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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
24 March 2006

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM FRIENDS OF GRIZEDALE FOREST

20th March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Friends of Grizedale Forest,

Declares that the Forestry Commission has submitted plans to redevelop the Grizedale Visitor Centre. The Forestry Commission has stated that this will increase the number of visitors from 250,000 a year to 300,000. The Friends of Grizedale Forest object to this development on the following grounds:

1.The projected 50,000 or so extra visitors and traffic entering the valley via the class C road system;

2.The unsympathetic architectural design of the proposed development; and

3.The environmental concerns for the whole area.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to make representations to the Forestry Commission for the plans to be withdrawn.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF BASSETLAW

20th March 2006

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of residents of Bassetlaw,

Sheweth

That merging the Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust (PCT) into a Nottinghamshire-wide Trust would be detrimental to the excellent NHS services currently enjoyed by the people of Bassetlaw.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House shall urge the Department of Health to consider the views of the people of Bassetlaw and their support for retaining a direct geographical link between Bassetlaw PCT and Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Trust, which runs Bassetlaw and Retford Hospitals.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM THE ISITFAIR COUNCIL TAX PROTEST CAMPAIGN

21st March 2006

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the Isitfair Council Tax protest campaign,

Declares that the year-on-year, inflation-busting increases in Council Tax are causing hardship to many and take no account of ability to pay; further that the proposed property revaluation and re-banding exercise will make an already flawed system even worse.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons votes to replace Council Tax with a fair and equitable tax that, without recourse to any supplementary benefit, takes into account ability to pay from disposable income. Such tax to be based on a system that is free from any geographically or politically motivated discrimination, and that clearly identifies the fiscal and managerial responsibilities of all involved parties.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [8th March] from residents of Bedwyn, West Berkshire, against planned cuts in the fast and semi-fast train services between London and Bedwyn.

    The Greater Western rail franchise was awarded to First Group in December 2005; it commences in April 2006 and the franchisee is required to introduce a revised timetable on all routes in December 2006. The Service Level Commitment (SLC) in the franchise agreement sets out the minimum requirements for services to be provided. In February 2006 First issued a proposed timetable for consultation, based on the SLC. Consultation closed on 8th March 2006, and First is now discussing the results of consultation with the Department. Bedwyn services form a significant element of the consultation responses. Announcements will be made when discussions are complete.

21st March 2006


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [8th March] from residents of Maidenhead, Berkshire, and others against planned cuts to fast and semi-fast train services between London and Maidenhead and Twyford.

    The Greater Western rail franchise was awarded to First Group in December 2005; it commences in April 2006 and the franchisee is required to introduce a revised timetable on all routes in December 2006. The Service Level Commitment (SLC) in the franchise agreement sets out the minimum requirements for services to be provided. In February 2006 First issued a proposed timetable for consultation, based on the SLC. Consultation closed on 8th March 2006, and First is now discussing the results of consultation with the Department. Maidenhead services form a significant element of the consultation responses. Announcements will be made when discussions are complete.

21st March 2006

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