House of Commons
19th January 2018
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
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742 APPOINTMENT OF TOBY YOUNG TO THE BOARD OF THE OFFICE OF STUDENTS 8:1:18
That this House deeply regrets the appointment of Toby Young to the Board of the Office of Students; notes the seven principles of public life, including selflessness, integrity, and objectivity, known as the Nolan principles and set out in the Department for Education's application guidelines; considers the stream of sexist, misogynistic, homophobic and otherwise abusive or derogatory tweets and public comments by Mr Young over a period of many years to reflect a fundamental lack of judgement and integrity wholly incompatible with the Nolan principles; believes there to be no shortage of alternative candidates for membership of the Board of the Office of Students; and calls on the Government to rescind Mr Young's appointment.
743 HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2018 8:1:18
That this House notes that on 27 January 2018 the UK will observe Holocaust Memorial Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where an estimated 1.1 million people were murdered; commemorates the six million victims of the Holocaust; further notes that the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is The power of words; pays tribute to the commitment of Holocaust survivors who share their experiences with young people across the country; acknowledges the importance of the Holocaust Educational Trust's work in schools across the UK and in particular the Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which has so far given over 30,000 students and teachers the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau; also pays tribute to the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust for organising this year's Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations; notes that a Book of Commitment will be placed in the corridor between the Members' Cloakroom and Members' Staircase between the hours of 14.00 and 16.00 from 15 to 17 and 22 to 25 January; and urges all right hon. and hon. Members to sign the Book and observe the day, so that the appalling events of the Holocaust are always understood by future generations and recognising our shared commitment to challenging holocaust denial, distortion and denigration.
744 GIFT CARDS 8:1:18
That this House notes the unfair practice and lack of transparency around expiry dates on gift cards from retailers; urges the Government to take action to introduce greater protections for consumers purchasing and using gift cards, such as banning use-by-dates altogether, or at the very least introducing a minimum five-year expiry period; understands that there is an often a lack of transparency around expiry dates which leaves the consumer at a great disadvantage; considers that funds not used by the expiry date should more properly be donated to charitable causes rather than used as profit for the companies involved; acknowledges that the gift card industry in the UK is significant, being worth around £6 billion per year, but that around £300 million goes unspent in gift cards every year; recognises that unsuspecting consumers are losing out when gift cards pass their often wholly arbitrary expiry dates; notes that this practice means that shops are profiting without providing consumers with a product or service; and further understands, that with families experiencing rising prices, stagnant wages and squeezed living standards, it is important that the Government steps in to ensure consumers are properly protected.
745 MOBILE PHONE CHARGES 8:1:18
That this House is deeply concerned that consumers are being poorly served by some of the largest mobile phone providers in the UK; notes that customers of some of the largest mobile phone providers are being charged extra for handsets after the costs of these have been paid off as part of their fixed deal; recognises that Citizens' Advice has found that some networks are overcharging loyal customers an average of £22 per month and up to £38 for contracts with high-spec handsets; agrees that it is completely unacceptable for unsuspecting customers to continue paying for mobile phones they have already bought; acknowledges that over 65s are particularly vulnerable to this practice with 23 per cent of over 65s on a handset-inclusive deal remaining on it for more than a year after their fixed contract expired, compared with 13 per cent of under 65s; and urges the Government to do all it can to end this sharp practice and to work to make it easier for consumers to compare prices by separating out the costs of handsets from the costs of services like data and minutes for all contracts which will mean greater transparency for consumers, allowing them to more easily see for what they are actually paying.
746 ANTI-REGIME PROTESTS IN IRAN 8:1:18
That this House supports the right of citizens in Iran to protest; commends the bravery of the thousands of Iranian citizens who have taken to the streets in 20 cities to protest the clerical regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei; notes the strong sentiments being expressed against the regime's policies in support of terrorism and destabilising activities in the region; is concerned by reports of up to 3,000 people being detained, including students, as part of an attempt to suppress anti-government protests; expresses deepest sympathies to the families of all those who have died; calls on the Iranian Government to restore the basic right of internet access to its citizens; condemns all acts of violence and suppression against the protesters carried out by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC); further expresses serious concerns over the IRGC's role in human rights violations in Iran and support for terrorism abroad more generally; and calls on the Government to include the IRGC on the list of proscribed organisations, impose punitive measures against its officials and to work with allies to expel the IRGC from Syria, Iraq and across the entire Middle East.
751 CARRIE GRACIE AND PAY EQUALITY AT THE BBC 8:1:18
That this House believes that the resignation of Carrie Gracie, the former China Editor of the BBC, highlights the anger and frustration of many women journalists at the BBC that a swifter resolution has not been reached to the scourge of unequal pay at our public service broadcaster; notes that figures published in 2017 revealed that the BBC's two male international editors have been paid, at least 50 per cent more, than its two female counterparts; further notes that of the list of those earning over £150,000, only a third were women and just 10 of the 96 were black or minority ethnic backgrounds; supports the National Union of Journalists in pursuing a collective grievance on behalf of 121 women who work across the BBC in a variety of roles and grades, on top of a number of individual cases that were already in train; calls for urgent government action so that pay equality is addressed across the media and broadcasting industries more generally and that effective sanctions are served on employers who flout equal pay legislation.
755 CHILDCARE VOUCHERS 9:1:18
That this House notes that childcare vouchers are a widely-used benefit that are popular with parents and employers alike, with more than 60,000 businesses of all sizes offering vouchers to more than 750,000 parents; further notes that, with childcare costs having risen faster than incomes in recent years, a large majority of parents still find their decision to work dependent on the availability of good quality, affordable childcare; regrets the Government's decision to close childcare vouchers to new entrants from April 2018; is concerned that the lack of any formal role for employers in the new Tax-Free Childcare scheme will lead to falling levels of engagement by employers in the support of working parents around their work-life balance and childcare needs; calls on the Government to keep childcare vouchers open alongside Tax-Free Childcare, so that parents can choose the scheme that is most suitable to their needs and offers the most support to their family; and further calls on the Government to consider how childcare vouchers could be extended to the self-employed.
757 OSMAN KAVALA 9:1:18
That this House expresses concern regarding the detention of Osman Kavala, a world-known Turkish philanthropist and a civil society activist who studied at the University of Manchester; recognises the work Osman Kavala has done to promote an open and democratic Turkey; notes that thousands of political prisoners have been arrested in Turkey; and calls on the Government to work with the Turkish Embassy in the UK and the Turkish Prime Minister to ensure the immediate release of Osman Kavala.
760 RECOGNITION IN NORTHERN IRELAND OF SAME SEX MARRIAGES PERFORMED IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES 10:1:18
That this House notes that under the terms of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, provisions are made for the marriages of same sex couples performed in England, Scotland and Wales to be treated as civil partnerships, and thus the spouses to be treated and referred to as civil partners in Northern Ireland; further notes that the Northern Ireland Registrar will not recognise marriages until the law is changed; notes that in practice, among other things, this means in the event of a spouse's death, the Northern Ireland Registrar refers to the remaining spouse only as the surviving civil partner, removing the status of the marriage in the public records; regrets that because of the provisions of the Act same sex couples married in England, Scotland and Wales in effect have the legal status of their marriages changed should they choose to settle in Northern Ireland; and resolves that the Government should bring about appropriate legislative action to allow for the full legal recognition of same sex marriages conducted in England, Scotland and Wales as marriages in Northern Ireland, for the purposes of registry and all other legal references and rights associated.
761 PERSECUTION OF KURDISH MPS 10:1:18
That this House expresses grave concern over the sentencing of elected Kurdish MP Idris Baluken on 4 January 2018 to 16 years and eight months in jail; notes that Mr Baluken has been an elected parliamentarian in Turkey since 2011, and has played an active role as a mediator in peace process negotiations between the Turkish state and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK); further expresses concern that on 5 January 2018 former MP Sebahat Tuncel was sentenced to two years and three months in prison for speaking at a Kurdish New Year event; further notes that Tuncel, a women's rights advocate and former nurse, was targeted for her advocacy for Kurdish rights and senior position in the Peoples' Democratic Party; expresses concern over the sentencing to prison of four other HDP officials and MPs Aysel Tuğluk, Leyla Birlik, Nursel Aydoğlan and Adem Geveri; condemns the political nature of these arrests and trials which took place in the context of a state of emergency, along with the simultaneous arrest of almost 100 HDP elected politicians and thousands of activists (EDM 602); condemns this attempt to eliminate Kurdish MPs from the Turkish parliament, denying millions of their democratic voice; expresses concern that the judiciary seems to be guided in these matters by the Turkish Government; notes that this judicial process has been described by Idris Baluken as political genocide; calls for the immediate release of HDP politicians from prison; and further calls for the Government to urge Turkey to stop its politically-motivated repression of the HDP.
775 AIRLINE CHARGES FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS 10:1:18
This House notes with concern that airlines are increasingly requiring musicians to purchase a seat for guitars, and other musical instruments of similar size, or requiring that they be placed in the aircraft hold where temperatures are very low and damage may occur during transit; further notes the campaign led by the Musicians Union to show more consideration to musicians travelling with their instruments; and calls on the airline industry to adopt a code of practice to give musicians travelling with their instruments greater consideration, fair and consistent treatment, and peace of mind.
777 AVAILABILITY OF NALOXONE IN ENGLAND 10:1:18
That this House was shocked by the results of a survey by Release of local authorities in England which revealed availability of Naloxone to be wholly inadequate; is aware that the World Health Organisation recognises that this medication is essential to saving lives which could be otherwise lost to opiate overdose; is concerned that drug-related deaths, most of which are from opiates, remain at record levels; notes that an average of only a dozen take-home Naloxone kits were provided for every hundred opiateusers; further notes that 18 areas provided no coverage whatsoever; commends the efforts of those local authorities increasing provision; recognises the highly effective Naloxone strategies in Scotland and Wales; and calls on the Government to launch a take-home Naloxone programme in England as a matter of urgency.
778 DEATH SENTENCE VERDICT IN CASE OF HAMED BIN HAYDARA 10:1:18
That this House notes the death sentence verdict in Sana'a on 2 January 2018 in the case of Hamed bin Haydara, a Yemeni Baha'i; observes reports that Mr bin Haydara was convicted on grounds of communication with the international governing body of the Baha'i faith, located in Haifa, Israel and that Mr bin Haydara endured over four years of detention, including torture, before this verdict; and requests the UK Government to call on the Houthi authorities to overturn the verdict against Mr bin Haydara and to release him and all Baha'i prisoners in Yemen.
779 CLEAN AIR DAY 2018 10:1:18
That this House is concerned about the damage to health caused by air pollution in the UK; recognises the public's desire to tackle air pollution and to be given guidance on how to cut and avoid air pollution from a trusted, independent, medically-sound source; acknowledges the success of 2017’s National Clean Air day which established a public information service and increased the public's understanding of air pollution; welcomes the announcement that Clean Air Day 2018 will be held on 21 June 2018; notes that the Government does not provide information on how members of the public can play a part in tackling air pollution; and calls on the Government to fund the Clean Air Day to ensure the public continues to be provided with clear advice on air quality matters.
783 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING CHARGES (No. 3) 11:1:18
That this House is disappointed that following the publication of Government guidance on hospital car parking in August 2014, 47 per cent of hospitals have increased their parking charges for a one hour stay; notes that there continues to be discrepancies in parking charges across England, with three hospitals in London charging almost £400 per week to park; believes that these charges have serious implications, not only for patients and those visiting their loved ones, but specifically for parents of premature babies, cancer patients, dialysis patients and those receiving treatment for tumours; considers these charges a stealth tax on drivers using NHS services; and therefore asks the Government to consider ending car parking charges at hospitals in England.
786 CARILLION LIQUIDATION 15:1:18
That this House holds grave concerns for the thousands of Carillion pension scheme members who face a cut to their pensions of at least 10 per cent because of the company's administration; is concerned that the former Carillion Chief Executive is to be rewarded for failure by continuing to receive his £660,000 salary, despite resigning from the company in 2017 in the wake of the business issuing successive profits warnings in 2017; calls on the Government to explain why it awarded contracts to Carillion despite said profits warnings; and further calls on the Government to implement a public inquiry immediately into how Carillion continued to win Government contracts despite obvious and public failings.
787 RATES OF PAY AT MCDONALD'S 15:1:18
That this House warmly congratulates the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union on successfully pressuring the management of the fast food giant McDonald's to award staff in company-owned stores the largest pay increase in 10 years; notes that this pay award followed last year's historic industrial action, the first since McDonald's first opened in the UK; calls on all franchise-operated stores to match these pay levels; and further calls on McDonald's UK to enter into a formal trade union recognition agreement, to facilitate national collective bargaining and to address ongoing concerns over issues such as health and safety in the workplace.
788 INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AT WARBURTONS 15:1:18
That this House welcomes the agreement on pay, terms and conditions between Warbutons and employee members of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union; notes that the deal involves a substantial increase in the basic hourly rate for most workers, more stable shift patterns to allow workers greater ability to manage their lives and increased learning opportunities; commends both parties on the productive spirit in which negotiations were held; believes this example demonstrates that responsible employers recognise the benefit of investing in the workforce, preserving high product standards and avoiding a race to the bottom in pay and conditions; and therefore calls on other employers in the food manufacturing sector to recognise trade unions and negotiate in a similarly constructive manner to mutual advantage of the business and the workers.
789 PROTECTION OF DEVOLUTION SETTLEMENTS 15:1:18
That this House notes with alarm the power grab in Clause 11 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and its implications for the devolved administrations; condemns the actions of the Government not to bring forward amendments to Clause 11 of the Bill during its passage through the House; supports the efforts of both the Welsh and Scottish Governments to save their sovereignty by opposing the Bill in its current form; endorses their intentions to bring forward a Continuity Bill to protect the devolution settlements if the Bill is not substantively amended; and calls on the Government to respect the constitutional settlement ensuring the National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Parliament retain their sovereignty.
792 PROSTITUTION-SPECIFIC CRIMINAL RECORDS 15:1:18
That this House notes recent public and parliamentary scrutiny of the effect of criminal records on people, particularly on women, whose offences derive from having been prostituted; agrees that many of those involved in prostitution did not freely choose prostitution but felt coerced by their circumstances; acknowledges that offences relating to prostitution severely limit opportunities for employment, volunteering and other social or community activities; further acknowledges the negative psychological effects associated with both the persistence of such criminal labelling and an inability to participate in normal social activities; believes that people who are often the victims of exploitation should not themselves be considered a threat to society and stigmatised in this way; and calls on the Government urgently to address this injustice so that existing records are expunged and those involved in prostitution are helped to exit and rebuild their lives.
796 TACKLING LONELINESS 15:1:18
That this House acknowledges the important issue of loneliness and its wide-ranging effects; recognises that a reported 100,000 older people say that they feel lonely often or always, sometimes going an entire month without speaking to anyone; further acknowledges that loneliness can affect anyone regardless of their age or background and is most common between the ages of 18 and 34; understands that loneliness can have a significant detrimental effect on a person's physical and mental health, with loneliness being linked to depression as well as an increased risk of conditions such as diabetes or strokes; values the important work of charities and community groups in supporting those affected; appreciates the importance of Age Scotland's Campaign, No one should have no one; challenges all policy-makers to lead from the front in tackling loneliness and supporting those working in this area; and urges this House to ensure that tackling this scourge of our times is at the heart of considerations when drafting public policy.
798 DUMPING OF ISRAELI WASTE IN THE WEST BANK 15:1:18
That this House expresses deep concern over the allegations raised by the human rights organisation B'Tselem that Palestinian land in the West Bank is being used for the treatment of Israeli waste, including hazardous waste; notes that Israel is using the occupation of the Palestinian Territories to deny the Palestinian people dignity and is putting Palestinian residents health at risk; further notes that the exploitation of the occupied territories is illegal under international law; and calls for an immediate end to this unjust practice and for steps to be taken to prevent waste treatment facilities being operated by Israel in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
804 ANTARCTIC OCEAN SANCTUARY 16:1:18
That this House urges the Government to fulfil the demands of Greenpeace UK and use its role on the Antarctic Ocean Commission to help build an 1.8 million square kilometre Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary in the continent's Weddell Sea to protect its marine life when the organisations makes its decision in 12 months' time; notes these waters not only support marine life including whales, seals and penguins, as recently shown on the BBC's Blue Planet 2, but also soak up carbon dioxide and help us to tackle climate change; is concerned that a warming climate and an expanding commercial fishing industry are threatening this undisturbed area and its iconic creatures; and expects the Government will not miss out on this rare opportunity to protect this most vital ocean.
805 FOREIGN STUDENTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 16:1:18
That this House recognises the contributions made by foreign students to the UK’s economy; notes the research carried out by the Higher Education Policy Institute and Kaplan International Pathways showing that international students bring £20 billion to the UK each year; further notes the role played by universities in promoting the UK’s values globally; and calls on the Government to drop overseas students from its immigration targets.
806 LIQUIDATION OF CARILLION AND THE PRISON ESTATE 16:1:18
That this House is concerned by the recent liquidation of Carillion leaving debts of around £900 million and notes the devastating impact this will have on thousands of workers across the UK; is aware that Carillion currently holds public and private partnership contracts worth over £1.7 billion which include the maintenance of almost half of prisons across the UK; is further concerned that reports dating back two years indicated consistently poor performance by Carillion in regards to prison maintenance; notes a report on living conditions by HMI Prisons in October 2017; further notes that Carillion has received almost £100 million in public funding for prison maintenance contracts since June 2015 including £39.8 million in 2017 alone; understands that the Prison Officers Association has long raised its concerns regarding these contracts indicating its dismay at the rapidly deteriorating living conditions for prisoners across the prison estate; notes the growing concerns of staff and inmates following the collapse of Carillion regarding the outsourcing of Governmental responsibility to ensure the effective maintenance of prisons; and therefore calls on the Government urgently to review private contractors working within the prison system and to bring all prison maintenance contracts back in-house as a matter of urgency.
807 FUTURE OF HARTLEPOOL UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB 16:1:18
That this House acknowledges the important role Hartlepool United Football Club has played in the community of Hartlepool; congratulates the supporters of Hartlepool United Football Club for their efforts to respond to the financial crisis of the Club; further congratulates the Club which is now in its 110th year on its mutual benefit for both the Club and the town of Hartlepool; and wishes Hartlepool United Football Club every success in finding a new owner and a solution to the ongoing financial crisis.
815 LONG STAY PATIENTS 17:1:18
That this House notes that hospital parking charges are a huge burden for long-stay patients; further notes that the average weekly charge for parking in an NHS hospital in England is £38.47 and that some hospitals in England charge over £200 for a week of parking; recognises that many hospitals in England are able to offer free parking or concessions for long-stay patients, but notes that many hospitals do not offer such concessions for patients; and is therefore disappointed that NHS hospitals inflict this cost on those suffering from long-term illness.
817 FUNDING FOR THE WORK OF UNWRA IN SUPPORT OF PALESTINIAN REFUGEES 17:1:18
That this House is appalled by the announcement by the US Administration that it is to cut its funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency by more than half; notes that this decision threatens the human security of millions of Palestinian refugees, including those in need of emergency food assistance and other support in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza; is concerned that this will also impact on Palestinian refugees' access to primary health care and the right to education of 525,000 boys and girls in 700 UNRWA schools; and calls on the Government to reaffirm the UK's support for UNRWA, to ask the United Nations Secretary General to convene a special conference to develop new funding alliances to secure the future of UNRWA, to make representations to the World Bank and IDB Trust Fund urgently to consider the case for supporting UNRWA and to promote the public appeal for funds that UNRWA has launched.
821 FREESTYLE LIBRE GLUCOSE MONITORING 18:1:18
That this House recognises and welcomes the decision by the Department for Health for making the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitor available on the NHS; notes that there are millions of people with diabetes across the UK who will be able to benefit from the technology when it is available to all; further notes that advances in technology can only further enhance the lives of those with critical conditions; notes that not all clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) offer the technology; and calls on CCGs across the UK to make the glucose monitor truly accessible to all with diabetes.
824 HOSPTIAL CAR PARKING CHARGES AND PREMATURE BABIES 18:1:18
That this House notes that the Government published guidance on hospital car parking in August 2014 suggesting concessions should be available for visitors to relatives who have an extended stay in hospital; is disappointed that 49 per cent of trusts with a neonatal care unit have increased their hourly or weekly parking rate in the last three years; acknowledges recent research by Bliss, the charity for parents of babies in neonatal care, which found that a third of trusts with neonatal care units where parents could park for free in 2013 have introduced parking charges; recognises that it is crucial that parents are able to care for their child through skin-to-skin contact, breastfeeding and comfort holding; further notes that parents may be charged up to £4 to park for an hour at hospital to provide this vital care; and urges the Government to abolish parking charges for parents of babies in neonatal care units.
826 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING AND CHILDREN WITH CANCER 18:1:18
That this House notes that in August 2014, the Department of Health published guidance on hospital car parking charges suggesting that concessions should be available for visitors with relatives who are gravely ill; is shocked by recent research carried out by Clic Sargent, a charity supporting parents of children with cancer, which found that a third of parents whose children have cancer were never offered a reduction in parking costs by their NHS Trust; further notes that parents are spending an average of £44 a month on hospital car park charges; expresses deep concern that only 50 per cent of trusts offer free parking to patients and families in cancer treatment; and subsequently urges the Government to abolish car parking charges for patients suffering with cancer.
827 HIV AND UK AVIATION 18:1:18
That this House welcomes the decision by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to allow applications for Class 1 Medical Certificates to people living with HIV, which previously prevented otherwise capable pilots from taking up employment as Commercial Airline Pilots; recognises the medical evidence that was being used to justify the outdated CAA rule was published in 2007 and that advances in HIV medicine and treatment render such evidence out of date; notes that under the Equality Act 2010, HIV is recognised as a disability and protected characteristic which should protect people living with HIV from employment discrimination; recognises that this welcome announcement brings the UK in line with a number of progressive countries worldwide who currently allow people living with HIV to become Commercial Airline Pilots, including The Netherlands, Australia, Canada and New Zealand; and urges the CAA to work closely with HIV charities and organisations during this process to ensure the rule changes effectively meet the needs of people living with HIV.
828 MUMIA ABU-JAMAL AND INSTITUTIONAL RACISM IN THE US 19:1:18
That this House believes that journalist and black political rights activist Mumia Abu-Jamal has been wrongly imprisoned and should be released from his decades-long incarceration in Pennsylvania; further believes that there is widespread evidence of police, prosecutorial and judicial misconduct and that Abu-Jamal's incarceration has led to severe life-threatening illness; notes that the 1982 trial judge gloated in racist terms of his intent to sentence Mr Abu-Jamal to death; and believes that Mr Abu-Jamal is the victim of a gross miscarriage of justice.
829 SENTENCE OF AFGAN MUKHTARLI 19:1:18
That this House deplores the six year prison term imposed by a court in Azerbaijan on the investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli, who was kidnapped in Georgia on 29 May 2017, and held in prison for six months before being brought to trial; notes that as an act of additional cruelty, the Azerbaijani authorities apparently intend to refuse Mr Mukhtarli permission to attend the funeral of his sister and her two young children who died in a domestic tragedy attributed to a carbon monoxide leak from a gas oven on 31 December 2017; further notes the concern expressed by the US State Department, and by the EU spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, over Mr Mukhtarli's imprisonment; and calls on the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to remind the Azerbaijan Government that an attack on press freedom and human liberty such as this constitutes a flagrant breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.