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Mr. Deputy Speaker: We now come to petitions, and the first one[Interruption.] Order. May I say to the House that we still have business to deal with, and it is not normal to rush out of the Chamber in a crowd? Will hon. Members please resume their seats or leave quietly so that we can get on with our next business in an orderly fashion?
John McDonnell: Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker. May we have clarity on whether the House will be dealing with amendments from the Lords on the Civil Aviation Bill tomorrow? If so, those amendments have not yet been published and are therefore not available to Members to amend.
Mr. John Whittingdale (Maldon and East Chelmsford) (Con): I understand that this is the first of a number of petitions to be presented tonight. Although it is on a different topic from those that follow, it is one that my constituents feel very strongly about. It is signed by 582 residents of the village of North Fambridge, which equates to 86.6 per cent. of the registered voters of that village.
Declares that the appeal by Orange Personal Communications Ltd at White House Farm, Ferry Road, North Fambridge, Essex for the installation of a 22 m Monopole with 6 Antenna and 4 Transmission Dishes within a 6 x 6 metre compound is contrary to locally determined planning rules which includes being in a Special Landscape Area and situated between sites of National and International designated nature conservation areas. The application does not take into account the health issues
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons resolves that Her Majesty's Government, as a matter of urgent public importance, freeze this application until the full implications of a Telecommunications Mast of this magnitude are known.
Mr. Deputy Speaker: We now have several petitions on the same topic and it would be helpful if hon. Members were brief in their contributions, especially after the first one, and did not repeat what had already been said. When they have said what they want to say, I would be grateful if they moved along the Back Benches to put their petitions in the bag as speedily as politeness allows.
Mr. Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness) (Con): The presentation of tonight's 44 petitions follows the national community hospitals rally, which took place in Old Palace Yard this afternoon. People from all over England came to Westminster to present their views and tell Ministers about the commitment that they feel to their community hospitals. They want them to be supported.
The Petitioners welcome the support for community hospitals in the recent Health White Paper "Our Health, Our Care, Our Say", which recognises the important role of a renewed community hospital network in delivering enhanced local care.
Mr. John Gummer (Suffolk, Coastal) (Con): I wish to present petitions on behalf of the Felixstowe Bartlet and Felixstowe general hospitals and Aldeburgh cottage hospital, all of which were built by public subscription, said to be perfectly safe immediately before the election and told that they were to be closed or halved in size immediately after the election. It is therefore unsurprising that my constituents feel strongly about that. They have used the same wording as the other petitions presented tonight. I believe that the Government, who have not so far done so, should listen to them.
Mr. Edward Davey (Kingston and Surbiton) (LD): This is the second time that I have presented a petition to the House on behalf of local residents who are concerned about the future of Surbiton hospital. On the previous occasion, thanks to the good offices of the Surrey Comet, we were able, over a period of two months, to produce a petition signed by more than 7,000 constituents. Thanks to the current exercise, led excellently by Community Hospitals Acting Nationally Together, we have managed to produce a petition with more than 700 signatures in less than a week. I therefore ask leave to present it petition on behalf of my constituents.
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