House of Commons
10th May 2018
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
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1111 CRIMINAL LEGAL AID REMUNERATION (S. I., 2018, No. 220) 22:3:18
That the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 (S.I., 2018, No. 220), dated 20 February 2018, a copy of which was laid before this House on 23 February, be revoked.
1214 THE RIGHT HON. LORD MICHAEL MARTIN OF SPRINGBURN AND PORT DUNDAS 30:4:18
That this House expresses its deep regret and sadness at the death of the right hon. Lord Michael Martin of Springburn and Port Dundas; recognises that Michael had diligently represented the communities in the north-east of Glasgow as a Councillor and hon. Member for over three decades, spanning seven general elections; notes that he was a decent and compassionate man who rose from Springburn sheet metal worker to become the first Roman Catholic Speaker of the House of Commons since the Reformation, and the first working-class trade unionist to serve in the Chair of the Commons; and believes his life to be testament that ordinary citizens can reach the highest offices of state through hard work and commitment to the representation of the people.
1216 HOSPITAL CAR PARKING CHARGES - FREE AT THE POINT OF ACCESS 30:4:18
That this House is aware of the national charities and motoring organisations and hon. Members and their constituents who clearly support an end to car parking charges at NHS hospitals in England; recognises that the NHS was established to be free at the point of access; contends that extortionate car parking charges mean that the NHS is not free at the point of access for people with cars; further recognises that the charges are not only problematic for patients and their visitors but for our hardworking NHS staff; realises that this is a clear injustice; and therefore urges the Government to scrap car parking charges at NHS hospitals in England.
1217 ADVERTISING OF FREE BETS 30:4:18
That this House believes that free bets offered by gambling companies are designed to lock people into gambling as a result of the requirement to provide deposit cash, bank and credit card details and personal details to gain access to those bets; notes that the advertising of free bets encourages people who are addicted to gambling or who cannot afford to gamble; and calls on the Government to implement a ban on the advertising of free bets, and the repetitive pop-up targeting of free bet advertisements online, as a matter of urgency.
1219 REFERRAL OF BURMA TO THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT 1:5:18
That this House expresses concern that Min Aung Hlaing, Commander in Chief of the Burmese military, has paid no real price for the military offensive against the Rohingya which began in August 2017; notes that around 700,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee to Bangladesh, joining the more than 300,000 already there; agrees with assessments by the UN that what has happened constitutes ethnic cleansing and elements of genocide; believes that continuing impunity for violations of international law is emboldening Min Aung Hlaing to commit further human rights violations against the Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Burma; calls on the Government to publicly support in principle the UN Security Council referring Burma to the International Criminal Court; and further calls on the Government to work to build global consensus for a referral to the International Criminal Court from all members of the UN.
1220 CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB - SEVEN IN A ROW 1:5:18
That this House congratulates Celtic Football Club on winning its seventh consecutive Scottish Premiership league title after a stunning 5-0 victory at Parkhead against local rivals, Rangers; commends Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers, and club captain, Scott Brown, on their exemplary leadership of the East End team; and wishes the club every success for the remainder of the season as it strives for a back-to-back domestic treble.
1222 90TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARDS RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB 1:5:18
That this House notes the 90th anniversary of Ards Rugby Football Club; commends the phenomenal work that is carried out with young people and the wonderful charitable work carried out at the club; congratulates all those involved in keeping the club thriving for so long; and wishes it every success for the future as it seeks to help young people and men and women of all ages to enjoy the sport and the friendship that exists in the club.
1223 KILTED LOBSTER RESTAURANT STOCKBRIDGE 1:5:18
That this House warmly congratulates the independent chef-owned Kilted Lobster restaurant in Stockbridge, Edinburgh, on winning the 2018 Small Business Big Heart Award; recognises that the Small Business Big Heart Award seeks to celebrate small businesses that support the local community and deliver a strong social message; commends the success of Kilted Lobster's innovative Cooking up a Storm model which includes free meals for people in financial hardship, training for job leavers who face barriers to work and cookery classes for families on low budgets or with food related health conditions; notes that profits form the restaurant go toward the funding of its projects; and thanks chef patron, Colin Hinds, and all at the Kilted Lobster for their support for the Stockbridge and wider Edinburgh community.
1226 FORESTRY AND SUSTAINABILITY AWARD RECOGNITION 2:5:18
That this House congratulates Jonathan Hawick on his recent achievement as part of his Forest Management course at the University of the Highlands and Islands; notes that he was awarded the Savills Forestry and Sustainability Award from real estate firm Savills after producing an outstanding land management plan as part of his degree; recognises his impressive academic achievement in the area of estate management; and wishes him continued success for the rest of his studies and in his future career.
1227 GLASGOW UNIVERSITIES AMONGST TOP 50 IN UK 2:5:18
That this House notes the recent publication of the Complete University Guide 2019 League Tables; understands that three Glasgow universities have appeared in the top 50 rankings of that guide; further understands that the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde were ranked 24th and 40th respectively, whilst the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland was ranked 2nd out of all specialist arts, drama and music institutions; believes that the rankings demonstrate the strength of Scottish higher education and highlights Glasgow's significant contribution to the success of the higher education sector in Scotland; congratulates all three universities on their top ranking positions; and wishes them every success for the future.
1228 LIVING WAGE ACCREDITATION IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IN GLASGOW 2:5:18
That this House notes that Firewater on Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow is a Scottish Living Wage Employer; understands that, to date, Firewater is the only living wage accredited nightclub in the UK; believes that the real living wage benefits both workers and businesses; congratulates Firewater on obtaining living wage accreditation; and calls on businesses across the UK which support the nighttime economy to pursue living wage accreditation at the earliest possible opportunity.
1229 DOUBLE WIN FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE AT THE GUARDIAN UNIVERSITY AWARDS 2:5:18
That this House notes that the University of Strathclyde has been recognised at the Guardian University Awards 2018; understands that the awards were given in recognition of the Strathclyde Cares and TransEDU projects, which seek to support care leavers and transgender people applying to, studying at and working in the University; welcomes the University of Strathclyde's efforts to build an inclusive environment and encourage talented staff and students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups to join the university; congratulates the University of Strathclyde on receiving these prestigious awards; and wishes it every success for the future.
1233 PUB CLOSURES 2:5:18
This House notes that pubs are at the heart of communities across the UK; welcomes ongoing cross-party efforts to protect the British pub; acknowledges that an increasing number of pubs are diversifying in order to provide an ever more valuable and enjoyable offer to their customers; further notes that pubs provide employment for over 900,000 people and contribute £23 billion to the economy; however, acknowledges that latest research by the Campaign for Real Ale highlights that 18 pubs are still closing every week; recognises that recent changes in planning law and taxation have helped the industry, but more still needs to be done to help pubs; and therefore calls on the Government to take further steps to support pubs which reduces the tax burden will enshrine the valuable role the great British pub plays in UK society.
1234 CHITTAGONG HILL TRACTS 2:5:18
That this House is concerned by the risks facing indigenous Jumma women in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region of Bangladesh, the authorities' systematic failure either to prevent sexual and other violence or facilitate access to justice for survivors, and by the Bangladesh military's complicity in human rights abuses; notes that while attending the recent Commonwealth Summit, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was challenged on her country's human rights record; further notes that the Bangladesh army is currently the second-largest troop-contributing country to UN peacekeeping forces; urges the UK to make the case for proper scrutiny of all Bangladesh military and other personnel prior to serving in the UN peacekeeping forces to certify that they are not committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international law; calls on the Government to encourage and support Bangladesh and Indigenous Jumma communities in the implementation of the 1997 CHT Peace Accord and de-militarisation of the CHT; and further calls for an end to UK arms sales to Bangladesh while there is a risk of weapons and other military equipment being used to commit human rights abuses in CHT.
1236 URBAN FOX SKI COACH PROGRAMME 3:5:18
That this House congratulates Shania Templeton, Bryan Templeton, Abby Adams, Caroline Ballie, Ross Paterson and Demi Queen of Greyfiars Church in Barlanark on their successful completion of their Assistant Ski Coach awards; acknowledges that this has been made possible through an Urban Fox programme in partnership with Snow Camp; commends those young people for all of their hard work and dedication over the course of that six month programme; further commends the work of Urban Fox and Snow Camp; recognises that this will now enable that group to help teach other young people from the East End of Glasgow to ski; encourages them to now continue on to the graduate programme; and wishes them all the very best for the future.
1237 CARDIFF CITY FOOTBALL CLUB PROMOTION 8:5:18
That this House congratulates Cardiff City Football Club on its promotion to the Premier League; acknowledges the key role played by the manager Neil Warnock, staff, players, owner, Cardiff City Supporters' Trust, Cardiff City Foundation and by the enthusiasm and loyalty of Cardiff City fans worldwide; and looks forward to the return of Premiership football to the Cardiff City Stadium and the continuation of the wonderful contribution the club makes to the city of Cardiff community.
1238 CONSEQUENCES OF CANCELLATION OF CARDIFF TO SWANSEA RAIL ELECTRIFICATION 8:5:18
That this House notes with dismay and disapprobation the decision to scrap the rail electrification programme between Cardiff and Swansea; further notes that the National Audit Office consider the decision to have been financially driven; rejects claims that bimodal trains could deliver similar benefits to electrification; believes that the decision will have an adverse impact on improving air quality, energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing services; is deeply concerned that the decision threatens economic growth and development in areas of England and Wales already suffering from poor connectivity and underinvestment; is further concerned that the decision directly places 224 specialist skilled jobs at risk; further believes that the decision compounds existing problems with the feast or famine approach to work allocation which, along with short-term funding periods of five years and the increasing commercialisation of Network Rail, is contributing to casualisation of the workforce resulting in the loss of jobs, skills and standards; and calls on the Government to reinstate the electrification programme immediately and protect the affected skilled rail engineering jobs.
1239 THE 2019 LOAN CHARGE 8:5:18
That this House expresses its concern at the 2019 Loan Charge; notes that it is retrospective applying back to 1999; further notes that as a result of the introduction of IR35, umbrella companies were set up and recommended by professional advisers and employment agencies; recognises that the Charge will affect contractors, freelancers and agency workers, including social workers, supply teachers and bank and locum nurses and doctors; notes that employment was not an option and in some cases the company or organisation insisted on those arrangements, including to avoid paying National Insurance; notes that these individuals did not receive sick or holiday pay; believes it is unfair that HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are pursuing people who acted in good faith rather than the client organisations, agencies or umbrella companies all of whom benefited significantly; notes that HMRC are aggressively pursuing individuals through Advanced Payment Notices with no independent right of appeal; further believes that the Charge is likely to cause financial distress and bankruptcies, impeding HMRC's ability to recover these tax liabilities and causing a devastating impact on people; believes that retrospectively taxing something that was technically allowed at the time, is unfair; calls on the Government to revise the legislation to avoid significant damage to independent contractors and freelancers in the UK; and calls for the Charge to apply only to disguised remuneration loans entered into after the Finance Act 2017 received Royal Assent.
1240 POOR PERFORMANCE ON NORTHERN RAIL SERVICES 8:5:18
That this House notes the Public Accounts Committee report into Rail Franchising in the UK which recognised that Passengers on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise have suffered an appalling level of delays and cancellations since the franchise started in 2014 and that the franchising model is broken; further notes that the problems which franchising has brought to Southern Rail services, including shortage of staff, over-reliance on rest day working and overtime, shortage of trained drivers and poor management planning resulting in frequent cancellations, are now also being replicated on Northern Rail services; is concerned that passengers across the North are now being left waiting at stations, not knowing when, or if, trains will run; is further concerned that plans to introduce driver-only operated trains will exacerbate those problems; and calls on the Government to launch an urgent inquiry into the crisis at Northern Rail and give consideration to stripping Arriva of the Northern franchise and placing the service in public ownership.
1241 LAKES LINE TRAIN CANCELLATIONS 8:5:18
That this House notes with concern that there were 160 trains cancelled on the Lakes line in April this year and that there are often insufficient bus replacement services provided; recognises that the Lake District is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Britain's biggest visitor destination outside London; expresses concern that the failing rail service is having a serious detrimental impact on the area's visitor economy; further notes the use of the line by commuters and school children and recognises the safeguarding issue created by the timetabled services not being available; registers disappointment at the Department of Transport's decision in 2016 to remove the franchise from TransPennine and grant it to Northern despite the Lakes line being separated from all the rest of Northern's services; regrets the Government's cancellation of the planned electrification of the line between Oxenholme and Windermere; urges Northern Rail to surrender the franchise immediately and, if they will not do so; and further urges the Government to strip Northern of the franchise in order for the service to be run directly by the Department of Transport until a more suitable operator is identified.
1242 INTERIM REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT 8:5:18
That this House welcomes the publication of the interim report of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act; notes with concern that there are over 45,000 detentions under the Mental Health Act every year, that detentions rose 47 per cent in the decade to 2015-16 and that Black African and Black Caribbean people are disproportionately affected; further notes with concern that research conducted by Rethink Mental Illness for the Mental Health Alliance, which found that 61 per cent of previously detained people and 41 per cent of professionals involved in treating them, felt that people are not currently treated with dignity when detained under the Act; agrees with the chair and vice chairs of the independent review that those with the most severe forms of mental illness have the greatest needs and continue to be the most neglected and discriminated against and are most likely to be subject to the influence and powers of the Mental Health Act; believes that improving how people with severe mental illness are treated when they are at their most vulnerable must be a priority; and calls on the Government to reform the Mental Health Act and related practice during this Parliament with the aim of improving the experience of people detained under the Mental Health Act and those close to them.
1243 EX-CARILLION STAFF AT BRITISH MUSEUM 8:5:18
That this House believes that the recent collapse of multinational company Carillion, which provided support services at the British Museum, is yet another example of why privatisation is not working for the culture sector; is concerned that the 100 staff on the British Museum contract are now being paid by the receivers and face an uncertain future; is further concerned that staff and their unions are being kept in the dark about plans; urges the Government to honour its commitment to support those affected by Carillion's insolvency by intervening to ensure that staff and their union representatives are kept fully informed of developments; insists that ex-Carillion staff's jobs, pensions and terms and conditions must be protected; calls for these jobs and services to be brought back in-house; and further calls on the Government to launch an urgent review of the impact of budget cuts and outsourcing on jobs and services at our national museums and galleries, following previous privatisation failures at our world-renowned arts and heritage sites.
1244 ABORTION CLINIC BUFFER ZONES 8:5:18
That this House notes with concern the persistent harassment, intimidation and targeting of people accessing and providing healthcare services at abortion clinics and pregnancy advisory bureaux; further notes repeated instances of women and staff being approached, recorded without their consent, followed and given false information about medical procedures; endorses the then Home Secretary's statement of 17 January 2018 that it is completely unacceptable for women to face harassment or intimidation for exercising their legal right to healthcare advice and treatment; welcomes the decision of Ealing Council to implement a buffer zone around a clinic on Mattock Lane that has been subject to longstanding, intimidatory and invasive activity and the work of other local authorities to find solutions to clinic protests in their areas; recognises that this harassment and intimidation is not limited to one borough but has taken place at 42 clinics across the UK in the last year alone; supports the British Pregnancy Advisory Service's Back Off campaign to introduce buffer zones outside reproductive health clinics as a means of ensuring that women are not harassed or obstructed from accessing confidential advice and treatment; looks forward to the conclusion of the Home Office's ongoing review into abortion clinic protests and the impact they have on women in England and Wales; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to protect the right of women to access lawful healthcare by introducing and implementing buffer zones around abortion clinics and pregnancy advisory bureaux.
1245 HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN FC 8:5:18
That this House warmly congratulates Hemel Hempstead Town Football Club on its incredible achievement of reaching the Vanarama national league south play-offs against Braintree Town FC; notes that sadly this was a game too far for the Tudors but that they will be back next season as a local team; pays tribute to all the players, coaches and Tudors fans; further pays special tribute to its Chairman, Mr David Boggins, manager, Dean Brennan and assistant manager, Stuart Maynard; and recognises the community status of the club with all its volunteers and the massive following of supports who turn up at every home game and the hundreds that make it such a great part of Hemel Hempstead.
1246 LEAH SHARIBU'S KIDNAPPING BY BOKO HARAM 8:5:18
That this House notes that the al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram has returned 104 of the 110 girls they had abducted on 19 February 2018 from the Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State and wishes these young ladies every success in rebuilding the life that they were torn from; further notes that there are some who have not been returned, including Lea Sharibu, who has reportedly continued to be held due to her refusal to renounce her faith; and calls on the Government to use all political and diplomatic measures to call for the immediate release of this young girl whose only crime is to love Jesus and refuse to renounce Him.
1247 ME AWARENESS WEEK 2018 8:5:18
That this House recognises Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Awareness Week from 6 to 12 May 2018, which aims to highlight the impact this invisible illness has on 250,000 people across the UK; recognises the fantastic work campaigners and charities are doing to highlight ME as a physical condition which is not all in the mind; acknowledges the detrimental effect of the PACE trials and its results, and the work which is being done to reverse this; and encourages people to go blue for ME across the week, to further bring this illness out of the shadows and into the spotlight.
1250 CRICKET IRELAND 9:5:18
That this House congratulates Cricket Ireland on obtaining Test Status; pays tribute to its Chief Executive, Warren Deutrom, and all those who worked so determinedly to bring this about; encourages the International Cricket Council to support the growth of the game at both elite and grassroots levels on the island of Ireland; salutes those players and officials who have promoted and played the sport over many years; and wishes the team every success in its forthcoming historic first Test Match against Pakistan.
1251 IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL 9:5:18
That this House is deeply concerned by the decision of 8 May 2018 by the President of the United States of America to withdraw the US from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and re-impose economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran; is disappointed that this decision was made despite the International Atomic Energy Agency's confirmation that Iran is in full compliance with the JCPOA; believes that President Trump's decision will undermine progress towards the normalisation of relations between Iran and Western governments and will threaten peace, security, and stability in the Middle East; notes that the erosion of the JCPOA will serve to undermine international attempts to curb nuclear proliferation and could seriously hamper the opportunity to deliver a denuclearised Korean Peninsula; expresses regret about the damage this decision will do to the credibility of and trust in multilateral agreements; commends those countries, including the UK, that have reaffirmed their commitment to the JCPOA; and calls on the Government to use its influence in Washington to urge the US to reconsider its approach to the JCPOA and to uphold its commitments to the deal, Iran, and the wider region.
1252 VISIT OF TURKISH PRESIDENT RECEP TAYYIP ERDOĞAN TO THE UK 10:5:18
That this House is very concerned about the visit of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the UK, in light of general elections now being held in Turkey whilst a state of emergency continues to be in place; notes in connection to this that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights recently stated that it is difficult to imagine how credible elections can be held in an environment where dissenting views and challenges to the ruling party are penalised so severely and that elections held in an environment where democratic freedoms and the rule of law are compromised would raise questions about their legitimacy; encourages the Government of Turkey to restore the constitutional order, respect fundamental freedoms, ensure international election monitors observe the elections and allow all politicians standing for election to campaign freely and receive comparable mainstream media coverage; and calls on the Government to raise these issues as a matter of urgency with the Turkish President during his visit.
1253 HEMEL STORM AND THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY-OFFS 10:5:18
That this House gives huge congratulations to Hemel Storm on their incredible achievement of reaching the National Championship Play-offs Final in Manchester, sadly losing to Worthing in a tight hard-fought game; pays tribute to the players, coaches and volunteers; further pays tribute to the hundreds of Storm Trooper fans that followed the team all season and especially the younger and older fans that took the eight hour plus journey to Manchester for the play off; and pays tribute to the community status of the club and community sponsors without whom Hemel Storm's outstanding success would not be possible
1254 CONGRATULATIONS TO THE UNIVERSITY OF THE THIRD AGE 10:5:18
That this House congratulates University of the Third Age (U3A), East Kilbride on celebrating its 10th anniversary; commends the work of the organisation in helping to bring together older members of our society to help share and gain knowledge; praises the dedication of its volunteers in helping to organise and facilitate activity sessions which cover a wide range of topics and interests; further commends everyone who has contributed to the groups anniversary celebrations; and offers U3A East Kilbride its best wishes for the future.
1255 WATERSPLASH FINAL 10:5:18
That this House recognises the 50th anniversary of the Watersplash Final between Leeds and Wakefield Trinity, played in horrific and wet conditions at Wembley Stadium on 11 May 1968 for rugby league's Challenge Cup; notes that a special programme will be shown on the BBC commemorating the final, which witnessed one of the most dramatic moments ever seen at a major sporting event when Wakefield's Don Fox missed a last-gasp conversion in front of the posts resulting in an 11-10 Leeds win; congratulates the BBC for producing and broadcasting nationally a thorough documentary on the match; further recognises that Rugby League Cares are hosting a special event to commemorate the anniversary with players involved in the match, as well as fans and broadcasters; and encourages all sports fans to remember an iconic moment in British rugby league and sporting history.