House of Commons
16th October 2014
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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321 ENERGY (BUILDINGS AND REDUCTION OF FUEL USE) BILL 8:9:14
That this House believes that greater energy efficiency and the installation of cost-effective measures to generate energy from buildings can reduce fuel bills, and assist with the alleviation of fuel poverty and with achieving low carbon homes; notes with interest that the Sustainable Energy Association Manifesto demonstrates how, using the Department of Energy and Climate Change figures, an energy from buildings strategy could save every person in the UK £186 per year, and the UK economy nearly £12 billion each year; and therefore supports the Energy (Buildings and Reduction of Fuel Use) Bill which will require the Secretary of State to draw up and implement a strategy to promote such measures.
322 NATIONAL EYE HEALTH WEEK 9:9:14
That this House regrets that the number of people living with sight loss continues to rise despite the fact that half of all sight loss is avoidable; recognises the devastating impact that sight loss can have on an individual's physical and emotional wellbeing and the burden it has on the economy, estimated to be £8 billion in 2013; applauds the work of National Eye Health Week from 22 to 28 September 2014 in highlighting the simple steps that people across the UK can take to reduce their risk of suffering a sight threatening disease; encourages everyone to ensure they have a sight test every two years and adopt a lifestyle that includes eating a healthy diet and not smoking; and urges the Government to recognise the link between eye health and wider public health issues as well as the role optometry can play creating a healthier Britain.
326 PRIVATE MEMBERS' BILLS 9:9:14
That this House believes that Private Members' Bills should be debated on 26 sittings held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 7.00pm and 10.00pm instead of on 13 Friday sittings; notes that this proposed revision would mean the House would sit for an additional six and a half hours in a session; and, accordingly, calls on the Procedure Committee to come forward with the necessary amendments to Standing Orders to implement such changes.
331 INTENSIVE INDOOR DAIRY FARMS 10:9:14
That this House supports the vast numbers of dairy farmers across the UK who supply sustainable, high quality milk produced to high welfare standards in increasingly difficult and volatile economic circumstances; notes with concern the increased risks to dairy cow welfare from intensive indoor dairy farms in the UK; believes that without access to pasture dairy cows are unable to fully exhibit natural behaviours; and calls on the Government to determine the number and location of intensive indoor dairy farms in the UK where cows are given no access to pasture to ensure the public are themselves able to determine where and how their milk is being produced.
333 BAHA'I CEMETERY IN SHIRAZ 10:9:14
That this House notes the joint press release of 4 September 2014 from three United Nations special rapporteurs calling on the Iranian government to bring an immediate halt to the destruction of a Baha'i cemetery in the city of Shiraz; believes that the desecration of Baha’i graves constitutes an unacceptable violation of freedom of religion; and urges the Government to intercede with Iranian officials and press them to take immediate action to effect a full cessation of the demolition of this Baha'i cemetery.
334 REGULATIONS ON BLOOD DONATION BY MEN WHO HAVE HAD SEX WITH MEN 10:9:14
That this House notes that whilst the blanket ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood has lifted, there remains a 12-month deferral on men who have had sex with men donating blood; is aware that the rationale for the deferral for men who have had sex with men, put in place in 2011 following the lifting of the lifetime ban, related to the level of risk of contracting hepatitis B and the length of time needed for the hepatitis B screening process; further notes that, for NHS blood donation practice to be lawful and non-discriminatory under the Equality Act 2010, it has to be based on up-to-date evidence; believes that the uptake of the hepatitis B vaccine amongst groups considered to be at higher risk should be regularly assessed along with other evidence relevant to risk behaviours, screening and safe transfusion; further believes there is both a moral obligation to ensure that people receiving blood donations are not put at unnecessary risk and also that donors are not unfairly discriminated against; further notes it is over three years since the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs Donor Selection Criteria Review of May 2011; and therefore calls on that Advisory Committee to conduct an urgent review of the evidence available since 2011 on allowing people to donate safe blood to the Health Service to ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010.
335 HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS OFFICE CLOSURES 12:9:14
That this House calls on the Government to reconsider the planned cuts to HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) offices across the country; offers its full support to the hardworking staff in offices in Dundee and across the UK who are worried about their jobs; and urges the Government to enter into discussions with HMRC staff and their union the Public and Commercial Services Union in order to avoid job losses and unnecessarily damaging this crucial service.
336 VALUE OF RAIL FREIGHT TO THE UK ECONOMY 12:9:14
That this House welcomes the publication of Keeping the lights on and the traffic moving, a report highlighting the vital role rail freight plays in the economy; notes that the rail freight industry has grown by 70 per cent since the mid-1990s and is now worth £1.5 billion a year in benefits to the economy; further notes that the industry transports goods worth over £30 billion a year and by transporting over half of the fuel used in the UK's electricity generation, the industry plays a substantial role in keeping the UK's lights on; recognises the significant environmental benefits of using rail freight instead of road freight, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 76 per cent and reducing congestion on the UK's roads by transporting goods that would otherwise require 7.6 million HGV journeys each year; and calls on the Government and industry to work together to create a positive future for the rail freight industry, increasing the volume and capacity of rail freight and subsequently the benefits to the economy.
337 YORKSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB 12:9:14
That this House notes the outstanding achievement of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club in the 2014 season; congratulates the First XI on winning the County Cricket championship for the first time since 2001; further congratulates Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Katherine Brunt, Danielle Hazell and Lauren Winfield on being awarded central contracts by the England and Wales Cricket Board; further congratulates Liam Plunkett on being awarded an England and Wales Cricket Board increment contract; further congratulates the under 13's girls team and the under 15's girls team on winning the ECB county cups; recognises the club's board, players, coaches, management, staff and club members for all their dedication to the development of cricket in Yorkshire; and wishes the club well for the 2015 season.
338 CASE OF RICKY REEL 12:9:14
That this House expresses its heartfelt sympathy with the family of the late Ricky Reel; supports the change.org petition calling for an immediate public apology from the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to all the families affected by police spying and for action to be taken against police officers for any wrongdoing; calls on the Home Secretary to provide assurances that the family justice campaigns will be consulted when drawing the terms of reference for the Public Inquiry into undercover policing and to ensure that those affected families will be provided with legal aid so that they can be properly legally represented at the Public Inquiry; and seeks confirmation from the Home Secretary that the practice of police spying of family justice campaigns has stopped.
339 LEEDS CAMRA 40TH ANNIVERSARY 12:9:14
That this House congratulates the Leeds branch of the Campaign for Real Ale on its 40th anniversary; notes that it first began with 100 supporters turning up to its first meeting on 3 September 1974 at The Central on Wellington Street; further notes that its membership now stands at over 1,800; commends Leeds CAMRA for its great work to support and promote local pubs, such as through its pub awards, beer and cider festivals, supporting the LocAle scheme, undertaking Leeds's first Beer Census and helping preserve Leeds' heritage pubs including six that are in CAMRA's National Inventory; further commends Leeds CAMRA for supporting local communities too, such as making the main theme of its 2014 Beer Cider and Perry Festival the 100th anniversary of the Hyde Park Picture House on Brudenell Road, Headingley; further notes that the Festival itself was a huge success with an attendance of nearly 3,000 and almost 180 different beers on offer; and wishes Leeds CAMRA continued success over the years to come.
340 YORKSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB'S 32ND CHAMPIONSHIP 12:9:14
That this House congratulates Yorkshire County Cricket Club on their triumph in the County Championship competition, the second trophy won at Headingley Carnegie this year; notes the country's most successful club has now recorded its 32nd victory in the competition, another success to add to its rich cricketing history; commends the excellent support from Yorkshire fans at Headingley Cricket Ground and around the country, which demonstrates that there is still great value in the longer format of the county game; recognises the dedication of the team in lifting their first Championship title in 13 years; further congratulates Jason Gillespie as an astute tactician and coach, Jack Brooks the leading wicket taker in the competition and Adam Lyth the top run scorer in the competition; is proud that Yorkshire talent is amongst the best in the country and many of its players are becoming integral parts of the England setup; further commends the great role models that Yorkshire stars are to juniors in the county; hopes this will inspire youngsters to bring through more Yorkshire talent in the future; welcomes the hosting of international cricket matches at Headingley Carnegie this year; and expects this success will provide a platform to propel a young squad to more silverware in the future.
343 IRAQ AND CAMP LIBERTY 12:9:14
That this House believes that Iran's theocratic regime is the source of the spread of terrorism and barbaric extremism in Iraq and region; concurs with the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance Maryam Rajavi's advice that the UK should urge the ending of the Iranian theocratic regime meddling in the affairs of Iran, Syria and other countries in the region, the formation of a democratic, inclusive, secular government in Iraq and the organisation of free and fair elections under the auspices of international organisations; further believes that the rejection of Iran's intervention by the new Iraqi government is vital for the promotion of democracy in that country and that a good indication of this is the way it treats Ashraf residents now at Camp Liberty near Baghdad; and urges the government of Iran to lift the current inhumane siege on the camp, recognising this camp as a UN refugee camp and guarantee the safety, security and the rights of its residents.
344 TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP AND THE NHS 26:9:14
That this House is extremely concerned about the potential impact on the National Health Service of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between the EU and the US; notes with concern that the deal would give private companies and investors new rights to sue the Government and the devolved administrations for unlimited sums of money through the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism if privatised services are returned to public ownership; is shocked that there will be no right of appeal for decisions made by the ISDS mechanism and that this panel of trade lawyers will meet in private and have the capacity to award unlimited amounts in damages; recognises that this trade deal has the potential to fundamentally undermine the public health service and reconfigure the relationship between the state and private investors; and calls on the Government to clarify its position on this and categorically commit to exempting the NHS from the TTIP deal.
345 INTRODUCTION OF THE ROONEY RULE TO ENGLISH FOOTBALL 13:10:14
That this House believes that the extremely low number of black and ethnic minority managers means that English football is missing out on a great deal of talent; notes the success of the Rooney Rule in ensuring that black and ethnic minority candidates are represented in the interview process for head coaching positions in the National Football League (NFL); recognises that this has led to a welcome increase in the number of black and ethnic minority coaches in the NFL; and calls for the introduction of the Rooney Rule into English football with immediate effect to ensure that the national game becomes more representative of the wider society.
346 RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT MORALES 13:10:14
That this House congratulates Evo Morales on his re-election with 60 per cent of the vote as President of Bolivia; and applauds the achievements of his presidency and MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo) in reducing poverty, increasing opportunities for the poorest and promoting environmentally sustainable policies.
348 LIVERPOOL LADIES FC 14:10:14
That this House congratulates Liverpool Ladies football team on successfully retaining the Super League for the 2013-14 season; congratulates manager Matt Beard and his coaching staff on their hard work; believes that the continued success of the FA Women's Super League is acting as a positive catalyst for a new generation of female footballers across Britain; and commits to continue support for greater levels of female participation in grassroots and professional football.
349 HOMECARE WORKERS AND THE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE 14:10:14
That this House is shocked to note that the National Audit Office reported earlier in 2014 that up to 220,000 care workers in England are illegally paid below the national minimum wage (NMW); further notes that an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of care providers between 2011 and 2013 found that 48 per cent were guilty of non-compliance with the NMW; further notes that homecare workers in particular are consistently not paid for travel time or training, too often have illegal deductions made from their pay and are frequently put on zero-hours contracts to deny them their legal rights; recognises that these arrangements have a deleterious impact on quality of care through high turnover of staff and shortened care visits; calls for a statement from the Government on what measures it is proposing to tackle the illegal under-payment of homecare workers; strenuously suggests that HMRC launch a programme of proactive investigations into the sector to help end non-compliance with the NMW, with adequate resources to ensure a thorough and sustained effort; requests that the Government names and shames care providers and councils who fail to pay or commission the NMW as well as name and praise those care providers and councils who have signed up to UNISON's Ethical Care Charter; and further calls for a change in the law to make local authorities and care providers jointly and severally liable for non-payment of the NMW as well as the introduction of stringent regulations under the Care Act 2014 to ensure that care workers are paid at least the national minimum wage.
350 INCOME TAX AND MILITARY ACTIVITY 14:10:14
That this House recognises that addressing the root causes of conflict is a social, ethical and economic imperative for the 21st century and that Britain is a world leader in sponsoring initiatives designed to prevent and resolve conflicts through a range of mechanisms including the Conflict Pool, thus greatly contributing to global peace and security through non-military means; further recognises previous legislation for individuals of conscience to opt-out of military conscription, but those same individuals do not have the same right to opt-out of paying for, through the tax system, military activity that would go against their conscience; and notes that this dilemma can be resolved by enabling citizens to direct the proportion of their income tax that goes to the military to be placed in a non-military security fund, such as the Conflict Pool and its successors, thus allowing all taxpayers to be able to contribute their taxes with a clear conscience.
351 ERIC MORECAMBE STATUE 14:10:14
That this House notes that on 11 October 2014 an individual tried to cut into and steal the Eric Morecambe statue in Morecambe; further notes that Eric had to be taken down by Lancaster City Council for safety reasons; deplores the acts of an individual who carried out this atrocious act; congratulates Lancashire Police for its swift action at detaining a suspect; further congratulates CEO Mark Cullinan and his team at Lancaster City Council for taking action to ensure the statue can be repaired by the sculptor, Graham Ibbeson, who originally designed the statue, as soon as possible, with full funding from the insurance company; and hopes that Eric can be restored and back on the promenade where he belongs by Christmas.
352 SAFEGUARDING JOURNALISTS AND THEIR SOURCES 14:10:14
That this House is gravely concerned about recent reports that police forces have used powers contained in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) to access journalists' sources and materials; notes that unlike requests made under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 there is no public record of these requests or their frequency, extent or even the existence of these applications, and there is no judicial oversight or independent process to grant permission to use these powers; further notes and welcomes the Interception of Communications Commissioner's new inquiry that will be asking all chief constables how many applications under RIPA have been granted since 2000 to access journalists' communications, and calls on these findings to be made public; shares the view of Gavin Millar QC that the use of such powers contravenes Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights on freedom of expression that enshrine the rights of journalists and news organisations; shares the concern of the National Union of Journalists and other press freedom and privacy campaigners that this constitutes an attack on the press which will make whistleblowers reluctant to speak to journalists and also make it more difficult to report in the public interest; and therefore calls on the Government to take urgent steps to legislate to ensure there are protections for professions whose communications must be subject to strict confidentiality.
353 PROSECUTION OF BANKERS 15:10:14
That this House strongly agrees with the argument of the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, that banking directors and top executives should be made more responsible for any reckless behaviour because reforms to curb bank pay were not enough to prevent another financial crisis; and calls on the Attorney General and regulatory bodies to bring forward evidence to permit prosecution by the Crown Prosecution Service of senior bankers and ex-bankers who undermined the British economy by their reckless and irresponsible behaviour.
354 HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING FOR FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY COMMEMORATIONS 15:10:14
That this House welcomes the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) contribution to the commemorations of the First World War Centenary and recognises that that Fund has already invested over £60 million in projects, large and small, helping communities across the UK to mark the Centenary of the First World War; notes that the HLF will continue to make at least £1 million available per year until 2019 and will provide grants between £3,000 and £10,000 enabling communities and groups around the UK to explore, conserve and share their First World War heritage; and further welcomes this opportunity for people to deepen their understanding of the impact of the conflict and to mark the Centenary over the next four years.
355 GOOD MONEY WEEK 15:10:14
That this House welcomes Good Money Week 2014, which takes place from 19 to 25 October 2014 and aims to raise awareness of sustainable and responsible finance options for everyone; celebrates the rebranding of the campaign from National Ethical Investment Week to make it more relevant and accessible; notes that research commissioned by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association shows that 77 per cent of the public want clearer and simpler financial information from the Government and from businesses; further notes with concern that one in five people said they could not explain what a bank was; and urges the Government to recognise the positive impact responsible and sustainable investment practices can have on the economy, the environment and society as a whole.
356 RYDER CUP VICTORY 15:10:14
That this House recognises the recent outstanding European Ryder Cup victory and in particular the part played once more by Northern Ireland golfers Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell in helping secure the win; and expresses the hope that Northern Ireland can further secure its place at the heart of world golf with Darren Clarke as the next European captain in a future Ryder Cup that the American team might wish to contest.
358 CONGO WEEK 2014 15:10:14
That this House notes that from 19 to 25 October 2014 millions of people in 65 countries will join their voices with that of the Congolese people to call for peace, justice and human dignity in Congo as part of Congo Week, an initiative of Friends of the Congo; welcomes the important work that Friends of the Congo and Save the Congo carry out in the US and UK respectively in providing a unique and credible voice amidst tension and conflict in the region; applauds the courage and contribution of those involved in Congo Week; and urges the Minister for Africa to support Congo Week and Congolese organisations working for peace.
360 EU DIRECTIVE ON SULPHUR CONTENT OF MARINE FUELS 15:10:14
That this House notes that EU Directive 2012/33/EU regarding the sulphur content of marine fuels from 1 January 2015 will require ships in the Sulphur Emission Control Area to use fuel with a sulphur content that cannot exceed 0.1 per cent; further notes that the Sulphur Emission Control Area covers the English Channel, the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and therefore has a particularly adverse effect on the UK shipping industry in particular; considers that as a result fuel prices and the cost of shipping will increase; is concerned that these increased costs are likely to be passed on to the consumer and are already costing jobs in the shipping industry; further notes that jobs have already been lost in the shipping industry, that additional jobs are under threat, and that this is detrimental to coastal communities; further notes that the Government has been consulted on the implantation of this directive; and calls on the Government to demand exemptions to protect jobs in British shipping and British ports, reflecting that the UK is unique in the EU as an international maritime trading nation.
As an Amendment to Mr Bernard Jenkin's proposed Motion (EU Directive On Sulphur Content Of Marine Fuels):
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361 CONTACT THE ELDERLY'S POWER OF CONTACT CAMPAIGN 15:10:14
That this House shares Mother Teresa’s view that being alone and unwanted is the world’s greatest disease; endorses the view of the Secretary of State for Health that lonely and isolated people are a forgotten million who live amongst us, ignored to our national shame; notes that in the last 50 years Contact the Elderly has provided regular face-to-face contact via volunteers, currently numbering 7,000, from all walks of life, who give their time to create positive social change; further notes that Contact the Elderly’s regular renewal of friendship nationwide restores health and happiness, and saves taxpayer costs by reducing hospital and GP visits; further notes that there is much more to be done in expanding Contact the Elderly’s reach around the country to enable it to double the number of older people that it supports; and calls on hon. Members and the Government to support Contact the Elderly’s Power of Contact campaign to raise £1 million in the Golden Jubilee year to enable the charity to extends its vital hand of friendship to, and create face-to-face happiness links with, many more of the neglected million older people.
362 BLOOD BRICKS CAMPAIGN 15:10:14
That this House notes with concern the conditions of brick labourers in India; emphasises the fact that many of these labourers see abuses of minimum wage rates and health and safety regulations; further notes that many work up to 16 hours a day; further notes that children as young as four years old are also working in these conditions; further notes that such labour is often bonded labour and that a recent BBC report brought to light examples of workers having their hands cut off when trying to escape; welcomes the work by Union Solidarity International in highlighting these abuses through its Blood Bricks campaign; highlights the 2011 UN and OECD guidelines specifying that multinational companies should have direct responsibility for human rights abuses anywhere in their supply chains; is concerned that these guidelines are not being enforced; stresses that any and every industry using new buildings in India should be under scrutiny; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to enforce these guidelines in UK law and to raise these issues in international negotiations.
363 FAIR TRIAL FOR GHONCHEH GHAVAMI 15:10:14
That this House is extremely concerned over the current condition of Miss Ghoncheh Ghavami, a 25 year old British Iranian woman who has been detained since June 2014 by the Iranian authorities, after attending a protest outside an all-male volleyball match against the ban of women at such sporting events in Iran; notes that for long periods of her arrest without trial she had been in solitary confinement and without access to her family or a lawyer; and encourages pressure on the Iranian government to release Miss Ghoncheh Ghavami who has reportedly been on hunger strike since 1 October 2014, to ensure her safety and a fair trial.
364 CHURCH IN ALGERIA 15:10:14
That this House recognises the continuing growth of the church in Algeria which owes a great deal to Lilias Trotter who followed her call from God to minister to Algerians and established the first church there; notes that 135 years on from Lilias' call to Algeria, the church is still flourishing; and recognises the fantastic impact that Lilias, as well as other pioneers, have had on current and future generations.
365 SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY'S BIOLOGY WEEK 2014 15:10:14
That this House celebrates the launch of the Society of Biology's third nationwide Biology Week 2014 from 13 to 19 October 2014; notes that among its key objectives is a commitment to encourage an interest in science among young people; congratulates the Society for its initiative and the range of innovative events and activities that have been organised; further congratulates the Society for its wider role in promoting events in Parliament on behalf of the science and engineering community to assist hon. and Right hon. Members in their understanding of science; applauds the efforts that are being made throughout the UK, especially by teachers in primary and secondary schools, to revitalise the science curriculum and to convey the excitement of science to pupils and students; further notes the wide range of activities organised by the Society in local communities all over the country which are designed to illustrate and focus on the vital role of biology and the biological sciences; further notes that on 15 October 2014 the parliamentary launch of Biology Week is co-sponsored by the hon. Members for Ellesmere Port and Neston, South Basildon and East Thurrock, and Cambridge; and further notes the unrivalled contribution that the study of biology and the biological sciences have made and continue to make to our understanding of nature, to the quality of life and to the knowledge economy of the 21st century.
366 CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND REPORT, VOICES FROM THE FRONTLINE: PERSONAL INDEPENDENCE PAYMENTS 15:10:14
That this House welcomes the publication of Citizens Advice Scotland's report entitled Voices from the Frontline: Personal Independence Payments, which examines the roll-out of personal independence payment to replace disability living allowance; notes that claimants are having to wait an average of six months to receive a decision and in some cases over a year; further notes that such delays prevent people from receiving certain passported benefits, payment of some of which cannot be backdated; considers the cumulative impact of Government policy on disability benefits to have been damaging to many of the most vulnerable people in society; and urges the Department for Work and Pensions to take on board Citizens Advice Scotland's recommendations.
367 EBOLA AND TRAVEL TO THE UK 16:10:14
That this House notes the nature of the threat from the Ebola virus; agrees that the virus needs to be defeated in West Africa to protect the world; recognises that transmission of the Ebola virus from person-to-person requires close contact; further notes, however, that the limited screening process in the three countries where it is not under control, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, has already failed in one instance, as would be likely to happen; further notes that the additional screening process being introduced by the Government would not have picked up that case; further recognises that the failure of control in Dallas demonstrates the difficulties and that this requires a UK response; believes that the risk from Ebola is so great that it warrants an element of overreaction in order to pick up undetected cases as quickly as possible and that monitoring on a daily basis of all cases at-risk rather than just those who are deemed to be higher risk would be worthwhile both for the potentially infected people and the rest of society; and calls on the Government to implement this and all other practical mechanisms to ensure that any case of infection is dealt with as quickly as is possible.
368 FLOOD INSURANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES 16:10:14
That this House notes with concern how small business owners in flood risk areas, many of whom have seen their livelihoods and properties destroyed or damaged due to flooding, face prohibitively high insurance premiums and excesses or outright refusal from insurance companies to cover their businesses; further notes that the current Statement of Principles Agreement between the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and the Government is a guarantee to provide insurance that only addresses availability of insurance and not affordability, and its successor scheme Flood Re excludes small businesses from those it will cover; further notes with concern the consequent fear and uncertainty amongst the business community at the lack of any guarantee when Flood Re begins next year; further notes also that leaseholders as a group will be excluded from Flood Re and the anxiety this is causing; welcomes initial commitments from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and ABI to look at evidence of the difficulties faced by small businesses in flood risk areas; and calls on the Government to take swift action by introducing a stand-alone Flood Re 2 agreement for small businesses and leaseholders which addresses both affordability and availability of insurance.
369 HIGHER RATE TELEPHONE NUMBERS USED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS 16:10:14
That this House welcomes the guidance from the Cabinet Office published in December 2013, on higher rate telephone lines to government departments stating that it is inappropriate for callers to pay substantial charges for accessing core public services; commends the government departments who no longer use higher rate telephone numbers; notes the Department for Work and Pensions as the least compliant with the guidance as it operates more higher rate lines than the other government departments combined and is in contact with some of the most vulnerable in society; calls on the Government and the Cabinet Office to set a deadline of 31 December 2014 for the phasing out of higher rate telephone numbers in all government departments; and further calls on the Government to ensure that arm's-length bodies and private contractors who deliver public services adhere to the same guidance as central Government.
370 NHS PAY 16:10:14
That this House condemns the Government's decision to reject the Independent Pay Review Body's recommendation that all NHS staff receive a one per cent cost of living pay increase; recognises the incredible dedication and hard work of NHS staff in often difficult circumstances and is dismayed at the Government's decision to penalise public sector workers; recalls the Chancellor of the Exchequer's promise in 2012 that there would be a one per cent rise in public sector pay by 2015; regrets that the actions of the Government have restricted pay rises for nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants for over four years; notes that the NHS would have had a much better financial outlook had the Government not spent £3 billion on an unpopular and unsuccessful NHS reorganisation; and fears for the morale of the NHS workforce, which is the lowest it has ever been and the negative effect this will have on the aspirations of young people to become nurses, midwives or healthcare assistants.