House of Commons
8th May 2014
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')
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1286 TRIBUNALS AND INQUIRIES (S. I., 2014, No. 878) 10:4:14
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) (Judicial Review) (England and Wales) Fees (Amendment) Order 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 878), dated 27 March 2014, a copy of which was laid before this House on 1 April, be annulled.
1290 TRADING STANDARDS 28:4:14
That this House welcomes the Trading Standards Workforce Survey published by the National Trading Standards Board and the Trading Standards Institute (TSI); expresses concern at the cuts to local authority trading standards services of up to 86 per cent; recognises these cuts to trading standards put the public at risk of rogue traders, scams and unsafe products; believes that the Government has a duty to maintain adequate consumer protection in the UK and therefore agrees with the TSI that the National Audit Office should look at the system of consumer protection in its entirety including local enforcement when reviewing changes to the consumer landscape; and urges the Government to work with trading standards and local authorities to find solutions.
1292 CELEBRATING SCOUT COMMUNITY WEEK 28:4:14
That this House extends its heartfelt thanks to scouts and their supporters across the country who will be taking part in Scout Community Week between 2 and 8 June 2014; acknowledges their commitment to working in a variety of ways to make a difference in their local communities; praises the work of groups like the 1st Blaydon Scout Group who are working in their community in activities as varied as litter-picking and weeding in streets and public places; and welcomes their involvement with other supportive groups like Sustrans, churches, schools and beavers and cubs groups in this vital work.
1293 PROFESSOR DAME JOCELYN BELL BURNELL AND WOMEN IN SCIENCE 28:4:14
That this House commends the contribution to science by Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell; notes that she was born in Belfast in 1943; further notes that as a postgraduate student she discovered the first radio pulsars and was listed second on the paper announcing the discovery; further notes that her supervisor shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for this work; further notes that although she was not honoured by the Nobel Committee, numerous other organisations have honoured her for her discovery; further notes that Bell Burnell was the President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 2002 to 2004 and the first female President of the Institute of Physics from October 2008 to 2010; further notes that in February 2014 Bell Burnell was made President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the first woman to hold this position; and calls on the Government to ensure that young women are encouraged to pursue careers in science.
1295 STEPHEN SUTTON 28:4:14
That this House praises the truly inspiring fundraising efforts of Stephen Sutton; understands that Stephen was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer aged 15; considers it remarkable that, now aged 19, Stephen has managed to raise almost £3,000,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust; salutes Stephen's bravery and desire to help others; recognises that Stephen was awarded the Kids Count charity's Most Inspirational Young Person's Award in 2013; further praises Kids Count for raising the profile of young people who inspire others in a truly amazing way; and calls on the Department of Health to follow Stephen's example of doing what it can to improve the uptake of bowel cancer screening.
1296 EU BAN ON MANGOES 28:4:14
That this House opposes the recent EU ban on the import of Alphonso mangoes from India; believes that this ban will have a devastating impact on retailers of mangoes in the UK which could possibly reach £200,000 per business; notes that this will also have a catastrophic effect on growers of mangoes in India especially in the Maharashtra and Goa regions; further notes that the ban was imposed without the agreement of the UK Parliament; and calls on the Government to reverse this ban and to work alongside the Indian authorities to continue to support this important trade.
1297 CANONISATION OF POPES JOHN PAUL II AND JOHN XXIII 28:4:14
That this House welcomes the historic decision of his Holiness Pope Francis to canonise two Popes, John Paul II and John XXIII, which took place in Rome on 23 April 2014; and notes that both Pontiffs were men of vision, hope and inspiration to millions of their followers in the Roman Catholic Church and millions of non-Catholics throughout the world.
1298 SUE TOWNSEND 28:4:14
That this House is saddened to hear of the death of Sue Townsend; acknowledges her valuable contribution to literature not only in the UK but worldwide; admires her achievement in the sale of over 10 million books translated into around 48 languages worldwide; commends her for her creation of the character Adrian Mole which has come to be ingrained in the country's psyche; recognises the fact that she received an Honorary Master of Arts from Leicester University, was made a Distinguished Honorary Fellow of Leicester University and was awarded the Honorary Freedom of Leicester; and calls on the Government to do all it can to promote creative writing in the UK in honour of Sue Townsend.
1300 COLOMBIA AGRARIAN STRIKE 28:4:14
That this House notes that campesino, indiginous and Afro-descendent sectors throughout Colombia have resumed a nationwide strike, because of the failure of the Colombian government to adhere to the commitments made following the agrarian strike in 2013; further notes that their demands include an end to the extractive model that concentrates land ownership, an end to legislation which makes the use of genetically modified seeds compulsory and guarantees which protect against the criminalisation and persecution of peaceful protests; is appalled that, during the first agrarian strike, reportedly 19 people were killed, 600 injured and dozens detained and imprisoned throughout the country, following indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks by the armed forces, police and riot squads; therefore urges the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to monitor the situation in Colombia closely to prevent a repeat of such human rights violations from occurring; and further urges the Government actively to consider every possible mechanism for the Colombian government to be held accountable for such violations, including reviewing the Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the EU.
1301 WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES 29:4:14
That this House recalls that the backbench debate held on 23 June 2011 resulted in a unanimous direction to the Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses by July 2012; notes that the Government has since published the Draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill which has been scrutinised by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee; supports Animal Defenders International in its campaign to end the use of wild animals in circuses; and calls on the Government to reassert its commitment to ending this practice in the Queen's Speech and to introduce a Bill in Parliament before the Summer Recess.
1302 EUROPEAN PROTECTION FOR BEE POPULATIONS 29:4:14
That this House commends the European Commission's efforts following the decision to temporarily ban the use of neonicotinoids to protect bee populations which play a vital role in supporting the ecosystem and human health through pollinating crops and other flora.
1303 ASTRAZENECA, PFIZER AND THE BRITISH PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY 30:4:14
That this House notes the proposed takeover of AstraZeneca by Pfizer, in what would be the largest ever takeover of a British firm; further notes that AstraZeneca employs nearly 7,000 people in the UK and accounts for more than two per cent of UK goods exports; expresses concern about the future employment in the UK of staff currently working for AstraZeneca, including at the existing sites in Macclesfield and Alderley Park and the planned global headquarters and research and development site in Cambridge; and calls on the Government to act as necessary to protect employment and skills in the UK, ensure that the development of the new headquarters in Cambridge continues as planned, with the associated infrastructure needs, and ensure that the UK continues to be a world-leader in science and pharmaceuticals research and development.
1304 NATIONAL WALKING MONTH 2014 30:4:14
That this House recognises that walking can improve physical and mental health, provides opportunities for families to spend time together walking to school, encourages people to discover their local area, cuts carbon and can save people money; notes that the Living Streets National Walking month campaign takes place during May 2014 to inspire people to walk more; and calls on the Government to support Walk to School Week and Walk to Work Week, which encourage people of all ages to walk more when going about their daily activities.
1305 NEWBORN SCREENING FOR DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY 30:4:14
That this House welcomes the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Muscular Dystrophy on newborn screening for Duchenne muscular dystrophy; acknowledges the support provided by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign in drawing attention to these important issues; notes that with potential treatments for the condition in or entering clinical trial, planning must begin now for a newborn screening programme; further notes the significant advances in genetic medicine that have taken place in recent years; and calls on the National Screening Committee to reflect these advances by updating its appraisal criteria for newborn screening programmes.
1307 PRIVATE COPYING COPYRIGHT EXCEPTION 30:4:14
That this House notes that the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Personal Copies for Private Use) Regulations 2014 were laid before Parliament on 27 March 2014; further notes that this measure will mean that consumers can legally copy copyright material which they have lawfully acquired for their own private and personal use; observes that the Culture, Media and Sport Committee has stated that it is not convinced that a facility for private copying is factored into the purchase either of music or devices that store, play or copy it (Third Report, Supporting the creative economy, HC674, para 73); believes that the Government has not specified, as it is obliged to by international law, how musicians, composers, performers and creators will be fairly compensated under this proposal; is concerned that the accompanying impact assessment clearly states that the proposal will represent a transfer of value from rights-holders to the technology industry; acknowledges the economic power and cultural impact of the creative industries; and calls on the Government to withdraw these draft regulations and re-lay them in amended form to ensure that the creative content-producing sector does not suffer harm.
1308 ATTACKS ON CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES IN NIGERIA 30:4:14
That this House calls on the Nigerian government to take immediate action to stop the relentless attacks on Christian communities that have seen thousands of people killed, Christian homes burned and many Christians' businesses looted and destroyed; notes the continuing silence and indecision of the Nigerian government over taking decisive action, which may be seen as encouragement to those carrying out these attacks; and calls for the Nigerian government to further investigate claims that there could well be some rogue elements in the security forces involved in the attacks.
1309 FRACTIONALS CAMPAIGN FOR FAIR PLAY 30:4:14
That this House expresses its support for the Fractionals Campaign for Fair Play launched by the fractional staff at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and supported by the SOAS University and College Union (UCU); notes with concern that fractional tutors and staff at SOAS are employed on temporary contracts which do not reflect the hours necessary to complete even the basic tasks required to teach classes with the result that typically fractional staff work more than twice the hours than their contracts estimate, with the consequence that their actual hourly pay often ranges below the London Living Wage; supports the call by the Fractionals Campaign for Fair Play to all graduate teaching assistants and teaching fellows to work to contract in protest at these conditions with the aim of securing fairer contracts which can guarantee a higher standard of education for students; and urges the management of SOAS to undertake serious and constructive negotiations with the union to address the issues raised by the campaign.
1310 AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING SYSTEMS 1:5:14
That this House congratulates Thatcham Research for its Stop the Crash campaign to raise awareness about the safety benefits of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) systems; notes the growing body of research that AEB reduces the occurrence of low speed crashes by around 20 per cent as well as being important in mitigating the effects of higher speed crashes; and welcomes the initiative taken by esure Group in offering motor insurance premium reductions to encourage people to purchase cars fitted with AEB as standard in order to support safety on UK roads.
1311 GLASGOW AIRPORT, FIRST SCOTTISH AIRPORT TO WELCOME THE A380 1:5:14
That this House welcomes Glasgow Airport on becoming the first Scottish airport to welcome the A380, the world's largest commercial aircraft; notes that Emirates operated the one-off A380 flight to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its Glasgow to Dubai service which has carried over 2.4 million passengers since its launch on 10 April 2004; recognises this was a significant milestone in Scottish aviation history; believes the A380 service was yet another example of Emirates' commitment to Scotland following the introduction of a second daily flight in 2012; and welcomes the important contribution of Glasgow Airport to the economic success of Renfrewshire and Scotland.
1312 SCHOOLGIRLS IN NIGERIA 1:5:14
That this House deplores the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from the Government Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, north-eastern Nigeria on 14 April 2014; fears for their safety; welcomes the Foreign Secretary's condemnation of the attack on 16 April 2014; calls on the Government to support and encourage the efforts of the Nigerian authorities to locate the schoolgirls and bring about their safe return and to seek the engagement of the UN Women's Agency in support of the schoolgirls; and expresses solidarity and support for the right of every girl to receive an education.
1313 20 YEARS OF WOMEN PRIESTS 6:5:14
That this House notes that the Church of England has celebrated 20 years since the first women were ordained as priests on 12 March 1994; congratulates the first 32 women who were ordained and led the way for many more women to follow them; welcomes the words of the Archbishop of Canterbury during a service at St Paul's Cathedral on Saturday 3 May 2014 that men and women are equally icons, witnesses, and vessels of Christ for the world; praises the progress that has been made, but also notes that there is still more work to do; and calls on the Government to encourage the Church of England's General Synod to bring in legislation for women bishops to be appointed.
1314 OUTSOURCING OF PARLIAMENT'S SEARCH AND SCREENING FUNCTIONS 6:5:14
That this House values the dedication of House of Commons security staff who are employed by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS); recognises their professionalism and commitment every day to ensure that all those within Parliament are safe; is concerned by plans to outsource search and screening functions for the three main entrances of Parliament, which will affect around 150 staff, when the current contract expires in 2015; and urges the Clerk of the House and the Clerk of the Parliaments to reconsider their proposals and ensure all security functions continue to be carried out by employees of the MPS or by staff directly employed by Parliament.
1316 TRISTAN DA CUNHA SUPPORT FOR PHILIPPINES TYPHOON APPEAL 7:5:14
That this House applauds the generosity, humanity and enterprise of the people of the world's most remote inhabited island, the British Overseas Territory of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, for raising £3,456 for the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, representing the sum of £13 for each of the 264 residents, raised from events which included a sponsored swim by Tristan children in the island pool, equivalent to a collective round-the-island swim of 20 miles; notes that all monies have been paid to the UK Disasters Emergency Committee; and recognises that this selfless act comes as the islanders celebrate the 50th anniversary of their return from exile following the volcanic eruption of 1961, and their recent sheltering in their homes of the Filipino crew rescued from the bulk carrier Oliva, wrecked on one of the Tristan islands.
1317 WORK-LIFE BALANCE 7:5:14
That this House calls on the Government to enter into discussion with employers' representatives and trades unions to agree a protocol on ensuring that employees do not have to answer work emails whilst off-duty or out of hours; welcomes the introduction of similar rules in France which ensure that parents can spend quality time with children without work interruptions; notes that such a protocol would not prohibit those who choose to access their work email accounts at home but merely offer protections for those who choose not to do so; further notes that a deal agreed between French employers' federations and unions ensures that approximately one million workers in the consultancy and digital sectors are not sent work emails outside the hours of 9am to 6pm; further notes that job insecurity drives people to work longer hours which in turn damages productivity; further notes that the development of children in particular can suffer if they do not have a full interaction with their parent who might be preoccupied dealing with work emails; and calls for a protocol restricting digital working time in order to ensure a healthy work-life balance.
1318 DETENTION CENTRE DEMONSTRATION 7:5:14
That this House express its concern at the reports of a major demonstration undertaken by detainees at Harmondsworth detention centre to highlight their plight on the Government's fast track procedure for asylum seekers and the lack of facilities to assist in pursuing their appeals, including access to legal advice and means of communication with their legal representatives; and urges the Home Secretary to commission an independent review of the grievances raised by the detainees with the aim of resolving this dispute.
1319 ABERYSTWYTH FARMERS MARKET 8:5:14
That this House congratulates Aberystwyth Farmers Market for winning Best Food Market in Radio 4's Food and Farming Awards 2014; applauds the hard work of all those to establish this award winning farmers market in Aberystwyth; notes the important links which have been established between local producers in the area and local consumers; and commends the Aberystwyth Farmers Market for its success and the positive impact it has on the local economy and the community within which it operates.
1320 MUNICIPAL BUS COMPANIES 8:5:14
That this House notes with pride that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of the entry into service of the first publicly-owned buses, when on 30 March 1914 six open-topped double deckers started work on routes in Coventry; recognises the importance of the remaining municipally-owned bus companies in providing excellent services and cheaper fares for passengers in UK cities and towns, including Newport, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Blackpool and Reading; is alarmed by the onslaught against local authority-supported bus services which has seen thousands of services cut or reduced since May 2010; further notes with concern that the Government does not record service cuts in the deregulated bus market which provides 78 per cent of bus services across the UK; further notes the RMT union's findings that since 2003 UK bus fares have increased by over 60 per cent; supports the Campaign for Better Transport's call for an examination of all cases for reform of the bus industry, including municipal ownership and not-for-profit services; and calls on the Government to enact an urgent review of bus services.
1321 PENDLE LABOUR PARTY AND THE CROSS-PARTY AGREEMENT ON HANDLING POSTAL BALLOT PAPERS 8:5:14
That this House notes the Electoral Commission's report in January 2014 on electoral fraud in the UK, which identified 16 local authority areas at greater risk of allegations of electoral fraud being reported, including Pendle; deplores the loss of confidence in the electoral system that has resulted from widespread allegations of electoral fraud in certain parts of the country; welcomes the investigation begun in March 2013 by Stephen Barnes, Chief Executive of Pendle Borough Council and Returning Officer for Pendle Borough Council, following concerns expressed about postal and proxy voting in public meetings in Nelson, Colne and West Craven; further welcomes the cross-party panel set up by Pendle Council in August 2012 to investigate allegations of fraudulent postal and proxy votes; regrets the description of the widespread public concern by Councillor Mohammad Iqbal, leader of Pendle Council's Labour Group, as sour grapes; commends the panel on its cross-party agreement asking party workers not to procure signed postal ballot papers, to agree to council staff requesting the names and addresses of people delivering batches of completed postal vote forms and not to issue blank forms without referring requests to the appropriate senior party representative; congratulates the panel on the cross-party agreement being signed up to by the Pendle branches of the Conservative Party, Liberal Democrat Party, UK Independence Party and British National Party as well as the local police; further regrets the Labour agent for Nelson, Robert Oliver's description of the cross-party agreement as a cheap publicity stunt and a smokescreen; and deeply regrets the Pendle Labour Party's decision not to sign the cross-party agreement.
1322 UK ATTENDANCE AT HUMANITARIAN CONSEQUENCES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS CONFERENCE IN AUSTRIA 8:5:14
That this House notes the recent governmental conferences on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons, attended by 127 states in Norway in March 2013 and by 145 states in Mexico in February 2014; welcomes the announcement of a new follow-up conference in Austria in December 2014; further notes the call for UK attendance; and urges the Government to ensure it is represented at the event in Vienna.
1323 MARSHALL ISLANDS AND NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT 8:5:14
That this House notes the 67 nuclear weapons tests conducted in the Marshall Islands between 1946 and 1958; regrets the environmental and humanitarian impact of those tests on the Marshall Islands; further notes that the US Atomic Energy Agency in 1956 described it as by far the most contaminated place in the world; expresses support for the Marshall Islands' legal proceedings against nine nuclear weapon states, including the UK, at the International Court of Justice over their failure to comply with Article VI of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and urges the Government to respond by committing to scrap Trident.