House of Commons
8th February 2012
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')

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265790th ANNIVERSARY OF INSULIN USE IN TREATING DIABETES30:1:12
Keith Vaz
Mr John Leech
Mr Mike Hancock [R]
Kelvin Hopkins
Sir Bob Russell
David Simpson
* 25
Lady Hermon
   That this House celebrates this week being the 90th anniversary of the first use of insulin to treat type-1 diabetes; notes that this scientific breakthrough means that people with type-1 diabetes now have the ability to lead long and and healthy lives; is concerned that, despite this, type-1 diabetes reduces life expectancy by an average of 20 years and type-2 by an average of 10 years; and calls on the Government to ensure that effective diabetes prevention and care services are a priority in the reorganisation of the NHS.

[R] Relevant interest declared


2659PUBLICATION OF THE RISK REGISTER ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BILL REFORMS30:1:12
Grahame M. Morris
Andrew George
Ian Mearns
Greg Mulholland
Mr Virendra Sharma
Valerie Vaz
* 66
Lady HermonMr Geoffrey RobinsonMr David Crausby
Heidi AlexanderDame Joan RuddockKate Hoey
Martin HorwoodMr Alan ReidMr Ian Davidson
Dame Anne BeggMr Stephen HepburnMrs Louise Ellman
Richard BurdenSir Bob RussellYasmin Qureshi
Jim Dowd
   That this House expects the Government to respect the ruling by the Information Commissioner and to publish the risk register associated with the Health and Social Care Bill reforms in advance of Report Stage in the House of Lords in order to ensure that it informs that debate.


2660ALAN TURING30:1:12
Mr John Leech
Simon Hughes
Dr Julian Huppert
Mr Mike Hancock
Kelvin Hopkins
Sir Bob Russell
* 22
Lady Hermon
   That this House notes the vital contribution made by Alan Turing to Britain's war effort by inventing the machine that broke the Enigma code; regrets that following his years of national service he received a criminal conviction for having a sexual relationship with another man; further regrets that he was forced to take oestrogen therapy or be sent to prison if he did not comply; further regrets that he went on to take his own life on 8 June 1954 at the age of just 41 years; further notes that so far over 21,000 people have signed the e-petition on the 10 Downing Street website calling for Alan Turing to be pardoned; and supports these calls, and acknowledges the huge and unnecessary suffering that he and so many other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have had to endure. 


2662BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM REPORT ON SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL TRADING30:1:12
Sir Bob Russell
David Simpson
Jim Dobbin
Mr Mike Hancock
Dr William McCrea
Sir Alan Meale
* 13
Mr David Crausby
   That this House welcomes the British Retail Consortium's report A Better Retailing Climate: Towards Sustainable Retail; congratulates retailers on the significant progress made across the sector in meeting targets and improving environmental credentials; acknowledges the vital role retailers play in supporting the Coalition Government's green agenda and in working to address complex issues such as responsible sourcing, cutting waste and balancing genuine environmental and economic sustainability; recognises the need to support retailers in achieving ambitious sector-wide targets and in increasing further consumer awareness, through cutting costly regulation and promoting a sustainable business environment; and calls on the Government to support the British Retail Consortium in its objectives.


2663THAMESTEEL REDUNDANCIES30:1:12
Mr Gareth Thomas
David Simpson
Mr Dennis Skinner
Sir Alan Meale
Jeremy Corbyn
Mr Frank Roy
* 20
Lady HermonMr David CrausbySandra Osborne
Mr Stephen Hepburn
   That this House notes the devastating impact to the Isle of Sheppey and surrounding community of the announcement of 350 redundancies at Thamesteel in Sheerness; further notes that Thamesteel workers have not been paid for the month of January and were only given 48 hours warning of redundancy; and therefore calls on the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to meet representatives of the Thamesteel workers and the trade union Community in order to support the process of finding a new buyer for the site.


2664PESTICIDE USE AND HONEY BEES31:1:12
Martin Caton
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Mike Hancock
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
* 19
Lady HermonMr David CrausbySandra Osborne
Mr Stephen Hepburn
   That this House notes the recent publication of the findings of a study led by Dr Jeffrey Pettis of the US Department of Agriculture's Bee Research Laboratory, which showed that bees deliberately exposed to even tiny amounts of the neonicotinoid pesticide, imidacloprid, were, on average three times more likely to become infected by the parasite, nosema, as those that had not; recognises that this research adds the most compelling evidence yet to the growing body of scientific work linking neonicotinoid use to decline in populations of honey bees and other pollinators; and calls on the Government to ban the use of this group of systemic pesticides anywhere in the UK.


2665MEANS-TESTING FREE BUS PASSES31:1:12
Mr David Crausby
Jim Dobbin
Mark Durkan
David Simpson
Dr William McCrea
Sir Alan Meale
* 33
Lady HermonAlex CunninghamMr Ian Davidson
Mr Stephen HepburnCaroline LucasMr David Anderson
Yasmin Qureshi
   That this House is deeply concerned at the Deputy Prime Minister's suggestion that pensioner benefits, including bus passes, ought to be means-tested; recognises the tremendous success of the free bus pass with the increased use of public transport, reduced car dependency and improvements to the quality of life of pensioners by allowing them to keep mobile and socially connected; and calls on the Government to resist means-testing and to continue fully funding the free national bus pass scheme for all pensioners.

As an Amendment to Mr David Crausby's proposed Motion (Means-Testing Free Bus Passes):

Mr Frank Field
* 1
Line 6, leave out from `and' to end.
7:2:12(a1)


2666GUIDE DOGS' REPORT ENTITLED FORGOTTEN PASSENGERS31:1:12
Mr John Leech
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Dr William McCrea
* 20
Lady HermonMr David Crausby
   That this House notes Guide Dogs' recent report entitled Forgotten Passengers; acknowledges that many blind and partially sighted people have missed their stop when travelling by bus despite asking the driver to notify them, deterring them from using buses and potentially reducing their independence and mobility; recognises that the introduction of audio-visual information systems announcing next stop and final destination would improve the customer experience of bus travel for all passengers; welcomes those operators that have already introduced such systems, but recognises the need for national consistency in accessible public transport; and calls for the Government to amend the public service vehicle accessibility regulations to introduce audio-visual announcements on all new buses.


2667NEUROLOGICAL CONDITIONS31:1:12
Sir Alan Meale
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Dr William McCrea
* 27
Lady HermonMr David CrausbyMr Stephen Hepburn
Mr David AndersonYasmin Qureshi
   That this House is aware of a recent National Audit Office report on neurological services for the more than two million people in the UK having a neurological condition, excluding migraine, which found poor co-ordination between health and social care services, with a national postcode lottery existing which benefits only a few of those needing specialist services, in many cases limited funds being spent inefficiently especially on unnecessary hospital stays; and believes that health services and medical research connected to neurology, desperately needs a fresh national strategic direction and clinical leadership to greatly improve services and deliver a better deal for those suffering from such conditions.


2669LOCAL RADIO LICENCES31:1:12
David Morris
David Simpson
Dr William McCrea
Mr Mike Hancock
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr Gregory Campbell
* 16
Lady HermonMr David Crausby
   That this House notes that the BBC Trust has encouraged the BBC management to re-think its restructuring plans for local radio; congratulates Lord Patten for his courage in opposing the changes; urges Ofcom to review local commercial radio given that the Guardian Media Group has recently made redundant many high quality news staff; further notes many of the so-called local radio stations are now in fact local transmitters for national radio shows, something that the now defunct Radio Authority would not have allowed; and calls on the Government to ensure that public sector and commercial private sector broadcasters keep the making of their programmes local as promised in their licence applications.


2670FATALITIES IN AFGHANISTAN (No. 21)31:1:12
Paul Flynn
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Mr James Gray
Dr William McCrea
Sir Alan Meale
* 24
Lady HermonMr Gregory CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
   That this House salutes the bravery of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and records with sorrow the deaths of Guardsman Christopher Davies, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, aged 22 from St Helens, Merseyside, Lance Corporal Gajbahadur Gurung, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, aged 26 from Majthana, Nepal, Signaller Ian Gerard Sartorius-Jones, 20th Armoured Brigade Headquarters and Signal Squadron (200), aged 21 from Runcorn, Cheshire, Rifleman Sachin Limbu, 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, aged 23 from Rajghat, Morang in Nepal, Private John King, 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, aged 19 from Darlington, Squadron Leader Anthony Downing, Royal Air Force, aged 34 from Kent, Captain Tom Jennings, Royal Marines, aged 29, Sapper Elijah Bond, from 35 Engineer Regiment, Royal Engineers, aged 24 from St Austell, Rifleman Sheldon Lee Jordan Steel, 5th Battalion The Rifles, aged 20 from Leeds, Private Thomas Christopher Lake, 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Regiment, aged 29 from Watford, Lieutenant David Boyce, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, aged 25 from Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Lance Corporal Richard Scanlon, 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards, aged 31 from Rhymney, Gwent, Lance Corporal Peter Eustace, 2nd Battalion The Rifles, aged 25 from Liverpool, Private Matthew Thornton, 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, aged 28 from Barnsley and Private Matthew James Sean Haseldin, 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment, aged 21 from Settle, Yorkshire.


2671FATALITIES IN AFGHANISTAN (No. 22)31:1:12
Paul Flynn
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Mr James Gray
Dr William McCrea
Sir Alan Meale
* 24
Lady HermonMr Gregory CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
   That this House salutes the bravery of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and records with sorrow the deaths of Rifleman Vijay Rai, 2nd Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, aged 21 from the Bhojpur District, Deaurali in the East of Nepal, Marine David Fairbrother, Kilo Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 24 from Blackburn, Lance Corporal Jonathan James McKinlay, 1st Battalion The Rifles, aged 33 from Darlington, County Durham, Sergeant Barry John Weston, Kilo Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 40 from Reading, Lieutenant Daniel John Clack, 1st Battalion The Rifles, aged 24 from North London, Marine James Robert Wright, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 22 from Weymouth, Corporal Mark Anthony Palin, 1st Battalion The Rifles, aged 32 from Plymouth, Lance Corporal Paul Watkins, from 9th/12th Royal Lancers (Prince of Wales's), aged 24 from Port Elizabeth, Republic of South Africa, Highlander Scott McLaren, from The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, aged 20 from Edinburgh, Private Gareth Leslie William Bellingham, 3rd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Staffords), aged 22 from Stoke-on-Trent, Corporal Lloyd Newell, The Parachute Regiment, Craftsman Andrew Found, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, aged 27 from Whitby, Rifleman Martin Jon Lamb, 1st Battalion The Rifles, aged 27 from Gloucester and Lance Corporal Martin Joseph Gill, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 22 from Nottingham.


2672FATALITIES IN AFGHANISTAN (No. 23)31:1:12
Paul Flynn
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Mr James Gray
Dr William McCrea
Sir Alan Meale
* 24
Lady HermonMr Gregory CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
   That this House salutes the bravery of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and records with sorrow the deaths of Corporal Michael John Pike, The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, aged 26 from Huntly, Scotland, Lieutenant Oliver Richard Augustin, from Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 23 from Kent, Marine Samuel Giles William Alexander MC, from Juliet Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 28 from London, Colour Sergeant Kevin Charles Fortuna from A Company, 1st Battalion The Rifles, aged 36 from Cheltenham, Marine Nigel Dean Mead, from 42 Commando Royal Marines, aged 19 from Carmarthen, Captain Lisa Jade Head, 11 EOD Regiment RLC, aged 29 from Huddersfield, Colour Sergeant Alan Cameron, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, aged 42 from Livingston, Scotland, Major Matthew James Collins, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, aged 38 from Backwell in Somerset, Lance Sergeant Mark Terence Burgan, 1st Battalion Irish Guards, aged 28 from Liverpool, Private Daniel Steven Prior, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 27 from Peacehaven, East Sussex, Lance Corporal McKee, from 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment, aged 27 from Banbridge, County Down, Northern Ireland, Lance Corporal Liam Richard Tasker, Royal Army Veterinary Corps from Fife, Scotland, Private Robert Wood, 17 Port and Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, aged 28 from Hampshire and Private Dean Hutchinson, 9 Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps, aged 23 from Wiltshire.


2673FATALITIES IN AFGHANISTAN (No. 24)31:1:12
Paul Flynn
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Mr James Gray
Dr William McCrea
Sir Alan Meale
* 23
Lady HermonMr Gregory CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
   That this House salutes the bravery of the armed forces serving in Afghanistan and records with sorrow the deaths of Lance Corporal Kyle Cleet Marshall, from 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 23 from Newcastle, Private Lewis Hendry, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 20 from Norwich, Private Conrad Lewis, 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 22 from Bournemouth, Warrant Officer Class 2 (Company Sergeant Major) Colin Beckett, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 36 from Peterborough, Ranger David Dalzell, 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, aged 20 from Bangor in County Down, Private Martin Simon George Bell, 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 24 from Bradford, Private Joseva Saqanagonedau Vatubua, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, aged 24 from Suva, Fiji, Warrant Officer Class 2 Charles Henry Wood from 23 Pioneer Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, serving with the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Task Force, aged 34 from Middlesbrough, Corporal Steven Thomas Dunn from 216 (Parachute) Signal Squadron, attached to 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment Battlegroup, aged 27 from Gateshead and Private John Howard, 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, aged 23 from Wellington, New Zealand.


2674BURNS HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNER 201231:1:12
Sandra Osborne
Jim Shannon
Sir Alan Meale
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
* 19
Lady HermonMr David CrausbyMr Stephen Hepburn
Ian Lavery
   That this House congratulates Scots born nurse, Karen Graham, nursing services manager at the Oil Clinic in Tripoli, on being named the recipient of the 2012 Annual Robert Burns Humanitarian Award, in recognition of her humanitarian efforts to care for patients from both sides during the recent Libyan Civil War, with little regard for her own personal safety.


2675OFGEM'S PROJECT TRANSMIT1:2:12
Mr Mike Weir
Dame Anne Begg
Sir Peter Bottomley
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Mike Hancock
Mike Crockart
* 9
Sandra Osborne
   That this House notes the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets' (Ofgem) review of the electricity transmission network, Project Transmit; welcomes its preliminary recommendations as a step towards a fairer charging regime for projects on the Scottish mainland; hopes that these reforms will encourage investment in renewable technologies in Scotland, which is home to the best wind, wave and tidal resources in the UK; believes that the charges quoted by Ofgem for Scotland's islands could make development uneconomic and may harm the emerging wave and tidal sector there; underlines the importance of Scotland's islands in the production of clean renewable electricity; and urges Ofgem to take action in ensuring a fairer charging framework for Scottish islands during the transition to a low carbon economy.


2676BMI SALE TO INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES GROUP1:2:12
Mr Angus Brendan MacNeil
Mike Crockart
Mark Durkan
Michael Connarty
Tony Lloyd
Mr Mike Hancock
* 16
Lady HermonMr Gregory CampbellSandra Osborne
Mr Stephen HepburnMr Tom Clarke
   That this House has serious concerns about the impact on competition and passenger choice of the sale of British Midland International to the owner of its principal competitor; recognises the importance of services to Heathrow Airport because of the connectivity provided by the airport to the rest of the world; notes that competition in the air travel market is good for Scottish passengers, businesses and the economy, as well as the other nations of the UK; is concerned that this sale risks creating a monopoly for any airline which could lead to higher prices and poorer services; and given the vast majority of affected passengers will be UK citizens, calls on the UK competition authorities to scrutinise the deal to ensure that any competition issues are fully understood and addressed.


2677HOUSING EMERGENCY - TIME FOR AN ALTERNATIVE1:2:12
Austin Mitchell
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Jeremy Corbyn
Glenda Jackson
Tony Lloyd
* 16
Mr David CrausbyMartin CatonSandra Osborne
Ian LaveryMr David Anderson
   That this House notes rising homeless applications, overcrowding, repossessions, waiting lists and the threat to tenants' security, rents and housing benefit; believes it is time for an alternative to provide desperately needed homes for rent that are decent, secure, genuinely affordable and accountably run; welcomes the Housing Emergency coalition of tenants, trade unions, hon. Members, councillors, campaigners, faith groups and others; endorses their call for all who want sustainable, mixed communities across the UK to resist and campaign against cuts in housing benefit, call on landlords not to evict tenants who fall behind with their rent as a result of the new cuts in housing benefit, reject huge council rent rises driven by government debt and inflation formula, oppose the use of so-called `affordable (up to 80 per cent. of market) rent' and reject  scapegoating; acknowledges that the shortage of housing is a result of underinvestment and failure to build and is not caused by existing or would-be tenants, in work or not, of whatever race or religion; and calls on the Government to defend security of tenure for existing and future tenants, regulate to control private sector rents and bring forward a programme of investment in new and improved council and other house building with secure tenancies and genuinely affordable rents.


2678CONTROL OF HIGH PAY BY CONSUMER POWER1:2:12
Stephen Williams
Lorely Burt
Mr Mark Williams
Tom Brake
Mr David Ward
Annette Brooke
* 16
   That this House welcomes the decision by Sir Philip Hampton and Stephen Hester to waive their bonuses for this year and calls on all the highest-paid employees of banks which received public funds to show the same restraint; congratulates the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on his campaign to improve transparency and strengthen the role of employees and shareholders in curbing the reward for failure culture; notes the launch of the UK Move Your Money campaign which encourages consumers to use their purchasing power to shape corporate decisions and encourages this campaign to work constructively with the Secretary of State to tackle excessive pay among the FTSE 100 companies and especially to maximise the role employees can play in using information and consultation arrangements.

As an Amendment to Stephen Williams's proposed Motion (Control of High Pay by Consumer Power):

Mark Durkan
Sandra Osborne
* 2
Line 6, after `culture;', insert `deplores the inertia and indifference displayed by Government Ministers on RBS bonuses, while they represent the public shareholder interest, which set no example to other shareholders of exerting influence to curb such executive indulgence;'.
2:2:12(a1)


2679WAGES OF CLEANERS AT REUTERS1:2:12
John McDonnell
Jeremy Corbyn
Kelvin Hopkins
Sir Alan Meale
Glenda Jackson
Katy Clark
* 17
Mr David CrausbyMartin CatonSandra Osborne
Mark DurkanIan LaveryMr David Anderson
   That this House notes that the cleaners employed by Initial Facilities, under contract from Thomson Reuters at its prominent Canary Wharf offices, are paid below the London Living Wage; expresses disappointment that Reuters, which has gained a reputation for objective journalism, should have cleaners contracted on its premises who are on wages beneath the London poverty line; urges Reuters to revise its contract to raise the wages of its cleaners to the rate recommended by the Greater London Authority as the London Living Wage of £8.30 per hour; expresses concern at reports that the contractor at Reuters has responded to the cleaners' request for the London Living Wage with unwarranted threats to dismiss them; and expects the cleaners to be treated with respect and dignity at work.


2680GREEN DREAMS CAMPAIGN1:2:12
Jim Sheridan
Michael Connarty
Sir Alan Meale
Mr Jim Hood
Kelvin Hopkins
Mark Durkan
* 20
Mr David CrausbyMartin CatonSandra Osborne
Mr Stephen HepburnIan Lavery
   That this House welcomes the launch by CIFAL Scotland of the UN-supported Green Dreams campaign which gives a voice to men, women and children across the globe who support sustainable development; notes that 2012 is the 20th anniversary of the landmark Rio Earth Summit; believes that while some progress has been made since 1992, there is more work to do to deliver a sustainable future for all; recognises that everyone has a voice in this important debate; encourages individuals, organisations and businesses across the UK to record their Green Dreams for the future ahead of this year's Rio+20 Summit; and hopes for a renewed commitment to sustainable development at Rio+20.


2681NETWORK RAIL ANNUAL BONUSES1:2:12
Mr Tom Harris
David Wright
Ian Mearns
Mr Dave Watts
Mr Ian Davidson
Dr Hywel Francis
* 39
Lady HermonMr David CrausbyMr Gregory Campbell
Hugh Bayley
   That this House notes that Network Rail has been found by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) to be in breach of its licence and that, according to the ORR, `major asset failures, congested routes and poor management of track condition' contributed to poor performance of the UK rail network in 2011; welcomes the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport reported in The Daily Telegraph on 19 December 2011, that `Passengers would be extremely surprised if Network Rail attempted to award bonuses next year in the light of this action by the ORR'; further notes that Network Rail members, at their meeting on 10 February, are to be asked to confirm annual bonuses for directors equivalent to 60 per cent. of their annual salary, resulting in a £340,000 bonus for its chief executive; and calls on the company's directors to reject these bonuses.


2682US TROOPS1:2:12
Jim Shannon
Mr Nigel Dodds
Dr William McCrea
David Simpson
Mr Gregory Campbell
Ian Paisley
* 11
Lady Hermon
   That this House recognises the 70th anniversary of US Army troops coming to Northern Ireland; expresses gratitude for the help and support that the allies gave at that time; and acknowledges the strong relationship that still exists between the US and Northern Ireland.


2683HM REVENUE AND CUSTOMS CENTRALISATION OF SERVICES1:2:12
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
Mr Nigel Dodds
Dr William McCrea
Mr Gregory Campbell
David Simpson
Jonathan Edwards
* 23
Lady HermonMr David CrausbyMartin Caton
Kelvin HopkinsSandra OsborneMr David Anderson
   That this House notes with concern the current review of regional offices and services by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); understands the anxiety of HMRC staff employed in regional offices about the possible closure of facilities and transfer of services to centralised locations; and urges HMRC senior management and Treasury Ministers to ensure the retention of a fair and equitable distribution of facilities across all regions of the UK.


2684NATIONAL LIBRARIES DAY2:2:12
Mike Crockart
Andrew George
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Dobbin
* 20
Martin CatonKelvin HopkinsSandra Osborne
Mr Stephen HepburnMr David Anderson
   That this House welcomes this year's National Libraries Day which will take place on 4 February 2012; notes that the day celebrates all types of libraries, library users, staff and supporters across the UK; recognises the positive impact that libraries have on communities throughout the UK through the provision of book groups and storytelling events; urges people to get involved in National Libraries Day by visiting their local library, organising an event or contributing to online forums by tweeting #NLD12hashtag; applauds the work of librarians and library staff in centres across the UK; and further welcomes new libraries such as Edinburgh's Drumbrae Library and Hub which has opened just in time for this year's celebration.


2685CYCLE SAFETY2:2:12
Jeremy Corbyn
Sir Peter Bottomley
Sir Alan Meale
Jonathan Edwards
Stephen Williams
Glenda Jackson
* 19
Mr David CrausbyMartin CatonKelvin Hopkins
Mr Gregory CampbellSandra OsborneMr Stephen Hepburn
Yasmin QureshiMr Mike HancockHugh Bayley
    That this House welcomes The Times campaign for cycle safety and calls for regulation to require all new bicycles to be fitted with lights at the point of sale; and encourages local authorities to promote children's cycle safety and bicycle maintenance.


2686GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY OF LIVINGSTON NEW TOWN2:2:12
Graeme Morrice
Mark Lazarowicz
Mr Tom Harris
Jim Sheridan
Lindsay Roy
Sir Alan Meale
* 15
Kelvin Hopkins
   That this House notes that 2012 marks the golden anniversary of the establishment of Livingston new town as the fourth of Scotland's five post-war new towns; praises the remarkable progress made by the town during those 50 years, which has seen it grow from modest beginnings to become the economic hub of West Lothian and the seventh largest town or city in Scotland with a population of around 55,000; further notes that Livingston is recognised as one of the most popular business locations in Scotland, with a wide variety of local, UK-wide and international companies located in the area, and that the town's shopping centre has become one of the most frequented in Scotland, with one million square feet of retail space and 13 million shoppers visiting each year; applauds the fact that Livingston FC reached third position in the Scottish Premier League and qualified for the UEFA Cup within only seven years of the club being established in Livingston; commends the contributions of all those who have been associated with the planning and development of Livingston and its amenities over the past 50 years, as well as all of the town's residents and groups for their enthusiasm and community spirit in helping to make it such a desirable location to live, work, relax and shop; and looks forward to Livingston's continued success in the years ahead.


2687RELAY SERVICES FOR THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING2:2:12
Malcolm Bruce
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mark Durkan
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Dobbin
Jeremy Corbyn
* 26
Mr David CrausbyMartin CatonKelvin Hopkins
Sandra OsborneMr Stephen HepburnIan Lavery
Mark Lazarowicz
   That this House notes that people with a hearing loss of any degree have the right to be able to access the telecommunications network using modernised text relay, captioned relay and video relay services at speeds close to standard conversation; welcomes the statements made by the Minister for Communications in which he urged the telecommunications industry to come forward with solutions to deliver such services in the UK; and calls on the industry to engage with those who require these services and those who provide these services to communicate with Ofcom and with the Department for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport to establish a viable service delivery model which meets the needs of users.


2688WOMEN BISHOPS (No. 2)2:2:12
Mr Frank Field
Mr David Blunkett
Natascha Engel
Stephen Timms
Nicholas Soames
John Mann
* 23
Martin CatonSandra Osborne
   That this House welcomes the moves by the General Synod of the Church of England to pass legislation permitting women to be bishops; notes that the Synod has now concluded its consultation with the dioceses on the Women in the Episcopate: draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure; further welcomes the result of those consultations, with 42 out of 44 dioceses voting in favour; is encouraged by the overwhelming support shown by 85 per cent. of bishops, 76 per cent. of clergy and 77 per cent. of the laity voting in favour; encourages the House of Bishops to commend the Measure for final approval as currently drafted; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to work with the governing authorities of the Church of England including the Archbishops' Council, the House of Bishops and the General Synod to ensure that the express wishes of the overwhelming majority of those consulted across the Provinces of Canterbury and York are met by expeditiously tabling the Measure in Parliament for its approval.


2689THE TIMES' CITIES FIT FOR CYCLING CAMPAIGN6:2:12
Dr Julian Huppert
Sir Bob Russell
Jeremy Corbyn
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
* 27
Mr David CrausbyMartin CatonSir Robert Smith
Dame Joan RuddockTim FarronSandra Osborne
Mark LazarowiczAnn CoffeyKelvin Hopkins
Sir Alan BeithYasmin QureshiSimon Wright
   That this House believes that cycling is an extremely efficient form of transport which is good for health and the environment; supports successive governments' commitment to encourage the use of bikes and reduce the number of cyclist-related accidents; notes with concern that the number of cyclists killed on Britain's roads rose by 7 per cent. between 2009 and 2010; further notes that a disproportionate number of cycling accidents involve vans and lorries; supports The Times' Cities Fit for Cycling campaign; and calls on the Government to take further action to improve cycling infrastructure and reduce the number of casualties on roads.


269020th ANNIVERSARY OF THE KHOJALY TRAGEDY6:2:12
Gordon Henderson
Sir Bob Russell
Sir Peter Bottomley
Bob Blackman
Mr John Leech
Karl McCartney
* 10
Sir Gerald KaufmanStephen GilbertMr Mike Hancock [R]
   That this House notes that 26 February 2012 represents the 20th anniversary of the Khojaly tragedy when 613 men, women and children were killed by invading Armenian forces; further notes that Armenia still illegally occupies 18 per cent. of Azerbaijani territory in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions; and hopes that the Government can facilitate progress towards a peaceful resolution of this long-running conflict.

[R] Relevant interest declared


2691GOVERNMENT'S CALORIE REDUCTION EXPERT GROUP AND LOW CALORIE DRINKS6:2:12
Austin Mitchell
Dame Joan Ruddock
Yasmin Qureshi
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mr Mike Hancock
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 12
Sandra Osborne
   That this House notes with interest the statement of the Calorie Reduction Expert Group commissioned by the Department of Health which concluded that an extra calorie intake of between just 16 and 24 calories per day had led to increases in personal weight of between 6.2 kg (median) and 9 kg (90th percentile) for adults aged between 20 and 40 years over the decade 1999 to 2009 and that a reduction of 100 calories per person per day across the population would address this energy imbalance; and reminds the Minister for Public Health that, consistent with the findings of the Expert Group, the intake of caloric beverages has a significant impact on weight, the single most effective action that Government could take to improve public health, at no cost to the Exchequer, with no need for regulation and avoiding unpopular taxes on popular consumer products is to issue clear and consistent messages that people who want to consume a sweetened beverage, should consider a low-calorie option.


2692TREATMENT OF THE JARAWA TRIBE6:2:12
Mike Crockart
Dan Rogerson
Sir Bob Russell
Sir Peter Bottomley
Tom Brake
Mr Mike Weir
* 15
Martin CatonKelvin HopkinsSandra Osborne
Mr Stephen HepburnMr Mike Hancock
   That this House is concerned that tourists in India's Andaman Islands are treating the recently-contacted Jarawa tribe like an attraction in a human safari park; notes the ongoing media storm in India and worldwide caused by the video of Jarawa women being exploited; further notes that the abuse was carried out on the Andaman Trunk Road which was ordered to be closed by the Supreme Court of India in 2002; expresses concern that the government of India is yet to act on the Supreme Court's ruling despite the current storm of protest; further notes the overwhelming evidence of harm caused by the continued and illegal use of the road; and calls on the government of India to provide an alternative route and to take immediate action to close the Andaman Trunk Road in compliance with the law.


2693CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND FAIR EMPLOYMENT REPORT6:2:12
Graeme Morrice
John McDonnell
Jeremy Corbyn
Kelvin Hopkins
Sandra Osborne
Michael Connarty
* 8
Martin CatonIain McKenzie
   That this House welcomes the Fair Employment report from Citizens Advice Scotland, showing the effects of the recession on employment practices in Scotland; notes with concern the report's findings that many employers are failing to pay due wages, holiday, sickness and redundancy pay and are increasingly changing terms and conditions without consultation; further notes that citizen advice bureaux clients are often low paid, relatively low skilled, invariably unaware of their employment rights and vulnerable to poor and illegal employment practices; commends citizen advice bureaux across Scotland for supporting workers facing unfair employment practices at a time of reduced funding for bureaux; believes that a fair employment commission with the legal powers and resources to secure all workers their rights and prevent rogue employers from exploiting workers should be established; and urges the Government to establish such a commission and to work with business groups and trade unions to promote good employment practice.


2694BELARUS AND THE ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS6:2:12
Jeremy Corbyn
Tracey Crouch
Tony Lloyd
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
* 10
Martin CatonKelvin HopkinsSandra Osborne
   That this House notes that in Belarus all theatre and art managers are appointed by the Ministry of Culture and approved by the head of state; understands that the Belarus Free Theatre is an underground theatre group that began in March 2005 as an artistic means of resisting Belarusian pressure and censorship; further notes that rehearsals and performances are normally held secretly in small private apartments due to the need for security and the risk of persecution; is appalled that audience members have been arrested, actors have been subject to death threats and intimidation and that company founders Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada have been arrested many times and imprisoned for organising and participating in civil resistance rallies; believes that the International Ice Hockey Federation plans to hold the 2014 Ice Hockey World Championships in Belarus; supports the campaign by human rights groups such as Free Belarus Now and its founder, Irina Bogdanova and prominent playwright Tom Stoppard amongst others to move the Championships out of Belarus; and calls on the Government to make representations to the Belarusian authorities to free all political prisoners and end the repression of the arts in Belarus.


2695APPRENTICES AND PUBLIC PROCUREMENT6:2:12
Robert Halfon
Sir Peter Bottomley
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Dr William McCrea
Stephen Williams
* 10
Mr David CrausbyMr Gregory CampbellMr Stephen Hepburn
Mr Mike Hancock
   That this House believes that public procurement should be used to boost the number of British apprentices; notes that the Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) new Apprenticeship and Skills Requirements Contract Schedule, published in July 2011, has successfully encouraged contractors to hire more than 2,000 apprentices in the Department's supply chain, on a voluntary basis and that a similar scheme has been successful in Essex County Council; estimates that if this were rolled out across the wider public sector it would instantly create 120,000 new apprenticeships at little or no cost to the taxpayer; further estimates that if the normal ratio of these apprenticeship places went to young people, youth unemployment would be cut by seven per cent.; and therefore urges every Government department to bring in similar contracts to those of the DWP and to give thousands more young Britons a fighting chance of a job, a qualification and a decent wage.


2696EXPOSURE TO ASBESTOS6:2:12
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Sheridan
Mr David Crausby
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Jim Dobbin
Ian Lavery
* 26
Martin CatonKelvin HopkinsMr Gregory Campbell
Jonathan EdwardsSandra OsborneSteve Rotheram
Sir Peter BottomleyMr Stephen HepburnMr David Anderson
Mr Mike Hancock
   That this House is aware that every year in the UK over 4,000 people die as a result of their past exposure to asbestos, deaths which are not confined to only those employed in industrial settings; notes that more than 75 per cent. of Britain's state schools contain asbestos, much of which is in a poorly maintained state, leaving some children, teachers and other staff in danger of being contaminated by this killer fibre; is therefore greatly alarmed by recent evidence which shows that more than 100 people die of mesothelioma every year in the UK as a direct result of their exposure whilst they were at school; and commends the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health which investigated the scale of the problem and published a report making clear and simple recommendations about how to prevent future exposure in these and other vulnerable surroundings. 


2697NURSERY MILK SCHEME6:2:12
Sir Alan Meale
Jim Sheridan
Mr David Crausby
Jim Dobbin
Ian Lavery
Mr Ronnie Campbell
* 22
Kelvin HopkinsMr Gregory CampbellSandra Osborne
Steve RotheramMr Stephen HepburnMr David Anderson
Yasmin Qureshi
   That this House is deeply concerned about planned changes to arrangements for the delivery of the current Nursery Milk Scheme which is likely to affect the numbers of children who drink free milk in school nurseries; is aware that under present arrangements schools, nurseries, parents, staff and suppliers work together to ensure the provision of free school milk to all under five year olds; and commends the work of the organisation Cool Milk to highlight the importance of young children's access to milk, together with other activities aimed at ensuring that any changes to the scheme do not result in fewer children having access to this important sustenance in their classroom.


2698NEW ZEALAND WAITANGI DAY 20126:2:12
Andrew Rosindell
Jim Shannon
David Simpson
Mr James Gray
Dr William McCrea
Andrew Stephenson
* 9
Mr Gregory CampbellSir Peter BottomleyMr Mike Hancock
   That this House is proud to join the people of New Zealand in celebrating Waitangi Day, their national day, on 6 February, which in 2012 coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen's accession to the throne, in the year of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, a day that commemorates the historic signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and that marks the coming together of the Maori people and representatives of the British Crown; recognises the importance of maintaining the closest relations between the UK and New Zealand; cherishes the strong historical bond and unshakable friendship that exists between all the peoples of the British Isles and the islands of New Zealand; further recognises the shared heritage, common language, long-standing trading relationships and deeply interwined cultural, educational and military ties that exist between these great allies and Commonwealth members who also take pride in sharing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State and Sovereign; and urges the UK Government to continue to foster and strengthen this special relationship that, despite the long distances that separate two nations that are oceans apart and on opposite corners of the Earth, continues to bind those two nations together.


2699FORTH RAIL BRIDGE GOLD BLUE PETER BADGE7:2:12
Mike Crockart
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 2
   That this House welcomes the award of the iconic Gold Blue Peter Badge to the Forth Rail Bridge; notes that the Bridge is the first manmade structure to receive the accolade; further notes that the Rail Bridge will now join an exclusive club which includes the Queen and David Beckham; recognises the significance of the award given that fewer than 1,000 of the gold badges have been awarded in Blue Peter's 53 year history; welcomes the award's recognition of the risk that individuals took in constructing the Bridge; and adds its thanks to those workers who risked their lives to bring Scotland such an outstanding piece of engineering.


2700TAX ON ADDED SUGAR7:2:12
Keith Vaz
Jeremy Corbyn
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Gregory Campbell
Mr Adrian Sanders
Mark Durkan
* 8
Mr Ronnie CampbellMartin Caton
   That this House is concerned that one in five students leaving primary school are now obese and that consumption of sugar has tripled worldwide over the past 50 years; notes that obesity is a key factor in causing type-2 diabetes which affects 2.5 million people in the UK; further notes the research from the University of California saying major shifts in policy are needed to control soaring consumption of sugar and sweeteners; and calls on the Government to introduce a tax on food and drink with high levels of added sugar with profits going to diabetes research.


2701FIRE AT SONAE FACTORY AT KIRKBY7:2:12
Mr George Howarth
Jim Shannon
* 2
   That this House notes with grave concern the further fire at Sonae on 26 January 2012; further notes that this is the 22nd occasion on which Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have had to attend fires and other incidents at the factory over the last 12 years; expresses its concern that three people working at the factory have tragically lost their lives during the last two years; and calls on the Health and Safety Executive to bring their ongoing inquiries into past incidents to a speedy conclusion and close the factory down on the grounds that it is unsafe and badly managed.


2702DRIVING LICENCES AND DANGEROUS OR CARELESS DRIVING7:2:12
Greg Mulholland
Andrew George
Kelvin Hopkins
Sir Peter Bottomley
Martin Caton
Jim Shannon
* 7
Mr Mike Hancock
   That this House notes that the law currently allows those charged with serious driving offences, including death by dangerous or careless driving, to continue driving until sentencing, such as in the case of Jamie Still, a 16 year old killed on 31 December 2010 by a driver twice over the legal drink drive limit, who was allowed to continue driving for eight months following Jamie's death until being convicted in September 2011; considers it to be quite wrong for people who are charged with these offences to be allowed to continue driving; calls for the suspension of driving licences to be a condition of bail in all cases where the individual is charged with causing death by dangerous or careless driving; also recommends extending this to cases where an individual is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, having twice or more the legal limit of alcohol in their blood at the time of arrest; extends its sympathy to the family and friends of Jamie Still, and to those of all killed on Britain's roads in such incidents; and commits itself to supporting changes in the law to ensue that those charged with serious driving offences are prevented from driving until the court's verdict in their case.


2703ROW FOR FREEDOM ATLANTIC CROSSING7:2:12
David Simpson
Mr Peter Bone
Dr William McCrea
Jim Shannon
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Gregory Campbell
* 11
Mr John LeechMark DurkanSir Peter Bottomley
Martin CatonMr Mike Hancock
   That this House congratulates the five strong Row for Freedom crew on their historic achievement of completing the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an all-female team and the first crossing of any ocean by a five-woman team; applauds the courage and determination of the crew of The Guardian: Debbie Beadle, Julia Immonen, Helen Leigh, Katie Pattison-Hart and Kate Richardson; and expresses its gratitude for the way in which their exploits highlighted the plight of victims of human trafficking and the efforts of organisations to combat it.


2704NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK 20127:2:12
Stephen Lloyd
Robert Halfon
Andrew George
Jim Shannon
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Gregory Campbell
* 11
Mr Adrian SandersMr John LeechSir Peter Bottomley
Martin CatonMr Mike Hancock
   That this House welcomes National Apprenticeship Week 2012, run by the National Apprenticeship Service, from 6 to 10 February 2012, which aims to raise the profile of apprenticeships amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media; congratulates the 457,000 people who started an apprenticeship in 2010-11; recognises that apprenticeships help people develop the practical skills they need in the workplace; notes the contribution that apprentices bring to businesses across the UK as well as their value to the wider economy; further notes City & Guilds' Million Extra campaign which is encouraging more employers to make apprenticeship places available; and calls on the Government to support employers to create even more apprenticeship places in 2012.


2705TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SOUTHERN WATER LEARN TO SWIM SCHEME7:2:12
Dr Julian Lewis
John Hemming
Tracey Crouch
John Cryer
Tom Brake
Kate Hoey
* 21
Mr Gregory CampbellMr John LeechMr Ronnie Campbell
Martin CatonDavid T. C. Davies
   That this House congratulates the award-winning Southern Water Learn to Swim scheme, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year; notes that the scheme has now helped to teach more than 600,000 children to swim; recognises the work of Southern Water in continuing to promote the scheme, in addition to the dedicated staff who act as voluntary pool co-ordinators, and the army of more than 1,000 swimming instructors who make the scheme possible; and values the contribution of this scheme in helping children aged four to 12 complete this vital part of the National Curriculum and attain a life-enhancing and life-saving skill.


2706DRAFT NICE GUIDANCE FOR THE USE OF ABIRATERONE8:2:12
Mr John Leech
Sir Bob Russell
Sir Peter Bottomley
Mark Durkan
Jeremy Corbyn
* 5
   That this House notes with serious concern that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidance for the use of the drug abiraterone, a life extending treatment for men in the final stages of prostate cancer, which could, if implemented, prevent the use of this cancer drug for the treatment of this condition in the NHS in England and Wales; is aware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, that 32,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and that 10,000 men die from the disease in England and Wales every year; further notes that abiraterone can extend the life of men in the final stages of prostate cancer by an average of four months and improves their quality of life; calls on the Government to act immediately to ensure that men with prostate cancer are able to access this treatment to treat their health condition and help to prolong their life; further calls on NICE to reconsider its draft guidance and recommend abiraterone for the benefit of men with prostate cancer and their families; and considers that men should be able to access this drug through the Cancer Drugs Fund, if their clinicians prescribe it, irrespective of this draft decision by NICE.


2707LOWER PAID AND PART-TIME EMPLOYEES8:2:12
Mr Gregory Campbell
Dr William McCrea
David Simpson
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 4
   That this House acknowledges the Coalition Government's commitment to raising the threshold at which people begin paying income tax to £10,000 per annum; expresses the strong belief that in order to assist those working and earning a lower income but also to combat the black economy in areas of high deprivation, the Government should also commit to raising the threshold at which people begin to pay national insurance contributions to £10,000 per annum; and believes that this would particularly assist smaller businesses and part-time employees in those areas.


2708CROSS BOUNDARY LOOKED-AFTER CHILDREN8:2:12
Ann Coffey
Valerie Vaz
Sir Gerald Kaufman
Mr Bob Ainsworth
Mr Jim Cunningham
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 7
Mark Durkan
   

That this House congratulates Lancashire County Council's scrutiny committee on its report into the problems of cross boundary placements entitled Who Cares; notes that of 64,000 young people in care nationally around one-third are looked after by the children's services of one authority yet reside within the geographical boundaries of another; is concerned that local authorities are failing to notify other authorities that they have placed a child in their area; further notes the evidence that these young people are more likely to slip through support systems, more likely to go missing from care and education than other looked-after children and to experience poorer outcomes; believes that this report makes a major contribution to the understanding of the issues around cross boundary placements; and calls for further research to be undertaken in this area so that outcomes for all looked-after children can be improved.



2709AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE8:2:12
Hugh Bayley
John Healey
Mr Kevin Barron
Andrew Percy
Julian Sturdy
Greg Mulholland
* 10
Mr George MudieSir Bob RussellSir Peter Bottomley
Jeremy Corbyn
   That this House notes that, whilst the Lifeboat Service has been exempt from VAT on fuel costs since 1977, a similar privilege has not been afforded to the Air Ambulance Service; further notes that the Air Ambulance Service is forced to meet rising fuel prices year on year; recognises that voluntary fundraising and charitable donations from the British public to sustain the Air Ambulance Service have saved successive governments millions of pounds in expenditure; calls on the Government to review this matter in recognition of the valuable service the Air Ambulance Service provides; and further calls on the Government to return in the form of grants to Air Ambulance Service providers all the VAT which the Treasury collects from them so that the Air Ambulance Service is in practice exempt from paying VAT in the same way as the Lifeboat Service.


2710BURMA8:2:12
Fiona Bruce
Sir Bob Russell
Mark Durkan
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 4
   That this House welcomes the steps taken by President Thein Sein to release some political prisoners, enter into ceasefire negotiations with armed ethnic groups and allow more political space in Burma; further welcomes the visit to Burma by the Foreign Secretary and his meeting with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; expresses continued support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the people of Burma in their ongoing efforts to secure human rights and democratic reform; notes with concern that hundreds of political prisoners remain in Burma's jails, and that there has been an increase in human rights abuses in ethnic states; further notes that reforms made so far have mostly not been enshrined in law and no constitutional changes have been made; believes that international pressure has played an important role in encouraging reforms so far; and calls on the Government to ensure that EU sanctions on Burma are not relaxed prematurely before substantially more political prisoners are released, conflict is ended and there is an inclusive dialogue process to secure further and irreversible reform.


2711SERVICE PERSONNEL8:2:12
Jim Shannon
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson
David Simpson
Mr Gregory Campbell
Dr William McCrea
Sir Peter Bottomley
* 6
   That this House recognises the bravery of Flight Lieutenant Wales as air and sea rescue pilot and his fellow service personnel in their posting to the Falkland Islands; thanks them, and all the UK's service personnel across the world for the service they perform for Queen and country; and continues to uphold them in prayer.


2712GENERAL STRIKE IN EGYPT8:2:12
John McDonnell
Jeremy Corbyn
* 2
   That this House expresses its support for the general strike in Egypt due to be held on 11 February 2012 called by the Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions and supported by the Egyptian Democratic Labour Congress, which has been convened to demand the return of the military to barracks and the immediate restoration of civilian rule with the formation of a government free from the influence of members and supporters of the Mubarak regime.


2713BONUSES AND JOB CUTS AT TRINITY MIRROR8:2:12
John McDonnell
Austin Mitchell
Jonathan Edwards
Jim Sheridan
Mr Ian Davidson
* 5
   That this House condemns the proposed 75 job losses at Trinity Mirror's national newspaper titles, the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People; notes that these cuts come at a time when the pay and pensions awards for Trinity Mirror directors last year was £3.9 million; further notes that the Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror, Sly Bailey, received a pay and pensions package of £1.7 million; understands that the share price for Trinity Mirror in February 2012 was 48p compared to 90p 12 months ago; condemns the situation where journalists face losing their jobs whilst senior directors at Trinity Mirror receive large bonuses; further notes that at the 2011 Trinity Mirror AGM, in a break from practice, attending shareholders were not able to vote by a show of hands on the floor of the meeting and that their votes were aggregated with large institutional investors; and calls on the Government to look at measures to ensure that shareholders at companies like Trinity Mirror are able to demonstrate their vote in a show of hands over directors' remuneration.


2714UK RELATIONS WITH INDIA8:2:12
Keith Vaz
* 1
   That this House is deeply concerned by recent events which have served to undermine the excellent relationship between India and the UK; notes that the Top Gear India Christmas Special, featuring the unhelpful comments of Jeremy Clarkson and Dow Chemicals' sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympics in particular have had a very negative reaction in India; is concerned that Indian student applications to UK universities are falling; is disappointed by Britain's failure to secure the fighter jet contract from India despite the efforts of successive defence ministers; and calls on the Government to re-energise this vital, special and enduring relationship which ought to be one of the closest and most beneficial in the world.


2715DETERIORATING HUMAN RIGHTS IN TIBET8:2:12
Fabian Hamilton
* 1
   That this House strongly condemns the Chinese security forces' unwarranted use of force including opening fire on unarmed demonstrators to quash peaceful protests in Tibet; is greatly saddened by the loss of life both of Tibetans who were shot and killed whilst protesting and the instances where Tibetans have resorted to self-immolation in an effort to draw attention to the ongoing repression by the Chinese authorities; is alarmed by the imposition of de facto martial law in Tibetan regions, the restriction of movement for Tibetans and the complete ban on foreign media; calls on the Prime Minister to make a public statement of concern on the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet; further calls on the Government to urge the Chinese government to ease tensions by withdrawing its armed forces from Tibetan areas, to release full details of all incidents involving its forces opening fire upon civilians and to give foreign journalists, humanitarian agencies and independent observers full and unfettered access to Tibetan areas to ascertain the current situation; and further calls on the Government to work with other governments to safeguard Tibetans' rights and interests and instigate a multilateral approach whereby international governments together urge the Chinese government to enter into immediate and unconditional negotiations with representatives of the Tibetan people in order to resolve the Tibetans' underlying grievances.


2716BANGLADESH, DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW8:2:12
John Hemming
* 1
   That this House supports democracy and the rule of law; condemns the attempts by fringe elements in Bangladesh to undermine democracy and the rule of law through the use of violence; and calls on the Government to take all appropriate steps to support democracy and the rule of law in Bangladesh.


2717PROPOSED EU LEGISLATION ON FINANCING OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITY IN THE WEST BANK8:2:12
Jeremy Corbyn
Richard Burden
Sir Peter Bottomley
Caroline Lucas
Sir Gerald Kaufman
Mr David Anderson
* 8
John CryerMr Andy Slaughter
   That this House welcomes the December 2011 Report by the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah, especially the proposal for appropriate EU legislation to prevent and discourage financial transactions in support of settlement activity; notes the UN Human Rights Council declaration that the Jerusalem Light Rail extension into East Jerusalem is in clear violation of international law and relevant United Nations Resolutions (Resolution 13/7 of 14 April 2010); and calls on the Government to facilitate and support effective EU legislation to ensure the cessation of EU finance for illegal Israeli settlements and that economic operators aiding and abetting the building, maintenance or servicing of illegal Israeli settlements be excluded from public contracts in the EU.


2718UK BED AND BREAKFAST ACCOMMODATION8:2:12
Tim Farron
* 1
   That this House congratulates the Lake District's Riverside Bed and Breakfast in Ambleside for its fantastic achievement of being voted the third best bed and breakfast in the World on the Tripadvisor.co.uk website; recognises that eight of the top 10 establishments in the competition are from the UK, therefore highlighting the outstanding quality of UK bed and breakfast hotels; acknowledges the importance of the UK's global reputation for high quality bed and breakfasts for the UK economy particularly in 2012 with the occurrence of the Olympic Games and the Diamond Jubilee, when the strength of the UK's hospitality trade will be a great national asset; and calls on hon. Members to promote quality bed and breakfast hotels in their own constituencies.


2719AID TO VICTIMS OF CONFLICT IN BURMA8:2:12
Valerie Vaz
* 1
   That this House welcomes the continued increase in UK aid to Burma and the visit to Burma in 2011 by the Secretary of State for International Development; further welcomes political reforms made by the government of Burma; is, however, deeply concerned that the number of people displaced last year in that country by conflict and human rights abuses doubled to almost 150,000; is alarmed that the government of Burma is continuing to block humanitarian aid to hundreds of thousands of people in conflict zones; calls on the British Government to increase aid to populations displaced by conflict, including significant increases in cross-border aid which can be the only way to access large numbers of displaced people; expresses deep concern that refugees in camps in neighbouring Thailand who have fled conflict are facing cuts in rations of 22 per cent. which could cause increased malnutrition in children; looks forward to free and fair elections with the participation of Aung San Suu Kyi and her party; and calls on the Government to significantly increase funding for Burma to support food and shelter for refugees.


2720COPYRIGHT AND CHARLES DICKENS8:2:12
Mr John Whittingdale
Mr Frank Field
Pete Wishart
Jim Dowd
Mr Brian Binley
Sir Bob Russell
* 8
Mr Don FosterMr George Howarth
   That this House notes the proposals in the consultation on the Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property which relate to orphan works, extended collective licensing models and the regulation of licensing bodies; is concerned that the latest options include amendments to the current framework for licensing copyright works in the education sector not covered by the original review; believes that these proposals will undermine the principle that copyright should give access to the consumer while ensuring authors or creators are rewarded for their endeavours, and that the erosion of these licensing schemes would adversely affect the income of writers, undermine the incentives for copyright holders and lead to a decline in the breadth and quality of material available to schools, colleges and universities; recalls that Charles Dickens was a prolific and successful writer and a passionate advocate of the principle of copyright; and calls on the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, in this year of the bicentenary of Dickens' birth, to ensure that the rights of all the UK's creative industries are properly protected.

Prepared 9th February 2012