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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
27 July 2007

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM MR JOHN BRUNIGE

23rd July 2007

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

The Humble Petition of Mr John Brunige and others of like disposition listed below,

Sheweth

That new housing development proposed for Kettering and its surrounding area will only be sustainable and of general benefit for the local area if the necessary additional infrastructure to support the new population is put in place ahead of or in parallel with new housing construction.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House shall urge the Department of Communities and Local Government to consider the plight of Mr. Brunige and the other Petitioners and either bring forward firm plans to provide the necessary infrastructure or stop the housing expansion plans.

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


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PETITION FROM CHERYL OLDROYD, RESIDENTS OF CANVEY ISLAND AND OTHERS

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Cheryl Oldroyd, residents of Canvey Island and others,

Declares that the proposal submitted by o2 to erect a mobile telephone mast on the High Street, Canvey Island, is unacceptable due to the ill-considered suitability of a busy residential and business area for such a structure. The petitioners emphasise the significant lack of understanding in respect of the longer-term effects of such telephone masts on the health of those within the immediate vicinity and particularly on young children. Whilst the petitioners acknowledge the need to erect and maintain such structures in the interests of business, they submit that more suitable locations for this structure are available, of which the applicant is already aware and should consider.

The Petitioners therefore request the House to urge the Government to encourage Castle Point Borough Councillors to reject the plans and seek an alternative, less densely populated area, in consideration of the wishes of residents.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM CONSTITUENTS OF BANBURY AND OTHER USERS OF BRITAIN'S INLAND WATERWAYS

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of constituents of Banbury and other users of Britain's inland waterways,

Declares that our inland waterways are a unique national asset that provide an important contribution to the quality of life for millions of our citizens. We therefore are deeply concerned that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has seen fit to reduce British Waterways' grant by some 60 million over the next 5 years and that of the Environment Agency by 25 million in this financial year. We believe that these cuts will have a devastating effect upon the well-being of inland waterways.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Government to introduce legislation to solve the immediate problems caused by these cuts to current budgets and to ensure that long-term funding is guaranteed to enable continued investment and restoration of the waterways.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

The House received further Petitions in these terms on the following dates: 24th July 2007 [2 Petitions]; and 25th July 2007 [1 petition]


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PETITION FROM PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF DURHAM

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the people of the City of Durham,

Declares that the green space formerly the Bowling Green, situated on the Old Racecourse on the bank of the river Wear at Elvet waterside, is under threat from development.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Department for Communities and Local Government to do all to protect and retain this public space for the present citizens of the City of Durham, future residents, posterity and visitors.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM PERSONS LIVING IN THE VICINITY OF THE DERWENT VALLEY

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of persons living in the vicinity of the Derwent Valley and the historic Gibside Estate,

Declares that the proposed development of an open cast coal site at a place known as Skons Park will have a detrimental effect on the environment, the development of the area as a tourist destination and on the natural habitat of an area that has for centuries borne the scars of coal mining.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to consider the negative impacts of this open cast proposal and not approve its development.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF THE BOROUGH OF HAVERING AND OTHERS

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of the Borough of Havering and others,

Declares the Petitioners' serious concerns over the refusal by both Havering Borough Council and Transport for London to take responsibility for the need to establish a pedestrian crossing on Western Road, an especially busy section of highway within the constituency of Romford. The Petitioners are further concerned that the lack of a pedestrian crossing is having a huge impact on the surrounding community, with people of all ages and disabilities, who are experiencing great difficulty in crossing the road and negotiating the large amounts of traffic synonymous with this stretch of road.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Transport to use her powers to intervene and clarify which party is responsible for the establishment of a crossing on Western Road and then urge that party to install a crossing or other form of traffic calming measure, so as to allow people to cross freely and safely.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF THE BOROUGH OF HAVERING AND OTHERS

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of the Borough of Havering and others,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that the post office network provides a vital service to local communities in both urban and rural areas. The Petitioners are concerned that the threatened withdrawal of services from local post offices, by the Government, will seriously affect the governance and more specifically, efficiency of the postal network, as well as damaging community cohesion around these post offices, which in many cases acts as a central and focal point for local community interaction.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform to reverse its announcement to end support for the Post Office Card Account 2010 thereby threatening the viability of thousands of post offices and further urges it to immediately halt its activities designed to kill off the account in advance of that date.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM AND OTHERS

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of the London Borough of Lewisham and others,

Declares the Petitioners' serious concerns about the future of Post Office counter services in Forest Hill following the announcement that this Post Office Branch will move to WH Smith. The closure of local Sub-Post Offices in recent years has meant a poorer service to customers, particularly for the elderly and disabled, and the petitioners are concerned that this merger may result in a deterioration in the quality of services on offer at present.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to use his powers to ensure that the Post Office does not reduce the level of services currently available to customers under its new partnership agreement with WH Smith.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF TEESIDE AND OTHERS

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Teeside and others,

Declares the Petitioners' serious concerns about the voucher scheme currently administered to individuals who qualify for support under Section 4 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1999. The Petitioners further declare that the vouchers stigmatise and degrade those who are forced to use them. The vouchers fail to meet the needs of the recipient because they can only be used in certain shops for a limited range of goods. Often, these shops are not located in the neighbourhoods where the refugee community live and people are forced to travel—this can cause severe hardship because vouchers are not accepted on public transport, yet voucher recipients do not have the option of using cash.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for the Home Department to use her powers to rescind the Section 4 voucher scheme and replace it with cash payments.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM TRACY TAPLIN, RESIDENTS OF CANVEY ISLAND AND OTHERS

24th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of Tracy Taplin, residents of Canvey Island and others,

Declares that the existing public facilities on Canvey Island are inadequate for the needs of those with small children, and notes that Castle Point Borough Council has a de facto duty to provide and maintain suitable public facilities, particularly in a busy shopping area, such as Canvey's excellent shopping centre.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons entreats the Government to bring pressure to bear on Castle Point Borough Council to provide a baby changing unit at a suitable location in Canvey Island's shopping centre.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM MRS VICKI TOMLIN AND OTHERS OF LIKE DISPOSITION

24th July 2007

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

The Humble Petition of Mrs Vicki Tomlin and others of like disposition,

Sheweth

That the proposed relocation of Prison Service staff from Crown House, Corby to Leicester should be stopped.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House calls upon Her Majesty's Government to urge the Ministry of Justice to consider the plight of Mrs Vicki Tomlin and others who work at Crown House and stop the relocation.

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


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PETITION FROM CONCERNED USERS OF FORT AUGUSTUS POST OFFICE

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of concerned users of Fort Augustus Post Office,

Declares that the Petitioners are concerned for the future of their local Post Office in Fort Augustus and the damaging economic and social effects that any closure would have on their community.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the government to reconsider its proposed closure programme before irreparable damage is done to the community of Fort Augustus and other Highland communities.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM EMPLOYEES AND SUPPORTERS OF HER MAJESTY'S REVENUE AND CUSTOMS OFFICE IN NEWPORT

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of employees and supporters of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Office in Newport,

Declares that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Office (HMRC) office in Newport provides vital services in addition to providing important employment opportunities in Newport. Staff who work in this office have provided loyal and dedicated service to HMRC over many years with a significant number of staff having served for a considerable period of time. That the threatened relocation of services from HMRC Newport and the closure of this office will have negative implications for the local economy, an environmental impact from additional travel, and a devastating effect on the lives of the staff who currently work there. That Newport City Council is keen to explore alternatives which retain the services and jobs in Newport.

The Petitioners therefore request that this House calls upon Her Majesty's Government to fully consider the case for retaining the HMRC Newport office and explore alternatives in light of the impact on staff, the economy and the environment that it's closure would cause.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM MICHELLE EVANS, TOWN MAYOR OF BURTON LATIMER, AND OTHERS

25th July 2007

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

The Humble Petition of Michelle Evans, Town Mayor of Burton Latimer, and others,

Sheweth

That Latimer Community Arts College, located in Barton Seagrave, is the main secondary school serving children from Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, and attendance at the school for hundreds of local pupils is an important part of community life, but that getting to school is going to become a lot more difficult for local pupils due to the decision by Northamptonshire County Council to end the school bus service from Burton Latimer to Latimer Community Arts College.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House calls upon Northamptonshire County Council to reverse its decision to end the school bus service from Burton Latimer to Latimer Community Arts College and ensure that this important school bus service remains in operation for the benefit of local pupils.

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


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM PROFESSIONALS IN THE NURSERY SECTOR, CONCERNED PARENTS, AND MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of professionals in the nursery sector, concerned parents, and members of the public,

Declares that nurseries, pre-schools and day-care providers fulfil a vital role in the development of pre-school children and that voluntary, private and independent nurseries provide the overwhelming majority of nursery care. That the Government's new Code of Practice fundamentally changes the rules regarding the provision of free nursery places for three- and four-year olds. We are concerned that the new Code of Practice could cause significant financial harm and insecurity in the nursery sector and force existing, trusted nurseries out of business; creating uncertainty for parents and children.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to halt the implementation of this Code of Practice and undertake an urgent assessment of its impact on nurseries.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM PROFESSIONAL NURSERY STAFF, PARENTS AND OTHERS

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of professional nursery staff, parents and others,

Declares that nurseries, pre-schools and day-care providers fulfil a vital role in the development of young children; that, in this country, private, voluntary and independent nurseries provide the overwhelming majority of nursery care and education and that the Government's new Code of Practice (concerning Nursery Education Funding) fundamentally changes the rules regarding the provision of free nursery places for three and four-year olds.

Further declares that the Petitioners are concerned that this new Code of Practice will: cause significant financial harm and insecurity in the nursery sector; force existing trusted nurseries out of business; create uncertainty for families and staff; and lead to a shortage of high-quality nursery education.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to halt the implementation of this Code of Practice and undertake an urgent assessment of its impact on nurseries.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS AND USERS OF THE A264 LANGTON ROAD, NEAR TUNBRIDGE WELLS, KENT

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents and users of the A264 Langton Road, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent,

Declares that in the light of 11 accidents this year to date on the above road at Heathgate Corner, urgent measures should be taken to improve the safety of the road.

The Petitioners therefore request the House of Commons to call upon the Secretary of State for Transport urgently to review what additional safety measures are necessary and to order improvements that will protect the lives of road users, pedestrians and residents.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY OF HANDLEY HILL IN WINSFORD, CHESHIRE

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents in the community of Handley Hill in Winsford in the County of Cheshire, and those interested in the maintenance of primary education in Handley Hill,

Declares that the maintenance of primary education in Handley Hill Primary School is vital for the interests of current and future pupils and is of crucial importance and benefit to the wider communities which it serves as an essential component of the education of children in Cheshire.

Further declares that the consultation by the Cheshire Local Education Authority under its so-called Transforming Learning Communities (TLC) programme should not include the proposed closure of or attrition of Handley Hill Primary School.

Further declares that the basis for the decision to consider closure is based upon flawed evidence and takes no account of the strength of support from the local community or the demographic projections.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to take steps to resist any proposals for the closure of Handley Hill primary school as currently included within the TLC programme and re-dedicates its support for the continuing high-quality education at this establishment.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF CROYDON AND OTHERS

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of Croydon and others,

Declares that current capacity on the 367 bus route in South London is not sufficient to cope with the demand at the end of the school day and that extra policing should be provided to deal with anti-social behaviour.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Transport to ask Transport for London to improve the capacity on the 367 bus route in South London and that policing is improved on this route.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF WEST CUMBRIA AND OTHERS

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of West Cumbria and others,

Declares the Petitioners serious concerns regarding the introduction of Capture, Assess, Treat and Support centre into Cumbria. The petitioners believe that the introduction of CATs will endanger the future of West Cumberland Hospital and the Cumberland Infirmary. The Petitioners believe that the local NHS can meet the eighteen week waiting list target for patients which CATs is designed to address by 2008.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Health to assess the effects of the introduction of CATs to health services in West Cumbria and Cumbria more broadly and to stop their introduction if this assessment indicates that a deterioration of services is likely.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM STUDENTS AT BITTERNE PARK SECONDARY SCHOOL, THE CONSTITUENTS OF SOUTHAMPTON ITCHEN AND OTHERS

25th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of students at Bitterne Park Secondary School, the constituents of Southampton Itchen and others,

Declares that people trafficking is one of the world's fastest growing illegal industries, alongside arms and drugs.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Home Affairs and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to support the organisation named "Stop the Traffik" in its call to prevent the sale of people; prosecute the traffickers; and protect the victims.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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Observations by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the Petition [18th May] from Councillor William Powell and others of like disposition against the excessive use of the National Lottery for the funding of the 2012 Olympics.

    In 2003 we announced that 1.5 billion of Lottery funding would be used in support of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games should we win the bid. We also explained that, were the costs to increase, it was likely there would be a further call on the Lottery. This provision was part of a Public Sector Funding Package of 2.375 billion, supported by an infrastructure grant of 1.044 billion and a potential private sector contribution of 0.738 billion.

    On 15th March, the former Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, the Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP, announced a revised funding envelope of 9.325 billion, including some 2.8 billion of provision for programme contingency. We have done everything possible to minimise the additional potential call on lottery funds. The greater part of the additional costs will be met from Exchequer funds. The additional provision of lottery funds envisaged is 0.675 billion. This will be distributed by grant, if and when it is needed.

    The decision to use additional Lottery funding will be subject to an affirmative resolution in both Houses, and we have already begun to consult the Lottery distributing bodies on the mechanism and timing of the proposed transfers. In doing this we aim to give the Lottery distributors the maximum time possible to allow for forward planning and to moderate the impact on non-Olympic good causes. Grant commitments already made by the Lottery distributing bodies will not be affected.

    On current projections around 6.5 billion of fresh Lottery income will be available to the non-Olympic good causes between 2007/08 and 2012/13.

    The additional contribution envisaged from the lottery is in the spirit of the 2003 Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Mayor of London. We have now re-written the Memorandum of Understanding to ensure that there is provision for the additional Lottery contribution to be re-paid from the enhanced value realised from the disposal of land acquired for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. Copies of the revised Memorandum have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.

25th July 2007


SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

Observations by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Petition [9th July] from Mrs Maureen Lowson and others for increased provision of free cash machines.

    As the former Economic Secretary (Ed Balls) and John McFall announced on 19th June 2007, excellent progress has been made towards the goal of providing over 600 new free ATMs across 1,707 low-income target areas in the UK identified by the ATM Working Group as lacking convenient access to free cash withdrawals. As part of this work, the Government understands from LINK, the UK's ATM network, that two new free cash machines are now under contract for installation within the constituency of Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend. Once in operation, these new free ATMs are expected to provide eight low-income areas within the constituency with convenient access to free cash withdrawals. The Economic Secretary wrote to the Rt Hon Member for Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend with details about the two new machines on 25th June 2007.

    The Government is encouraged by the concrete progress achieved in extending free access to cash to those who need it the most. Ed Balls and John McFall have, on several occasions, written to Members of Parliament and local authority representatives thanking them for their support and urging them to continue identifying suitable sites for new free ATMs. The Government looks forward to a further update from the industry on its work to deliver against the ATM Working Group recommendations before the end of this year.

25th July 2007



 
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