House of Commons
17th June 2015
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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83 ACCOUNTABILITY OF NHS ENGLAND 8:6:15
That this House is concerned that it has been six months since the threat of a legal challenge forced NHS England to suspend its scorecard system for deciding which drugs to fund; notes that this system was eventually scrapped completely and that a three-month consultation was launched on 27 January 2015 to come up with a new system; is extremely concerned NHS England has still not announced what the new process will be; is further concerned at repeated failures by NHS England during these six months to turn up to meetings or respond to correspondence in a timely or proper manner; expresses particular concern that a 27 March 2015 letter from the #fundourdrugsNOW campaign setting out very serious issues has still not received a proper response over eight weeks later despite the Life Sciences Minister requesting this letter and asking NHS England's Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, to 'respond in full'; expresses further concern at NHS England evading accountability when Ministers have repeatedly claimed the issues at hand are matters for NHS England; further expresses strong concern that 180 people with Morquio syndrome, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Tuberous sclerosis complex are being repeatedly let down; urges NHS England to respond in full, which it has so far failed to do; calls on Ministers to stand up for the 180 patients and urgently hold NHS England accountable; and further urges NHS England, at its upcoming 25 June 2015 meeting, to grant the interim funding campaigners have called for.
84 THE BIG RIDE FOR PALESTINIAN CHILDREN 8:6:15
That this House salutes Red Spokes for organising The Big Ride, a sponsored bicycle ride by some 1,000 cyclists from Edinburgh to London to be held from 1 to 9 August 2015 to raise money for the Middle East Children's Alliance, a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to helping deprived children who are war victims in Gaza; and hopes that not only will this venture be financially successful but will draw increased attention to the plight of Palestinian children in Gaza and the West Bank.
85 SUPPORTING SCOTLAND'S CARERS 8:6:15
That this House supports Scotland's 759,000 carers and thanks them, and the millions of unpaid carers across the UK, for the unwavering work that they do; recognises and gives its full support to Carers Week from 8 to 14 June 2015; congratulates third sector organisations, such as Carers Scotland, MND Scotland and Renfrewshire Carers Centre, for the crucial support that they provide to our carers; notes that, despite the extensive work of aforementioned organisations, there are a significant number of carers who remain unidentified and unsupported; condemns the Government for the devastating impact that the rollout of the Personal Independent Payment will have on carers and their families, with many losing the right to receive Carer's Allowance as a result of a change in the eligibility for the benefit; further supports calls for an increase in Carer's Allowance to match the current rate of Jobseeker's Allowance; and calls on the Government to abandon its commitment to proceed with a further £12 billion of cuts to the social security budget, as further cuts will only serve to exacerbate the devastating impact on the lives of people living with disabilities and the people who care for them, instead of providing support and ensuring dignity in living.
86 DIXONS CARPHONE IN WEDNESBURY 8:6:15
That this House notes with grave concern Dixons Carphone's announcement that it intends to close its factory in Wednesbury and relocate the plant 90 miles away in Newark, leading to the loss of 500 jobs from the local area and £8 million from the local economy; further notes that this is on the back of Dixons Carphone reporting an increase in sales of 9 per cent; and supports the Communications Workers Union campaign calling on Dixons Carphone to reconsider its decision and keep Wednesbury working.
87 DETENTION OF MAJID ALI, CITY OF GLASGOW COLLEGE STUDENT 8:6:15
That this House is deeply concerned by the detention of City of Glasgow student Majid Ali, who was last week sent to Dungavel Detention Centre; notes that Majid is due to be deported to Balochistan, in Pakistan, at 11.30pm on 9 June 2015; expresses concern that Majid will be in danger of physical harm, and even death, if he is deported, evidenced by the information that two close family members of Majid were murdered due to their political activities; affirms that the UK has a responsibility as one of the world's richest nations, to open our doors and our arms to those fleeing oppression and discrimination wherever they come from; further affirms that international treaties and laws oblige the UK to be of assistance to those who are in fear of their safety and life; calls on the Home Secretary to carry out an urgent review of this case and halt deportation; and further calls on the Government to make changes to the asylum process so that this type of situation can never happen again to anyone else.
90 UNFCCC CLIMATE CONFERENCE 2015 8:6:15
That this House notes that the forty-second session of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as the June session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action, will be held from 1 to 11 June 2015 in Bonn, Germany; believes that ongoing evidence from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world; further believes that climate change will have far-reaching effects on the environment, people and economies around the world; and calls on the Government to work constructively at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties Summit in Paris in December 2015 for a fair and binding global deal to reduce carbon emissions and support developing countries adapt to the impact of climate change.
93 TRINITY MIRROR JOB LOSSES 9:6:15
That this House expresses deep concern at the announcement by Trinity Mirror that it intends to cut 25 Midlands jobs as part of a newsroom restructure; further expresses concern at the impact of such a development on local accountability and democracy; notes the impact this will have on content with far fewer journalists employed to produce it; and urges Trinity Mirror to hold talks with the National Union of Journalists.
94 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PRIVATE COMPANIES DELIVERING PUBLIC CONTRACTS 9:6:15
That this House believes that private companies delivering public contracts should be subject to freedom of information requests, because at a time when public spending is under increased scrutiny, it is more important than ever that spending is transparent; and further believes that it is imperative that any organisation using public funds is accountable to the taxpayer.
95 RECOGNITION OF PALESTINE 9:6:15
That this House notes the comments of the Israeli Prime Minister that there will be no state of Palestine on his watch and that he has repeatedly made it clear that he will never countenance a fully sovereign Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza; further notes that the continued policy of settlement building undermines a two state solution; and calls on the Government to carry out the will of the House of Commons as expressed in the motion passed on 13 October 2014 and join the 137 countries across the world by recognising the State of Palestine alongside the State of Israel so as to secure a negotiated two-state solution which is urgently needed to ensure peace in the region.
99 REFUGEES CROSSING THE MEDITERRANEAN AND MARE NOSTRUM 9:6:15
That this House urges the Prime Minister to recognise the fatal impact of the decision in 2014 to cancel Operation Mare Nostrum in October 2014, and the decision to replace it with the much more limited Operation Triton, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives of desperate refugees, exploited by traffickers; further urges the Prime Minister to do everything in his power to restore the full provisions of Mare Nostrum; and calls on him to review urgently the numbers of places available in the UK for refugees, particularly those who have relatives in this country, who are fleeing violence, persecution and suffering.
102 SMALL SCALE HYDRO POWER 9:6:15
That this House notes the successful development of small scale hydro supported via Feed-in-Tariff, with 177 MW of small scale hydro now available in Scotland, which represents 75 per cent of UK capacity; recognises the importance of this additional clean energy generation at a time of tightening electricity capacity margins and concerns over climate change; further notes the benefits to the renewable energy and construction sectors in terms of protecting jobs in these sectors; further notes that hydro has the lowest lifetime cost of all renewable technologies; shares the concerns of Scottish Renewables and the British Hydropower Association about the impact of the proposed deep cuts to the Feed-In-Tariff for small scale hydro; further notes the consistent representations made on this issue by the Scottish Government over the last year; and urges the Government to reconsider its plans and instead ensure a more planned and gradual reduction in support for small scale hydro, thus ensuring this popular and clean source of electricity is maximised.
103 CAFFÈ NERO AND CORPORATION TAX 9:6:15
That this House is dismayed that despite making over £20 million of profit last year, Caffè Nero has not paid a penny in corporation tax; and calls on the directors of Caffè Nero to remedy this situation urgently.
105 CARERS WEEK SCOTLAND 2015 10:6:15
That this House welcomes Carers Week 2015; understands that Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign, which takes place between 8 and 14 June 2015 and is supported by six national charities, Carers Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland, MS Society Scotland, Macmillan Cancer Support, Independent Age and Age UK; notes that, by raising awareness of carers at a national, regional and local level, the week hopes to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for; further notes that Carers Week 2015 will see the launch of carer-friendly communities, which will aim to build communities that support carers in looking after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own; understands that there are over 759,000 carers in Scotland with half of those struggling to make ends meet and 80 per cent stating that caring has a negative impact on their health; and believes that every effort should be made to ensure that carers receive all the support they require to continue their valuable service to the people that they care for.
106 THE BIG SHAVE OFF 10:6:15
That this House praises the efforts of Paul Kehoe, one of the House's doorkeepers and a servant of the House for 37 years, in supporting The Big Shave Off in order to raise funds for charities involved with autism, Alzheimer's, Cancer UK, Help the Heroes and prostate cancer; is impressed by the luxuriant growth on his head, upper lip and chin and recognises that he has been the butt of good humour from hon. Members during his time of growth and expansion; looks forward to his moment of relief when The Big Shave Off takes place on 17 June 2015; urges colleagues to support Paul's fundraising efforts; and recognises that several hon. Members support the Movember campaign every year, but is not surprised that one of the House's staff has, as always, gone the extra mile on behalf of others.
107 SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY PUBLIC HOUSES 10:6:15
That this House recognises and values the social and economic contribution of British beer and community pubs, which support almost 900,000 jobs and contribute £22 billion to UK GDP; believes that well-run pubs are an important community meeting place and the best place to enjoy alcohol responsibly; notes that more than 1,100 candidates supported the Campaign for Real Ale's beer and pub pledges ahead of the 2015 General Election, committing to support well-run community pubs, promote Britain's breweries and represent pub-goers and beer drinkers; welcomes this genuine cross-party consensus on the need to protect community pubs and breweries; and therefore encourages the Government to implement a package of measures to support community pubs and real ale.
108 CERVICAL SCREENING AWARENESS WEEK 10:6:15
That this House welcomes Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2015, which runs from 15 to 21 June 2015 and is led by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust; notes that the week aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening and how attending a screening appointment can help to prevent cervical cancer; further notes that the UK has a cervical screening programme that saves 5,000 lives a year, however nearly three women still die from cervical cancer every day; understands that over 22 per cent of women still do not attend their cervical screening; believes that, with eight women diagnosed with cervical cancer every day, raising public awareness of cervical screening is a priority; further understands that almost two-thirds of women aged 50 to 64 do not know that HPV causes cervical cancer and that women in this cervical screening age group are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage cervical cancer than other eligible age groups; recognises the excellent work of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust in supporting women and their families; and asks hon. Members, clinicians and policymakers to join the fight to eradicate cervical cancer.
109 VOTES FOR 16 AND 17 YEAR OLDS 10:6:15
That this House welcomes the study by the University of Edinburgh which states that 67 per cent of people aged 16 and 17 years old would participate in an election if given the chance to do so; notes that this compares favourably with figures released in the same study which suggested that the expected participation level would be 39 per cent in England, Wales and Northern Ireland; and further recognises that through the independence referendum young people in Scotland have experienced a level of civic engagement and debate which should be encouraged by ensuring that in all future elections and referenda the franchise should be extended to all 16 and 17 year olds throughout the UK.
110 SUMMER FOOTBALL IN SCOTLAND 10:6:15
That this House encourages the Scottish Football Association (SFA) to open and lead a public debate on the concept of summer football in Scotland to help assess where the strengths and weaknesses of such a proposal might lie; and further encourages the SFA to hold early talks with all league representative bodies, individual clubs and fans groups to take evidence to help inform that debate.
111 ALLOWANCES PAID TO MEMBERS WHO DO NOT TAKE THEIR SEATS 10:6:15
That this House believes that it is time to end the special allowances system for abstentionist Sinn Fein hon. Members; notes that the 1978 Oaths Act is clear on who can claim expenses and salaries and that the 2001 motion of this House (permitting Sinn Fein hon. Members to claim) can be reversed in a single vote; acknowledges that the Prime Minister was right to say in 2009 that if you don't come to the Westminster Parliament then you cannot claim expenses; further notes that the Conservative Leader was also right when he said before the 2010 election that it was 'inconceivable' that a Conservative majority government would vote for taxpayer's money to go on funding absentee hon. Members; welcomes the opportunity to do that; and calls for an end to this example of two classes of hon. Members.
112 HUMAN RIGHTS IN ERITREA 10:6:15
That this House strongly condemns the serious and systematic human rights violations committed by the Eritrean government, as detailed by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, which published a hard-hitting report last week; expresses its concern that the Eritrean government has created a pervasive climate of fear, causing hundreds of thousands of refugees to flee the country; deplores the evidence of Eritrea's use of compulsory, slavery-like national service, adoption of a shoot-to-kill policy at its borders, systematic stifling of dissent and complete failure to uphold the rule of law; notes that some of the violations found by the Commission may amount to crimes against humanity; is dismayed that it appears to have taken the recent migrant crisis in the Mediterranean for the international community to acknowledge the terrible suffering of the Eritrean people; and calls on the Government to condemn these violations in the strongest possible terms, to observe the Commission's request for the international community to offer protection to Eritreans fleeing the country and to work with the international community to address the appalling human rights situation in Eritrea.
113 CASE OF RAIF BADAWI IN SAUDI ARABIA 10:6:15
That this House is appalled that the sentence handed down last May against Saudi blogger and activist Raif Badawi, of flogging, to be administered very harshly in public, with 50 lashes scheduled once a week for 20 weeks, as well as 10 years' imprisonment and a fine of one million riyals, has been upheld by the Saudi Arabia Supreme Court; notes that no further judicial appeal is possible and that his flogging may resume on 12 June 2015; deplores this cruel and inhumane punishment which seriously injured Mr Badawi when he was given 50 lashes in January 2015 and poses a serious risk to his life; continues to strongly support his right to freedom of expression and that of all Saudi Arabian citizens; and calls on the Government to strongly condemn the use of this barbaric punishment and to press King Salman bin Abdulaziz to grant Mr Badawi clemency and allow him to join his family in Canada.
114 A CHRISTIAN COLONY IN LAHORE 10:6:15
That this House condemns the unprovoked attack by a mob on a Christian colony in Lahore; and calls on the government of Pakistan to ensure that the perpetrators of violence are brought to justice, to punish those who incite mobs to attack Christian properties and to take measures to protect Christian neighbourhoods.
115 AIR PASSENGER DUTY 10:6:15
That this House recognises the economic importance attached to reduced air passenger duty (APD); notes the recent decision by the government of the Irish Republic to sell its stake in Aer Lingus to AIG, British Airways' parent company; acknowledges that this commercial decision could place Dublin as a major hub airport within these islands, with its added advantage of lower Irish APD, thus impacting on longer haul destinations by all other large airports throughout the UK; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to recognise the massive potential business, tourism and financial loss which this development entails and reduce APD accordingly at the earliest opportunity.
116 CARERS WEEK 10:6:15
That this House recognises the importance of Carers Week; expresses its determination to do all it can to build carer-friendly communities across Northern Ireland; and calls on the Department of Health to designate additional ring-fenced funding to give respite to carers who save the Government thousands of pounds a week in care costs.
117 FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS 10:6:15
That this House welcomes the progress made by the Home Office in the last Parliament to allow Freedom of Information requests for animal experiment project licences subject to the normal safeguards of commercial and academic confidentiality and safety; and supports the call on the Government by Cruelty Free International to implement this reform during the current session.
118 PUBLICATION OF ANIMAL EXPERIMENT RESULTS 10:6:15
That this House welcomes the requirement that all clinical trial results should be published; and calls on the Home Office to require and facilitate a similar arrangement for animal experiments, subject to the normal safeguards of commercial and academic confidentiality and safety, to enable researchers to avoid duplication and allow public discussion of the merits of the research.
119 EAST RENFREWSHIRE SCHOOL SPORTS 11:6:15
That this House congratulates the pupils and staff of St Ninian's, Woodfarm and Williamwood High Schools, and Uplawmoor, Kirkhill, Carolside and Netherlee Primary Schools, on their great success in achieving Sport Scotland School Sport Award Gold status.
121 TREATMENT OF THE ROHINGYA IN BURMA 15:6:15
That this House notes that the continuing persecution of the Rohingya people in Burma has caused and continues to create a humanitarian disaster in the area; further notes that the Muslim Rohingya minority have been described as the most persecuted people in the world; further notes that they are subject to violence, murder, displacement and as a result many of them are forced to flee; further notes that the Burmese government's refusal to accept the Rohingya as full citizens alongside its failure to stop the toxic anti-Muslim rhetoric and propaganda has led to a situation that can only be described as ethnic cleansing; and further notes that this government along with the regional governments of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh must act decisively to force the Burmese authorities to take action to defend the Rohingya people and restore their basic human rights and freedoms as a matter of the utmost urgency.
122 THE ISLE OF ISLAY PIPE BAND 15:6:15
That this House congratulates the Isle of Islay Pipe Band on winning the Grade 3A UK Championships in Belfast on 13 June 2015; notes that this follows on from its success in winning the Grade 3A British Championships last month; and wishes the Isle of Islay Pipe Band every success for the remainder of the season.
123 HERITAGE LOTTERY FUNDING OF THE DAVID LIVINGSTONE CENTRE 15:6:15
That this House welcomes the Heritage Lottery Fund's contribution to develop the David Livingstone Centre in Blantyre; recognises the cultural and historical importance of the Centre; further recognises the work of the David Livingstone Trust in maintaining Dr Livingstone's legacy; congratulates it on its recent award of Lottery funding; and supports its project to develop the Centre as a tourist destination and valuable education resource.
124 VAT REDUCTION FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY 15:6:15
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 undertake a review of 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.
125 GASTROINTESTINAL STROMAL TUMOUR CANCER 15:6:15
That this House supports the aims of GIST Support UK, the key charity specifically focused on combating gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST); acknowledges that GIST is a rare and awful form of cancer commonly found in the digestive system; and calls on the Government to ensure that the only effective third-line drug that treats GIST, the Stivarga form of the drug Regorafenib, remains accessible to patients in England as it is in Scotland to ensure English patients are not second-class citizens.
126 ANNIVERSARY OF ISRAELI BOMBARDMENT OF GAZA 15:6:15
That this House recognises that 8 July 2015 will be the first anniversary of the start of the most recent and most devastating Israeli military operation in Gaza and resulted in, according to the UN, more than 2,000 deaths, 1,492 of them civilians and 551 of those, children; notes that there has been no meaningful reconstruction of Gaza which saw over 100,000 homes destroyed or severely damaged in last year's conflict, that children in particular have suffered the harshest of conditions and that no action has been taken to challenge the violations of international law as exemplified by the security wall, the ongoing occupation of the Palestinian territories, or the illegal blockade and separation of Gaza; calls on the Government to intensify its actions within the international community and towards the Israeli government to resolve the humanitarian and political crisis in Palestine; further calls for a more direct and stringent message to the Israeli government that progress on talks to reach a long-term and peaceful solution must be delivered within an agreed time frame; and calls on the Foreign Secretary to prioritise action through the UN Security Council for a meaningful UN resolution in this regard.
127 GLASGOW AIRPORT 15:6:15
That this House congratulates Glasgow Airport, one of Europe's fastest growing airports, on its busiest May in seven years, after seeing 785,063 passengers travel through the airport last month; notes that this increase of 13.3 per cent in passenger travel has secured Glasgow Airport's 27th consecutive month of growth; further notes that the airport's success in May follows their busiest April on record; recognises the hard work of all of the staff at Glasgow Airport in securing this unprecedented growth; and supports the Scottish Government's commitment to cut Air Passenger Duty by 50 per cent, a reduction that will create nearly 4,000 jobs, add £1 billion to the Scottish economy by 2020 and support Scotland's airports to go from strength to strength.
128 GLOBAL TB 15:6:15
That this House recognises the enormous human and economic cost of the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic which claims 1.5 million lives a year and severely damages the health and wellbeing of nine million people every year; highlights the particular threat posed by Multi-Drug Resistant TB, which is the only major, airborne, drug-resistant infection; acknowledges the estimates by the independent Review of Anti-Microbial Resistance that MDR-TB could claim an additional 75 million lives worldwide by 2050 at a cost of $16.7 trillion; is concerned by high rates of TB in the UK, particularly in major urban centres; and calls for greater resources to be invested in tackling the disease abroad, in the UK, and in research and development of new treatments, diagnostics and vaccines.
129 PRISON OVERCROWDING 15:6:15
That this House is appalled at the Government's admission of erroneous figures regarding the prison population and possible overcrowding; recognises that organisations such as the Justice Unions' Parliamentary Group, the Prison Officers Association, and the Howard League for Penal Reform have long warned the Government that prisons are dangerously full; notes with concern that the Ministry of Justice accepts that in some circumstances two or even three prisoners have been sharing a cell designed for one person; further notes the dangerous implications of an overcrowded prison estate for the safety of both inmates and staff; and calls on the Government to launch an urgent review to discover why the public have been misled on the issue of prison overcrowding and to ensure that this issue is tackled as a matter of priority to ensure that prisoners, staff and the public are safe.
130 YARL'S WOOD IMMIGRATION REMOVAL CENTRE 15:6:15
That this House notes the work of and problems in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, and especially the poor treatment of women detainees by Serco; is concerned that despite this, Serco's contract has been renewed; calls on the Home Secretary to reassess the entire detention process so that radical changes to the current system can be made; and urges an end to the practice of indefinite detention immediately.
131 IPCC REPORT ON ORGREAVE 15:6:15
That this House strongly condemns the decision of the Independent Police Complaints Commission not to launch a full and comprehensive investigation into the behaviour of South Yorkshire Police at the Orgreave Coking Plant on 18 June 1984; believes there is no time limit to justice and furthermore that mining communities up and down the country deserve the truth; and calls for a wider public inquiry covering not only the policing of Orgreave but of the entire country during the 1984-85 Miners' Strike.
132 BIKE WEEK 2015 15:6:15
That this House welcomes the promotion of cycling during Bike Week from 13-21 June 2015; congratulates those involved in the organisation of events; acknowledges this as the largest national cycling event in the UK; recognises the importance of promoting cycling as a convenient way to make everyday journeys; and endorses the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling.
133 FREE SCHOOL BUS TRAVEL IN GLASGOW 15:6:15
That this House is deeply concerned at proposals to alter the qualifying distance for free bus travel by primary and secondary school children in Glasgow; understands that this will be implemented by the Labour-led City Council in August 2015 without any meaningful consultation with parents or communities, and that this will reduce free transport provision in the city from 3,214 qualifying children to just 1,383 children; notes that these cuts will impact detrimentally on families across the city, with areas such as Maryhill and Milton in the north of the city being disproportionately impacted, in part due to the City Council's previous school closure programmes which targeted the Maryhill area including the closure of St Agnes', Wyndford and St Gregory's primary schools; shares the belief of many parents that previous promises by the City Council which were made when schools were closed in recent years are now being reneged upon; shares the concerns of parents and communities that safe walking routes will still place children at additional risk, and that increased travel times may put at risk the attendance of children at school and increase the travel costs for families in deprived areas who see no alternative but to pay for commercial bus transport; and believes that the City Council should halt the plans to axe the free school bus provision and start a meaningful and respectful dialogue with parents, children and communities should it decide at any point in the future to reform free school transport arrangements within the city.
134 YULIN DOG MEAT FESTIVAL 2015 15:6:15
That this House condemns the plans to go ahead with the Yulin Dog Meat Festival 2015 in Yulin, China; expresses deep concern at the cruel and inhumane manner in which dogs have been slaughtered in the past; notes the terrible conditions that dogs face prior to being killed as they are held in overcrowded cages without water; and urges the Chinese authorities to intercede to stop the festival from taking place.
135 RUGBY LEAGUE PARTICIPATION 15:6:15
That this House welcomes the 7,300 strong increase in regular participation in rugby league as announced by Sport England; recognises the importance of sport and physical recreation for the British public; further welcomes all those new to playing the game of rugby league; believes this increase demonstrates the role rugby league plays in communities throughout the UK and is recognition of the game's inclusive and welcoming nature for people of any background, age, gender or ability; further welcomes versions of the game, touch, tag, wheelchair, masters, and 13-a-side, in this growth; and congratulates all involved in the game's administration for the increase.
136 IMPORTATION OF FOIE GRAS 16:6:15
That this House deplores the production of foie gras, considering it cruel and unnatural to force-feed geese until it causes internal damage; welcomes the UK's continued ban on domestic production of this foodstuff; commends India on last year becoming the first country in the world to ban the import of foie gras; and calls on the Government to follow this example in making the UK the next country to ban the import of this most unpleasant product.
137 MCKINNON CUP DEBATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 16:6:15
That this House recognises the value of promoting public speaking in developing confidence and self-worth and congratulates the students and staff of the schools of West Dunbartonshire, including St Peter the Apostle High School, Clydebank High School, Dumbarton Academy, Our Lady and St Patrick's High School and Vale of Leven Academy, as well as Hermitage Academy of Argyll and Bute who recently participated in the annual McKinnon Cup Debating Championships; recognises that the schools were all represented by outstanding students and especially congratulates the overall schools winner Jake Brough, the individual winner, and Caleb McGowan on winning the cup for the Vale of Leven Academy.
138 FIFA WOMEN'S WORLD CUP 16:6:15
That this House congratulates all the women who are taking part in the FIFA Women's World Cup; is delighted to see female involvement in football attracting the media attention that it deserves; and wishes all of the participants the very best of luck in this great tournament.
139 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AT FIRST TRANSPENNINE EXPRESS 17:6:15
That this House is dismayed at the decision of First Transpennine Express Railway Company to dismiss a train guard following an incident in which his train was being surfed by a youth at Grimsby Town station; notes that the guard had already aborted the train's dispatch once but after the guard completed the correct dispatch procedure by giving the driver the right-away signal, one of the gang tried to surf the train again, ignoring advice and warnings; further notes that, with 10 years' experience, the guard judged that it was safer to allow the youth to jump clear rather than hit the emergency stop button, which looked likely to throw the youth off-balance; further notes the youth also subsequently spat at the conductor; also notes that the conductor was honest and accepts that in a strict interpretation of the rules he should have hit the emergency-stop button, regardless of the risk to the irresponsible surfer; believes that in these circumstances dismissal of a member of rail staff who has a previously unblemished record is unprecedented and is concerned that a dispute now exists between the company and the RMT union; and calls for First Transpennine Express Railway Company to immediately review this case and meet the union to resolve this dispute.
140 GLENURQUHART SHINTY CLUB AND THE RBS MACTAVISH CUP 17:6:15
That this House wishes to congratulate Glenurquhart Shinty Club on winning the 2015 RBS MacTavish Cup Final and in doing so, recognises the valuable contribution of the local community in their steadfast support; and wishes the club and community continued sporting success.
141 ROYAL SOCIETY OF BIOLOGY'S PARLIAMENTARY LINKS DAY 17:6:15
That this House congratulates The Society of Biology on organising this year's Parliamentary Links Day (PLD) on 23 June 2015 on behalf of the science and engineering community; applauds the theme of Science and the New Parliament; welcomes the Society's continuing commitment to serve the public interest by improving the access of all 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 the event will be launched by Mr Speaker and will include a contribution from the hon. Member for Orpington and a keynote address by the President-Elect of the Royal Society, Sir Venki Ramakrishnan; further notes the contributions from many other eminent scientists and communicators; further notes that PLD is an established and respected event on the annual parliamentary calendar; further notes that the Society of Biology and the scientific community remain committed to assisting hon. Members on all sides of the House with access to scientific advice; and further welcomes the continuing contribution that PLD makes to strengthening the dialogue between Parliament and the science and engineering community.
142 PASSENGER SAFETY AND PRIVATE HIRE INDUSTRY REGULATION 17:6:15
That this House is concerned that smartphone apps such as Über are circumventing the law governing the taxi and minicab industry; supports the existing regulations whereby private hire vehicles (PHVs) may only pick up passengers when pre-booked rather than from a rank or in response to being hailed; recognises that such regulations provide passengers with important safety protections against unregulated drivers who have not undergone extensive criminal record and medical checks or had to pass a formal taxi driving assessment like licensed taxi drivers; welcomes Transport for London's (TfL) public opposition to any move to confuse the distinction between the two services; notes with concern, that in spite of this, TfL is failing to carry out its licensing and enforcement functions and is allowing PHVs to operate within the immediate hire market; believes that this is primarily due to the absence of a statutory definition of plying for hire; further believes that this will undermine public confidence in a safe and secure licensing regime and will ultimately undermine the viability of the current taxi service; further notes that the number of people applying to study The Knowledge, the geographical training for licensed taxi drivers, fell from 3,326 in 2012 when Über started operating in London, to 2,159 last year; and calls on the Government to bring forward urgent legislation which provides a clear statutory definition to protect the distinction between taxis and PHVs.
143 CAREERMAKERS RECRUITMENT 17:6:15
That this House condemns in the most severe terms the employment practices of Careermakers Recruitment, 86 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4EX, and in particular their maltreatment of a constituent of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to overlong working-hours and failure to observe health and safety legislation; calls on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to investigate their activities and, if he regards it as appropriate, to refer their violation of employment laws to the police; and warns all potential contacts to have nothing to do with these swindlers.
144 25th ANNIVERSARY OF DUMBARTON CREDIT UNION 17:6:15
That this House applauds the work of credit unions across the UK in promoting, providing and offering a safe and regulated local environment to save and a low cost way to borrow; recognises the intrinsic community nature of credit unions in reducing the demand for high interest loans and doorstep lenders; acknowledges the excellent service provided by the staff and volunteers of Dumbarton Credit Union as they celebrate 25 years of service to the communities of Dumbarton, through the provision of community financial services to all adults over the age of 16 in Dumbarton; and calls on the Government to continue to promote and support the development of credit unions across the UK.
145 HOMES IN LONDON 17:6:15
That this House believes London is facing a chronic shortage of genuinely affordable and social housing; expresses concern that the Government's proposals to force councils to sell off large numbers of their homes, allow the sale of housing association properties through right-to-buy before replacement homes are built, and lower the welfare cap to £23,000 in London will make this crisis worse; further believes that the result will be the social cleansing of London; and calls on the Government to rethink plans to force councils to sell off homes, intended in part to subsidise right-to-buy discounts, and instead to prioritise the building of the homes Londoners need, including for social rent and for first time buyers and further to commit that no housing association or council homes to be sold under right-to-buy until new like-for-like homes for social rent have been built in the same numbers and in the same local authority area.
146 TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP 17:6:15
That this House is extremely concerned about the potential impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on the ability of hon. Members to make decisions in the public interest; in particular opposes the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism which would allow foreign corporations enhanced legal power to challenge public policy; is further concerned that TTIP would undermine the UK's regulatory framework, in particular the high standards of food production enjoyed in this country and the Government's ability to democratically set a framework for public service provision, and financial and environmental standards; and calls on the Government to ensure TTIP is fully scrutinised by Parliament and, during the negotiations, to oppose inclusion of the ISDS mechanism and the regulatory cooperation framework currently being proposed by the EU Commission.
147 NORTHERN LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND STAFFING OF TRAINS 17:6:15
That this House notes that the Department of Transport have agreed with numerous passenger surveys that passengers highly value a member of staff in addition to the driver on trains; welcomes that under railway regulations maintaining the operational role of a guard/conductor guarantees that a second member of staff is on board the train at all times to assist in protecting the safety of the train and passengers and provide ticket and travel advice; further welcomes that this protection for passengers currently applies for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express passenger services; is concerned however, that despite big increases in passenger numbers and the objections of a number of local authorities in the North, the proposed new franchise agreement will not maintain the role of the guard/conductor on Northern Rail services and therefore weakens the protection for passengers; further notes that 30 northern local authorities through the Rail North umbrella organisation will have a key role in overseeing and improving the franchise; and calls on Rail North to protect rail jobs and passenger safety and service by developing the franchise agreement to retain the current role of the guard/conductor, keep ticket offices open and ensure proper staffing at as many stations as possible.
148 FOREIGN OWNERSHIP OF RAIL SERVICES IN THE NORTH 17:6:15
That this House is concerned that despite almost half a billion pounds leaking out to shareholders from the privately run Northern Rail and TransPennine Express services, rail services in the North are to be privatised again and also handed over to Dutch, French or German owners; is dismayed that this will mean private rail companies and other countries' railways will make big profits, while rail passengers in the North will endure higher fares, fewer services and overcrowded trains; is further dismayed this will mean trains will no longer have a guard to protect the train, while ticket offices could be closed and station staff cut; and calls for a publicly owned People's Railway in the North run under public ownership in the interest of passengers and communities.
149 PEOPLE'S ASSEMBLY AGAINST AUSTERITY MARCH 17:6:15
That this House notes evidence that the Government's economic strategy of austerity pursued since 2010 has seen a significant transfer of wealth from the least well-off to the more affluent; further notes the policy has had a disproportionately negative impact on the most disadvantaged areas; believes that this has contributed to increased inequality and impoverishment in society; welcomes contributions to the public debate advocating a positive economic alternative; and congratulates the organisation of the People's Assembly Against Austerity march to Parliament Square in London, as well as a simultaneous march in Glasgow, on 20 June, both of which will be a democratic expression of the desire for that alternative.