House of Commons
30th January 2014
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')

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966 HOMOPHOBIA IN FOOTBALL 20:1:14
Mr John Leech
Sir Alan Meale
Mark Durkan
Jim Dobbin
Sir Peter Bottomley
Lady Hermon
*23
Andrew George Ian Lavery Mr George Howarth

That this House welcomes former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger's decision to announce his sexuality; supports Gainsborough Trinity player Liam Davis, Britain's only male openly gay semi-professional or professional footballer; further supports efforts to eradicate homophobic abuse from football by campaigns such as the Football Association-backed Football v. Homophobia campaign; notes the positive changes that have occurred since Justin Fashanu came out in 1990; recognises there is still more progress to be made to remove homophobia in football; and calls on all clubs, supporters, football authorities, police and relevant authorities to work together to eradicate this abuse.

968 BETTER ENERGY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 21:1:14
Robert Halfon
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Jim Dobbin
Sir Alan Meale
Dr William McCrea
*29
Grahame M. Morris Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns Better Energy for charging consumers 10 pence more per day for not paying their gas and electric bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account, so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

969 ATLANTIC CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 21:1:14
Robert Halfon
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Jim Dobbin
Sir Alan Meale
Dr William McCrea
*28
Grahame M. Morris Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns Atlantic for charging consumers up to £40 per annum per fuel type for not paying their gas and electric bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account, so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

970 BRITISH GAS CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 21:1:14
Robert Halfon
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Jim Dobbin
Sir Alan Meale
Dr William McCrea
*29
Grahame M. Morris Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns British Gas for charging consumers an average of £73 extra per annum for not paying their gas and electric bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account, so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

971 SOCIAL ECONOMY ALLIANCE 21:1:14
Hazel Blears [R]
Mark Durkan
Ms Margaret Ritchie
Jim Shannon
Jim Dobbin
Sir Alan Meale
*25
Mark Lazarowicz Alex Cunningham Martin Caton Andrew George

That this House welcomes the Social Economy Alliance, a new voice on the economy, made up of more than 20 respected social and co-operative enterprises, universities, think tanks, social finance and housing associations; recognises that social and economic policy must be mutually reinforcing and that the UK can foster bottom-up economic growth and take advantage of the many innovations the social sector has created; further recognises that social enterprises and co-operatives are outperforming mainstream businesses and that alternative banks have better returns on assets as well as lower volatility and higher growth, and that these organisations are economically successful while having a positive impact on society and the environment; and calls on the Government to ensure much greater alignment between social and economic policy-making to meet the needs of communities around the UK.

[R] Relevant Interest declared
972 NATIONAL INSURANCE CREDITS AND YOUNG PEOPLE 21:1:14
John Mann
David Simpson
Sir Alan Meale
Glenda Jackson
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr Mike Hancock
*17
Andrew George

That this House recognises the need to support young people in education and training; notes the need to incentivise and support these young people; and calls on the Government to give 16-18 year olds in education and training, including apprenticeships, two years worth of national insurance credits to provide this support.

973 PAKISTAN-UK PARLIAMENTARY FRIENDSHIP GROUP 21:1:14
Andrew Stephenson
Jim Shannon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr David Ward
Mr Nigel Dodds
Sir Bob Russell
*10
Mr Mike Hancock Andrew George

That this House welcomes the reconstitution of the Pakistan-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group in the National Assembly of Pakistan; commends the Friendship Group on securing over 90 members of the Pakistan National Assembly from across Pakistan's political parties ensuring genuine cross-party representation; notes that the Convener of the Friendship Group, Dr Fahmida Mirza MNA, is a former Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan; further welcomes the wealth of Parliamentary experience that Dr Mirza will bring to the leadership of the Friendship Group; further commends the role of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's UK branch (CPA UK) in facilitating a letter of agreement between the Pakistan National Assembly and the UK Parliament's Pakistan All-Party Parliamentary Group during the last Pakistan parliament; encourages CPA UK and the Pakistan National Assembly to build on the reconstitution of the Friendship Group through continuing with their partnership programme and delegations; further notes that Pakistan and the UK have deep social and cultural ties alongside a growing trade relationship worth over £2 billion; further notes that many British citizens have family and other ties to Pakistan, with around 270,000 visiting Pakistan every year; and therefore encourages the Government to seek to maintain and improve relations between Pakistan and the UK.

975 ADULT AUTISM STRATEGY 22:1:14
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Sheridan
Ian Lavery
Jim Dobbin
Mr David Crausby
Mr Joe Benton
*21
Grahame M. Morris Andrew George Mr John Leech

That this House is aware of the forthcoming publication of the revised Adult Autism Strategy; notes that, since the passing of the Autism Act 2009, the implementation of that Act has so far been patchy, with some areas taking the correct steps to reform services, whilst others are significantly lagging behind with the necessary changes; is further aware that the National Autistic Society has highlighted areas of concern yet to be addressed by the relevant Government departments, which includes the introduction of an innovation fund to encourage the development of new and innovative models of provision for people with autism which can be shared by different authorities, and the introduction of a community-based awareness-raising scheme; and calls on the Government to listen to such sound advice that will undoubtedly help the delivery of an autism strategy which is fit for purpose.

976 CONDUCT OF MORTGAGE LENDERS 22:1:14
David Morris
Mr Mike Hancock
Sir Bob Russell
Bob Blackman
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Nigel Dodds
*31
Lindsay Roy Martin Caton Andrew George Dame Anne Begg David Heyes Mr John Leech

That this House condemns mortgage lenders breaching tracker rate mortgage contracts by unilaterally increasing the margin they charge over the Bank of England base rate in order to increase their profit margins and deliberately targeting borrowers where consumer protection law is ambiguous; and calls on the Government to investigate the alleged associated recent activities of the Bank of Ireland and West Bromwich Building Society.

977 POLITICAL NEGOTIATIONS IN BAHRAIN 22:1:14
Ann Clwyd
Jeremy Corbyn
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Ms Margaret Ritchie
Sir Bob Russell
*12
Paul Flynn Mr John Leech

That this House welcomes the meeting held on 16 January 2014 between Bahrain's Crown Prince, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and Bahraini opposition leaders, including Ali Salman Ahmed Salman, Secretary-General of Al-Wefaq; hopes that this meeting signals the willingness of the Bahraini government to engage in meaningful negotiations leading to substantive political reform; believes that ultimately such negotiations should result in greater and fairer political representation, the rule of law and an end to discrimination; urges the Bahraini government to carry out confidence-building measures, including the implementation of all the recommendations of the report by the Bahraini Independent Commission of Inquiry and the UN Universal Periodic Review, as well as the release of all political prisoners; calls on the Bahraini government to stop sending out mixed messages to, and persecuting, those committed to peaceful political change; and calls on the international community to build on the momentum generated by the meeting by encouraging all sides to adopt a road map and timetable for subsequent negotiations to resolve the ongoing political crisis in that country.

978 GENDER SELECTION ABORTION 22:1:14
Mr Gregory Campbell
Dr William McCrea
Mr Nigel Dodds
Ian Paisley
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
*15
Mr Mike Hancock Andrew George

That this House notes the issue of gender selection abortions, particularly in countries where there has traditionally been a male culture; and calls on the Government to ensure that, given the numbers of people in the UK who are either from those countries or have family ties there, that the practice is totally unacceptable, and every step will be taken to ensure that it is not carried out in the UK.

979 PATIENT CONFIDENTIALITY AND CARE.DATA 22:1:14
Mr Roger Godsiff
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Mike Hancock
*3

That this House views with concern the plans of NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre known as care.data, which will extract and link large amounts of patient data as part of NHS care in order to improve healthcare and benefit researchers inside and outside the NHS; shares the concerns of the Information Commissioner, who delayed the start date for the harvesting of patient data by a year to spring 2014, due to concerns about the confidentiality of the extracted data and lack of public awareness; welcomes the public awareness campaign but believes that these plans, which operate on the assumption of presumed consent unless individuals opt out, fundamentally compromise the principle of patient confidentiality; has no faith in Government assertions that patient data will be coded in such a way as to guarantee anonymity, particularly as it reserves the right, in the public interest and for the benefit of the health service, to allow access to identifiable data; is mindful of the history of large-scale data mismanagement and leakage across government; believes that patients themselves should determine when and why their own medical information is used; further believes that if the Government wishes to improve healthcare it should first address deep-seated issues of mismanagement and lack of transparency and oversight in the NHS; and calls on the Government to delay indefinitely the introduction of care.data to allow further consultation with patients and patient groups and until the central principle of opting-in has been accepted.

980 WOMEN AND CHILDREN SUFFERING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE BENEFIT CAP 22:1:14
John McDonnell
Jeremy Corbyn
Mark Durkan
Ms Margaret Ritchie
Jim Shannon
Sir Alan Meale
*15
Grahame M. Morris Mr Mike Hancock John Cryer Ian Mearns Ian Lavery Paul Flynn

That this House welcomes the petition by Women Against Rape calling on the Government to put the safety of women and children first by lifting the benefit cap so they are not trapped in violent relationships where they risk injury, trauma and even death; deplores that mothers and children fleeing domestic violence are impoverished by the cap after rent is paid, including in social housing, and are sometimes left with nil income; further deplores that even Child Benefit and many refuges and hostels for vulnerable women are not exempted from the cap; notes that many such families are forced to rely on discretionary housing payments from their local council which are temporary and uncertain; considers it unacceptable that local councils be expected to make up for cuts in national social security benefits; further notes that many victims of violence are unable to find a job immediately or to move to a cheaper area, and need time to recover and reassure distressed children, close to supportive friends and relatives; and calls on the Government to lift the cap to protect current and future potential victims of domestic violence.

981 CO-OPERATIVE ENERGY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 22:1:14
Robert Halfon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Bob Blackman
Jim Shannon
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Nigel Dodds
*13
Grahame M. Morris Mr Mike Hancock Andrew George Mr John Leech

That this House condemns Co-operative Energy for charging consumers up to £60 per year for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls on the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

982 MR MASUD AHMAD AND THE PERSECUTION OF THE AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY IN PAKISTAN 22:1:14
Siobhain McDonagh
Mr Virendra Sharma
Fabian Hamilton
Mike Gapes
Hazel Blears
Sir Alan Meale
*14
Mr Mike Hancock John Pugh Paul Flynn Mr Dave Watts Mr John Leech

That this House notes the case of the British national, Mr Masud Ahmad, a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who is imprisoned in Pakistan under the country's draconian anti-Ahmadi laws after being secretly filmed reading the Holy Qur'an; condemns Pakistan's continued persecution of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community; further condemns the anti-Ahmadi laws that are used to target Ahmadi Muslims and the blasphemy laws that are used to target religious groups to deny them their right to freedom of religion; acknowledges the risk that ongoing detention poses to Mr Ahmad's life; and therefore calls on the Government to make representations to the Pakistani authorities, urging them to withdraw charges against Mr Ahmad and release him with immediate effect in line with the country's stated commitment to religious freedom and tolerance under the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

983 BROWNIES 100th ANNIVERSARY 22:1:14
Sir Bob Russell
Bob Blackman
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Nigel Dodds
John McDonnell
Lady Hermon
*24
Mr Mike Hancock Andrew Rosindell Martin Caton Andrew George David Tredinnick Paul Flynn Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House congratulates the Brownies on their 100th anniversary year which has just commenced; notes that a quarter of all eight-year-old girls in the UK are in Brownie packs, the section of the Guide movement for those aged eight to 10; recognises that the evolution of the programme of activities enjoyed by Brownies over the decades has kept pace with the needs and aspirations of this age group within what is now known as Girlguiding UK; pays tribute to Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts in 1907 and Girl Guides in 1910, for establishing the Rosebuds in 1914 with the name changed to Brownies the following year; places on record its appreciation to all the uniformed leaders and helpers who have contributed to the success of the Brownies over the last 100 years; and wishes the Brownies continuing success in the years ahead.

984 WATER CANNON 22:1:14
Sarah Teather
Mr John Leech
Jeremy Corbyn
Sir Alan Meale
John McDonnell
Mr David Ward
*9
Mr Mike Hancock Ian Lavery Paul Flynn

That this House notes with concern plans to equip the Metropolitan Police with a water cannon; further notes that no water cannon are currently in use on mainland Britain; recognises the physical harm water cannon can inflict, as demonstrated by their use in Germany; believes that the introduction of a water cannon onto London's streets would run against our tradition of intelligence-led, community policing; and calls on the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police to abandon these plans.

985 E.ON ENERGY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 22:1:14
Robert Halfon
Bob Blackman
Jim Shannon
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Nigel Dodds
Sir Bob Russell
*26
Grahame M. Morris Mr Mike Hancock Martin Caton Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns E.ON for charging consumers up to £70 per year for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls on the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

986 EDF ENERGY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 22:1:14
Robert Halfon
Bob Blackman
Jim Shannon
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Nigel Dodds
Sir Bob Russell
*25
Grahame M. Morris Mr Mike Hancock Martin Caton Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns EDF Energy for charging consumers up to £74 per year for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debt; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls on the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

987 PUNCH TAVERNS TENANTS' DEPOSITS 22:1:14
Greg Mulholland
Sir Bob Russell
John Hemming
Mr Roger Godsiff
Grahame M. Morris
Mr Mike Hancock
*7
Mr John Leech

That this House notes that Punch Taverns plc has announced final terms of its proposed debt restructuring to be voted on by the company's bondholders on 14 February 2014; further notes, with concern, that under the terms of the restructuring, £52 million described as Available Cash held outside the securitisations will be injected into Punch B, reducing this reserve to a total of £6 million; further notes that Punch Taverns plc requires its retailer partners to deposit with them cash, as credit collateral, and in its Annual Report 2013 these deposits totalled £22.6 million; recalls that this House has found it necessary to legislate to protect tenants when landlords hold deposits of this nature, with the risk that when they come into financial difficulties they might seek to utilise tenants' deposits for purposes other than underwriting the obligations of the tenant to the landlord; therefore calls on the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to seek specific reassurances from Punch Taverns plc as to the status of retailer partner deposits and strict confirmation that the funds held as credit collateral from their retail partners is hypothecated to those retail partners in the event of corporate administration; and requests that the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills reviews the law regarding safeguards for small businesses when obliged to place funds at risk with commercial partners as security for their own creditworthiness without reference to the creditworthiness of the other party.

988 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF MOTABILITY 23:1:14
Kelvin Hopkins
Paul Flynn
Sir Bob Russell
Mr Roger Godsiff
Grahame M. Morris
Mr Mike Hancock
*11
Andrew George Graham Stringer Ian Lavery John McDonnell Mr John Leech

That this House is concerned that the Chief Executive of Motability is paid £846,000 in pay, pension and bonuses according to its latest annual report; notes that Motability is largely funded by mobility allowances to the value of £1.7 billion per year paid directly by the taxpayer through the Department for Work and Pensions on behalf of 600,000 disabled people; believes that such payment packages are wholly unjustified in retaining appropriately-qualified and motivated staff; and urges the Government to raise this matter with Motability as a matter of urgency.

989 DON'T CALL ME FREAKFACE CAMPAIGN BY CHANGING FACES 23:1:14
Stephen Lloyd
Mr Mike Hancock
Glenda Jackson
Neil Carmichael
*4

That this House supports the campaign mounted by the UK charity, Changing Faces, called Don't call me Freakface; deplores the use of common disfigurements such as scars, spots and missing eyes as lazy characterisations of baddies because they stigmatise children and young people with disfigurements and put them at risk of bullying and abuse; and calls on the company Mind Candy, creators of the online game, Moshi Monsters, to immediately change the names of the Glump characters called Freakface, Fish Lips and Bruiser and to remove all descriptions of characters which place value judgements on their disfigurements as an insulting and inappropriate way to suggest just how evil and scary they are.

991 NPOWER CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 24:1:14
Robert Halfon
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
David Simpson
Glenda Jackson
Sir Peter Bottomley
Ms Margaret Ritchie
*22
Grahame M. Morris Martin Caton John Cryer Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns NPower for charging consumers up to £90 extra per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

992 FIRST UTILITY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 24:1:14
Robert Halfon
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
David Simpson
Glenda Jackson
Sir Peter Bottomley
Ms Margaret Ritchie
*23
Grahame M. Morris John Cryer Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns First Utility for charging consumers up to £96 extra per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

993 M&S ENERGY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 24:1:14
Robert Halfon
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
David Simpson
Glenda Jackson
Sir Peter Bottomley
Ms Margaret Ritchie
*24
Grahame M. Morris John Cryer Andrew George Graham Stringer Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns M&S Energy for charging consumers up to £80 extra per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the regulator to review this issue.

994 ALPHA-1 ANTITRYPSIN DEFICIENCY 24:1:14
Mark Pawsey
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
Ms Margaret Ritchie
Dr William McCrea
*17
Grahame M. Morris Martin Caton Andrew George Graham Stringer John McDonnell Paul Flynn

That this House is aware that Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency (Alpha-1) is a rare genetic disorder that most commonly results in lung and liver disease leading to significant disability and early mortality; understands that extensive expertise in Alpha-1 exists within the NHS but that there is considerable variation across the country in patient access to specialists and Alpha-1 therapy; notes that there is currently no care model within the NHS that provides integrated multi-disciplinary management for the unique needs of patients with this complex disease; and believes that this can be best addressed with the establishment of a nationally commissioned highly specialised service for Alpha-1.

995 MESOTHELIOMA 24:1:14
Tracey Crouch
Mr John Leech
Mark Durkan
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
David Simpson
Glenda Jackson
*35
Grahame M. Morris Martin Caton Steve Rotheram Andrew George Graham Stringer Ian Lavery Mr George Howarth John McDonnell Paul Flynn

That this House notes with concern that mesothelioma is an invasive form of lung cancer caused primarily by prior exposure to asbestos; recognises that there is currently no cure for this devastating disease and that mesothelioma patients frequently have a very short life expectancy and experience complex debilitating symptoms; further notes that the UK has the highest rate of the disease in the world and that over the next 30 years more than 50,000 people will die of mesothelioma in the UK unless new treatments are found; believes that investment in research into the causes and potential cures for mesothelioma is desperately needed; pays tribute to the great work of the former hon. Member for Manchester, Wythenshawe and Sale East, the late Paul Goggins, to raise the profile of the need for long-term investment into mesothelioma research; and calls on the Government to facilitate the establishment of a long-term sustainable mesothelioma research scheme funded by the insurance industry.

996 WITHHOLDING OF PUBLIC RECORDS 27:1:14
Mr George Galloway
Mark Durkan
Ms Margaret Ritchie
Jonathan Edwards
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
*11
Martin Caton John McDonnell Paul Flynn

That this House demands that more than a million files retained by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at the Hanslope Park communications centre be released to the National Archives; points out that these papers date back 150 years and take in, among other crucial historical events, British involvement in the slave trade, the Crimean War, the Kenya Mau Mau emergency and the Cold War; believes that these papers are crucial to any impartial examination of UK foreign and colonial policy; and urges the Government to agree with the requests of prominent UK scholars to declassify these records and make them available to historians and archivists.

1001 MAKE SPECIAL OFFERS SPECIAL 27:1:14
Katy Clark
John McDonnell
Mrs Mary Glindon
Jim McGovern
Rosie Cooper
Michael Connarty
*39
Martin Caton Steve Rotheram Andrew George Ian Lavery Mr George Howarth Mr John Leech

That this House backs consumer charity Which?'s Make Special Offers Special campaign which draws attention to inaccurate discounts and misleading multibuys in the UK's grocery industry; expresses concern at inaccurate was/now pricing where products are on discount for substantially longer periods than at the higher price; believes it is unacceptable that some grocers increase the price of products when they put them on multibuy offer therefore costing customers more during the multibuy period; further expresses disappointment that Which? has identified poor practice from each of the big four supermarkets; and urges the Government to make its Pricing Practices Guide simpler, clearer and stricter in line with Which?'s recommendations.

1002 130th ANNIVERSARY OF CCHF ALL ABOUT THE KIDS 27:1:14
Alan Johnson
Jim Fitzpatrick
Jim Shannon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mike Gapes
Mark Durkan
*17
Martin Caton Steve Rotheram Andrew George John McDonnell Paul Flynn Mr John Leech

That this House congratulates CCHF All About Kids, formerly the Children's Country Holiday Fund, on its 130th anniversary and commends the work of all its volunteers, supporters and donors who provide disadvantaged children with residential activity and respite breaks; notes that the charity has helped over two million children since it was founded; welcomes the contribution it makes to improving the quality of children's lives and in helping them to recognise their potential; and recognises and supports the role of the charity in helping to transform the lives of vulnerable young children by helping them to become more confident, positive and self-sufficient.

1003 10th ANNIVERSARY OF MORECAMBE BAY COCKLE PICKER TRAGEDY 27:1:14
Jim Sheridan
John Robertson
Jeremy Corbyn
Mark Lazarowicz
Mr David Anderson
Alex Cunningham
*49
Dame Joan Ruddock Mr Tom Clarke Martin Caton Steve Rotheram Andrew George Graham Stringer Paul Flynn

That this House commemorates the 10th anniversary of the death of 23 Chinese cockle pickers at Morecambe Bay; recognises that their death was a dominant factor in the creation of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority; but is disappointed that the opportunity to extend the remit of the Authority into other sectors has to date been rejected.

As an Amendment to Jim Sheridan's proposed Motion (10th Anniversary Of Morecambe Bay Cockle Picker Tragedy):

David Morris
*1

Line4, at end add '; notes that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is currently working with the GLA to ensure that the GLA bears down on abuse to protect vulnerable workers while working effectively in a business-friendly manner to reduce the burden of red tape for bona fide businesses; further notes that in 2012 a byelaw came into force in Morecambe Bay which states that no person shall gather cockles or mussels without possession of a full gathering permit; and further notes that the Government is currently working with the North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority in drafting a hybrid order under the Shellfish Act 1968 which will regulate access to specific portions of Morecambe Bay.'. 27:1:14(a1)

1004 DOLPHIN HUNTING IN JAPAN 27:1:14
Sir Nick Harvey
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Ms Margaret Ritchie
Ms Diane Abbott
Annette Brooke
*37
Grahame M. Morris Paul Flynn Mark Lazarowicz Mike Crockart Martin Horwood Martin Caton Andrew Rosindell Steve Rotheram Andrew George Graham Stringer Ian Lavery John McDonnell Mr Tim Yeo Mr John Leech

That this House condemns the recent slaughter of over 40 wild dolphins in Taiji, on Japan's Pacific coast; notes with concern the capture of a further 52 dolphins for sale to aquariums and other customers including a rare albino dolphin calf, separated from its mother and now kept in captivity in Taiji Whale Museum; further notes with alarm the Japanese government's continued support for the practice by issuing quotas for the killing of over 20,000 dolphins, whales and porpoises in its coastal waters every year, despite the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on commercial whaling; deplores the inhumane slaughtering method of severing the dolphin's spinal cord with a metal spike; is further concerned that the practice of dolphin hunting may be driving some populations to extinction; is alarmed by the high levels of mercury and other toxins found in dolphin, whale and propoise food products, with reports suggesting dolphin meat is up to 5,000 times more toxic than levels allowed by the World Health Organisation; welcomes the statements made by the US Ambassador to Japan and the British Ambassador to Japan, Timothy Hitchens, opposing all forms of dolphin and porpoise drives; calls on the Taiji Whale Museum to release the albino dolphin calf from captivity; and calls on the Government to continue to raise the issue with the Japanese government at the highest level.

1005 SAINSBURY'S ENERGY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 27:1:14
Robert Halfon
Jim Shannon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr James Gray
Sir Greg Knight
David Simpson
*25
Grahame M. Morris Martin Caton Andrew George Graham Stringer Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns Sainsbury's Energy for charging consumers an average of £73 per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account, so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the Regulator to review this issue.

1006 SCOTTISH HYDRO CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 27:1:14
Robert Halfon
Jim Shannon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr James Gray
David Simpson
Dr William McCrea
*24
Grahame M. Morris Martin Caton Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns Scottish Hydro for charging consumers up to £80 per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the Regulator to review this issue.

1007 POWER NI CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 27:1:14
Robert Halfon
Jim Shannon
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr James Gray
Sir Greg Knight
*23
Grahame M. Morris Martin Caton Andrew George Mr John Leech Dr Julian Lewis

That this House condemns Power NI for charging consumers up to £40 per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the Regulator to review this issue.

1008 ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1984-85 MINERS' STRIKE 28:1:14
Fiona O'Donnell
Graeme Morrice
Lindsay Roy
Mr David Anderson
Ian Lavery
Mr Ronnie Campbell
*44
Grahame M. Morris Mr Dave Watts Dame Joan Ruddock John Robertson Martin Caton Steve Rotheram John Cryer Andrew George Pat Glass Dr Hywel Francis Jim Sheridan Mr Frank Roy Mike Gapes Katy Clark Paul Flynn Mr David Winnick Graham Stringer Mr George Howarth Mr Tom Clarke Joan Walley John McDonnell Mr Elfyn Llwyd

That this House notes that March 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the start of the 1984-85 miners' strike; further notes that strike's devastating impact on coalfield communities throughout the UK, including those in the Lothians; commends the many thousands of people across the UK who showed solidarity with the striking miners in their local communities; regrets that nearly 30 years after the strike ended, there are still men who were wrongly arrested or convicted during the dispute, who have never received justice; and welcomes plans to commemorate the strike's anniversary in East Lothian and in other communities across the UK.

1009 MOHAMMAD ASGHAR 28:1:14
Mike Crockart
Jim Shannon
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
Naomi Long
*18
Glenda Jackson Martin Caton Andrew George John McDonnell Paul Flynn Mr Elfyn Llwyd Mr John Leech

That this House reiterates its opposition to the use of the death penalty under any circumstances; notes with concern the death sentence handed down to UK citizen Mohammad Asghar in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy; further notes that Mr Asghar has previously been diagnosed and treated for significant mental ill health; believes that the use of the death penalty on individuals suffering from mental ill health is contrary to the principle of natural justice; urges Pakistan to abide by the moratorium they have on the death penalty; and calls on the Pakistani authorities to review Mr Asghar's case as a matter of urgency.

1010 PETE SEEGER 28:1:14
Jeremy Corbyn
John McDonnell
Mr Dennis Skinner
Mark Durkan
Mr Mike Weir
Sir Peter Bottomley
*18
Grahame M. Morris Martin Caton Andrew George Mr David Winnick Graham Stringer Ian Lavery Paul Flynn

That this House notes with sadness the passing of American singer, folk-song collector and songwriter Pete Seeger aged 94, whose songs were designed to inspire social change and promote a greener and cleaner environment via performances and appearances at civil rights marches, labour, union and anti-war rallies, college auditoriums, folk festivals, and in front of the US House Un-American Activities Committee, and subsequently in prison, as well as on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and more; further notes his infamous adaption of the negro spiritual song, We Shall Overcome, as a civil rights anthem and his Where Have All the Flowers Gone?, that became an anti-war standard; further notes his co-operation with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan among many others in voicing his views, particularly about American and international political direction; and further notes that his blacklisting and later indictment for contempt of Congress during McCarthyism cost him dearly in his musical life but will have been in accordance with his priorities which included a virulent anti-commercialism streak and a passion for peace.

1011 NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY 28:1:14
Mr David Ward
Chloe Smith
Jim Shannon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
Naomi Long
*19
Glenda Jackson John Pugh Dr Julian Huppert Martin Caton Chris Ruane Mr Nigel Dodds John McDonnell Paul Flynn Mr Elfyn Llwyd Mr John Leech

That this House welcomes the Bite the Ballot campaign National Voter Registration Day (NVRD), supported by Asda Stores, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Centrepoint, Parliament, Citizenship Foundation, London Youth, the National Union of Students, Rock the Vote, SB.TV, Teach First, The Student Room, vInspired and others that aims to encourage 250,000 new electors to join the electoral register on 5 February 2014; acknowledges and welcomes the Government's commitment to get more people - especially younger people - and under-represented groups to join the electoral register in advance of the transition to individual electoral registration; notes that nearly half of 18 to 24 year olds are not on the register and that in some regions only a third of 16 to 17 year olds are registered; believes that to deliver its commitment the Government must now encourage support and promote NVRD - an annual day of action that involves youth clubs, community groups, educational establishments, businesses and individual campaigners across the UK registering people to vote; recognises that this initiative is supported by the APPG on Voter Registration with unanimous cross-party support from members of both Houses, the Electoral Commission and the Association of Electoral Administrators; further believes that NVRD will illustrate what can be achieved when the social enterprise, voluntary, charity and business sectors work in partnership to inspire young people to take part in the democratic process; and urges the Government to recognise the importance of NVRD in creating an engaged and inspired electorate in advance of forthcoming elections and referenda.

1012 THE OUTER HEBRIDES MOST SCENIC LANDSCAPE TOURIST DESTINATION 28:1:14
Mr Angus Brendan MacNeil
Mr Stephen Hepburn
Mrs Anne McGuire
Jim Shannon
Mr Mike Weir
Jonathan Edwards
*19
Martin Caton John McDonnell Paul Flynn Mr John Leech

That this House congratulates the scenic Outer Hebrides for being listed favourite UK travel destination after the cities of London and Edinburgh in the biggest ever survey of UK's travel journalists; notes that Luskentyre Beach in the Isle of Harris in Na h-Eileanan an Iar was voted one of the best UK beaches by the 101 Holidays survey and 16th best beach in the world by CNN; further notes the recognition from Tom Hall, editor of Lonely Planet, that one of the greatest adventures he had experienced was flying on a small aircraft and landing onto a beach in the Outer Hebrides; acknowledges that the Standing Stones of Calanish in the Isle of Lewis raised around 2,800BC, predating Stonehenge, have been described as the best and most intricate standing stones in the British Isles, and which may have had an early tourist from Greece in the form of explorer and geographer, Pytheas in 325BC; further acknowledges that the archaeological site at Cladh Hallan on South Uist is the only site in these islands where prehistoric mummies have been found, and were older than most of the mummies found in Egypt; recognises the historical fact that on 23 July 1745 Prince Charles Edward Stuart first set foot on Scottish soil on the island of Eriskay; and celebrates that the Outer Hebrides proudly remains the main stronghold of the Scottish Gaelic language, which has the oldest cultural continuity of any language of Britain, and that the islands continue to use Gaelic and promote its active learning for the existing and future generations to come.

1013 SPARK ENERGY CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 29:1:14
Robert Halfon
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Andrew George
Grahame M. Morris
Jim Dobbin
*11
John Cryer Mr Nigel Dodds Mr David Ward Mr Elfyn Llwyd Mr John Leech

That this House condemns Spark Energy for charging consumers up to £390 per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account, so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the Regulator to review this issue.

1014 SSE CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 29:1:14
Robert Halfon
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Andrew George
Grahame M. Morris
Jim Dobbin
*11
John Cryer Mr Nigel Dodds Mr David Ward Mr Elfyn Llwyd Mr John Leech

That this House condemns SSE for charging consumers up to £80 per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account, so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the Regulator to review this issue.

1015 SOUTHERN ELECTRIC CHARGES FOR NOT PAYING BY DIRECT DEBIT 29:1:14
Robert Halfon
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Andrew George
Grahame M. Morris
Jim Dobbin
*11
John Cryer Mr Nigel Dodds Mr David Ward Mr Elfyn Llwyd Mr John Leech

That this House condemns Southern Electric for charging consumers up to £80 per annum for not paying their gas and electricity bills by direct debit; notes that 45 per cent of households do not pay their electricity bills by direct debit; further notes that one million British adults do not have a bank account, so paying by direct debit is impossible; recognises that this hits the poorest and most vulnerable people in society the hardest; and calls for the Government and the Regulator to review this issue.

1016 RBS BONUSES 29:1:14
Mr George Galloway
Mark Durkan
John McDonnell
Paul Flynn
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr John Leech
*6

That this House condemns the proposal by RBS to pay bonuses to some staff double their annual salaries without even agreeing it with its largest shareholder, the UK Government; believes that bonuses are given to people for doing the wrong things well, things that harm the economy; points out that the bank is on schedule to lose £8 billion in 2014, and in total has now incurred more than £40 billion of losses since the £46 billion bail-out in 2008; notes that the Government owns 81 per cent of RBS and holds a controlling stake in Lloyds, while adopting a hands-off position which allows the same destructive policies which created the financial crisis to be reprised; reminds the Government that it can tell RBS what to do and in particular to lend to small businesses; and concludes that the banking industry is pursuing goals which are detrimental to the long-term economic interests of the country which enrich only a tiny minority while sapping human and financial resources from the rest of the economy.

1017 DOG BREEDING AND PUPPY FARMING 29:1:14
Robert Flello
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Dobbin
John McDonnell
Mr John Leech
*5

That this House notes the recent storyline in the television programme, EastEnders, regarding dog breeding and welcomes the publicity given to this issue of great concern to animal welfare charities and compassionate owners; further notes that irresponsible dog breeding and industrial-scale puppy farming regularly takes place often in horrendous conditions with no consideration for the welfare or happiness of the dogs involved; commends the work of organisations such as the Dog Rescue Federation, Pup Aid and CARIAD for highlighting these issues; further notes that around 127,000 stray and abandoned dogs were picked up by local authorities in 2012 alone and 11,000 were put to sleep for no other reason than that they were unwanted; further notes that often unregistered dog breeders make no effort to vaccinate the puppies from the lethal parvovirus resulting in many puppies dying within weeks of being sold; and therefore calls on the BBC to ensure that the impact of puppy farming is fully explored as this storyline unfolds in the coming weeks.

1018 TAKE HOME PAY FOR THE LOWER PAID 29:1:14
Mr Gregory Campbell
Dr William McCrea
Jim Shannon
Mark Durkan
Jim Dobbin
Steve Rotheram
*9
Mr Nigel Dodds Paul Flynn Mr Elfyn Llwyd

That this House notes recent informed opinion in the financial press regarding the negative effect of combined income tax and national insurance contributions on the take-home pay of employees in the UK; recognises that the lower paid in our society will benefit significantly as will the economy as a whole if the threshold at which any deductions begin is raised to £12,000 per annum; and calls on the Government to ensure that the economic recovery is shared more widely by the implementation of such a proposal.

1019 BANK OF ENGLAND AND DEVOLVED ADMINISTRATIONS (No. 2) 29:1:14
Jonathan Edwards
Paul Flynn
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
*3

That this House notes that the Bank of England is responsible for monetary policy in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands; further notes that there are currently differing degrees of fiscal independence already in each of the nations of the sterling currency zone; believes that monetary policy should operate in the interests of all component nations of the UK; calls for greater accountability arrangements with the devolved legislatures and governments; further notes that the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank is responsible for independently determining monetary policy; further notes that the Committee is made up of nine members - the Governor of the Central Bank, the two Deputy Governors, the Bank's Chief Economist, the Executive Director for Markets and four external members appointed directly by the Chancellor; believes in the spirit of a partnership of equals within the currency zone that the devolved parliaments in future should each appoint an external member following the end of term of the current members; and further believes the Bank of England should be renamed the Sterling Central Bank to reflect political reality.

1020 NEWSNIGHT CYMRU 29:1:14
Jonathan Edwards
Sir Peter Bottomley
John McDonnell
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
*4

That this House notes that BBC Scotland broadcasts a Newsnight Scotland programme four nights a week to report on Scottish politics at both Westminster, Scottish Parliament and local government; and calls for the BBC immediately to commission a Newsnight Cymru programme on the same terms as Newsnight Scotland to ensure that Welsh viewers are treated with the same dignity and respect as Scottish citizens, ensure that Welsh politicians at both Westminster, Senedd and local government levels are held to better account and that talented Welsh BBC journalists are provided with an adequate opportunity to report on Welsh political events.

1021 TERRORISM ACT AND PRESS FREEDOM 29:1:14
Caroline Lucas
Mark Durkan
Ian Lavery
John McDonnell
Paul Flynn
Mr John Leech
*6

That this House notes the views of Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, that the Terrorism Act and defence of national security must not be used as grounds for harassing journalists who investigate sensitive subjects such as human rights abuses; further notes the comments of the former Lord Chancellor, who was among those who brought in the Act, that the powers were intended to be used only against people who are, or who might be, terrorists; expresses concern about the abuse of Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in recent cases, including that of David Miranda, detained and questioned for collaborating with Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald to bring the information leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to public attention; expresses further concern that a UK journalist with the WikiLeaks team, Sarah Harrison, is in exile and has been advised by her lawyers that it is not safe to return home on the grounds that almost every story published on the GCHQ and NSA bulk spying programs falls under the UK Government's interpretation of the word terrorism; believes that Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 is being illegitimately used to undermine freedom of the press; and calls on the Government urgently to review the application of the Terrorism Act 2000 and guarantee that it is not used to intimidate or persecute national security journalists.

1022 BASQUE PRISONERS 29:1:14
Mr George Howarth
Hywel Williams
Jonathan Edwards
Chris Ruane
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
*10
Graham Stringer John McDonnell Paul Flynn

That this House welcomes the commitment of Basque nationalists to resolving their disputes with the Spanish state by peaceful means; notes that the Basque Political Prisoners' Collective, in its statement of 28 December 2013, undertook to take full responsibility for previous actions and accept the legal channels available to facilitate their transfer to prisons close to their families; draws attention to the crucial role resolving prisoner issues played in the Northern Ireland peace process; and encourages all parties concerned to use all legal means available to resolve this issue.

1023 PUBCO PROFIT MADE FROM SELLING-ON BEER 29:1:14
Greg Mulholland
Sir Peter Bottomley
Grahame M. Morris
Jim Dobbin
Mr David Ward
Mr John Leech
*6

That this House notes that Punch Taverns, a standalone pubco which does not brew beer made, according to its own figures, an extraordinary £2.271 billion profit between 2002 and 2012 on selling beer to their own tied licensees; believes that this is a wholly unacceptable amount of profit for a company which merely acts as a broker; further notes that the standalone pubcos make considerably more profit from selling on beer than the companies who brew it, with brewery profit estimated by the British Beer and Pub Association as being as low as one penny per pint; further notes that unlike supermarkets and Wetherspoon's, the large leased pubcos not only do not pass on the benefit of this buying power to consumers, but instead charge their own tied licensees hugely marked up prices for beer often around 70 per cent more than the price direct from brewers or wholesalers and fine them if they buy elsewhere; further notes that the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers' annual benchmarking shows that average tied rents are actually higher than free of tie rents; further believes that this shows that the large pubcos continue to take too much from pub profits often leaving little or nothing for their tenants; further believes that this is yet more damning evidence of the reality of the pubco tied model which is both unjustifiable and unsustainable; and calls on the Government to implement the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee market rent-only option for companies with more than 500 pubs.

1024 WATER COMPANIES AND TAX 29:1:14
Mr John Leech
Jim Dobbin
Steve Rotheram
John Cryer
John McDonnell
Paul Flynn
*6

That this House condemns Britain's big six water companies for avoiding paying their fair share of tax; notes that despite amassing £1.75 billion in combined profits, only £45 million was paid in tax last year by two out of the six companies with the other four paying no corporation tax at all; further notes that these same companies are increasing their profits on the back of inflation-busting increases to customers' bills; and therefore calls on the water companies to pay their fair share of tax by putting an end to dubious tax avoidance measures; and, failing this, calls on the Government to introduce a windfall tax on all the water companies to recover the tax revenue that has been lost since privatisation.

1025 YOUNG DRIVER SAFETY 29:1:14
Mr Barry Sheerman
Jim Dobbin
Steve Rotheram
John McDonnell
Paul Flynn
Mr David Ward
*8
Mr Elfyn Llwyd Mr John Leech

That this House notes with grave concern that almost a quarter of the road crashes resulting in death or serious injury in 2012 involved a driver under 24 years and that young, newly-qualified drivers are disproportionately involved in crashes, particularly catastrophic crashes involving multiple passengers, which has pushed up insurance premiums for young drivers; further notes the research by TRL, commissioned by the Government, which found that a graduated approach to young driver licensing could prevent 230 deaths and save £224 million a year; further notes the statements by the Secretary of State for Transport and other Ministers that this Government would publish a Green Paper on the safety of young drivers during 2013; deplores the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 18 December 2013, Official Report, column 629W, on driving: young people, in which he states that the Government is still wrestling with the issues; and calls on the Government to publish proposals for consultation without further delay.

1026 BANKERS' BONUSES IN STATE-OWNED BANKS 29:1:14
Greg Mulholland
Mr Mark Williams
Mr John Leech
Mr Adrian Sanders
Ian Swales
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
*6

That this House congratulates the Government on reducing bankers' bonuses from £11.6 billion in 2008 to £1.6 billion in 2013; welcomes the measures introduced by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills giving a role to shareholders in determining executive remuneration; calls on the Government, where it has any stake in a bank, to exercise its rights as a shareholder to restrict bonuses and to ensure, where it has a majority stake in a bank, that bonuses are restricted; supports, in all banks partially or wholly-owned by the state, a cap on bonuses and an overall cap on executive remuneration to prevent salaries being increased to compensate for lower bonuses; opposes any bonus payments or increases in salaries for executives in banks wholly or partially-owned by the state relating to a period where a bank made a loss; and calls for the implementation of the recommendations of the Walker Review as swiftly as possible.

1027 MARGARET ANN BULKLEY (AKA JAMES BARRY) AND WOMEN IN SCIENCE 29:1:14
Valerie Vaz
Paul Flynn
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr John Leech
*4

That this House recognises and commends the contribution to science made by Margaret Ann Bulkley (aka James Barry); notes that in 1809, upon arrival in Scotland from Ireland, she adopted the name James Barry and chose to live as a man in order to be accepted as a student at the University of Edinburgh Medical School to pursue a career as a surgeon at a time when most male doctors were opposed to having women doctors; further notes that this was over 60 years before the Medical Act 1876 achieved Royal Assent, granting registration to physicians regardless of gender, thus making her the first British woman to become a qualified doctor; acknowledges that while serving as a British Army surgeon in India and Cape Town, South Africa, she reorganised medical care with a strong emphasis on public health, campaigning against unsanitary medical practices and over-crowding in hospitals; further notes that the hospital in which she worked had the highest recovery rate of any hospital during the Crimean War; further recognises that in 1826 she performed the first caesarean section in Africa by a British surgeon in which both the mother and child survived; and calls on the Government to do more to ensure that young people, particularly young women, are encouraged to pursue careers in science.

1028 NATIONAL LIBRARIES DAY 30:1:14
Alex Cunningham
Ian Mearns
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
*4

That this House recognises that public library services are an essential part of communities across the country; welcomes the role they play in providing access to learning for millions of people and how they serve as a hub for local people; notes the importance of the professional expertise and skills of library staff in delivering a quality service; further recognises that libraries best benefit our society when they are well-funded and supported through strong national leadership; and joins in celebrating the importance of the work of public libraries across the UK as part of National Libraries Day on Saturday 8 February 2014.

1029 HAASS TALKS ON NORTHERN IRELAND 30:1:14
John McDonnell
*1

That this House notes the proposals tabled at the final plenary of the multi-party talks involving the political parties in Northern Ireland, chaired by Dr Richard Haass and Professor Meghan O'Sullivan; notes that these proposals form a basis for progress; further notes the mobilisation in Belfast, called by the Northern Ireland Congress of Trade Unions along with others on 31 January 2014, to encourage progress and end the current political paralysis; further notes that this reflects a widespread support for the progress made and desire to move forward, in Ireland north and south, and in Britain and Ireland; further notes that the British and Irish governments remain co-guarantors of the Good Friday Agreement; and calls on the Government to publicly and jointly with the Irish government, encourage all parties to move speedily towards implementation of the proposals.

1030 BADGER CULL 30:1:14
David Morris
*1

That this House believes that the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset have decisively failed against the criteria set out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in guidance to Natural England for licensing of the culls, which stipulated that 70 per cent of the badger population should be culled within a six-week period; notes that the costs of policing, additional implementation and monitoring, and the resort to more expensive cage-and-trap over an extended period, have substantially increased the cost of the culls, and strengthened the financial case for vaccination; regrets that the decision to extend the original culls has not been subject to any debate or vote in Parliament; further regrets that the Independent Expert Panel will only assess the humaneness, safety and effectiveness of the original six-week period and not the extended cull period; and urges the Government to halt the existing culls and granting of any further licences, pending development of alternative strategies to eradicate bovine tuberculosis and promote a healthy badger population.

Prepared 31st January 2014