House of Commons
21 January 2016
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
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871 ELECTRICITY (No. 2) (S. I., 2015, No. 1659) 15:12:15
That the Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 1659), dated 8 September 2015, a copy of which was laid before this House on 9 September, be revoked.
901 SOCIAL SECURITY (S. I., 2015, No. 1857) 17:12:15
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and date of claim) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 (S.I., 2015, No.1857), dated 3 November 2015, a copy of which was laid before this House on 9 November, be annulled.
912 ELECTRICITY (S. I., 2015, No. 2045) 5:1:16
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015 (S.I., 2015, No. 2045), dated 16 December 2015, a copy of which was laid before this House on 18 December 2015, be annulled
931 EMERGENCY AID FOR STARVING CIVILIANS IN SYRIA 11:1:16
That this House notes with very great concern reports that Syrian civilians in towns including Madaya and Zabadani are being besieged and starved by forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad; regrets the horrendous suffering experienced by these men, women and children, who have been without food for months; further notes with great concern reports that people living in these towns have been forced to eat grass and leaves and kill pets; notes that people have already died of hunger; notes that Assad's forces have shot and bombed civilians, including children, who try to collect plants or firewood, causing a number of deaths and serious injuries, including the loss of limbs; observes that the UK has the capacity to deliver an aerial bombardment of Syria and therefore also has the capacity to deliver food aid; notes that starving people in these towns have repeatedly asked the international community for help, which has not been given; notes that the Assad regime has agreed to allow the UN to deliver aid, but there is uncertainty about how long this will last; believes that the UK has an urgent duty to respond to these calls and deliver food aid to relieve this appalling suffering; and calls on the Government to act immediately to airdrop food, fuel and medical supplies to these communities.
932 ROBERT WALLACE AND THE ROYAL MAIL 11:1:16
That this House recognises Greenock's first Member of Parliament, Robert Wallace, and his contribution to the success of the Royal Mail; notes his important role in initiating the campaign for cheap postage, and the resulting reform of the postal service, reduction of corruption, and more accessible services for people across the UK and Ireland; further recognises his chairmanship of the parliamentary committee that examined the penny postage scheme; further notes that this deciding vote led to that scheme being put forward to Parliament and to the postal service we have today; and congratulates all past and present Royal Mail staff as they mark 500 years of operation.
937 APPOINTMENT OF NEW SERJEANT AT ARMS 11:1:16
That this House welcomes the appointment of Kamal El-Hajji as the new Serjeant at Arms; notes that Mr El-Hajji is the first ever ethnic minority Serjeant at Arms in the 601 year history of the position; acknowledges the fine job that Bob Twigger did as acting Serjeant at Arms; and wishes the new Serjeant at Arms well in his new position.
942 INTERNET DELIVERY CHARGES AND SERVICE 12:1:16
That this House recognises the inequality across the nations of the UK of charging and service for delivery of goods bought through internet transactions and welcomes the work already done by Citizens Advice Scotland, Citizens Advice and the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland to highlight the ongoing inequity of delivery services to rural areas; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislative proposals for a People's Delivery Guarantee which, in addition to the introduction of a recognised fair delivery quality mark for responsible retailers, would put an end to the practice of allowing advertising to state, for example, free delivery to the UK mainland whilst simultaneously including exceptions that mean higher charges for specific postcodes, and should also include the right for consumers to specify delivery by Royal Mail or to arrange their own collection if this is the cheapest delivery option.
943 PARKHEAD HOUSING ASSOCIATION (No. 2) 12:1:16
That this House congratulates Parkhead Housing Association on its recent accreditation as a Living Wage employer; recognises the crucial importance of organisations in the private, public and social sectors paying decent wages and setting positive examples by paying the real Living Wage; notes Parkhead Housing Association's contribution to the community in the east end of Glasgow and its plans to expand its social enterprise activities by establishing a trading subsidiary later this year; and urges other organisations across Glasgow, Scotland and the UK to follow its example in becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.
945 UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPECIAL SESSION ON DRUGS 12:1:16
That this House recognises that the United Nations General Assembly is to conduct a Special Session on drugs in April 2016 to mobilise political action internationally with a view to challenging human rights abuses, address the deforming of development in the global south and review the catastrophic health consequences resulting from failure of global drug policy; notes that the United Nations supports many of the principles set out in Harm Reduction Decade and recognises that the so called war on drugs has failed, leaving many people in the UK effectively living without the protection of the state; and calls on the Government to engage with the Special Session to consider actively how best to shift from a model of drug intervention based on prohibition towards a more effective model of intervention based on social support.
946 SELLING OF COMPLEX FINANCIAL PRODUCTS KNOWN AS EMBEDDED SWAPS AND FIXED RATE SWAPS 12:1:16
That this House recognises that many thousands of small and medium-sized businesses across the UK have been inappropriately sold complex financial products, including so called embedded swaps and fixed rate swaps; notes that many of these embedded swap products were sold without proper explanation of either the conditions or costs associated; expresses concern that while fixed rate swaps purchased as an independent product are included in the current Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) review scheme, swaps embedded in business loans are not, and remain unregulated by the FCA; and calls on the Government to undertake a review of these products, to provide redress for those affected in the past and to ensure proper regulation of such financial products in the future.
947 INVESTIGATION INTO MCDONALD'S TAX AFFAIRS 12:1:16
That this House welcomes the announcement made by Margrethe Verstage, European Commissioner for Competition, of the launch of a formal investigation into tax rulings made by authorities in Luxembourg in respect of the global fast food giant McDonald's; notes that the authorities in Luxembourg are accused of offering unfairly favourable tax arrangements to McDonald's, effectively constituting unlawful state aid; further notes that, had royalty fees paid to Luxembourg from the UK been subject to taxation in the UK, the UK exchequer would have received an additional £75.7 million over the last five years; asks that the investigation to examine the role played by Luxembourg's then Finance Minister, Jean Claude-Juncker in facilitating these arrangements; and commends the campaigning coalition involving War on Want and the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union on their efforts to highlight this apparent abuse, and calls on the Government to do everything in its power to ensure that all corporations pay their fair share of tax.
949 THE SCOTTISH ADJACENT WATERS BOUNDARIES ORDER 1999 12:1:16
That this House recognises that the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 is considered irreconcilable with international law and the intent of Article 38 of the Statute of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), and inconsistent with precedent established through the Anglo-French Arbitration, 18 ILM (1979), the Iceland-Jan Mayen (Norway) Conciliation, 20 ILM (1981), the Tunisia-Libya Case, ICJ Reports (1982); the Gulf of Maine Case, ICJ Reports (1984), the Libya-Malta Case, ICJ Reports (1985) and the Guinea-Guinea Bissau: Dispute Concerning Delimitation of Maritime Boundary, 25 ILM (1986).
950 TFL CONSULTATION ON VAUXHALL CROSS AND VAUXHALL BUS STATION 12:1:16
That this House regrets that Transport for London (TfL) and the London Borough of Lambeth have disregarded requests from local residents to extend the consultation period about their plans for the future of Vauxhall Cross and the proposed demolition of the bus station; notes that so far fewer than 1,000 replies have been received from the 300,000 Oyster card users surveyed by TfL; further notes that a senior official in Lambeth has now asked other Lambeth officials to encourage their staff and friends to complete TfL's survey; and believes this is further evidence that this shoddy and inadequate consultation should be torn up and begun again after the London Mayoral elections, with Londoners given the chance to choose between TfL's plan and that put forward by the local community.
954 NEWSQUEST TITLES IN GLASGOW 13:1:16
That this House regrets the decision of Newsquest to cut as many as 25 journalist posts at the Herald and Evening Times newspapers in Scotland, placing the titles' future at severe risk; notes that this is the fourth round of redundancies at the Glasgow newspapers in the last 14 months, which means there will now be fewer than half the journalists employed at the Herald, Sunday Herald and Evening Times compared to the period before Newsquest took over this historic Scottish publisher; is concerned that a further reduction in quality is inevitable as talented journalists lose their jobs and those remaining struggle with an increasing workload to gather and produce news and features that help the product; believes that pursuing unrealistic profit targets by constantly making cuts, instead of looking at innovative ways to improve the business, is not sustainable in the long term; and therefore calls on the new management team to ensure maximum consultation with the National Union of Journalists to avoid compulsory redundancies and give appropriate support to the workforce.
955 MÉDECINS SANS FRONTIÈRS HOSPITAL ATTACKS 13:1:16
That this House extends its condolences to people harmed in the attack on the Médecins Sans Frontières Hospital in northern Yemen on 10 January 2016; notes that this is the third attack in the last three months on a Médecins Sans Frontières Hospital in Yemen; further notes that the UN peace negotiations for Yemen have been delayed until at least 20 January 2016; and calls on the Government to assist the negotiations and bring an end to this conflict.
957 TUBE TICKET OFFICE CLOSURE CONSULTATION 13:1:16
That this House notes that London TravelWatch is required to consult on London Underground's proposal to close station ticket offices at Gunnersbury, Harlesden, Harrow and Wealdstone, Kensal Green, Kenton, Kew Gardens, North Wembley, Queen's Park, Stonebridge Park, South Kenton and Wembley Central; is concerned that the proposals are being bought forward despite many of these stations experiencing large increases in passenger numbers; opposes the closure of those stations on the basis that passengers, especially visitors and the elderly or disabled, would not be able to access the full range of tickets and services they need from a ticket machine, would find it harder to obtain advice on ticket and fare options, would suffer delays to their travel due to insufficient numbers of replacement ticket machines, would experience a more congested concourse, would be less confident using a ticket machine and could end up overspending, would be deterred from travel due to the lower staffing levels, and would be travelling on a network which is less safe with CCTV monitored less frequently; and therefore believes that these Tube ticket offices should be kept open.
958 REVOLT ON THE CLYDE 1919 13:1:16
That this House remembers the Clyde Workers Committee which sought to demand a 40 hour working week for all workers; recognises the historical, social and cultural importance of the calling of the General Strike and Clyde Revolt to seek the implementation of the 40 hour week; further recognises those who were imprisoned for their role in defending the rights of workers; and calls on the UK Government to work with the Scottish Government posthumously to admonish all charges against them, including those against Manny Shinwell, David Kirkwood and William Gallacher.
959 HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS' BUILDING OUR FUTURE PLAN 13:1:16
That this House is concerned at HM Revenue and Customs' (HMRC) plan with the misnomer Building Our Future which will reduce its offices from 170 to 17; notes that these proposals are driven by the Department's need to end the costly Mapeley PFI estates contract; believes that a centralised, remote HMRC losing the expertise of experienced staff and specialist local knowledge will have a detrimental impact on its service to the public and a devastating impact on local economies; further believes that this plan would seriously compromise the ability of HMRC to close the tax gap; and calls on the Government to ensure that Building our Future is suspended until a comprehensive consultation process, involving all staff and stakeholders including the PCS union, has concluded and any plans have been subjected to parliamentary scrutiny.
960 UK BORDER FORCE INSPECTIONS AT SMALL PORTS AND AIRPORTS 13:1:16
That this House is deeply concerned about the lack of inspections undertaken by the UK Border Force at small ports and airports with as many as 67,500 small boats and aircraft entering the UK each year without being met by border staff; is concerned that organised criminals will be able to exploit this gap in the UK's border security and allow the illegal import of drugs and weapons; and urges the Government to introduce random checks at these ports and airports to ensure that the UK's borders are secure.
962 DETENTION OF TRADE UNIONISTS AND WORKERS' RIGHTS ADVOCATES IN GUANGZHOU 14:1:16
That this House notes with concern the detention by the Chinese authorities of leading trade union activists and workers' rights advocates in Guangzhou, China, despite none of those involved having advocated or taken part in any violent acts; further notes well-verified sources quoted in the Financial Times and New York Times explaining these arrests as the authorities' response to rising labour unrest in southern China; notes that normally well-informed Hong Kong civil rights circles have described this as the harshest crackdown against organised labour in China in two decades; notes that those detained include Zeng Feiyang, lawyer and director of the Panyu Workers' Centre in Guangzhou, Zhu Xiaomei, labour organiser and He Xiaobo, member of an NGO in Foshan that aids workers injured in industrial accidents; condemns the fact that those known to have been detained have been denied contact with their lawyers; calls on President Xi Jinping and the Chinese authorities to respect and enforce the fundamental labour and democratic rights enshrined in the International Labour Organisation Convention; and further calls on the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to make urgent representations to the Chinese government regarding the treatment of those detained.
963 SCOTTISH HUNTINGTON'S ASSOCIATION YOUTH WORK PROJECT 14:1:16
That this House recognises the excellent support the Scottish Huntington's Association Youth Project (SHAYP) provides to children and young people affected by Huntington's disease; understands that SHAYP offers help and support through both individual and group work, and residential programmes; acknowledges that without the specialist approach delivered by SHAYP, children and young people affected by Huntington's disease can feel alone and vulnerable, which can have an adverse impact on family relationships and education; further understands that Chloe Forbes, a young person from Kirkcaldy, is currently benefiting from the organisation; praises specialist youth adviser, Peter Carruthers, for his outstanding work with the project; and hopes that SHAYP will continue to receive the funding required to continue its important work with children and young people affected by Huntington's disease.
964 BURNTISLAND INCLUSIVE PLAY PARK PROJECT 14:1:16
That this House welcomes the efforts of the Burntisland Inclusive Play Park Project; understands that the project aims to ensure that children with disabilities in the town can play alongside their peers at the Burntisland Links play park; notes that the project's fundraising endeavours have recently been supported by the local community, with local groups generating revenue for the purchase of suitable equipment; hopes that work on the construction of the inclusive play park will commence in March 2016 as anticipated; and wishes the project all the best with this, and any future, venture.
965 DISABLED STUDENTS' ALLOWANCE 14:1:16
That this House condemns the Government's sustained attack on the Disabled Student Allowance; notes that the austerity programme has disproportionately hit disabled people who happen to be financially burdened students; further notes that passing the cost to universities may result in a substantial decrease in access to higher education for disabled people; believes that higher education should be available to all, regardless of financial situation, disability or background; and commends the SNP Scottish Government for protecting this funding and continuing its support for access to education for disabled people.
966 THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 14:1:16
That this House takes note of the thirtieth anniversary of the Dr Martin Luther King Jr. US federal holiday, on the third Monday in every January which is in recognition of his lifetime of achievements; recognises Dr King as one of history's greatest civil rights campaigners; acknowledges the sixtieth anniversary of the Montgomery bus boycott against segregation which brought Dr King to global prominence; pays tribute to all those ordinary men and women who stood firm alongside Dr King; and commends those UK institutions marking Martin Luther King Day on 18 January 2016, thus honouring Dr King's legacy and philosophy of non-violence.
967 ARRIVAL OF AFGHAN CYCLISTS IN GLASGOW 19:1:16
That this House recognises the achievements of 48 year-old Nadir Shah and 17 year-old Feroz Khan from Afghanistan who have been cycling through 13 different countries over the last six months to help promote peace and solidarity from Afghanistan and among its worldwide diaspora; notes that the trip has been supported by Afghanistan's National Olympic Committee and Foreign Ministry; welcomes the recent arrival of the two cyclists in Glasgow following an invitation from the Afghan Human Rights Foundation and Glasgow Afghan United; further notes that the journey of these ambassadors of peace is planned to conclude in the US where they hope to meet the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon; congratulates both men for their commitment and dedication to spreading their message of peace and solidarity; and further recognises the significant contribution Afghan families have made to society in Glasgow, Scotland, and across the UK.
969 CURRY HOUSE CLOSURES 19:1:16
That this House notes there are an estimated 12,000 curry restaurants and takeaways across the UK, employing more than 100,000 people in an industry worth £4.2 billion to the economy; further notes research from Nationwide that the average home spends £1,355 a year on curries and that, according to National Curry Week, 23 million people eat curry every year; believes that the curry has become a core part of British cuisine since the first curry house opened in Britain in 1810; commends generations of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who have brought their wonderful cuisine to Britain; expresses concern that on average two curry houses a week are now closing; notes that a strong factor behind this trend is the Home Office's Tier 2 visa scheme which caps the number of visas awarded to non-EU workers every year at 20,700; further notes that qualifying for a Tier 2 visa requires a job paying £20,800, but, with chefs being on the Government’s Shortage Occupation List, the salary threshold is significantly higher at £29,750 after deductions for accommodation and food; notes that the average salary for a chef is £24,745; believes it is therefore extremely difficult to hire skilled curry house chefs from abroad; notes that Government measures to plug the skills gap domestically have not worked; calls on Government to look at lowering the Tier 2 visa scheme's minimum salary requirement for chefs to enable easier recruitment from abroad and therefore give Britain's curry houses a much needed boost.
970 WORKPLACE EQUALITY INDEX 2016 AND THE GOLDEN JUBILEE NATIONAL HOSPITAL 19:1:16
That this House recognises that more than 400 organisations took part in the 2016 Workplace Equality Index (WEI) organised by Stonewall UK the highest number in its 12-year history; understands that the WEI is a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace and that each participant must demonstrate their expertise in 10 distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement; and congratulates the Golden Jubilee National Hospital based in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, on being named top Health and Social Care Provider in the UK as well as all other category winners.
971 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF OPERATION DESERT STORM/GRANBY 19:1:16
That this House marks the 25th Anniversary of Operation Desert Storm/Granby to liberate Kuwait from occupation by Saddam Hussein's forces; recognises that the effort was based on a coalition of 34 countries; salutes the nearly 50,000 Britons who served in the successful operation and the 47 Britons who made the ultimate sacrifice; and supports plans to build a memorial in Washington DC to an often overlooked military operation that will itself be a place where the contributions, sacrifice and loss by all coalition countries, including those of the UK, can be remembered in perpetuity.
972 JOHN DONNELLY, FORMER PROVOST OF AIRDRIE 19:1:16
That this House recognises the late John Donnelly, a long-serving Labour Councillor on Airdrie Burgh and Strathclyde Regional Council, who served as one of the last Provosts of Airdrie from 1965-1968; notes that Mr Donnelly was instrumental in the establishment of the Airdrie Arts Guild, the iconic Airdrie Arts Centre and the St Andrew's Hospice which now provides excellent palliative care to patients and their families across Lanarkshire; and appreciates and commends the work of the Friends of Centenary and West End Parks in Airdrie which does a fantastic job maintaining the beautiful public spaces and which has established the old Provost Lampposts, which used to stand outside the homes of the office holders, as a centrepiece attraction in the park providing a brief history of the Provost, with Mr Donnelly's lamp post being the latest to be located there.
973 BANNING OF THE UKRAINIAN COMMUNIST PARTY 19:1:16
That this House is concerned by the District Court of Kiev's actions banning the Communist Party of Ukraine, a party with 100,000 members and which received 2.6 million votes in 2012; deplores the court's decision to make its ruling in private, excluding the public and legal representation for the Communist Party of Ukraine, despite a previous hearing wherein judges refused to hear the original case against the party citing grounds it was politically motivated; notes the recent joint statement by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Venice Commission concerning the De-Commissioning Decree signed by President Poroshenko of Ukraine in July 2015 describing clauses in the decree banning political parties as disproportionate, problematic with regard to the right of individuals to freedom of association and particularly for ensuring pluralism and the proper functioning of democracy; calls on the Government to raise these concerns with their Ukrainian counterparts; and further calls for the ban to be addressed by the EU-Ukraine Association Council as it violates the terms of the EU Association Agreement regarding good governance.
974 BASIC INCOME 19:1:16
That this House notes the growing crisis of low pay and precarity in a labour market increasingly characterised by casualised forms of employment that offer little in the way of pay, predictable hours or long-term security; further notes the evident inability of our bureaucratically costly social security system, with its dependence on means-testing and often arbitrary sanctions, to provide an adequate income floor; believes that a Basic Income, an unconditional, non-withdrawable income paid to everyone, has the potential to offer genuine social security to all while boosting entrepreneurialism and the creation of small businesses; welcomes the ongoing exploration of the concept of a Basic Income by the thinktank Compass, the innovation charity Nesta, the Royal Society of Arts, and others; further welcomes the planned practical experiments in Finland and the Netherlands; and calls on the Government to fund and commission further research into the possibilities offered by the various Basic Income models, their feasibility, their potential to guarantee additional help for those who need it most, and how the complex economic and social challenges of introducing a Basic Income might be met.
975 DETENTION OF TAIR KAMINER IN ISRAEL 19:1:16
That this House notes with concern reports that on 10 January 2016, a 19-year-old Israeli conscientious objector, Tair Kaminer, was sentenced to 20 days of imprisonment for her refusal to enlist in the Israeli army; further notes that, with tensions high in Israel, this is a particularly difficult time to be a conscientious objector in a country where military service is compulsory for almost all of its young people; expresses concern that there is currently no exemption from military service for conscientious objectors who refuse to join the army because they do not support Israeli policies towards the Palestinians; notes that the right to object to military service on grounds of conscience is protected under international human rights law; further notes that although Israeli law allows for pacifists to be exempted, the review committee for this process frequently rejects most cases; applauds the courage, tenacity and principles of Tair Kaminer, and all other conscientious objectors, in taking a brave position in a country which has been at war since its creation in 1948 and in a society which continues to become increasingly militarised; calls for the immediate and unconditional release of these prisoners of conscience; and further calls on the Government to request the Israeli authorities to accept the conscientious objection of Israeli citizens who do not wish to bear arms against a civilian population under military occupation.
976 SCOUTS 19:1:16
That this House congratulates the Scouts as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year; recognises the fantastic contribution that the Scouts have made across the UK and the positive impact they have on the lives of many children and young people, teaching vital life skills not available in the classroom; and wishes the organisation the very best for the future.
977 FISHERIES 19:1:16
That this House asks that, during his negotiations with the EU, the Prime Minister raise the matter of the fishing industry; and seeks to end EU control over quotas and fishing rights to ensure those quotas and rights are both fair and reflective of the levels of fish stocks in the sea and also ensure long-term sustainability.
978 OPEN DOORS 19:1:16
That this House congratulates Open Doors on the launch of its 2016 report and for highlighting the persecution of Christians; stands alongside Open Doors in its fight to protect both Christians and those who follow other religions; and believes that freedom of belief and religion should be available to all without fear of persecution
980 BEMIS CELEBRATES BURNS 20:1:16
That this House supports the BEMIS Celebrates Burns finale celebration at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket on Robert Burns Day; champions this diverse community celebration as a unique partnership between BEMIS and the world-renowned Celtic Connections Music Festival; considers that this event marks the culmination of the BEMIS-led programme to celebrate Scotland's living traditions, encompassing the more than 65 local, diverse, multicultural community events included in the Scottish Government-funded 2015 Year of Food and Drink and Winter Festivals period; congratulates the 65 participating organisations from across 16 self-identified ethnic minority communities who, assisted by a Scottish Government small grants fund of £37,000 administered by BEMIS, facilitated events to champion Scotland's past, present and future incorporating their unique global cultural characteristics; acknowledges that BEMIS Scotland and partners are committed to celebrating cultural diversity and promoting active citizenship; and recognises that programmes which acknowledge and value the intangible cultural heritage of our diverse citizens show an appreciation of the UK’s diverse society.
981 BROKEN RAINBOW'S RAINBOW DOT CAMPAIGN 20:1:16
That this House supports the Rainbow Dot campaign to be launched on 4 February 2016 by Broken Rainbow UK to highlight the existence of LGBT domestic violence; recognises Broken Rainbow UK as the national organisation that works with LGBT victims, survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse; understands that incidents of LGBT domestic abuse are as frequent as those within heterosexual relationships and families; is cognisant of the physical, sexual, psychological, financial and coercive control from a family member or intimate partner to which many LGBT individuals are subjected every day; congratulates Broken Rainbow UK on the help and support it has lent more than 42,000 individuals in the past ten years; recognises that cuts threatened by the Government may mean a severe reduction in Broken Rainbow UK’s frontline service provision; and welcomes the opportunity to condemn domestic violence in all its forms throughout all sections of society.
982 WEST KILBRIDE BEST VILLAGE HIGH STREET 20:1:16
That this House congratulates West Kilbride for being recognised as the Best Village High Street in 2015 at the Great British High Street Awards; applauds what has been a remarkable turnaround for a village that had in times past been the victim of an economic downturn; recognises the significant efforts made by groups such as West Kilbride Community Initiative Ltd, a group made up of local volunteers who have shared their desire to encourage rejuvenation in their regional area, for helping to reverse the fortunes of West Kilbride; acknowledges that such efforts have seen the village designated Scotland's only Craft and Design Town, the establishment of its own environmental group, the construction of a network of gardens and pathways, and the revolution of retail spaces on the local high street to support burgeoning projects and businesses, including craft shops, artist studios and galleries to name only a few; considers the achievement by West Kilbride particularly noteworthy given that 230 high streets entered the competition in total and is looking forward to seeing West Kilbride prosper in years to come.
983 KNIGHTHOODS FOR REMAINING 1966 WORLD CUP SQUAD 20:1:16
That this House recognises the outstanding contribution to football made by the members of England's 1966 World Cup-winning team; notes the honours given to Sir Bobby Charlton and Sir Geoff Hurst; calls for the remaining members of that team to be honoured with knighthoods; believes this to be a fitting way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of England's greatest footballing achievement; and congratulates the Sunday Mirror on that newspaper's Knight the Lions campaign, calling for all the 1966 players to finally get the recognition they deserve.
984 AIRDRIE AND SCHOTTS POPPYSCOTLAND FUNDRAISERS 20:1:16
That this House recognises the incredible charitable works of the Airdrie organiser for PoppyScotland. Mrs Margaret Jack, and her team of volunteers who helped to raise £11,243 for the charity in the lead up to Armistice Day 2015; notes and commends an additional £300 collected in Shotts, including £100 from HM Prison Shotts; and further commends other Airdrie collectors who raised more than £200, and all other local organisers for PoppyScotland across the country, whose hard work will be confirmed when the final amount raised is announced in September.
985 CONDITIONS OF AGENCY WORKERS 20:1:16
That this House notes that employees hired via agencies and third party bodies are not subject to the same conditions and rights as non-agency employees performing equivalent work; further notes that this leads to unacceptable exploitation of agency and third party workers; notes that, particularly in the case of agency drivers, this can lead to failures to adhere to health and safety legislation as workers often take whatever shifts are offered to them due to the financial uncertainty caused by zero hours contracts, leading to overworked employees handling heavy machinery and posing a threat to public safety; and recognises and supports the position that agencies and the contracts of their workers need an urgent review and subsequent regulation to ensure the rights and wellbeing of workers and members of the public.
986 PALOMARES ANNIVERSARY 20:1:16
That this House commemorates the 50th anniversary of the occasion on 17 January 1966 when an American B-52 bomber inadvertently dropped four nuclear bombs on Spain, after colliding with a refuelling tanker; notes that, although on that occasion fail-safe systems in the B28 hydrogen bombs worked resulting in none of the nuclear warheads detonating, the conventional explosions on two of these warheads scattered plutonium radiation across the countryside near the town of Palomares; further notes that the existence of nuclear weapons necessarily creates the possibility of accidents; and calls on the Government to increase the transparency of those safety measures that are in place on the regular occasions when nuclear warheads are transported on UK roads.
987 NUCLEAR CONVOYS 20:1:16
That this House notes with concern reports that nuclear convoys are regularly driven through the UK; understands that according to Nukewatch the convoys regularly travel through towns and cities close to schools, homes and businesses; condemns what it sees as an unacceptable risk to public safety; calls on the Government to immediately clarify what safety measures it has put in place; further calls on the Government to put a stop to nuclear weapons convoys; and hopes that public awareness of tis ongoing and dangerous practice will strengthen the calls to rid the UK of nuclear weapons once and for all.
988 PALESTINE YOUTH ORCHESTRA IN SCOTLAND 20:1:16
That this House welcomes the forthcoming Palestine Youth Orchestra's visit to Scotland in the summer of 2016, and looks forward to its arrival in Glasgow in July as it embarks on a period of intensive rehearsal prior to undertaking a tour of major cities across the UK; supports the young people and recognises that this tour offers hope, opportunity and recognition of the contribution that the people of Palestine wish to make in developing relationships and friendships across the world; and congratulates all members of the orchestra on their tremendous success in overcoming the many challenges and disadvantages that they face in developing and promoting the culture, skills and insights of the Palestinian people.
989 MOTHERWELL AND WISHAW GROUPS AND AWARDS FOR ALL SCOTLAND 20:1:16
That this House welcomes the success of four groups in the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency in applying to Awards for All Scotland for funding grants; congratulates Wishaw Family Learning Centre on receiving and Awards for All grant for use in creating an improved sensory learning experience for up to 140 children by developing an outdoor garden area; further congratulates Chris' House on receiving an Awards for All grant for use in funding start-up costs for the development of a peer support network and a centre for activities; congratulates Fool On on receiving an Awards for All grant for use in funding start-up costs; congratulates the Universal Church of Jesus Christ on receiving an Awards for All grant for use in funding a programme of recreational activities for local young people; commends the fantastic worthwhile work done by all four groups in the constituency; and recognises the value and importance of the grants provided by Awards for All to groups across the country for use in projects that aim to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need.
990 JAMES WATT AND THE CONDENSING STEAM ENGINE 21:1:16
That this House celebrates 250 years since the invention of the condensing steam engine by Greenock-born inventor James Watt; appreciates that Watt's improvements to the steam engine enabled the industrial revolution, and a significant advancement of our scientific knowledge to take place; believes that Watt's achievements in the fields of science and engineering were fundamental to the wealth that our society enjoys today; acknowledges Watt's membership of the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh; and notes that the anniversary of this notable scientific milestone is an opportunity to increase recognition of James Watt and his important legacy in Inverclyde and beyond.
991 SOUTHERN AND THAMESLINK RAIL SERVICES 21:1:16
That this House expresses dismay at the substandard service provided by Southern Rail, Thameslink Rail and other rail companies causing severe delays to suburban commuters; stresses that the regular delays and cancellations on Thameslink and Southern Rail lines cause severe daily travel disruptions for thousands of commuters within South London; calls on the Government to reduce the minimum threshold for suburban train services' Delay Repay scheme from 30 minutes to 15 minutes; urges an introduction of 50 per cent compensation of the single fare for 15 to 29 minute delay and 100 per cent compensation of a single fare for delays of 30 minutes or more; and further urges the Government to work with rail companies and the Department for Transport to implement the proposed amendment to the Delay Repay scheme in existing contracts immediately, and in all newly agreed franchise contracts going forward.
992 SUGAR TAX AT CITY HALL AND ACROSS NHS ENGLAND 21:1:16
That this House notes the introduction of a sugar tax at City Hall by the Mayor of London, the hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, and across NHS England by Simon Stevens this week; is pleased to see progress on the issue of a sugar tax being made after the campaign led by Jamie Oliver last year; and hopes that the Government will make further progress on this in order to combat the health issues of obesity, tooth decay and diabetes.
993 GROUND RENT, BLYTHE COURT 21:1:16
That this House, noting the listing of Lot 115, 1 Blythe Court, B46 with a guide price of £65,000, asks Barnard Marcus Auctions to withdraw the lot and refer the sellers to the appropriate authorities for withholding essential information of penal ground rent provisions that make the premises worthless.
994 DEATH OF ALMIGDAD MOJALLI INTERNATIONAL JOURNALIST IN YEMEN 21:1:16
That this House is dismayed by the recent death of Yemeni journalist, Almigdad Mojalli, on 17 January 2016 in Yemen; acknowledges the bravery of Almigdad Mojalli in continuing to provide coverage of the conflict in Yemen for international news organisations, including newspapers based in the UK; notes that more than 5,600 people are reported to have been killed in Yemen's conflict to date, and over 26,000 more have been injured; urges the Government to take appropriate steps to bring an end to this conflict; and further urges all parties to offer greater protection to international aid workers, journalists and other civilians.
995 EAST KILBRIDE FOOTBALL CLUB 21:1:16
That this House congratulates East Kilbride Football Club on reaching the last 16 of the Scottish Cup for the first time in its history where it will play Celtic Football Club; and congratulates the East Kilbride football team, coaching staff and management on their fantastic advancement of local football within the town which provides a vital sporting role model for local children, lifts their spirits, places the town firmly on the football map across Scotland and makes the people of East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow constituency extremely proud.
996 SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COLLEGE 21:1:16
That this House congratulates the staff, students and principal of South Lanarkshire College on their long-standing and positive work on promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; recognises the significant impact this has on student recruitment, retention and attainment; applauds the College for having been the first organisation in Scotland to attain Leaders in Diversity accreditation; commends the achievement at the 2016 National Centre for Diversity Awards, where Principal Stewart McKillop was awarded Most inspiring Leader; and further recognises the benefits to wider society of collaborative working on equality, diversity and inclusion.
In the Notices of Motions given on 19 January, on page 10, the name of Neil Gray should have appeared in support of Early Day Motion 967, Arrival of Afghan Cyclists in Glasgow.