House of Commons
29th February 2012
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')

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2725ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON SOCIAL WORK20:2:12
Ann Clwyd
Mike Wood
Hywel Williams
Mark Durkan
Mr Mike Hancock
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 31
Paul MurphyDavid Morris
   That this House welcomes the launch of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Work; and notes the huge contribution social workers make to society often in very difficult circumstances.


2726TACKLING IMPUNITY IN CONGO20:2:12
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mark Durkan
Stephen Williams
Jim Shannon
Dan Rogerson
Paul Flynn
* 15
Dr William McCrea
   That this House recognises that 1 July will mark the tenth anniversary since the International Criminal Court (ICC) created by the Rome Statute entered into force; notes that the Democratic Republic of Congo ratified the Rome Statute on 30 March 2002; reaffirms its support for the Security Council's primary role set out in the UN Charter for the maintenance of international peace, security and justice; congratulates Mrs Fatou Bensouda on her appointment as ICC Chief Prosecutor; knows that the UK will in March hold the Presidency of the United Nations Security Council; asks the Government to urge the UN Secretary General to establish a group of experts to conduct an in-depth study of possible justice mechanisms to investigate and prosecute crimes outlined in the United Nations Mapping Exercise on Congo; and calls on Mrs Bensouda to make use of the Prosecutor's proprio motu powers enshrined in Articles 13(c), 15 and 53(1) of the Rome Statute by undertaking a preliminary investigation of serious crimes committed in Congo after 1 July 2002 and on evidence to bring charges against principal militia chiefs and their backers to ensure that justice is done while Congo's national justice system is being rebuilt.


2727HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE GAMBIA (No. 2)20:2:12
Jo Swinson
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jonathan Edwards
Stephen Williams
Jim Shannon
* 24
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House notes the continuing reports from Amnesty International and others of increasing human rights abuses in The Gambia; further notes that these abuses target perceived opponents of the government and that the right to a fair trial is routinely violated in Gambian courts; congratulates the Campaign for Human Rights in The Gambia UK for raising awareness of this issue; recognises the commitment of the British High Commission in The Gambia in supporting human rights; expresses concern over the recent election that was boycotted by the Economic Community of West African States and heavily criticised by other observers; and calls on the Government to take diplomatic action and lead the international community in redoubling its efforts to ensure that The Gambia ends human rights abuses.


2728INCOME TAX LIABILITIES20:2:12
Mr David Winnick
Mark Durkan
Jonathan Edwards
Stephen Williams
Mr Kevin Barron
Sir Alan Meale
* 42
Dr William McCrea
   That this House deprecates the practice of individuals who receive large earnings either in the public or the private sector making arrangements for payment of those earnings to be made to family companies instead of to themselves in order to minimise income tax liabilities; and calls on the tax authorities as a matter of urgency to take steps to ensure that such companies have not been established solely for the purpose of minimising income tax liabilities.


2729SYRIA AND THE EXPULSION OF THE SYRIAN AMBASSADOR20:2:12
Mr John Leech
Paul Flynn
Mr Mike Hancock
Mrs Mary Glindon
Mr Andy Slaughter
Tim Farron
* 8
Fabian HamiltonMr Dennis Skinner
   That this House notes that more than 6,000 people have been killed by government forces in Syria for exercising their democratic right to protest; supports the comments of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that the failure of the Security Council to act is disastrous for the people of Syria and that such violence in unacceptable before humanity; reiterates the calls of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs `that any harassment or intimidation of Syrians in our country is unacceptable and will not be tolerated' and `the presence of a Syrian ambassador, who is a direct representative of the regime, contradicts the British principles of democracy and humanity'; and calls on the Government to expel the Syrian ambassador from the country.


2730BIG SIX ENERGY COMPANIES20:2:12
Caroline Lucas
Mr David Blunkett
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mark Durkan
Jonathan Edwards
Mr Mike Hancock
* 59
Bill EstersonGrahame M. MorrisJoan Walley
Mr Mark WilliamsSandra OsborneSteve Rotheram
Mr George HowarthFabian HamiltonDr Alasdair McDonnell
Alex CunninghamSeema Malhotra
   That this House supports the End the Big Six Energy Fix campaign aimed at ending energy profiteering by British Gas, EDF, E.ON, npower, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy; notes that in the first six months of 2011 alone the Big Six energy companies posted profits of around £3.5 billion and that in October 2011 Ofgem revealed profit margins for the energy suppliers increased by 733 per cent. in some circumstances; further notes that average household bills have doubled in the past six years from around £600 a year in 2004 to more than £1,200 a year today; is appalled that the UK now has more than 5.5 million households hit by fuel poverty leading to an estimated 3,000 premature winter deaths; therefore calls on the Government to tackle the predatory behaviour of the big energy companies by introducing a new windfall levy on their profits with revenues used to ensure that every home is insulated and highly energy efficient; urges Ofgem to seriously consider re-introducing a cap on prices to prevent energy companies from passing the cost of any levy on to customers; and further calls on the Government to launch an urgent public inquiry into the Big Six energy companies.


2731BBC CHILDREN'S CHANNELS20:2:12
John Mann
Sir Peter Bottomley
Stephen Williams
Jim Shannon
Mr Kevin Barron
Sir Alan Meale
* 17
David Morris
   That this House congratulates BBC children's channels CBBC and CBeebies on their tenth anniversary this month; notes the quality and range of the predominantly British-made programmes; highlights the educational and entertainment values around CBBC shows such as Horrible Histories, Blue Peter and Newsround; welcomes the learning through play philosophy of CBeebies which has recently been crowned BAFTA's Children's Channel of the Year and brings young children such delights as Justin's House, Something Special and In the Night Garden; and wishes both channels continued success for the future.


2732TACKLING OBESITY IN WALSALL AND THE UK20:2:12
Valerie Vaz
Mr David Winnick
Mr Kevin Barron
Sir Alan Meale
Paul Flynn
Kelvin Hopkins
* 13
Dr William McCrea
   That this House is concerned about the level of obesity in the UK; notes that the UK currently has the highest rate of obesity in the EU; further notes that figures from the Association of Public Health Observatories show the West Midlands to have the highest levels of obese adults at 29 per cent.; welcomes the E-Bal programme with its aim of tackling obesity by enabling people to manage their own energy balance through education, community involvement and the use of innovative technology; encourages community, education and health services to work together to tackle obesity; further welcomes the achievements of the E-Bal programme in Walsall; looks forward to the expansion of the programme across the country; and calls on the Government to take action on the increasing problem of obesity in the UK.


2734REMOVAL OF VIOLENT EX-PARTNERS FROM JOINT TENANCIES20:2:12
Gordon Henderson
Tracey Crouch
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Stephen Williams
Jim Shannon
* 24
Bill EstersonMr Dave WattsDr William McCrea
Dr Alasdair McDonnellSir Menzies CampbellDavid Morris
   That this House believes convicted perpetrators of domestic violence should be automatically removed from any joint tenancy they share with an ex-partner who was a victim of their crime; notes that perpetrators of domestic violence currently have the right of appeal against their removal from a joint tenancy; further believes that this prolongs the time that a violent ex can gain access to the property leaving victims of domestic violence and their families vulnerable and fearful; and calls on the Government to review the law concerning the removal of violent ex-partners from joint tenancies.


2736DVLA OFFICE NETWORK CLOSURES20:2:12
John McDonnell
Paul Blomfield
Mr John Leech
Hywel Williams
Paul Flynn
Mrs Mary Glindon
* 40
Mrs Linda RiordanSteve Rotheram
   That this House notes with concern the announcement made by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport on 13 December 2011 on closure of the DVLA Office Network which, if implemented, will result in the closure of 39 local offices, 10 enforcement centres and three process units; further notes that these proposed closures will result in the loss of over 1,200 jobs at a time of growing national unemployment; further notes the detrimental effect these closures will have on local communities and the motor trade, which relies on the Local Office Network; and calls on the Government to reconsider the proposed closures and extend the public consultation for a further 12 weeks to allow sufficient participation from both members of the public and stakeholders alike.


2738HYPOTHERMIA AND ENERGY BILL INCREASES20:2:12
Greg Mulholland
Mr Dennis Skinner
Mark Durkan
Jonathan Edwards
Jim Shannon
Mr David Winnick
* 31
Steve RotheramDr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House expresses concern at the news that the number of pensioners dying from hypothermia has nearly doubled in five years, a period that has coincided with a succession of cold winters as well as drastic rises in energy bills by energy companies; notes that 1,876 patients were treated for hypothermia in 2010-11, up from 950 in 2006-07; further notes that this coincides with an increase in energy costs over the past five years, especially gas, which has increased in price by 40 per cent.; recognises that energy companies' price rises are leaving more and  more pensioners in fuel poverty; and calls on the Government to take action to stop energy companies increasing prices to ensure that people are able to properly heat their homes and not be left with the very real threat of serious illness and even death.


2739UNESCO INTERNATIONAL MOTHER TONGUE DAY20:2:12
Hywel Williams
Jonathan Edwards
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Sir Peter Bottomley
Stephen Williams
Mark Durkan
* 21
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House celebrates the UNESCO International Mother Tongue Day on 21 February 2012; notes that languages are amongst the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage; believes that all moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue; further notes the need to maintain inter-generational continuity in languages through individuals and communities; recognises the important role of community and individual bi- and multilingualism; supports the promotion of additive bi- and multilingualism as a positive factor in our society; and draws particular attention to the maintenance of minority languages which are native to these islands and the requirement to provide sufficient resources for these languages to continue to flourish in future, particularly in the territories in which they are spoken and originate.


2740TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF AUTISM SUNDAY20:2:12
Andrew Rosindell
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
Sir Alan Meale
Dan Rogerson
* 32
Paul MurphySteve RotheramDr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House congratulates the charity Autism Sunday on its tenth anniversary this month; recognises the significance of the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger Syndrome, which helps raise awareness of the challenges faced by people living with autism spectrum disorders; notes that up to one in every 100 people is living with autism; further notes that autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition that can have a devastating effect on individuals and families; acknowledges that nearly two-thirds of adults with autism in England do not have enough support to meet their needs; and pays tribute to Autism Sunday's founders Ivan and Charika Corea and commends them for their hard work and commitment in raising awareness of autism both within the UK and throughout the world.


2742EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES OF IMPACT SECURITY SOLUTIONS21:2:12
Sir Gerald Kaufman
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Jim Dobbin
Jeremy Corbyn
Kelvin Hopkins
* 9
Steve Rotheram
   That this House condemns the illegal and oppressive employment practices of Impact Security Solutions in Ormskirk and in particular its abrupt dismissal of a constituent of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton in violation of his contract of employment and despite his alleged conduct having been committed by other employees, against whom no action has been taken; condemns, further, the foul language used against this employee by a member of management, together with the bullying and pressure inflicted on him; calls on Impact Security Solutions immediately to reinstate this employee with full recompense for lost pay; further calls on the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to investigate this company's employment practices; and further calls on the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to investigate the validity of the business practices of this company.


2743NEWCASTLE UNITED AND THE RENAMING OF ST JAMES' PARK21:2:12
Ian Mearns
Pat Glass
Catherine McKinnell
Chi Onwurah
Mr Nicholas Brown
Ian Lavery
* 33
Steve RotheramSir Bob RussellIan Swales
   That this House deeply regrets the decision to rebrand the historic home of Newcastle United Football Club, St James' Park; condemns the corporate vandalism perpetrated by the club's owners in removing the name St James' Park from the stadium; warmly endorses the now famous front page banner headline of the local Evening Chronicle `St James' Park and Always Will Be'; notes that the Chief Executive of Newcastle's new shirt sponsor, Virgin Money, has added her concerns about the rebranding and hopes that others will follow her example; further notes that Newcastle City Council has debated and agreed a motion stating that the Council has no plans to change any wayfinding signs which bear the name St James' Park, rather than the name of Mike Ashley's business; and urges Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United, to reconsider his decision.


2745DESMOND PASTORE MBE21:2:12
Mr John Leech
Mr Mike Hancock
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Stephen Hepburn
Mr Gregory Campbell
Tony Cunningham
* 13
Steve RotheramMr Nigel DoddsDavid Morris
   That this House pays tribute to the life of former RAF pilot Desmond Pastore MBE who died peacefully aged 97, for his dedication and inspiring passion shown to the sport of rugby; commends his commitment to the sport that made him the oldest player in the world when he donned his gold shorts at the age of 93; acknowledges his unbroken record of scoring 65 tries for Sale RUFC in one season; recognises his achievements in establishing Old Bedians RUFC firstly in Chorltonville and his instrumental work in helping them move to Millgate Lane in Didsbury where he was given the title Honorary Life President; and wishes that he may rest in peace knowing that the sport has benefited greatly from his dedication.


2746SENTENCING GUIDELINES FOR SERIAL OFFENDERS21:2:12
Robert Halfon
Mr Mike Hancock
Jim Shannon
Mr Gregory Campbell
Mr John Leech
Andrew George
* 11
Mr Nigel Dodds
   That this House notes the release of Mr Bradley Wernham, after serving only 18 months in prison of a five-year sentence; is concerned that Mr Wernham, dubbed the One-Man Crime Wave in Essex, admitted to at least 662 crimes before being sentenced, only to be released 560 days later, which is less than one day in prison per crime; further notes that his crimes include the theft of cars, motorbikes and cash worth a total of £1 million over a six-year period and smashing his way into homes, pubs and even a local church; is further concerned that this is not the first time that leniency has been shown to Mr Wernham, as in 2009 he was spared a prison sentence and was given 150 hours of unpaid work on a community order, plus the keys to a rent-free flat and a college course, but that after one month he was caught breaking and entering into a house; and therefore calls on the Government seriously to examine this and similar cases, with a view to toughening up sentencing guidelines.


2748LIFE AND WORK OF ROBIN CORBETT21:2:12
Richard Burden
Jack Dromey
Ms Gisela Stuart
Steve McCabe
Mr Liam Byrne
Mr Khalid Mahmood
* 37
Paul MurphySteve RotheramMr Stephen Hepburn
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House salutes the life and work of Robin, Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead from 1974 to 1979 and for Birmingham, Erdington from 1983 to 2001 who held several front-bench Labour posts in Opposition and served with distinction as Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee from 1999 to 2001, who campaigned for justice and liberty throughout his life and whose work lives on in the community of Birmingham's Castle Vale estate which he worked so hard to successfully transform.


2749CONTROLLED FOREIGN COMPANIES RULES21:2:12
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Sheridan
Mark Durkan
Tony Lloyd
Mr Mike Hancock
Mr Ronnie Campbell
* 24
Mrs Linda RiordanSteve RotheramMr Nigel Dodds
   That this House believes that the introduction of any new measures aimed at enabling foreign companies operating in Britain to make greater use of tax havens to avoid paying taxes in the UK would be unacceptable; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give assurances that in the event that any changes are made to current rules governing controlled foreign companies, HM Treasury will assess and mitigate any impact such measures might have on developing countries.


2750ANNUAL COMMEMORATION MARCH BY WAFFEN SS SUPPORTERS IN RIGA, LATVIA21:2:12
Bob Blackman
John Mann
Robert Halfon
Mike Gapes
Tom Brake
Mr David Amess
* 25
Steve RotheramDr Alasdair McDonnellMr Nigel Dodds
   That this House notes with concern the annual commemoration in Riga of Latvians who fought on the side of Nazi Germany in Waffen SS detachments during World War Two; further notes that numbers of attendees to the march have steadily increased over the years; and calls on the Government to take all possible action to pressure the Latvian government to ban the march.


2751JUSTICE COMMITTEE REPORT ON SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES OF MISSING PEOPLE22:2:12
Ann Coffey
Chris Evans
Mark Durkan
Sir Bob Russell
Jeremy Corbyn
Mike Crockart
* 23
Steve RotheramDr Alasdair McDonnellMr Nigel Dodds
   That this House welcomes the Justice Select Committee's report into presumption of death; recognises that when a family member goes missing the pain and anguish families go through is considerable; is concerned that this emotional trauma is exacerbated by a lack of practical guidance and a legislative patchwork of bewildering complexity which leaves many families unable to maintain or resolve their missing relative's affairs; and therefore calls on the Government to accept the threefold recommendations made by the Committee to introduce a Presumption of Death Act for England and Wales, modelled on those in place in Northern Ireland and Scotland, to clarify the legal position, to introduce guardianship orders so that financial stewardship of a missing person's affairs can be established in the short term and to provide effective guidance for the families of missing people and those who provide services for them.


2752RELIGIOUS FREEDOM22:2:12
Jim Shannon
Mr Nigel Dodds
Ian Paisley
David Simpson
Mr Gregory Campbell
Sammy Wilson
* 21
Paul MurphyMr Jeffrey M. DonaldsonDr Alasdair McDonnell
David Morris
   That this House notes the recent court ruling on prayer in council meetings; supports the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in his attempt to ensure that those who wish to pray can do so; and affirms the support of this House for peaceful religious freedom throughout the UK in all aspects of public life.


2753SUICIDE OF YOUNG PEOPLE22:2:12
Jim Shannon
Mr Nigel Dodds
Ian Paisley
David Simpson
Mr Gregory Campbell
Sammy Wilson
* 20
Paul MurphyMr Jeffrey M. DonaldsonDan Rogerson
Mr Stephen HepburnDr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House recognises the growing trend of suicides of young people in the UK and in particular in Northern Ireland; notes the recent report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Northern Ireland which found that alcohol misuse was a more common general feature of suicide and homicide in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK; requests the Secretary of State for Health to initiate a review of services available for those suffering from depression; and thanks all of those private bodies who seek to provide a support network.


2754CENTENARY OF THE DEWAR REPORT22:2:12
Mr Charles Kennedy
Mr Angus Brendan MacNeil
John Thurso
Stephen Williams
Andrew George
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 10
Dan RogersonDr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House notes that the Dewar Report into healthcare in the Highlands and Islands was published one hundred years ago; recognises that the report highlighted the desperate state of medical provision across the North of Scotland; further notes that the report recommended the establishment of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service, which established the right of communities to have a local, state-funded doctor; and further notes with pride that the new service acted as a model for state healthcare and led directly to the development of the National Health Service.


2755BIG SWITCH CAMPAIGN22:2:12
Tessa Munt
Mark Durkan
Mr John Leech
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr Mike Hancock
Mrs Mary Glindon
* 67
Mr Kevin BarronAustin MitchellGrahame M. Morris
Mr Don FosterTim FarronPaul Murphy
Mrs Anne McGuireDan RogersonSandra Osborne
Mr Stephen HepburnJonathan EdwardsFabian Hamilton
Penny MordauntGeraint DaviesMr Gregory Campbell
Dr Alasdair McDonnellSteve McCabeMr Nigel Dodds
Seema MalhotraPaul Blomfield
   That this House welcomes The Big Switch initiative, led by Which? and 38 Degrees, that aims to help people struggling with rising energy prices using the combined switching power of thousands of consumers to negotiate a market-leading deal; regrets that 60 per cent. of consumers have never switched energy supplier and that 75 per cent. are currently on their suppliers' standard tariff; notes that consumers, for whom energy prices are the number one financial concern, are baffled by the array of tariffs and offers in the marketplace and often find themselves on more expensive deals when switching; further notes that the more people who sign up to The Big Switch, the better the bargaining position of consumers will be and urges people to sign up before 31 March; and, acknowledging the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change's previous work on collective purchasing at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, urges him to be supportive of this and similar schemes.

As an Amendment to Tessa Munt's proposed Motion (Big Switch Campaign):

Mr Dai Havard
* 1
Line 9, leave out from `March' to end.
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2756BAHRAIN22:2:12
Tony Lloyd
Mark Durkan
Sir Bob Russell
Jeremy Corbyn
Jonathan Edwards
Mr John Leech
* 17
Dan RogersonDr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House notes the Report of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry published last December which found that excessive force was used by the Bahraini authorities in clamping down on the peaceful protesters demanding democratic reform last year with no evidence that Iran was involved in the unrest; acknowledges that King Hamad Al Khalifa welcomed the report; is concerned that there is abundant evidence of the continual violation of human rights in Bahrain; condemns the imprisonment of medics, teachers and the Bahrain Teachers' Association President, Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the sacking of thousands of teachers and the serious charges being pressed on the President of the Bahrain Nursing Society, Mrs Al Saffar; further notes that the UK's long standing economic and political links to Bahrain means that the Foreign Secretary is uniquely placed to point out to the Bahrain Ambassador, as well as to the King of Bahrain, that rejection of the report's findings is unacceptable to the UK; urges the Foreign Secretary to make the strongest possible representation to the Bahrain regime that the medics and teachers and other political prisoners, be released; and further urges the King of Bahrain to back a rapid process of political reform.


2757PRACTISING BARRISTERS CONVICTED OF SERIOUS OFFENCES22:2:12
Greg Mulholland
Mr John Leech
Kelvin Hopkins
David Simpson
Graham Stringer
Mr Mike Hancock
* 10
Dan RogersonMr Gregory Campbell
   That this House expresses deep concern at the case of David Friesner, a Manchester-based barrister who was permitted to continue defending in a criminal case, despite having been convicted of the theft of over £81,000; considers it deeply improper for legal professionals to be allowed to continue to bring the legal system into disrepute by acting on behalf of parties despite having been found guilty of serious crimes themselves; further considers it to be the case that the Bar Standards Board was slow in reacting to the seriousness of the episode, as evidenced by the substantial delay in its suspension of Friesner; and calls urgently on the Government to act immediately to seal this loophole.


2760ST PATRICK'S DAY22:2:12
Jim Dobbin
Mr David Crausby
Ms Margaret Ritchie
Mark Durkan
Mr Joe Benton
Jim Sheridan
* 19
Paul MurphyDan RogersonMrs Linda Riordan
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House deprecates the ill-judged, inaccurate and offensive comments made by Boris Johnson with regard to a St Patrick's Day event; anticipates that the electorate will take these comments into account in the London mayoral elections of 3 May 2012; commends the London Irish newspapers Irish World and Irish Post for their opposition to the comments; and supports the forthcoming St Patrick's Day celebrations in London and throughout the country.


2761PAN EUROPEAN GAME INFORMATION CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM22:2:12
Keith Vaz
Mr Mike Hancock
Jeremy Corbyn
Sir Alan Meale
Martin Caton
Steve Rotheram
* 7
David Morris
   That this House notes that Tiga, the trade body representing independent UK video games developers, has come out in support of targeted tax relief for the games industry; encourages tax relief for small and medium-sized enterprises for its role in generating and safeguarding jobs, especially in these current difficult times; remains concerned that regulation of the video games industry is lacking in comparison to other industries; is anxious that the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) classification of video games is taken as seriously as the British Board of Film Classification by both retailers and shoppers; wishes the public was more aware of the risks to children and young adults; and calls on the Government to place more scrutiny on the PEGI classification system.


2762DESTITUTION23:2:12
Tom Brake
David Simpson
Glenda Jackson
Jim Dobbin
Jeremy Corbyn
Mark Durkan
* 21
Mr Gregory CampbellDr Alasdair McDonnellSir Bob Russell
   That this House commends The Children's Society's report I Don't Feel Human for drawing attention to the plight of refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children and young people who are destitute; recognises that some children in the UK go without essentials like food, clothing and medicines or are made homeless; deplores the danger, violence and abuse that some young people experience while destitute; further recognises the significant impact being destitute has on children's health and well-being as well as their sense of self-worth, dignity and hope for the future; acknowledges the increasing number of children and young people who are experiencing periods of destitution; calls on the Government to stop the use of destitution as a means to compel children to leave the UK; and urges the Government to recognise destitution as a priority child protection issue so that children are given the support and protection they need.


2763VITAMIN D23:2:12
Yasmin Qureshi
David Simpson
Glenda Jackson
Jim Dobbin
Graham Stringer
Jeremy Corbyn
* 18
Dan RogersonMr Gregory CampbellDr Alasdair McDonnell
Mr Nigel Dodds
   That this House notes and approves the position of the Chief Medical Officers of the UK in highlighting population groups who are at risk of vitamin D deficiency; supports their work in relation to educating and informing medical professionals on the importance of vitamin D in public health for certain population groups; further supports their call for more widespread and consistent advice from all health professionals on the use of supplementation to ensure sufficiency; welcomes their reminder that primary care trusts, local health trusts and health boards have a statutory responsibility to make healthy start vitamins available locally to all women and children; further notes the concerns raised by health professionals, the voluntary sector and industry that the Government's Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) will not be reporting on appropriate levels for supplementation for at least another two to three years; and calls on the Government to request a more speedy conclusion to SACN's work to enable health professionals to access up-to-date guidance on dosage for all patients, including the at-risk population and to facilitate industry manufacture of appropriate products for the purpose of reducing vitamin D deficiency in the UK.


2764INDEPENDENT PETROL STATIONS23:2:12
Mr Mark Williams
Roger Williams
David Simpson
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
* 20
Paul MurphyDan RogersonMr Gregory Campbell
Dr Alasdair McDonnellMr Nigel Dodds
   That this House notes with concern the diminishing number of independent petrol stations as a result of greater competition from bigger fuel suppliers and supermarket petrol stations; further notes the contents of the recent Palmer and Harvey Forecourt Report which indicates that the number of petrol stations in the UK has fallen by 60 per cent. in the last 20 years from 21,000 to 8,500; further notes with concern the particular effect this is having on rural communities who find that their local petrol stations are closing down at an alarming rate; further notes the role that small, independent petrol stations often play in the wider community such as providing a local shop and/or post office; and calls on the Government to assist smaller petrol stations to stay in business in order that they can service our rural communities.


2765DISABILITY ACTION GROUP WALES23:2:12
Mr Mark Williams
David Simpson
Sir Peter Bottomley
Sir Alan Meale
Dr William McCrea
Martin Caton
* 10
Paul MurphyDan Rogerson
   

That this House congratulates the work of the Disability Action Group Wales (DAGW) which is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2011 by a paraplegic wheelchair user; commends the tireless work the Group does to raise awareness of the issues those living with disabilities face on a day-to-day basis by liaising with local authorities and elected representatives; further commends the important work the Group does to ensure that disabled people get together socially and are not isolated from their local community; further commends the aim of the DAGW in its work to Unite for Change in order that it may alter negative perceptions of those with disabilities ensuring they are not a hidden part of communities and prove that those with disabilities have an important contribution to make; and calls on the Government to further the ethos of the DAGW work in the action the Government takes on disability issues.



2766BRIT AWARDS 201223:2:12
Malcolm Bruce
Sir Robert Smith
Sir Alan Meale
Mr John Leech
Mr Mike Hancock
Jim Shannon
* 9
David Morris
   That this House recognises the contribution of British contemporary and pop music to the UK creative industries as celebrated at the 2012 Brit Awards; congratulates all the nominees and eventual winners including Adele and Ed Sheeran both recognised with two Brit Awards each this year; notes the emergence of the Sunderland born and Alford raised artist Emeli Sandé, the winner of this year's Brits Critics' Award for her collaborative and individual musical output; further notes her success at the top of the UK charts; expresses concern at the ongoing trend for decreasing album sales in the UK market, despite the increase in legal digital download sales; and calls on the Government to continue to work with the music industry and consumer groups to ensure that the UK's creative talent is not stifled, but rather that it is recognised and justly rewarded as part of a global industry.


2767BATTERSEA DOGS AND CATS HOME DOG FOSTERING SCHEME23:2:12
Andrew Rosindell
David Simpson
Sir Alan Meale
Mr John Leech
Mr David Crausby
Mr Mike Hancock
* 15
Mr David AndersonPaul MurphyMr Gordon Marsden
Mr Nigel DoddsDavid Morris
   That this House congratulates Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on launching its dog fostering campaign; recognises that the campaign will help dogs who struggle to cope with stress of life in kennels, particularly Staffordshire Bull Terriers; notes that Battersea works on the frontline of animal welfare and aims never to turn a dog or cat away in need of its help and that last year it cared for 1,869 Staffordshire Bull Terriers and their cross breeds; further recognises that this breed really benefits from fostering due to its affinity with people; and commends Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for its tireless hard work and commitment to finding lasting and loving homes for the UK's most unwanted breed of dog.


2768MARGE CAREY MBE23:2:12
Yvonne Fovargue
Tom Blenkinsop
Glenda Jackson
Jim Dobbin
Mr George Howarth
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 15
Steve RotheramDr Alasdair McDonnellMr Gordon Marsden
   That this House mourns the passing of Marge Carey MBE, former President of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers; celebrates Marge's rise from a pools coupon checker at Vernons to a leading trade union organiser in a bygone era when very few women rose through the ranks in that way; remembers fondly a small feisty woman with a direct style, which led former Prime Minister Tony Blair to describe her as `a wonderful woman full of strongly expressed common sense, goodwill and good judgment'; notes with great sadness the end of Marge's battle with motor neurone disease, perhaps the only challenge in her life that she was not able to overcome; and calls on hon. Members to continue Marge's commitment to promote and support the valuable work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.


2769REDUCING FUEL BILLS THROUGH ENERGY EFFICIENCY23:2:12
Peter Aldous
Joan Walley
Malcolm Bruce
Mr David Amess
Dr Alan Whitehead
Mr John Leech
* 40
Dame Joan RuddockMr Mark WilliamsDan Rogerson
Mr Ronnie CampbellMr Stephen HepburnMr George Howarth
Ian MearnsMr Dai HavardMr Gregory Campbell
Dr Alasdair McDonnellMr Nigel Dodds
   That this House recognises that energy bills are causing immense financial hardship, with one in four households struggling to heat their homes; believes that cold, badly insulated homes damage the health of the most vulnerable, including older people, children and people with disabilities, costing the NHS almost a billion pounds a year; further believes homes can be made warm and cheaper to heat with high quality insulation and energy efficiency measures; further believes that this is a cost-effective, fair and permanent way to reduce fuel bills and tackle fuel poverty and will generate many thousands of jobs and cut carbon emissions; and calls on the Government to use revenues raised from the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme and the Carbon Floor Price to provide additional resources for policies to deliver energy efficiency in homes, especially those housing the fuel poor.


2770CLEANERS EMPLOYED ON EUROSTAR23:2:12
Frank Dobson
John McDonnell [R]
Alex Cunningham
Katy Clark
Mr Ian Davidson
Kelvin Hopkins
* 28
Paul MurphyMrs Linda RiordanSteve Rotheram
Mr Ronnie CampbellIan MearnsMr Gregory Campbell
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House supports members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union in their industrial dispute with Rentokil Initial; applauds cleaners at the Eurostar terminals at St. Pancras International, who help maintain the UK's status as a major tourist destination, particularly during this Olympic year; notes that staff employed by Rentokil Initial to do this important job, who have not had a pay rise for four years, currently earn £6.76 per hour and have rejected a miserly 13 pence per hour pay rise; regards such poverty wages for cleaning staff maintaining the plush Eurostar terminal as a national scandal; believes that cleaners across the capital should be paid the London living wage of £8.30 per hour; further notes that cleaners working for other contractors on the Eurostar terminal earn around £8 per hour; is alarmed by testimony that Rentokil Initial has contracted a recruitment company that is recruiting workers to break the union's strike action; and calls on the Government to intervene in this dispute to persuade the employer to attend Advisory, Concilliation and Arbitration Service talks to resolve this pay dispute and to stop exploiting vulnerable workers.

[R] Relevant interest declared


2771DEBT COLLECTION COMPANIES23:2:12
David Morris
Glenda Jackson
Jeremy Corbyn
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
* 23
Steve RotheramMr Ronnie CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
Ian MearnsDr Alasdair McDonnellMr Gordon Marsden
Mr Nigel Dodds
   That this House notes that many debt collection companies work on bully tactics; further notes that whilst companies have a right to collect debts they should not be sending threatening letters to vulnerable people as this can be deeply distressing and yields are relatively low anyway; and urges the Government to look into this matter with some urgency to prevent companies behaving in this manner.


2772HENRY RICHARD23:2:12
Mr Mark Williams
Sir Alan Meale
Mr John Leech
Jonathan Edwards
Dr Hywel Francis
Mr Mike Hancock
* 11
Paul MurphyDan RogersonDr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House pays tribute to the career of Henry Richard, former Liberal hon. Member for Merthyr Tydfil, on the bicentenary of his birth at Tregaron, Ceredigion; notes the invaluable work which he undertook as Secretary for the Peace Society for 36 years; applauds his success to promote international arbitration; praises his passion for Wales and the Welsh and his efforts to raise the public consciousness of Wales as a nation; admires his efforts to reform and promote education; further notes with gratitude his role in the establishment of the University of Wales; and commends to the House his example as a man who fought for peace and justice.


2773WORK PROGRAMME CONTRACTS AND THE PERFORMANCE OF A4e23:2:12
Simon Danczuk
Katy Clark
Mr David Anderson
Natascha Engel
Jim Dowd
Alex Cunningham
* 30
Paul MurphyMr Ronnie CampbellIan Mearns
   That this House recognises that in tough economic times it is even more important that Government contracts achieve value for money for the taxpayer; notes with concern the news that the Chairman of A4e, Emma Harrison CBE, received £8.6 million in dividends last year, despite questions around the performance of A4e in meeting targets for government contracts; believes that there are no excuses for rewards for failure; and urges the Government to instruct the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions to investigate the matter to ensure that taxpayers are getting value for money in work programme contracts and there are no rewards for failure.


2774BUSINESS RATES CAP27:2:12
Peter Aldous
Lorely Burt
Sir Peter Bottomley
Sir Bob Russell
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Mike Hancock
* 8
Dan RogersonMr Robin Walker
   That this House welcomes the campaign by business, retail and property organisations which calls for the Chancellor to cap annual business rates increases at 2 per cent. in line with the Government's inflation target; notes that the proposed 5.6 per cent. business rates increase planned for April 2012 is based on a spike in Retail Prices Index inflation and bears no correlation to future inflation rates; further welcomes the proposed 2 per cent. cap as a progressive measure that will boost jobs and growth by providing business with relief from high inflation, certainty on future rates and the confidence to invest and expand; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give strong consideration to introducing this measure in the Budget.  


2775NO SMOKING DAY 201227:2:12
Mike Weatherley
Sir Bob Russell
Mark Durkan
Dr Hywel Francis
Jim Shannon
Dr William McCrea
* 21
Dan RogersonChris EvansSteve Rotheram
Mr Gregory CampbellBob BlackmanDr Alasdair McDonnell
Mr Nigel Dodds
   That this House congratulates the No Smoking Day charity on its 29th annual public health campaign, which will take place on 14 March 2012; notes that almost 750,000 smokers made a quit attempt on No Smoking Day last year; further notes that the British Heart Foundation and the No Smoking Day charity have merged to secure the long-term future of the campaign, helping even more smokers to quit; further notes that despite recent tobacco control legislation, smoking remains the number one cause of premature avoidable death in the UK; and further notes the need for continued support of No Smoking Day.


2776HABITATS AND WILD BIRDS DIRECTIVES27:2:12
Valerie Vaz
Sir Bob Russell
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Dr Hywel Francis
Martin Caton
* 11
Dr Alasdair McDonnellMr Gordon Marsden
   That this House notes that the review of the implementation of the European habitats and wild birds directives in England is due to report shortly as part of the 2012 Budget; recognises that the directives provide important protection of natural environments, ecosystem services and other resources; acknowledges that the directives not only enable protection and enjoyment of these environments but also underpin a sustainable economy; rejects the contention that the implementation of the habitats and wild birds directive is gold-plated or a burden on business; is concerned that the Government's review of nature directive implementation could have unnecessary, large-scale and adverse impacts on the natural environment; encourages early engagement between developers, statutory agencies and voluntary conservation bodies to ensure any developments that take place are sustainable; and calls on the Government to promote awareness of these directives and avoid weakening protections for natural environments.


2777POST-TRAUMATIC HYPOPITUITARISM AND HEAD INJURY27:2:12
Valerie Vaz
Sir Bob Russell
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Shannon
Dr William McCrea
* 15
Dan RogersonMr Ronnie CampbellDr Alasdair McDonnell
Mr Nigel Dodds
   

That this House notes that head injury patients are at risk of post-traumatic hypopituitarism (PTHP) which may appear immediately after head injury or up to decades later; further notes that the effects of pituitary damage can include infertility, failure to grow in children, muscle loss in adults, weight problems, fatigue, depression, loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction in men and loss of periods in women; is concerned about the increased risk of suicide after head injury and the potential links to PTHP; is further concerned that patients may not be warned of or diagnosed with PTHP following a head injury as the current sample discharge letter in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) head injury guideline makes no reference to PTHP; acknowledges that PTHP can be effectively treated with hormone replacement therapy; acknowledges that athletes and football players may be at particular risk owing to exposure to repetitive mild head trauma; is encouraged that the Football Association will be opening St George's Park as a centre of applied football research which will research the potential long-term effects of participation in the sport on the health of players; and calls on the Government to amend the NICE sample discharge advice and consider introducing routine screening for PTHP for head injury patients, to improve their quality of life and perhaps also to save the lives of athletes and the general public.



2778TRAVEL INSURANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH SECONDARY CANCER27:2:12
Mr Graham Stuart
Sir Bob Russell
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Dr Hywel Francis
Jim Shannon
* 21
Paul MurphyDan RogersonSteve Rotheram
Mr Ronnie CampbellMr Stephen HepburnMr Gordon Marsden
Mr Nigel Dodds
   That this House notes the unaffordability of premiums charged by many travel insurance firms to cancer patients or people with a history of cancer treatment; regrets that travel insurance can often be more expensive for cancer sufferers than the total of all other travel costs combined; celebrates the fact that more and more people are surviving cancer and living longer; and calls on the Government and insurance companies to work together to ensure that those who survive cancer are not prevented from living their life to the full.


2780EUTHANASIA27:2:12
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Dobbin
Sir Bob Russell
* 3
   That this House recognises that the Director of Prosecutions has, as set out in section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, issued a Code for Crown Prosecutors; believes that this House needs no plans or consultations to legislate further; and sees no need for there to be legislation to place the policy for prosecutors in respect of encouraging or assisting suicide on a statutory footing.


2781COST OF TOURS TO THE BIG BEN CLOCK TOWER27:2:12
Robert Halfon
Sir Alan Meale
Sir Peter Bottomley
Martin Caton
John McDonnell
Jim Dobbin
* 17
Jim ShannonMr Stewart JacksonSteve Rotheram
Hugh BayleyMr Ronnie CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
Ian MearnsMr Gregory CampbellMr Nigel Dodds
Sir Bob Russell
   That this House regrets the plans of the House of Commons Commission to create an admission charge of £15.00 for Big Ben tours; notes that if fees increase in July 2012 as planned, it will cost a family of four £60 to visit the Big Ben Clock Tower; believes that this undermines the basic principle of British democracy, that this is a people's parliament, open freely to its citizens; further believes there must surely be other ways of saving money, such as publishing Hansard and business papers online; and therefore urges the House of Commons Commission to think again, to scrap the fees and to make sure that this remains a parliament for the many, not the few.


2782MORE GIRLS JOIN GIRLGUIDING UK27:2:12
Sir Bob Russell
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Shannon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Martin Caton
John McDonnell
* 11
Mr Ronnie CampbellMr Nigel DoddsDavid Morris
   That this House welcomes the news that the number of girls joining Girlguiding UK increased last year by 8,200 to almost 540,000 members who are Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or are in the Senior Section; pays tribute to the 80,000 volunteer leaders without whom the Guide Movement could not exist; notes that with a waiting list of around 44,000 even more girls would join if further adult leaders came forward; agrees with the Chief Guide, Gill Slocombe, that Guiding remains one of the only spaces where girls and young women can be adventurous, learn new skills, have their opinions heard and gain leadership skills outside of school, without feeling they have to conform to a set of narrow stereotypes; and urges all hon. and right hon. Members to support Girlguiding UK in their constituencies.


2783FRANK CARSON'S LEGACY27:2:12
Mr David Anderson
Ian Mearns
Mrs Mary Glindon
Ian Lavery
Pat Glass
Mark Durkan
* 23
Paul MurphyMr Dennis SkinnerMr Mike Hancock
Mr Ronnie CampbellDr Alasdair McDonnellMr Nigel Dodds
   That this House shares the sadness of very many people over the death of the comedian Frank Carson; notes Frank Carson's great work as a stalwart supporter of the cause of integrated education in Northern Ireland and helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for many of those seeking to overcome sectarian differences; and further notes that his legacy will be sustained by the annual Carson Awards, which offer bursaries and prizes to celebrate creativity and artistic talent in integrated schools in Northern Ireland.


2784OCCUPY LONDON28:2:12
John McDonnell
Jonathan Edwards
Mrs Linda Riordan
Mr Ronnie Campbell
* 4
   That this House regrets the action of the City of London Corporation in sending in bailiffs to forcibly evict Occupy London; and pays tribute to those who have participated in the occupation for successfully highlighting the failures of the current economic system and the potential for an alternative.

As an Amendment to John McDonnell's proposed Motion (Occupy London):

David Morris
* 1
Line 1, leave out from first `the' to end and add `actions of Occupy London and its cost to the taxpayer.'.
29:2:12(a1)


2785BEER DUTY ESCALATOR (No. 2)28:2:12
Andrew Griffiths
Sir Alan Meale
Greg Mulholland
Dan Rogerson
Mr James Gray
Mike Weatherley
* 18
Hugh BayleyMr Mike HancockMr Stephen Hepburn
Sir Peter BottomleyJim DobbinDavid Wright
Sir Bob Russell
   That this House notes that beer and pubs contribute £21 billion to UK GDP and support almost one million jobs, almost half of them for 16 to 24 year olds; acknowledges that brewing is one of British manufacturing's success stories; believes that 2012, as a year of national celebrations, is the perfect time to recognise the economic and social value of great British beer and the pub industry; and so urges the Government to listen to consumer and industry groups, including the British Beer and Pub Association, the Society of Independent Brewers and the Campaign for Real Ale, who have united to call on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to support Britain's beer and pub sector by suspending the beer duty escalator to help reduce pub closures, create 5,000 additional jobs and ensure pub going remains an affordable leisure activity.


2786SMALL ARTISAN PRODUCERS28:2:12
Tim Farron
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Mike Hancock
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
* 4
   That this House congratulates Hazel Rushton of Milnthorpe, who beat a field of over 1,700 marmalade makers from all over the world to be crowned the best amateur marmalade maker and Best in Show at the World's Original Marmalade Awards and Festival 2012; recognises the economic and social value that small artisan producers add to rural communities; acknowledges the important role of festivals, such as the aforementioned, in supporting small artisan producers; wishes Mrs Rushton future success with her consequent distribution deal at Fortnum and Mason in London; and calls on the Government to do more to support the trade of small artisan producers and gain better access to the market.


2787PREDATORY PRICING BY ENERGY SUPPLIERS28:2:12
Alex Cunningham
Martin Horwood
Sir Alan Meale
Steve Rotheram
Mr Mike Hancock
Mr Ronnie Campbell
* 11
Mr Stephen HepburnIan MearnsJim Dobbin
Dr Alasdair McDonnellSir Bob Russell
   That this House notes with concern the predatory pricing tactics pursued by some large energy suppliers in which loss-leading tariffs are offered to online customers, whilst the majority of existing, loyal customers are excluded from accessing these deals; further notes that these deals are to the detriment of customers as energy supplier losses in one area are made up by higher charges for existing customers elsewhere; expresses concern that these pricing policies harm competition in the energy market by preventing smaller suppliers from competing with the larger suppliers; and calls on the Government to work with the regulator to create a fair market for customers and smaller suppliers by putting an end to this form of predatory pricing.


2788FUEL PRICES AND DUTY (No. 2)28:2:12
Tony Cunningham
Michael Connarty
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mr Stephen Hepburn
Ian Mearns
* 9
Jim DobbinMr Gregory CampbellDr Alasdair McDonnell
   That this House recognises that people and businesses are being hit very hard by high and rising fuel prices; notes that this is on top of tax rises and spending cuts that go too far and too fast; and urges the Chancellor in his budget, to temporarily cut VAT which would take almost three pence off the price of petrol and ease the pressure on hard pressed families and firms.

As an Amendment to Tony Cunningham's proposed Motion (Fuel Prices and Duty (No. 2)):

Robert Halfon
Mr Stewart Jackson
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 3
Line 2, leave out from `prices' to end and add `notes that a motorist on average earnings pays up to a 10th of their income on filling up their car; further notes that a VAT cut is temporary and unfunded and that fuel tax is 10 pence lower than it would have been due to the actions of the coalition Government; further recognises a VAT cut would make no difference to most businesses as they are exempt from VAT; and urges the Government to stop the planned August fuel tax rise, look to cutting fuel taxes when financial conditions allow and introduce a fair fuel stabiliser which would reduce taxes when pump prices rise due to increases in international oil prices.'.
28:2:12(a1)


2789MOVE YOUR MONEY CAMPAIGN28:2:12
Stephen Williams
Lisa Nandy
Jonathan Edwards
Caroline Lucas
Michael Connarty
Andrew George
* 14
Sir Alan MealeJim ShannonMr Mike Hancock
Mr Gregory CampbellDr Alasdair McDonnellMr Nigel Dodds
Sir Bob Russell
   That this House welcomes the launch of the campaign group Move Your Money UK; supports its campaign to encourage consumers to use their financial power to tackle high pay and bring about a more responsible and sustainable banking system; and notes its desire to create a more diverse banking system which serves the needs of households, small businesses and local communities.


2790DIABETES HEALTH CHECKS28:2:12
Keith Vaz
Michael Connarty
Andrew George
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Shannon
* 14
Steve RotheramMr Mike Hancock [R]Mr Ronnie Campbell
Sir Peter BottomleyJim Dobbin [R]Dr Alasdair McDonnell
Mr Nigel DoddsSir Bob Russell
   That this House is deeply concerned that 1.3 million diabetes sufferers in Britain may not be receiving the health checks they need; notes that diabetes complications such as amputations and blindness can be prevented by early detection and careful management; further notes with alarm the regional variations in diabetes health check provision; and calls on the Government to ensure that all diabetes sufferers receive the nine healthcare checks they need a year in every primary care trust.

[R] Relevant interest declared


2791INCOME TAX PERSONAL ALLOWANCE28:2:12
Stephen Williams
Mr Alan Reid
Ian Swales
Annette Brooke
Sir Bob Russell
Mr Mike Hancock
* 18
Jim ShannonSir Peter BottomleyMr Nigel Dodds
   That this House congratulates the Coalition Government on its increase in the personal allowance of income tax, which has already taken 800,000 working people out of the tax system and given 23 million people a £200 tax cut; welcomes the commitment to increasing the threshold to £10,000, which will save working people £700 a year and take millions of the lowest paid workers out of the tax system; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to go further and faster in his 2012 Budget.


279280th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BBC WORLD SERVICE28:2:12
John McDonnell
John Cryer
Robert Halfon
Andrew George
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
* 19
Jim ShannonMr Dennis SkinnerMrs Linda Riordan
Steve RotheramHugh BayleyMr Ronnie Campbell
Mr Stephen HepburnSir Peter BottomleyJim Dobbin
Dr Alasdair McDonnellMr Nigel DoddsIan Mearns
Sir Bob Russell
   That this House notes that 29 February 2012 is the 80th anniversary of the BBC World Service; believes that the BBC World Service provides a service which is second to none internationally; supports the valuable work done by journalists at the BBC World Service who are working in difficult and sometimes hostile environments; further believes that the BBC World Service provides a lifeline for people in many countries; further notes that the BBC World Service reports in the Middle East and North Africa have provided a source of unbiased news to many; and further believes that funding should be provided to the BBC World Service in order to enable it to carry out its role as a world class broadcasting network.


2793IMPROVING OUTCOMES: A STRATEGY FOR CANCER28:2:12
Annette Brooke
Caroline Nokes
Mrs Sharon Hodgson
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Shannon
* 14
Paul MurphyMr Ronnie CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
Sir Peter BottomleyJim DobbinDr Alasdair McDonnell
Mr Nigel DoddsSir Bob Russell
   That this House notes that the UK is fortunate to have national cervical screening and HPV vaccination programmes; welcomes the continued focus on preventing ill health, the document Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer and the commitment to improving screening uptake, but further notes that during the last year research by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has revealed that there remain many obstacles that prevent women from presenting for cervival screening, including inflexible appointment times, unsympathetic employers, a lack of understanding among women over 50 years that they need to accept their invitation for screening and issues about relevance of screening amongst Black and minority ethnic communities; congratulates the work of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust; and supports its call that everything possible should be done to support targeted campaigns to overcome the barriers to uptake and ensure that women from all backgrounds and of all appropriate ages attend for screening when offered the opportunity to do so.


2794PLANNED CHANGES TO TAX CREDITS IN APRIL 201229:2:12
Sir Alan Meale
Mark Durkan
Ian Mearns
* 3
   That this House is aware that from April 2012 changes in tax credits for couples with children will require them to work up to eight hours extra per week in order for them to continue to qualify for working tax credits worth £3,870 per annum; notes that recent Written Ministerial answers to parliamentary questions have revealed that over 212,000 couples with 470,000 children in the UK will be affected by these changes unless, during the present economic recession, they can find extra employment time; believes that such changes will cause low income households to give up their employment because they will be better off on benefits, thereby forcing thousands of families out of work and into poverty and debt, the effects of which will be long lasting; and calls on the Government to desist in its plans to introduce such ill-thought-out and negative changes.


2795HORMONE PREGNANCY TEST DRUGS29:2:12
Yasmin Qureshi
Caroline Lucas
Sir Bob Russell
Mark Durkan
* 4
   That this House notes that children were born with serious deformities due to hormone pregnancy test drugs taken by expectant mothers between 1953 and 1975; further notes with concern that as the surviving victims enter their 40s and 50s many of them face a host of new problems as their bodies continue to suffer; further notes that  no official warnings were issued about these drugs until eight years after the first reports indicated possible dangers; further notes that some doctors continued to prescribe the drugs for pregnant women after official warnings from the Committee on Safety of Medicines; further notes that the Department of Health in the past has continuously rejected requests for an inquiry into these matters; and calls on the Secretary of State for Health to set up an independent public inquiry.


2796CENTENARY OF THE ULSTER COVENANT29:2:12
Jim Shannon
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
Ian Paisley
* 3
   That this House recognises the upcoming centenary of the Ulster Covenant on Ulster Day 28 September; further recognises the importance of this date to the people of Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK; and supports the preparation of the celebrations which are currently being undertaken as a celebration of the history and culture of the UK as a whole.


2797SRI LANKA AND HUMAN RIGHTS29:2:12
Jim Shannon
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
Mark Durkan
* 3
   That this House recognises the attacks on the human rights of Christians and others in Sri Lanka; further recognises the potential that there is in Sri Lanka for tourism which is not being fully realised due to the breaches on human rights and the war; and calls on the Government to ascertain what help can be given to this former British colony and to apply diplomatic pressure to ensure that human rights are recognised.


279825th ANNIVERSARY OF CHARITY FINANCE GROUP29:2:12
Sir Bob Russell
* 1
   That this House congratulates the Charity Finance Group (CFG) on its 25th anniversary; recognises the valuable contribution the charity has made in securing a more effective operating environment for charities and in supporting charities in their finance-related functions; welcomes the support CFG provides to help charities make best use of their funds; notes that in its 25 year existence CFG has grown to over 1,800 members, managing a total of £21.75 billion of charity funds; observes that in these difficult economic times sound financial management and leadership is critical in ensuring charities can continue to provide assistance to those who need it most; further notes the part CFG plays in ensuring charities operate on a level playing field; and looks forward to further achievements by the charity in pursuit of this goal.


2799ANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PRISON SERVICE IN NORTHERN IRELAND29:2:12
Jim Shannon
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
Ian Paisley
* 3
   That this House notes the anniversary of the establishment of the Prison Service in Northern Ireland; and expresses thanks to all those who served and sacrificed their lives for peace in Northern Ireland.


2800BURMA - SANCTIONS RENEWAL29:2:12
Sir Alan Meale
Mark Durkan
* 2
   That this House is aware of the significantly different approach adopted by the rulers of Burma over the past year; remains however cautious until such times as action is actually taken by the regime to bring irrevocable and lasting change to the country; believes such actions must include the unconditional release of all political prisoners, announcement of an immediate ceasefire, agreement to begin the process of political dialogue between parties involved in the present conflicts, the ending of strict censorship, abolition of repressive laws and the setting of timescales to hold free and fair elections in the country; and calls on the Government to maintain the present arrangements of sanctions beyond the April 2012 renewal date, until such times as actual changes take place, rather than simply undelivered promises being made.


2801SHORTAGE OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINES29:2:12
Keith Vaz
Sir Bob Russell
* 2
   That this House is deeply concerned that prescription drugs intended for UK patients are being sold abroad; notes that a recent survey of pharmacists found that 85 per cent. were very concerned that patients were being adversely affected by shortages of such drugs; further notes with alarm research that found 40 per cent. of pharmacists had seen patients hospitalized because of the problem; and calls on the Government to hold urgent discussions on what can be done to combat this immoral activity with devastating consequences.


2802DEATH OF JOHN HUMPHREYS29:2:12
Jim Shannon
Ian Paisley
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
* 3
   That this House notes the passing of John Humphreys `Country Gun', contributor to the Shooting Times and Countryside Magazine and the years of pleasure that his pursuit of game with gun and fishing rod gave people across the UK; and offers to his family circle the sincere sympathies at this time and many thanks for the fond memories that have been left.


2803TRADE UNION RECOGNITION IN QINETIQ29:2:12
Mr Frank Doran
Tony Lloyd
Jim Sheridan
Ian Mearns
John Robertson
Ian Lavery
* 18
Iain McKenzieMr David AndersonMrs Mary Glindon
Alex CunninghamMr Stephen HepburnMr Dai Havard
Katy ClarkAndrew MillerJim Dobbin
Mr Dennis SkinnerSir Alan MealeSir Bob Russell
   That this House notes with concern that defence contractor QinetiQ has informed trade unions it is formally terminating trade union recognition and collective agreements with effect from the end of March 2012 with Prospect, Unite, PCS and GMB; further notes previous comments by QinetiQ's chief executive officer that unions have played a `crucial role' in negotiating and representing employees to reach `equitable solutions for all'; further notes that QinetiQ receives an annual income of around £500 million from contracts with the Ministry of Defence; and calls on the Secretary of State for Defence to meet, as a matter of urgency, unions involved with the aim of ensuring QinetiQ continues to recognise the trade unions and maintains collective bargaining.


2804HANNAH MITCHELL FOUNDATION29:2:12
Mrs Linda Riordan
* 1
   That this House welcomes the establishment of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation, a new northern based think tank promoting devolved government for the North of England; recognises that the Foundation has already stimulated considerable debate about the most appropriate forms of regional devolution; praises Paul Salveson and Barry Winter and other members for their hard work in getting the Foundation up and running and helping to generate wide interest in its vision for devolved government; notes that a substantial number of people have already joined the Foundation as members or patrons; further notes that the public launch takes place in Bradford City Hall on 9 March 2012; and wishes the Foundation every success and looks forward to its ideas and vision being put into place in the near future.


2805TREATMENT OF STAFF EMPLOYED BY HEATHROW EXPRESS29:2:12
John McDonnell [R]
Mrs Linda Riordan
* 2
   That this House is appalled at the clear victimisation of staff and union representatives employed by Heathrow Express; notes that the continued provocative actions of Heathrow Express have resulted in members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union being forced to take industrial action to defend their colleagues; is concerned at reports that the British Airports Authority (BAA) is working in conjunction with Heathrow Express in efforts to end trade union organisation through the UK airport industry; is further concerned that Heathrow Express and BAA's actions and bullying approach to staff will paint a damaging image to visitors to the UK especially in this Olympic year; and calls on BAA and Heathrow Express urgently to meet the unions to resolve this dispute.

[R] Relevant interest declared


2806NHS IN WALES AND THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BILL29:2:12
Paul Murphy
Owen Smith
Albert Owen
Chris Evans
Alun Michael
Mark Tami
* 7
Jessica Morden
   That this House recognises that as the birthplace of the NHS, Wales has a special interest in the protection of its founding principles; notes that the Welsh Government is staying true to these principles whilst maintaining the size of the health budget in cash terms over the next three years; further recognises that such investment proceeds despite the Welsh budget being slashed by £1.8 billion over the next four years by the UK Government; further notes with great concern the Government's Health and Social Care Bill and the opposition to it from trade unions, the BMA and royal medical colleges; further recognises that the Bill will threaten the many thousands of Welsh patients who access primary and secondary healthcare in England; further recognises that the Bill directly impacts on the health service in Wales through its abolition of significant England and Wales bodies, changes to medical training arrangements and changes to funding through the Barnett formula; and calls on the Government to drop the Health and Social Care Bill.

Prepared 1st March 2012