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Supplement to the House of Commons Votes and Proceedings
12 October 2007

SUPPLEMENT TO THE VOTES AND PROCEEDINGS

PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF THE BOROUGH OF HAVERING AND OTHERS

26th 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 lack of celebrations on our patron saint's day, St George, and believes that the establishment of St. George's Day as a national public holiday for all in England would help raise community cohesion at both a local, and more importantly, a national level.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Prime Minister to use his powers to establish St. George's Day as a national public holiday for all in England.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF THE LONDON BOROUGHS OF SOUTHWARK, LAMBETH, CROYDON, LEWISHAM AND OTHERS

26th July 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of residents of the London Boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth, Croydon, Lewisham and others,

Declares the Petitioners' serious concerns about the decision to close the 24 hour emergency mental health clinic at the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill in Camberwell.

The Petitioners further declare their anxiety that new replacement facilities at King's College Hospital will not be ready for a further 18 months and that even then they may not constitute an adequate replacement.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Health to postpone the full closure of the 24 hour emergency mental health clinic until the incoming Prime Minister and Health Ministers have an opportunity to review the situation.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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

8th October 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 daycare providers fulfil a vital role in the development of pre-school children and that the voluntary, private and independent nurseries provide the overwhelming majority of nursery care. 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 insecurity and significant financial harm in the nursery sector and force existing, trusted nurseries to change and potentially go out of business, creating uncertainty for parents and children.

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.


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PETITION FROM RESIDENTS OF TUNSTALL

9th October 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of the residents of Tunstall,

Declares that the road between Tunstall Church and Tunstall School Car Park is dangerous.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Transport to reduce the speed limit to 20 mph, to provide a traffic control point at the narrowest point in the road and to ban lorries from using the road except for access.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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PETITION FROM A BRITISH CITIZEN

10th October 2007

To the House of Commons.

The Petition of a British Citizen,

Declares that a Local Authority has recently told a mother that she will not be allowed contact with her adopted child if she continues to protest outside the Family Court.

The Petitioner therefore requests that the House of Commons urges the government to legislate to prevent Local Authorities from using control over contact with their children to prevent parents from protesting about the unfairness of the Family Justice System in England and Wales.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.


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Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [11th July] from residents of the constituency of Broxbourne and others against the scaling back of health care provision at Chase Farm Hospital and across the County of Hertfordshire.

    The issues raised in this petition are matters for the local NHS. There are currently two separate full public consultations underway, which will have an impact on health services for the constituents of Broxbourne. These consultations are:

    Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy

    County-wide review of acute services across Hertfordshire

    Both consultations began in June 2007 and will end in October 2007. No decisions will be made until after these consultations have taken place.

    The final decisions in each of these consultations will then be subject to scrutiny by the respective local authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC), which are comprised of locally elected councillors. If the OSC determines that the consultation has been inadequate, or that the final proposal itself is flawed, it can refer the decision to the Secretary of State for Health who will make the final decision on any disputed proposal.

    To advise him in this matter the Secretary of State can in turn ask an Independent Reconfiguration Panel to scrutinise these proposals further on his behalf. Such scrutiny will ensure that proposals for the reconfiguration of local healthcare services are made on the best interests of clinical need and patient care.

8th October 2007


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Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [12th July] from Pupils of Aycliffe Drive Primary School in the Dacorum district of Hertfordshire against inadequate consultation by the West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust.

    The issues raised in this Petition are matters for the local NHS. Consultation on the county-wide review of acute services across Hertfordshire began in June 2007 and will end in October 2007.

    The final decision of this consultation will then be subject to scrutiny by the local authority Overview and Scrutiny Committee (OSC), which comprise locally elected councillors. If the OSC determines that the consultation has been inadequate, or that the final proposal itself is flawed, it can refer the decision to the Secretary of State for Health who will make the final decision on any disputed proposal.

    To advise him in this matter the Secretary of State can in turn ask an Independent Reconfiguration Panel to scrutinise these proposals further on his behalf. Such scrutiny will ensure that proposals for the reconfiguration of local healthcare services are made on the best interests of clinical need and patient care.

8th October 2007


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Observations by the Secretary of State for Health on the Petition [25th July] from residents across West Cumbria and others against the introduction of Capture, Assess and Treat and Support centres in Cumbria.

    As part of reforms to deliver a patient-led NHS, to meet targets to cut waiting times by 2008 and offer patients more choice, my Department has involved the independent sector in delivering health services. These services are run by the independent sector, but funded by the NHS.

    The services will provide ease of access for NHS patients to services and minimise patient travel time across the region. Services will be of the high quality, which all NHS patients expect and free at the point of use.

8th October 2007


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Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [24th July] from residents of the Borough of Havering and others against the lack of a pedestrian crossing on Western Road, Havering.

    The Mayor of London now has overall responsibility for transport in the capital (currently with the exception of network rail). All roads in London, except the motorways, are the responsibility of Transport for London (TfL) and the London Boroughs. They are responsible for deciding how to manage traffic in accordance with their local objectives and the Mayor's Transport Strategy.

    Western Road is a local road for which the London Borough of Havering has responsibility. The provision of traffic management measures on these roads is for them to consider.

    I understand that a feasibility study has been carried out to identify pedestrian facilities along Western Road. Proposals have been considered to improve pedestrian facilities along Western Road. This location was originally requested by residents and occupiers.

    It is proposed to provide a pedestrian refuge, centre hatch and slow markings along Western Road as shown on Plan No. QE184/03. I am informed that it is not proposed to provide a zebra crossing at this location at this time. In order to accommodate future upgrading to a zebra crossing, it is proposed to provide a 2.4 metre wide crossing which is the minimum width for a zebra crossing as recommended by Department for Transport. The proposals aim to minimise accidents, particularly pedestrian accidents at this location.

    This scheme has been approved by the Local Area Committee and is being prepared for public consultation.

8th October 2007


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Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [25th July] from residents of Croydon and others for improved capacity and policing on the 367 bus route in south London.

    Following the creation of the Greater London Authority, Transport for London (TfL), under the Mayor, has been responsible for the provision of bus services and related issues for London since 2000. It is TfL's decision to provide free bus travel for children under 16 and 17/18 year olds in full time education.

    I understand that the concerns raised in this petition were addressed during Mayor's question time on 18th July 2007. TfL have stated that they are reviewing the capacity on the 367 route and intend to undertake specific checks near the start of the new school term in September.

    Policing is an operational matter for the Metropolitan Police and its Commissioner. I understand that Croydon now has a Safer Transport Team which is dedicated to tackling crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour on the transport network. Currently the team is working in Croydon town centre and its objectives include targeting poor behaviour by children.

8th October 2007


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Observations by the Secretary of State for Transport on the Petition [25th July] from residents and users of the A264 Langton Road, near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, for additional measures to improve the safety of the road at Heathgate Corner.

    The A264 Langton Road is a local road and safety on this road is the responsibility of Kent County Council (KCC) in their role as the local highway authority.

    The Petitioners are residents and users of the A264. They report that there have been a number of accidents this year on the A264 at Heathgate Corner and request a review of additional safety measures and also that improvements are made which will protect the lives of road users, pedestrians and residents.

    Kent County Council notes that there have been a number of serious accidents over five years. The Council has also been made aware of a number of near misses on Langton Road by Local County Council members James Scholes and John Davies. As a result, some accident remedial measures have been put in place. KCC has since commissioned a safety audit on the route. This work should be completed by the middle of August. The County Council Members and the Parish Council have been invited to discuss the report and a way forward should be agreed by the end of August.

8th October 2007


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Observations by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Petition [25th July] from employees and supporters of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs Office in Newport against the proposed closure of the Office.

    The Government notes that similar representations were made during the consultation exercise which HM Revenue & Customs held with staff, unions and key external stakeholders including local authorities, on its initial proposals for restructuring its operations in the Cardiff urban centre. All representations will be taken into account before the final decisions are made later this year on the future of Newport and the other offices under review. HMRC will continue to maintain a face-to-face advice service to customers by retaining enquiry centres in all their current localities.

8th October 2007


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CORRIGENDUM

In the supplement to the Votes and Proceedings on Thursday 26th July the Petition from persons living in the vicinity of the Derwent Valley requested a response from the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. This should have read the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government



 
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