions in the current economy and are being put under further pressure by the rise of large supermarkets that enjoy preferential value added tax (VAT) treatment; notes that these businesses lie at the heart of their local communities, economically and socially; further notes that 13 EU member states, including the Republic of Ireland, have introduced a reduced rate of VAT within their tourism and hospitality sectors for restaurants and public houses, and 22 have done so for hotel accommodation, and that such measures have had a positive impact; calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to introduce similar sector-specific VAT reduction measures to help businesses in the UK; and further recognises that such a move would encourage growth in the wider economy, support job creation and generate investment in local businesses.
103 COUNTRYSIDE ALLIANCE AWARDS 2013 16:6:14
That this House congratulates the winners of the Countryside Alliance Awards 2013; welcomes these awards which celebrate outstanding rural businesses in the UK; notes the support of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the awards also known as the Rural Oscars; recognises that the awards are in the ninth year of running; applauds the high standard of all entrants and the excellent quality of winning and highly commended entries; and further recognises the huge importance of small and medium-sized businesses to the rural economy and the positive impact which they have on rural communities.
105 MONTE CASSINO 16:6:14
That this House notes with gratitude the heroism and courage of those who served and died at the Battle of Monte Cassino in the Second World War which claimed some 50,000 allied lives; and on this 70th anniversary of the battle resolves never to forget the sacrifice of those who fought so valiantly for our freedom.
107 IMMIGRATION RULES 16:6:14
That this House condemns the Financial (Minimum Income) Threshold in the Immigration Rules introduced by the Government which came into force on 9 July 2012; notes that the rules are having a negative impact on UK citizens who have spouses from non-EU/EEA nations and is resulting in families being forced to live outside the UK or to live separately in different countries; calls on the Government urgently to lower the threshold for the minimum income and allow families to return to the UK with immediate effect; further calls on the Government to implement the recommendation of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Migration to undertake an independent review of the Financial (Minimum Income) Threshold generally to ensure that families with spouses from non-EU/EEA nations with stable and reasonable incomes are granted permission to immigrate to the UK; and notes that the UK's four children's commissioners all endorsed the APPG report on Migration and its recommendations.
110 REPEAL OF SECTION 24 AND GREATER TRANSPARENCY IN ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION 16:6:14
That this House notes the Government's consultation on the review of section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; welcomes reform of this policy which has allowed animal research to be carried out in complete secrecy; understands the need to protect personal information of researchers; supports the National Anti-Vivisection Society in its campaign to end the secrecy around animal experiments; and calls on the Government to repeal section 24 and allow interested stakeholders with expertise access to project licence applications prior to approval, which may help identify non-animal alternatives or similar research elsewhere and contribute towards the Government's promised reduction in the use of animals in scientific research.
111 IT AND PROBATION 16:6:14
That this House is alarmed by the ongoing reports of IT issues within the newly formed National Probation Service (NPS) and 21 community rehabilitation companies (CRC); notes the failure of the NDelius IT system in the first days of the new service with some areas in England and Wales reporting the system was down for four days; is concerned that this has resulted in numerous residual issues including delays in court reports and prison recall as well as significant delays in transferring cases to the new organisation; is further concerned that staff working in the CRCs cannot access records of the NPS and this has resulted in CRC staff being unable to assess an individual's risk of harm, including risk registers such as child protection and sexual offences, which is putting both staff and the public at risk; and calls on the Government to assess the risk to public safety of the new probation service and halt the process of privatisation to protect the public and the dedicated staff of both the NPS and CRCs.
112 BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION'S YOUR GP CARES CAMPAIGN 16:6:14
That this House welcomes the British Medical Association's Your GP Cares campaign; recognises that the UK family doctor service is widely admired around the world; notes that the increased demand on general practice caused by demographic changes, more complex health needs and care moving out of hospitals is contributing to challenging pressures on the service and is therefore compromising the care GPs can provide to patients; further notes that NHS England for example estimates some 340 million consultations are undertaken every year, an increase of 40 million since 2008; believes that having more GPs, working as part of properly resourced practice teams, in buildings fit for purpose, would support the delivery of services that patients need and deserve; further believes that UK GPs care about the concerns of patients and want to find long-term, sustainable solutions to meet their needs; and calls for an immediate and sustained investment in general practice.
As an Amendment to Tim Farron's proposed Motion (British Medical Association's Your Gp Cares Campaign):
Line4, leave out from 'service' to end and add '; congratulates the Coalition Government for formulating the Prime Minister's Challenge scheme which allows GPs to run an effective out-of-hours scheme which gives patients better access to their GP's services; further congratulates the Government for giving Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group over £1 million to allow five practices in the area to be open from 8 am to 8 pm; and further congratulates Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group for allowing its £8.3 million operational surplus in the last financial year to be spent improving patient care in Cumbria.'. 23:6:14(a1)
113 DECISION TO CLOSE THE INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND 17:6:14
That this House is deeply concerned by the Government's announcement to close by June 2015 the Independent Living Fund (ILF), on which over 18,000 disabled people with high support needs rely to live independently in the community; questions the decision to give local authorities (LAs) responsibility for this funding without ring fencing when LAs have already cut spending by £1.9 billion on adult services through efficiencies and service reduction between 2011 and 2013, and the Department of Health has shown that demand for adult social services has outstripped funding as expenditure fell nine per cent behind demand over the last four years; notes that experts believe financial pressure and loss of experienced ILF staff will mean current recipients will be placed in residential care or left at home without adequate care provision; highlights the inadequate Government equality assessment which, for example, cites the range of Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs) available to ameliorate the impact of withdrawing ILF on students, despite DSAs also being cut and being an incomparable allowance with a different use; therefore considers the numerous and significant cuts to disabled benefits mean a cumulative impact assessment of cuts on disabled people is a prerequisite to any decision about the ILF; is reminded that in 2013 the Court of Appeal found the Government's decision to close the ILF in March 2015 breached equality duties; and urges the Government to respect its obligations under the UN Convention of the Rights of Disabled Persons by maintaining the ILF and reopening applications.
115 STEPHEN SUTTON MBE 17:6:14
That this House is delighted that Stephen Sutton has been posthumously recognised with an MBE in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours for his tireless fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust; notes that this honour recognises Stephen's continued fearlessness right up until his death at the age of 19 years in May 2014; and further notes that Stephen was awarded the Kids Count Most Inspirational Young Person 2013 Award; and further notes that his work has now raised over four million pounds and elevated the awareness of young people living with cancer across the UK and that commitment continues to act as an inspiration for millions of people throughout the world.
116 PARENTAL GUIDANCE FOR CYBER-BULLYING PREVENTION 17:6:14
That this House recognises that cyber-bullying, like bullying in the real world, is a traumatic experience which can affect the health and wellbeing of children and young adults in particular; notes that parents educating their children about the benefits and risks of how they interact online is key to combating this behaviour and boosting a child's online resilience; and supports industry initiatives to help equip and empower parents to keep their families safe online.
117 ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW 17:6:14
That this House is concerned that the successive cuts to the Grant In Aid for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew since 2010 puts over 120 jobs at risk and threatens a loss of scientific expertise not readily available on the international labour market; notes the threat to the capacity and ability of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to perform its statutory functions and world-leading scientific and conservation research; is further concerned that these cuts will put Kew's UNESCO World Heritage Site status at risk and that pressure to raise revenue means that a number of staff at Kew Enterprises are currently paid below the living wage or are on zero hours contracts; and calls on the Government to consider the results of several independent reviews calling for maintained or increased public funding of Kew by funding the expected shortfall this year of £5 million and ensuring that there is a full public review of how Kew is funded in future before any final decisions are made.
119 BORTH RNLI 17:6:14
That this House celebrates the work that Borth RNLI have undertaken since the station was established in 1966; applauds the fact that Borth RNLI has launched a service 752 times and has either rescued or assisted 868 people; notes that on 10 May 2014 the new D-class lifeboat, the Geoffrey Scott, was named and dedicated; and acknowledges that the new lifeboat has been funded by a legacy gift from Geoffrey Charles Scott and provides improved responsiveness, meaning a better service to the local people.
122 PROFESSOR ROBERT WINSTON AND THREE-PARENT EMBRYOS 17:6:14
That this House notes the comments of Professor Robert Winston reported in the Independent on Sunday on 15 June 2014 on the premature introduction of mitochondrial replacement techniques; urges the Government to heed his warning that a great deal more research in as many animal models as possible ought to be undertaken prior to such techniques being approved; further notes his view that full and far-reaching assessments must be conducted as to the potential risks to children born as a result of the procedures; and calls on the Department of Health to delay bringing the relevant regulations before Parliament until the international scientific community and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have declared the techniques safe.
123 CELTIC NATIONS AUTISM PARTNERSHIP 17:6:14
That this House praises the innovative work of the Celtic Nations Autism Partnership, in particular the pioneering work of Autism Cymru and respective Celtic national governments in their progressive national approaches to autism which improve the lives of people with autism; notes that a Wales Autism Research Centre has been established in Cardiff University, increasing the investment and focus into autism research in Wales; recognises the Welsh Government's renewed commitment to continually develop national strategies for autism, providing vital and progressive aid to people with autism spectrum disorders and their families; and encourages the third sector to collaborate to deliver a comparable and ambitious all-age strategy and action for England, thus ensuring that the UK as a whole can benefit.
125 RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN ARMED CONFLICT 17:6:14
That this House notes that victims of rape in situations of armed conflict are defined as wounded and sick under international law; further notes that as such they are entitled to non-discriminatory medical treatment, including counselling and abortion services; observes that UK aid funding should respect the supremacy of international law in respect of the rights of women who have suffered rape in conflict zones; and calls on the Government to review all funding to aid agencies operating in conflict zones to ensure that all aid providers in receipt of UK monies facilitate access to counselling and abortion services for all women and girls impregnated by rape.
126 NEW QUAY LIFEBOAT STATION - 150 YEARS OF SERVICE 17:6:14
That this House celebrates the 150 years of service of New Quay lifeboat station; recognises the incredible work which so many volunteer lifeboat crew, shore crew and others, have carried out since the station was created in 1864; acknowledges the circumstances surrounding the New Quay lifeboat station's creation following the severe loss of life from 13 wrecks over seven years in the 1850s and 1860s; and plays tribute to all those who continue to risk their lives in order to rescue those in peril in Cardigan Bay.
127 HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROJECT ZANZIBAR 17:6:14
That this House commends the work of Health Improvement Project Zanzibar (HIPZ) for the outstanding work it has done in helping to establish high-quality, accessible and trusted hospitals and primary healthcare units in Zanzibar; applauds it on its sustainable approach, including the provision of resources and the leadership for local people to put local services on a long-term sustainable footing; congratulates it on the excellent work it has already done in repairing and refurbishing Kivunge hospital in particular, and expanding the services provided there; recognises the vitally important role which volunteer doctors play in helping to provide the leadership and training for local medical staff; believes that its example, in ensuring the vast majority of its funding goes directly to provide the resources and training needed on the ground, is to be applauded; and encourages other charities to follow its example of ensuring its focus remains firmly fixed on creating sustainable local services which will stand the test of time, even after HIPZ finishes its direct involvement there.
128 MIS-SELLING OF CASHBACK WARRANTIES BY SCOTTISH POWER 18:6:14
That this House notes with concern that there remain some 625,000 customers across the UK out of pocket following the mis-selling of cashback warranties by Scottish Power; further notes that the conclusions of a DTI report from the early 2000s investigating the scandal have not yet been released; is concerned by the reported attempts of Scottish Power to evade its responsibility for paying out to many thousands of its out-of-pocket customers; and calls on the Government to launch an urgent inquiry into this matter.
129 PROFESSOR LESLEY YELLOWLEES CBE BSC PHD FRSC FRSE 18:6:14
That this House wishes to congratulate Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE BSc PhD FRSC FRSE on her term as President of the Royal Society of Chemistry which is coming to an end in July 2014; notes that Professor Yellowlees became the first female President of the Royal Society of Chemistry when she was appointed in 2012; further notes Professor Yellowlees' work on public engagement in science and the promotion of women in science, earning her University of Edinburgh department an Athena Swan silver award for good practice in supporting women in science; praises Professor Yellowlees for her important work on solar energy, dye-sensitive solar cells and for being a pioneer in the field of spectroelectrochemistry through her breakthroughs with ruthenium dye; wishes Professor Yellowlees well in her next endeavours; and calls on the Government to increase funding for science research so Britain can stay at the forefront of scientific discovery.
130 OVARIAN CANCER 18:6:14
That this House recognises that ovarian cancer is a devastating illness that places an enormous emotional and physical strain on those who are diagnosed with it and their families; pays tribute to the carers, clinicians and campaigners who work to combat this disease and to support those who are diagnosed with it; acknowledges that despite progress with cancer research, ovarian cancer remains one of the hardest cancers to diagnose and to treat; notes that a woman diagnosed with ovarian cancer today has only a 46 per cent chance of being alive in five years; expresses concern that this illness remains one of the hardest cancers to diagnose, with 30 per cent of people first diagnosed when it has already reached an extremely advanced stage and for many this is when they arrive at an A&E ward in chronic pain; further expresses encouragement that it is now possible for women, at the point of diagnosis with non-mucinous epithelial ovarian cancer, to have a genetic test for mutations on the BRCA1 and 2 genes which increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer; further notes that such techniques can help identify family members who have a high risk of developing the illness and the successful introduction of BRCA testing by the NHS in Scotland; and calls on the Government to support BRCA testing across the NHS to ensure that fewer families have to live through this tragedy.
131 RANA PLAZA 18:6:14
That this House recalls that the victims of the Rana Plaza have yet to be fully compensated; welcomes the fundraising efforts which have been undertaken to meet the Rana Plaza Arrangement compensation fund negotiated under the auspices of the International Labour Organization by employers and unions in Bangladesh and globally and by the government of Bangladesh; urges companies sourcing from Bangladesh, and especially those sourcing from Rana Plaza, to make sufficient contributions to meet the £24 million target by July 2014; and calls on the Government to encourage companies to do so.
132 INTERNATIONAL MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE AWARENESS DAY 18:6:14
That this House notes that 21 June 2014 marks International Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day which seeks to improve public understanding of MND, a progressive and terminal disease that attacks motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord; recognises the important work that MND Scotland and the MND Association do to raise awareness and to assist those affected by the disease, including those who care for people with MND; further notes that MND has no cure or known cause, with half of those diagnosed dying within 14 months; and calls on the Government to invest in research into MND and to improve support for those affected.
133 US SUPREME COURT RULING IN FAVOUR OF VULTURE FUNDS 18:6:14
That this House notes with concern the US Supreme Court's rejection of an appeal by Argentina against a ruling that it must repay in full creditors who purchased Argentinian debt at a discount on the secondary market, with the intention of extorting full payment; disagrees with the Court's decision to prioritise the greed of vulture funds over the Argentinian people's sovereignty and the country's ability to repay its legitimate creditors; observes that this case sets a worrying precedent and creates a disincentive for creditors to negotiate rather than demanding full payment; further notes that vulture funds have made sizeable donations to the Republican party and that Republican judges form a majority on the Supreme Court; expresses support for the people of Argentina, who should not be penalised in order to make hedge fund owners even more obscenely wealthy; supports the Argentinian government in prioritising the country's financial wellbeing over paying vulture funds; believes that it is unacceptable to purchase debt at the height of a debt crisis with the sole aim of profiting by suing the issuing country at the expense of its citizens; further expresses concern that if a similar case were to be heard in the UK courts, the same ruling in favour of vulture funds could be reached, unless the country concerned was one of the 40 covered by the Debt Relief Act 2010; and calls on the Government to bring forward the necessary legislative proposals to prevent this.
134 INCREASE IN THE PRISON POPULATION 18:6:14
That this House is concerned by the Government's recent decision to further increase the prison population by over 400 inmates; notes the ongoing rise in the prison population in each consecutive year since the Government came to power and the consequences such increases in the population have on staff and inmates, including a higher number of assaults; is alarmed that the Government has closed over 20 prisons since 2010 and thousands of prison staff have left the service under voluntary exit schemes putting additional pressure on all remaining staff; further notes the repeated warnings Ministers have received from hon. Members, trade unions and the Chief Inspector of Prisons regarding an increase in the prison population; and calls on the Government to stop its plans to further increase the prison population and instead focus on adequate resources and further investment in the public sector prison service.
136 ROLE OF PARLIAMENT IN MILITARY INTERVENTION 18:6:14
That this House welcomes the Fourteenth Report of Session 2013-14 from the Defence Committee on Intervention: Why, When and How?; notes the Committee's recommendations on the role of Parliament and the importance of parliamentary approval before use of military force; stresses the need for debate on conflict decisions to ensure the approval of both Parliament and the public; further notes in particular the emerging convention that the House should have an opportunity to debate military action abroad; and calls on the Government to clarify that the convention will be applied to use of drones outside Afghanistan, whether or not they are operated from the UK and to publish a statement of criteria articulating the legal basis and circumstances in which the UK may commit to military intervention of any sort.
137 JUSTICE FOR UKRAINIAN MINERS OF KRYVYI RIH 18:6:14
That this House is deeply concerned by the worsening social and economic situation in Ukraine, including austerity policies, currency devaluation and rising prices, which have all led to a fall in real wages by up to 50 per cent and that this is contributing to the instability; welcomes the campaign for justice by the Independent Union of Miners of Ukraine in the industrial centre of Kryvyi Rih to secure a 50 per cent wage increase from the oligarchs; salutes its calls for unity and its work to prevent inter-ethnic conflict; urges the corporation EVRAZ with headquarters in London to pay the miners a living wage; and condemns as obscene that the oligarchs of EVRAZ pay almost no tax in Ukraine and accumulate vast wealth whilst their workforce endures poverty wages.
138 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING (No.2) 18:6:14
That this House notes that hospital parking charges are a huge burden for patients who have to visit hospital regularly; further notes that the average daily charge for parking in an NHS hospital in England is £7.72; further notes that some hospitals in England charge up to £72.00 for a day of parking; further notes that many hospitals are able to offer free parking or a concession for frequent visitors; further notes that many of these hospitals do not offer concessions for frequent patients; and is therefore disappointed that NHS hospitals inflict this cost on frequent visitors.
139 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING (No.3) 18:6:14
That this House notes that hospital parking charges are a huge burden for long-stay patients; further notes that the average weekly charge for parking in an NHS hospital in England is £39.49; further notes that some hospitals in England charge up to as much as £504.00 for a week of parking; further notes that many hospitals in England are able to offer free parking or concessions for long-stay patients; further notes that many hospitals do not offer concessions for long-stay patients; and is therefore disappointed that NHS hospitals inflict this cost on those suffering from long-term illness.
140 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING (No.4) 18:6:14
That this House notes that NHS hospitals in the East of England charge on average £8.33 for a day of hospital parking; further notes that this is above the national average daily charge for hospital parking of £7.72; and is therefore disappointed that hospitals in the East of England inflict such a high cost on patients and their loved ones.
141 SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE 18:6:14
That this House commends the work of the Sustainable Healthcare Steering Group, convened by the College of Medicine and AbbVie and its new report Patient, manager, expert: individual. Improving the sustainability of the healthcare system by removing barriers for people with long-term conditions; notes that the report identifies how high-quality care can be delivered in cost-effective ways to help the NHS meet upcoming challenges around long-term conditions and the ageing population in a challenging financial environment; is concerned by the scale of the challenge facing the NHS with 15 million people in England already living with a long-term condition and this number being set to rise; further notes that over 70 per cent of the NHS budget already goes on care for people living with long-term conditions; welcomes the report's identification of three clear areas for future action - taking a patient-centred approach, harnessing technology, and helping people navigate the healthcare system - and 12 practical recommendations for change; concurs with the Steering Group that efforts must be made to share and embed innovative practice, such as the examples set out in the report; and calls on the Government to set out how it intends to address the challenge of sustainable healthcare.
142 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 18:6:14
That this House believes that domestic violence is a serious crime; is concerned at the under-reporting of domestic abuse by victims and the low number of prosecutions; and supports efforts to criminalise coercive control and violence in a domestic setting.
144 PUBLIC HEALTH AND PROBATION PRIVATISATION 18:6:14
That this House condemns the privatisation of public health and probation services; notes the inferior service already being provided by private companies such as Crime Reductions Initiatives; and calls on local councils to protect their local services from this creeping privatisation and on the Government to reverse its policy of allowing piecemeal privatisation of our National Health Service.
145 THE SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY'S PARLIAMENTARY LINKS DAY 19:6:14
That this House congratulates the Society of Biology on organising this year's Parliamentary Links Day on 24 June 2014 on behalf of the science and engineering community; applauds the theme of Science and Public Trust; welcomes the Society's continuing commitment to serve the public interest by improving the access of all hon. Members to scientific information and a better understanding of science; notes the involvement of the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the British Pharmacological Society, the Biochemical Society, the Society for Endocrinology, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Society for Applied Microbiology and the Society for Experimental Biology and many others; further notes that there will be keynote addresses by Sir Mark Walport, the Government's Chief Scientific Adviser, the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill, and the President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse; further notes the contributions from many other eminent scientists and communicators; further notes that Parliamentary Links Day is an established and respected event on the annual Parliamentary calendar; further notes that the Society of Biology and the scientific community remains committed to assisting right hon. and hon. Members on all sides of the House with access to scientific advice; and further welcomes the continuing contribution that Parliamentary Links Day makes to strengthening the dialogue between Parliament and the science and engineering community.
146 FIXED ODDS BETTING TERMINALS 19:6:14
That this House notes with disappointment that the Government has again missed an opportunity to proceed with a stake reduction on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT); further notes the measures requiring a planning application for new betting shops combined with requiring those accessing stakes over £50 to use account-based play or load cash over the counter do not go far enough; further notes that more people are going to be drawn into more addictive FOBT play, whilst the most effective solution and the power to implement it already rests with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport of reducing the stake on par with all other high street gaming machines; further notes that the Government's package of reforms will only support the bookmakers whilst further encouraging problem gambling and leaving councils with ineffective powers to deal with the issues; and calls on the Government to use the precautionary principle and reduce the maximum stakes on FOBTs from £100 to £2 in line with all other high street gaming machines.
147 MASS SURVEILLANCE 19:6:14
That this House notes with great concern that surveillance by GCHQ of every British resident using Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has now been confirmed by the Director General of the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism; further notes that the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) has been interpreted as authorising mass surveillance of internet communications, content and metadata sent inside the UK; further notes that GCHQ justifies such conduct without a warrant on the basis that such data is external under RIPA when mediated by a computer server in the US; believes that this construction is flawed, contrary to evidence given to Committees of the House, contrary to written assurances provided during the passage of RIPA and contrary to the Interception of Communications Code of Practice; further believes that continuous mass surveillance of the social media of every UK citizen is not only incompatible with basic human rights and the Magna Carta but exposes the Government to an avalanche of privacy claims; and urgently calls on the Secretary of State for the Home Department to bring forward legislative proposals to end these practices.
148 KIDNAPPED ISRAELI TEENAGERS 19:6:14
That this House calls for the immediate release of the three Israeli teenagers, Eyal Yifrah, aged 19, Gilad Shaar, aged 16 and Naftali Frenkel, aged 16, who were abducted whilst hitchhiking in the West Bank on 12 June 2014; supports the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs' strong condemnation of the kidnapping; notes the probable involvement of the Hamas organisation in this despicable terrorist act; and calls on the Government to continue to do all it can to help secure the release of the teenagers.
149 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING (No.5) 19:6:14
That this House notes that 46 per cent of respondents in the most recent National Patient Choice Survey rated car parking as one of the factors in choosing a hospital; recognises that patients should be free to focus solely on getting the best care; is therefore disappointed that so many hospitals choose to charge patients to access a vital national service; and therefore urges the Government to consider ways to reduce the cost of hospital parking.
150 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING (No.6) 19:6:14
That this House notes that a survey by the charity Bliss found that the average family with a sick or premature baby spent on average £2,256 on hospital-related costs over the course of their baby's hospital stay; further notes that Bliss found that parents who were having to pay for parking spent an average of £32 per week; further notes that many hospitals offer concessions to parents of sick children and celebrates these hospitals; is disappointed that so many hospitals continue to charge parents to see their children; and therefore urges the Government to consider ways to reduce the cost of hospital parking.
151 END-TO-END COMPETITION AND THE UNIVERSAL POSTAL SERVICE 19:6:14
That this House notes with concern the expansion of end-to-end postal services by TNT Post UK in major UK cities; further notes that the sustainability of the Universal Service depends on Royal Mail being able to use revenue from easier-to-serve, densely populated, areas to cover the cost of a nationwide network; is concerned that cherry-picking of urban and suburban areas by TNT Post UK could have a serious impact on the financial sustainability of the one-price-goes-anywhere, six-day-a-week Universal Service; expresses its support for the Universal Service that many people, including rural communities and small businesses, rely on; and calls on Ofcom to undertake a full review of end-to-end postal competition as a matter of urgency, and determine quickly any regulatory changes needed to protect the Universal Postal Service.
152 CARE HOME TOP UP FEES 19:6:14
That this House notes the research from the older people's charity Independent Age, which shows that around three-quarters of councils are currently unable to demonstrate that they protect the families of pensioners from paying top-up fees they cannot afford; welcomes the Department of Health's consultations on the rules that local authorities will be required to follow as part of their responsibilities to provide care and support in England; further notes one significant aspect of the consultation, coming to a close in August 2014, concerns the payment of top-up fees for local authority-supported residents entering care home accommodation; calls on the Department of Health to strengthen the legal framework on charging in residential accommodation; and specifically calls on the Government to ensure local authorities are required to actively monitor which of the residents are able and willing to pay top-ups for residential care so no-one has to make these payments for the essential care that it is councils' responsibility to meet.
153 DEBATE ON US-UK MUTUAL DEFENCE AGREEMENT 19:6:14
That this House notes the expiration later in 2014 of the 10-year extension to the US-UK Mutual Defence Agreement (MDA); understands that the role of MDA is to improve UK atomic weapon design; believes that the extension of this bilateral treaty undermines US and UK commitments under Article I and Article VI of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, which states that each nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty shall not transfer nuclear weapons or explosive devices and shall pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to nuclear disarmament; is concerned that the Government does not see a potential conflict of interest between the MDA and the NPT; and urges that a debate be held in Government time on any proposal to renew the MDA prior to ratification.
154 CONDUCT OF THE RIGHT HON. MEMBER FOR KINGSTON AND SURBITON 19:6:14
That this House notes that in 2006 the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change launched the Liberal Democrat energy policy, Say No to Nuclear, in which he said 'a new generation of nuclear power stations will cost taxpayers and consumers tens of billions of pounds. In addition to posing safety and environmental risks, nuclear power will only be possible with vast taxpayer subsidies or a rigged market'; further notes the change in opinion of the right hon. Member following his elevation to ministerial office; is shocked by the financially ruinous commitment he has made to buy electricity from a French nationalised company at twice the current business rate and guaranteed that price for the next 35 years; and believes that taxpayers and consumers will be cheated on the lines that he prophesied.
155 CHINESE NUCLEAR INVESTMENT 19:6:14
That this House notes that in the closing debate on energy prices the Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change observed the hon. Member for Newport West made an ideological speech about nuclear power which he contrasted with the 'pragmatic and considered investment in our nuclear programme announced today by China'; contrasts the Minister's comments with China being identified in the Annual Report on Global Human Rights and Democracy published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as one of the 'countries of concern' because of 'increased restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly'; believes, in light of appalling human rights violations, that accepting money from the Chinese State Investment Bank to invest in UK new nuclear is accepting money tainted with blood; and calls on the Government to cancel all such arrangements.
156 CHILCOT INQUIRY 19:6:14
That this House calls for publication in full of the Chilcot Inquiry report to give closure to the loved ones of the 179 UK fallen soldiers, to inform serving soldiers that Parliament's decisions on warfare are founded on rigorous examinations of evidence and to reveal to hon. Members the full truth on the evidence for Parliament's decision to join America's war on Iraq in 2003; and believes that an expurgated version of the report would create an impression of an establishment cover-up by politicians and civil servants to protect their reputations.
157 HUMANITARIAN SITUATION IN YEMEN 23:6:14
That this House acknowledges the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Yemen; understands that 11.9 million people live below the poverty line, that 60 per cent of children are suffering from chronic malnourishment and that a quarter of a million children are facing death as a result of this; notes that poverty, drought and internal armed conflict are contributing to the country's difficulties in shifting towards stable democracy; welcomes the UK's continuous support for the offering of food, shelter and clean water to help reduce the severity of the crisis; and calls on the Government to do as much as it can to ensure that as many Yemeni people as possible can have a better quality of life and to help the country shift to stable democracy.
158 LAW ON PSYCHIATRIC INJURY 23:6:14
That this House believes that the current law in England and Wales on psychiatric injury for people who witness the death or injury of a loved one is restrictive and unfair; further believes that 25 years after the Hillsborough disaster, when the law was enshrined, that law no longer reflects modern society; further believes that the law must recognise that you do not need to have a parental or marital relationship to love someone, you do not need to be shocked to suffer psychiatric injury and you do not need to be standing next to someone when they are killed or injured to be traumatised; and urges the Government to reform the law.
159 DOG MEAT TRADE CRUELTY 23:6:14
That this House calls for an immediate end to dog meat trade cruelty; supports the Humane Society International's campaign to end the dog meat trade by working with government officials and local organisations in Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines and China to raise public awareness and strengthen laws related to this trade; and calls on the Chinese government and Yulin and Guangxi officials to stop the Yulin dog meat festival where thousands of dogs are being cruelly bound, confined, trucked and slaughtered for meat.
160 DAY OF THE SEAFARER 2014 23:6:14
That this House recognises 25 June 2014 as Day of the Seafarer; notes the critical economic, social and cultural importance of the UK's 10,840 officers, 8,590 ratings and 1,990 officer cadets working at sea today; expresses dismay at the ongoing decline in the number of registered UK seafarers, with a 30 per cent fall in the number of ratings alone since 2011; further notes that this decline is largely due to the continued exclusion of seafarers from the full protections of the national minimum wage and the Equality Act 2010, which has allowed the undercutting of employment standards in the maritime industry; further notes that this has resulted in pay rates for seafarers in the UK ferry industry as low as £2.35 per hour, whilst ship owners in the Tonnage Tax scheme are benefiting from tax relief currently standing at over £1.5 billion; supports the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers' Ships of Shame campaign which highlights this exploitation of seafarers; and calls on the Government to mark Day of the Seafarer by committing to full enforcement of the national minimum wage in the maritime sector and implementation of the recommendation of the Government-commissioned Carter Review which called for the end of differential pay in the shipping industry.
161 AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING 23:6:14
That this House congratulates Thatcham Research for its Stop the Crash campaign to raise awareness about the safety benefits of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) systems; notes the growing body of research showing that AEB reduces the occurrence of low speed crashes by around 20 per cent as well as being important in mitigating the effects of higher speed crashes; and welcomes the initiative taken by esure Group in offering motor insurance premium reductions to encourage people to purchase cars fitted with AEB as standard in order to support safety on UK roads.
162 REGULATION OF BUS SERVICES AND PUBLIC OWNERSHIP MODELS 23:6:14
That this House believes the 1985 deregulation of bus services outside London has been a disaster for passengers, the taxpayer and bus workers; notes that profit-making private bus operators continue to benefit from public subsidy that makes up 44 per cent of funding in the industry; further notes that bus passengers in England outside London have been hit with a 39.6 per cent real terms fare rise since 1995, with average bus fares more than doubling in cash terms; is dismayed that despite buses accounting for two thirds of all journeys on public transport, including lifeline services for schoolchildren, pensioners and jobseekers, there has been a 17 per cent fall since 2011 in supported bus service mileage in England; condemns the Government spending cuts that are having a devastating effect on vital bus services; and calls on the Government to reverse these cuts and commission an independent review of the bus industry including the options of regulating all commercial bus services and of public ownership and other not-for-profit service models, with the aim of delivering frequent, reliable services and low cost bus fares.
163 GLOBAL VISION COLLEGE, MANCHESTER, OLC, MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS 23:6:14
That this House expresses its utmost disgust with and condemnation of Global Vision College, Manchester, otherwise known as OLC and Manchester School of Economics, which has stolen £2,500 in fees from a constituent of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, refuses to return it, has failed to answer successive letters from the right hon. Member, and is guilty of the crime of larceny; calls on the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Home Secretary and Greater Manchester Police to investigate these swindlers; and warns everyone in Manchester and more widely to have nothing to do with this disreputable organisation.
164 EXCEPTIONS FOR DEMENTIA SUFFERERS 23:6:14
That this House notes the growing prevalence in the UK of people with dementia, currently estimated at 800,000 and expected to double within 30 years; commends recent efforts by the Department of Health to address these growing numbers and to aid research into dementia; and calls on the Government to ensure that improvements are made to ease the everyday lives of people with dementia by encouraging the services industry such as banking, public transport and utility companies, to better help and acknowledge the needs of dementia sufferers by introducing exceptions and removing unnecessary restrictions and complications in order to allow them to retain as much independence as possible.
165 JOBS IN LOCAL JOURNALISM 23:6:14
That this House recognises that local newspapers make an essential contribution to civic identity and democratic life in communities; notes that over one hundred local titles have ceased publication altogether since the recession of 2008, whilst many more have merged or reduced in frequency; expresses concern that around one in four local journalists are believed to have lost their jobs during this period; further notes that the quality of local news relies on locally-based journalists and editors able to report on public life in their particular geographical areas; regrets the decision of Newsquest management to transfer editorial production to a single hub in Newport, Wales which will transfer the production of news hundreds of miles away from sites in the North West and South London; supports members of the National Union of Journalists in taking action to defend jobs in local journalism; and calls on the Government to work with communities, union representatives and other stakeholders to implement a coherent strategy to protect jobs in quality local journalism.
166 HIGH SPEED 3 24:6:14
That this House welcomes the Chancellor of the Exchequer's proposals on a high-speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds as a first step towards a more prosperous North; expresses its concern, that a potential link between Manchester and Leeds would be a piecemeal approach to building a stronger economy and fairer society in the North; believes that this is a result of failing to include other Northern cities in the proposals which are the key to the economic success of the North and the country as a whole; calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Transport to consider the case for extending its ideas for a high-speed rail link to the core cities of the North, such as between Liverpool and Hull, and Carlisle and Newcastle-upon-Tyne; commends these proposals to the Chancellor of the Exchequer as serving the prosperity of the North, the ambition of its workers and the success of its business; and notes that such proposals would lessen the housing and population pressures building on Greater London and bolster the national economy by decreasing the dependence of the rest of the country on the economic dominance of London.
167 SUPPORT FOR HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS WORKERS 24:6:14
That this House sends solidarity to members of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) in HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) taking action in defence of their services and jobs and to resist privatisation; recognises the pressure the workforce is increasingly under to mask job cuts; condemns attempts to divide workers by implementing a punitive performance management system that seeks to penalise 10 per cent of its staff every year; is dismayed at announcements to close a further 23 locations across the UK in June 2014 as part of an ill-conceived plan to cut 22,000 jobs and the closure of all 281 UK tax enquiry centres which forces pensioners and those most in need to contact understaffed contact centres or use the internet to get help with their tax affairs; commends PCS for its constructive attempts to negotiate a solution; and urges HMRC to enter into meaningful talks with the union and take action to reverse the cuts, centralisation and privatisation, ensuring proper staffing levels across the Department.
168 DEATH OF GERRY CONLON OF THE GUILDFORD FOUR 24:6:14
That this House notes with regret that Mr Gerry Conlon, who was wrongly convicted of being an IRA bomber and imprisoned for 14 years, died on 21 June 2014; remembers that his conviction was based on the intimidation of witnesses and the suppression of evidence; expresses sympathy for his suffering during his time in prison, when he was subjected to solitary confinement and torture, and after he was released, when he experienced trauma resulting from the ill-treatment he endured while in prison; celebrates his achievements after being released, when he campaigned for other victims of miscarriages of justice and human rights abuses around the world; further notes with approval that in 2005 Tony Blair apologised for the ordeal and injustice Gerry Conlon suffered; regrets that the police officers who falsified evidence against Gerry Conlon never stood trial, and that Gerry Conlon did not believe that he received justice; further notes that there is a 75-year immunity order on the case; offers Gerry Conlon's family and friends condolences on their loss; further expresses the hope that the miscarriage of justice which Gerry Conlon suffered from will serve as a reminder of the importance of fair trials and access to justice for all, as Gerry Conlon campaigned for; and further expresses the belief that terrorism cannot be fought by eroding human rights.
169 MEDICAL ASSESSMENTS WORK AND THE DEPARTMENT OF WORKS AND PENSIONS 24:6:14
That this House believes that medical assessments for the Work Capability Assessment, the contract which Atos recently relinquished, should be brought back in-house; recalls that the failure of this contract, which was ended with keen agreement by Atos and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), follows a long history of criticism of the process and the company by politicians, press, public and DWP for their delivery of the healthcare contract, in particular the Work Capability Assessments; further believes that the current situation, with the contract yet to be granted, provides the opportunity for the Government to take responsibility and full control of the process by bringing the work and staff back in-house so that it can be delivered by the DWP; welcomes the benefits that in-house delivery would bring including the Department having direct control over processes and staffing and staff being able to work closely and interchangeably between core DWP work and those currently delivering the Atos contract, while recognising that this would go a long way to repairing the reputation of DWP medical assessment work; is concerned that awarding the contract to another private sector supplier could lead to a repeat of past mistakes, particularly as public spending cuts result in companies delivering contacts by making cuts to maintain profit margins; and urges the Government to stop the expensive bidding process now, bring the work and staff in-house, and take responsibility and control for improving the process for everyone concerned.
170 IMPRISONMENT OF JOURNALISTS IN EGYPT 24:6:14
That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the court case and sentences of the Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt: seven years for Peter Greste and Mohammed Fahmy and 10 years for Baher Mohamed, all of whom are suffering needlessly; condemns also the 10 year sentences in absentia for Alaa Bayoumi, Anas Abdel-Wahab Khalawi Hasan, Khaleel Aly Khaleel Bahnasy, Mohamed Fawzi, Dominic Kane, Rena Netjes and Sue Turton; notes the lack of respect these unjust sentences show for the democratic system; notes also the invaluable role these people carry out in briefing the international community regarding what is happening in other corners of the world; and calls on the Government to do everything in its power to convince the Egyptian authorities of the travesty of this case and the damage it is doing to the democratic process.
171 SECURITY AND RENT LEVELS FOR PRIVATE RENTED TENANTS 24:6:14
That this House notes that nine million people in England rent privately and that private renting is becoming the new norm; further notes that in Brighton, Pavilion constituency the private rented sector (PRS) is roughly double the national average, accounting for 32.7 per cent of households at the 2011 Census; recognises that renting at extortionate rates is often the only choice for people on low incomes, for young families and for working people on average incomes; acknowledges the many good landlords, but condemns rogue landlords who fail to undertake basic maintenance or repairs, leaving many tenants in expensive substandard housing; believes that the norm of short-term contracts leaves PRS tenants without security in their homes, at risk of eviction and of unfair rent increases; further notes that this volatility is particularly harmful for families with children who often have to move schools as a result; further believes that longer-term renting could work better for both renters and landlords; further as the latter could reduce void periods and expensive re-letting costs; calls for five-year stable rental contracts to be the default, to give good tenants the option to stay in their homes; and also further calls for action to tackle unaffordable rents, including smart rent controls, a radical increase in housing supply including building a mass programme of sustainable, energy-efficient council housing and the establishment of a living rent commission to explore ways of bringing rent levels in line with the basic cost of living.
In the Notices of Motions given on 23 June 2014, on page 256, the name of John McDonnell should have appeared in support of Early Day Motion 164, EXCEPTIONS FOR DEMENTIA SUFFERERS.