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Early Day Motions

Published: Wednesday 16 March 2022

Early Day Motions tabled on Tuesday 15 March 2022

Early Day Motions (EDMs) are motions for which no days have been fixed.

The number of signatories includes all members who have added their names in support of the Early Day Motion (EDM), including the Member in charge of the Motion.

EDMs and added names are also published on the EDM database at www.parliament.uk/edm

[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.

New EDMs

1072Regulation and support for off-grid households

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Helen Morgan

That this House recognises the millions of rural homes that are off the UK’s national gas grid network; acknowledges that many of those homes buy fuel from oil, LPG and solid fuel markets; notes with concern that there is no regulation of those markets; calls for similar financial protection to the existing energy price cap on gas and electricity for off-grid households from high prices; and urges the Government to provide financial assistance to insulate those properties and enable the transition to renewable energy sources.


1073Ukrainian students

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Claudia Webbe

That this House laments Russia’s unprovoked, unjustifiable and abhorrent invasion of Ukraine; believes that no good can ever come from war and military escalation; calls on the international community to redouble its efforts to find a diplomatic solution that ensures peace and protects lives; calls on the Government to urgently provide a simple sanctuary route to the UK for all who need it, for the Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary to coordinate with the UN and with neighbouring countries to offer urgent humanitarian assistance to those crossing the border; further calls on the Government to provide safe passage and refuge for displaced people, refugees and asylum seekers arriving from Ukraine as well as all theatres of conflict across the globe; is deeply alarmed by worrying reports that thousands of Asian and African immigrants joining Ukrainians trying to flee the country have faced red tape, racist abuse and discrimination at the border; recognises that many of the African and Asian refugees fleeing this crisis are students; calls on the UK education sector to make funds available for disrupted courses to be transferred to UK institutions, and encourage their European counterparts to do the same; commends the heroic efforts of people like medical student Korrine Sky from Leicester who have documented their plight and that of African and Asian refugees fleeing the conflict; and calls for the international community to ensure that there is absolutely no discrimination between all people fleeing this appalling invasion.


1074The Fish Works in Largs

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Patricia Gibson

That this House congratulates the Fish Works in Largs on being named in Fry Magazine’s Top 50 Takeaway Awards 2022 for the third year in a row; commends the hard work of owners Ross and Tiffany Irvin and their staff in providing fresh quality seafood dinners; acknowledges the use of in-season ingredients, including langoustines landed on Largs Pier by local fishermen, as well as locally sourced chicken, haggis and black pudding; recognises the Fish Works’ environmental pledge to offer sustainably-caught fish and the reduction of single-use plastic in-store, providing customers with wooden forks and paper straws; notes the restaurant is active within the local community, sponsoring the junior football team Largs Colts 2010, supporting the Fisherman’s Mission and taking part in the RNLI Fish Supper weekend to raise funds for Largs RNLI; and encourages people to visit the Fish Works in Largs.


1075Train cab temperatures

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 9

John Cryer

Paula Barker

Marsha De Cordova

Kim Johnson

Grahame Morris

Cat Smith

Apsana BegumMargaret GreenwoodCharlotte Nichols

That this House notes with concern the Better Driving Cabs report published by the train drivers’ union, Aslef, which highlights the health and safety concerns of excessively hot and cold temperatures, including findings such as 85 per cent of drivers saying that their cabs have been too hot in the past two years and 72 per cent of respondents having experienced cabs that were too hot for most of their working week in warmer seasons; further notes that, when asked if exposure to hot or cold temperatures had caused harmful effects, 50 per cent of those responding said that it had, with the vast majority experiencing reduced concentration or distraction; believes that excessively hot or cold temperatures affects many workers in a range of industries and calls on the Government to work with unions to implement maximum workplace temperature legislation and a temperature at which mitigation must be introduced to try to prevent harmful effects.


1076Visa and housing schemes for Afghans and Ukrainians

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Sir Peter Bottomley

That this House welcomes the modernised open-hearted visa and housing schemes for Ukrainians; and calls on Government to introduce as many elements of those schemes as possible and appropriate to Afghans.


1077Lancaster District Community and Voluntary Solutions

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Cat Smith

That this House congratulates Lancaster District Community and Voluntary Solutions on securing funding to continue its important work building and supporting communities across the Lancaster District; notes the crucial support that the charity offers to over 500 individuals and organisations in offering financial planning, training and capacity building for charities and voluntary sector leaders; welcomes the development of the Lancaster District Volunteer Centre which seeks to build resilience and trust in the local communities as they move forward from the covid-19 outbreak; commends the work of the charity’s Community Action Networks which seek to build cohesion and sustainability across local communities and wishes Lancaster District Community and Voluntary Solutions, under the leadership of Yak Patel, very well as they endeavour to help local people and organisations achieve their dreams and goals.


1078Cervical cancer and digital cytology

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Dr Lisa Cameron

That this House recognises that cervical cancer is preventable in over 99 per cent of cases, and that measures, including the HPV vaccine and cervical screenings, are key to its prevention; recognises that attending cervical screenings is crucial, and there are opportunities to improve the experience for both clinicians and patients through new, innovative technologies and approaches, including digital cytology; highlights NHS Monkland’s pioneering use of digital cytology, developed by the medical technology company, Hologic, which supports a more flexible and efficient cervical cancer screening programme; and encourages the wider adoption of digital cytology by NHS trusts throughout the UK to impact the effectiveness of cervical cancer screening.


1079Strathaven Fairtrade Group

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Dr Lisa Cameron

That this House recognises that 2022 marks 20 years since Strathaven received its Fairtrade Town status; recognises that, because of the Fairtrade status, Strathaven ensures farmers are paid a fair price for the work they do and have a guarantee that the price of their products will always cover the cost of production; appreciates all that the town has done, including holding Traidcraft stalls on Gala Days, Reindeer Day and at the Balloon Festival, a fashion show for One World Week, a PowerPoint presentation on a study trip to Nicaragua and numerous local talks; acknowledges the founding members for all the time they have devoted to the group; and calls on the Government to commemorate the achievements of Strathaven Fairtrade during the past 20 years.


1080Veteran homelessness

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Wendy Chamberlain

That this House welcomes the Government’s commitment to end veterans’ rough sleeping by the end of 2024; recognises the excellent work that organisations such as Alabaré, Launchpad, Riverside and Stoll do in providing veterans with the specialist support they need to address complex needs and promote independent living; and calls on the Government to provide the long-term sustainable funding needed to ensure the provision of specialist supported housing for veterans who are at risk of homelessness.


1081Purple Day 2022

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Dr Lisa Cameron

That this House notes that Saturday 26 March 2022 is Purple Day, International Epilepsy Awareness Day; understands that epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological condition with an estimated 55,000 people living with epilepsy in Scotland and that approximately eight people per day are diagnosed with the condition; recognises that Purple Day is an opportunity to get people talking about epilepsy and dispel the myths and stigma attached to the condition; and further highlights that Epilepsy Scotland will be encouraging people to dress in purple and light landmarks and buildings purple to mark the day.


1082The Goring Gap

Tabled: 15/03/22 Signatories: 1

Sir Peter Bottomley

That this House calls for revocation of the conclusion of the planning inspector in the appeal relating to land north west of Goring Station, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, the Goring Gap, separating Worthing from Ferring in Arun; notes the letter of the hon. Member for Worthing West to the Prime Minister in October 2019 asking that any inspector nominated to hear an appeal against refusal of a planning proposal should be limited to gross obvious major misjudgment; rejects building over substantial parts of the valued strategic gap between Goring-by-Sea and the village of Ferring; notes the inspector recognised the first two main issues were whether the appeal site offers an acceptable location for development and the effect of the proposed development on the landscape, including in the setting of the adjacent South Downs National Park; recognises that if the inspector’s reasoning were allowed to stand, it wrecks the responsibilities of housing authorities and county councils and attacks declared ministerial policy to maintain strategic separation between towns and villages; notes that every green field and open space between the Downs and the sea is threatened by development; and asks the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to meet potentially affected hon. Members and local authority leaders without delay.

Added Names

Below are EDMs tabled in the last two weeks to which names have been added. Only the first 6 names and any new names are included.

1017Royal Mail workforce reductions

Tabled: 1/03/22 Signatories: 63

Kate Osborne

Grahame Morris

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Paula Barker

Kate Hollern

Andy McDonald

Dr Lisa CameronDrew Hendry

That this House expresses alarm at plans by Royal Mail to reduce frontline managerial jobs by 900 posts, a reduction that will further harm the postal service in this country; condemns this continued attack on the jobs of workers while shareholders receive £311 million in rewards; is appalled at the treatment of postal managers, who have been the hidden heroes of the service during the coronavirus pandemic, working excessive hours with no additional pay in order to ensure that the public receives their post and packages; calls on Royal Mail to immediately engage with the workforce and its union, Unite, to save these jobs; is concerned that Royal Mail is already failing to meet its public service obligation, with delays to post now a regular occurrence around the country; agrees with Unite that the removal of hundreds of core workers is a senseless move that will see the service worsen; and calls on the regulator to intervene immediately to prevent Royal Mail taking a death-by-a-thousand-cuts approach to a cornerstone public service.


1020Defibrillator fundraising by Jamie Canavan

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 9

David Linden

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Marion Fellows

Chris Stephens

Patrick Grady

Alison Thewliss

That this House commends Glasgow East constituent Jamie Canavan on his fundraising efforts for a defibrillator to be placed in the Shettleston community; notes that after witnessing a man receiving CPR on the side of the road, Jamie Canavan set about ensuring that the local community was equipped with a defibrillator; further notes that Jamie Canavan set up a go fund me page where he proceeded to raise the necessary £1,595 for a defibrillator; congratulates Jamie on his commitment to the local community; and thanks him for his fundraising efforts.


1024Children's rights

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 9

Layla Moran [R]

Jim Shannon

Claire Hanna

Hywel Williams

Liz Saville Roberts

Ben Lake

Alison Thewliss

That this House recognises the importance of children’s human rights; reaffirms its support for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in its entirety, in particular to its four General Principles, non-discrimination (article 2), best interest of the child (article 3), right to life survival and development (article 6) and right to be heard (article 12); and urges the Government to do all they can to ensure that other countries are held to account in applying the UNCRC, especially in countries where there may be armed conflict and notes in particular Afghanistan, Yemen, Tigray and in Palestine and the occupied territories.


1026European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service

Tabled: 2/03/22 Signatories: 11

Angus Brendan MacNeil

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Marion Fellows

Margaret Ferrier

Hywel Williams

Alison Thewliss

That this House calls on the Government to re-join the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS); notes that EGNOS is a Safety-of-Life service that is required across the UK for safe flight operations from the Hebrides to the Isles of Scilly; recognises airline services to be vital in many places for bringing mail and cargo, taking people to and from medical appointments, facilitating search and rescue operations and general travel and without this capability there is a risk to life; observes that since leaving EGNOS in June 2021 that the UK is the only G20 country without any satellite-based aviation navigation capability; and urges the Government to swiftly review and reassess the decision to leave EGNOS.


1030Property seizures in Iran

Tabled: 3/03/22 Signatories: 5

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Bob Blackman

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Alison Thewliss

That this Houses notes reports from Iran of the seizure of six properties owned by members of the Baha'i faith in the town of Semnan; further notes that ownership of these properties has been transferred to a parastatal organisation, the Execution of the Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO), by the order of the Special Court for Article 49 of the Iranian constitution; and observes that Hamid Ahmadi, a provincial manager for EIKO, is reported to have initiated the court action, resulting in the expropriations of the properties of members of the Baha'i community from which his own organisation is the direct beneficiary; and calls on the Government to make representations to the Iranian Embassy, calling on the authorities to rescind those unjust seizures of the lawful property of members of a religious minority community.


1031Big Yellow Friday 2022

Tabled: 7/03/22 Signatories: 14

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

Sir Mike Penning

Allan Dorans

Douglas Chapman

Amy CallaghanAlison Thewliss

That this House notes that 4 March 2022 is Big Yellow Friday; congratulates the Children's Liver Disease Foundation on its work in raising awareness, promoting research and providing information and support for people affected by a life­-threatening liver disease; further notes with concern that every week 20 children in the UK are diagnosed with a life­-threatening childhood liver disease that can mean a lifetime of care; commends the work of the Children's Liver Disease Foundation for working tirelessly and investing to support families and fund research projects, which helps to understand and treat childhood liver diseases; further congratulates all those taking part in Big Yellow Friday 2022 and showing support for children affected by childhood liver disease and their families; and calls on the Government to work closely with all national liver-disease charities to help ensure that childhood liver diseases are understood, prevented and treated effectively, ensuring that babies, children, young people and adults diagnosed in childhood achieve their full potential.


1032Retirement of Margaret McIntyre at Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Tabled: 7/03/22 Signatories: 9

Chris Stephens

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

Allan Dorans

Alyn Smith

Marion Fellows

Amy CallaghanAlison Thewliss

That this House congratulations Margaret McIntyre on her retirement as Bureau Manager of the Greater Pollok Citizens’ Advice Bureau after two decades in the post; notes Ms McIntyre took on the role as Bureau Manager when the Pollok Citizens’ Advice Bureau opened to the community in 2001; recognises Margaret has been with the CAB service for over 30 years, dedicating 22 years to the community of Greater Pollok; applauds the leadership that Ms McIntyre has shown in her time as Bureau Manager; further recognises the tremendous work done by Citizens Advice and Ms McIntyre over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic to assist those most in need; thanks Ms McIntyre for her outstanding service to service users and the Greater Pollok community over the years; and wishes her the best in retirement and future endeavours.


1033Retirement of Sir Jason Kenny

Tabled: 7/03/22 Signatories: 4

Yasmin Qureshi

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Apsana Begum

That this House wholeheartedly congratulates Sir Jason Kenny on an unprecedented career in cycling and wishes him all the best in his future retirement plans as Coach for Team GB; notes that Sir Jason, a proud Boltonian, is this country's most decorated Olympian ending his career with an amazing seven Gold medals; and further notes that he will go down in history as one of the greats of world cycling, alongside his wife Dame Laura Kenny, who is also the most successful female Olympian this country has ever seen.


1034World Kidney Day 2022

Tabled: 7/03/22 Signatories: 14

Daisy Cooper

Martin Docherty-Hughes

Jim Shannon

Sir Mike Penning

Apsana Begum

Jonathan Edwards

Alison Thewliss

That this House notes that World Kidney Day takes place on Thursday 10 March 2022 on the theme of education and awareness of kidney health; recognises that 250,000 people living with stage 4 and 5 chronic kidney disease are at higher risk of hospitalisation or death following COVID-19 infection than any other group and have faced difficulty protecting themselves due to challenges accessing additional vaccine doses, and guidance that excluded them; welcomes the rollout of COVID-19 treatments but encourages the Government to consider their use prophylactically to prevent infection in those for whom vaccines are less effective; commends the important work charities, such as Kidney Care UK, have done to protect, support and advocate for clinically extremely vulnerable kidney patients from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, as well as people who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed; and calls on the Government to acknowledge all late-stage chronic kidney disease patients’ vulnerability to COVID-19 and ensure this group are included in and protected by COVID-19 guidance.


1036Scotland Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association 125th Anniversary

Tabled: 7/03/22 Signatories: 15

Martin Docherty-Hughes

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

Allan Dorans

Douglas Chapman

Chris Stephens

Amy CallaghanDeidre BrockDave DooganAlison ThewlissAnne McLaughlinDr Philippa Whitford

That this House is delighted to acknowledge the 125th anniversary of the establishment of the Scotland Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), also known as Scotland GAA; believes that Scotland GAA has been instrumental in maintaining and strengthening the links between the sport, Ireland and the Irish diaspora across Scotland over the last century and that the organisation continues to grow with strength; wishes to extend its thanks to those involved in the organisation for their dedication and hard work; and believes that a positive long term future of the sport is built on strong foundations with their Sports Community Hub based in Clydebank.


1045Endometriosis Awareness Month 2022

Tabled: 7/03/22 Signatories: 20

Jim Shannon

Carla Lockhart

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Sir Mike Penning

Mohammad Yasin

Patricia Gibson

Alison Thewliss

That this House notes Endometriosis Awareness Month 2022; further notes that it is estimated that one in 10 women have endometriosis which frequently presents with the symptom of pain and which can cause infertility in up to 40 per cent of sufferers; highlights this awareness month to promote a greater awareness and understanding of endometriosis among the medical profession, education sector, employers, politicians and society in general; and reaffirms the right of women to access best practice and consistent care and treatment for everyone regardless of where they live.


104650th anniversary of the bombing of the Abercorn Restaurant in Belfast

Tabled: 7/03/22 Signatories: 7

Jim Shannon

Carla Lockhart

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Sir Mike Penning

Paul Girvan

Stephen Farry

Mr Gregory Campbell

That this House notes the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Abercorn Restaurant in Belfast; highlights the loss of innocent life with the death of Anne Owens and Janet Bereen with the bomb detonation a mere two minutes after the warning was phoned in and expresses our continued sympathy; further expresses support for the 130 victims who were maimed and live with the physical and emotional scars; and also remembers those first responders on the scene of that atrocity who dealt with images that can never be forgotten perpetrated by those who have never been charged or arrested and into which an historical investigation has not been carried out.


1050The future of Gaelic language media

Tabled: 8/03/22 Signatories: 14

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Kevin Brennan

Jamie Stone

Christine Jardine

Wendy Chamberlain

Jonathan Edwards

Alison Thewliss

That this House notes the important cultural and economic contribution that minority language broadcasting contributes to the communities it serves and the UK’s wider creative economy; recognises that there is a vital opportunity to use the Government's upcoming Broadcasting White Paper to tackle shortcomings in the current legislative status for Gaelic broadcasting; and urges the Government to provide a clear statutory basis for Gaelic language public service media, putting it on an equal footing with Welsh language broadcasting.


1053Treatment of workers following closure of Dawnfresh factory, Uddingston

Tabled: 8/03/22 Signatories: 19

Ian Mearns

Ian Lavery

Kate Osborne

Mick Whitley

Kim Johnson

Jim Shannon

Jon TrickettDrew Hendry

That this House condemns the treatment of 200 loyal staff of Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd following the closure of the Uddingston site near Glasgow as a result of the company being put into administration; notes that Dawnfresh, one of the UK’s largest fish and seafood processors, was owned by billionaire Alastair Salvesen, one of the richest people in Scotland; further notes at as a result of the site closure, the workers were denied the opportunities they had been promised to either transfer to the company’s Arbroath site, recently upgraded with extensive public subsidies, or negotiate redundancy terms; is scandalised that whilst Salveson prioritised the recovery of his private art collection from the site, the workers from the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union found their employment terminated without notice and without receiving wages they were owed, forcing people into such financial jeopardy that they fear being forced to turn to food banks; and therefore calls on the Government to urgently review and reform the legal framework which allows such callous treatment of workers.


1054A green transition from Russian oil and gas

Tabled: 9/03/22 Signatories: 14

Sarah Olney

Caroline Lucas

Dan Carden

Ed Davey

Wendy Chamberlain

Tim Farron

Apsana Begum

That this House maintains an unwavering commitment to achieving net zero targets; acknowledges the urgent need to tackle high carbon emissions produced by homes across the UK; recognises the need for a comprehensive Government scheme to incentivise retrofitting to improve energy efficiency of homes and buildings; pledges that any future additional investment in energy production is directed to renewable sources of energy; extends the phasing out of Russian energy supply imports to include natural gas; and commits to making the transition away from Russian oil and gas a green one.


1056Atalian Servest cleaners and the West Coast Mainline

Tabled: 9/03/22 Signatories: 22

Kim Johnson

Ian Mearns

Paula Barker

Grahame Morris

Mick Whitley

Apsana Begum

Kate OsborneJon Trickett

That this House supports cleaners employed by Atalian Servest who are members of the RMT union and taking industrial action in support of better pay, sick pay and travel facilities; notes that these cleaners, who clean trains and stations on the West Coast Mainline, have worked throughout the pandemic at great personal risk, to ensure that rail travel is safe and to help keep essential services running; further notes that passenger surveys consistently stress the importance of cleanliness in restoring confidence in public transport, making clear that cleaning is an essential service; is concerned to learn that Atalian Servest’s cleaners are only paid £9.68 per hour and that none receives company sick pay; is deeply disappointed that, in spite of the strength of feeling among these keyworkers, Atalian Servest have failed to make a satisfactory pay offer to these cleaners, while paying a £10.8 million dividend to their French parent company; and calls on Atalian to meet the cleaners’ claims and for the client, Avanti West Coast, which itself recently declared a dividend of £11.5 million to its owners, to help facilitate a settlement that will give cleaners the respect and dignity they deserve.


1057Red diesel

Tabled: 10/03/22 Signatories: 4

Carla Lockhart

Jim Shannon

Jamie Stone

Alison Thewliss

That this House recognises the cliff edge scenario for the construction, waste and haulage industry that has been caused as a result of the Government's proposed changes in the red diesel rebate that are due to take effect on 1 April 2022; calls on the Treasury to delay that change given other escalating costs and allow time for greener alternatives to actually become available to industry; notes that, for such a significant change in taxation, the economic climate and context within the industry should be key determinants when choosing the time to implement that change; argues that that change is being pursued at a time when construction companies are under unprecedented pressures, with unprecedented input cost rises across materials and energy; acknowledges that the Government has stated that that change is necessary to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions but asserts that that is a flawed logic since the technology and alternative fuel sources to power the construction and transport industry is simply not available right now; further asserts that as a result of the timing of that change, users will switch from red to white diesel, and indeed because some biofuels are also having their rebate withdrawn, users will also be switching from biofuel to diesel; asserts that it is imperative that the Government rethink this policy and permit industry a transition period to allow time for the development of alternative fuels and machinery that can use those alternative fuels.


1063Insourcing Merseyrail cleaners

Tabled: 10/03/22 Signatories: 17

Dan Carden

Charlotte Nichols

Kim Johnson

Mick Whitley

Paula Barker

Ian Byrne

Apsana BegumKate OsborneJon Trickett

That this House believes that the pandemic has demonstrated beyond doubt the essential nature of cleaning and cleaners on public transport; notes that outsourcing these workers has delivered low pay, exploitation, disputes and corner-cutting in the drive to create profits; further notes that Mitie's contract with Merseyrail comes to an end next year; believes that insourcing would create better jobs with fairer pay and make it easier to drive improvements in service quality; and urges Merseyrail to sit down with the RMT union and work up a fully-costed proposal to bring these key workers in-house.


1064Medical aid for Ukraine

Tabled: 10/03/22 Signatories: 15

Ed Davey

Layla Moran

Jonathan Edwards

Stephen Farry

Paula Barker

Jeremy Corbyn

Apsana Begum

That this House supports the need to send emergency medical aid to the people of Ukraine; acknowledges that local emergency services in Ukraine are running out of vital medical supplies that can mean the difference between life and death for many people; notes the urgent nature of providing the people of Ukraine with this medical equipment; recognises that the UK should do more to support the people of Ukraine; urges the UK Government to immediately deploy a more ambitious emergency medical aid package to Ukraine, in addition to the £120 million humanitarian aid package previously announced; and calls on the UK Government to reverse the misguided cut to the international development budget and immediately return to spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on Official Development Assistance.


1065Support for Ukrainian refugees

Tabled: 14/03/22 Signatories: 24

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Apsana Begum

Wera Hobhouse

Margaret Ferrier

Kate Osborne

Kenny MacAskill

Wendy ChamberlainMs Diane AbbottClaudia WebbeAllan DoransGrahame MorrisZarah SultanaRichard BurgonAndy McDonaldJeremy CorbynDaisy CooperMick WhitleyIan ByrneKim JohnsonAlison ThewlissAnne McLaughlinIan LaveryMarsha De CordovaBeth Winter

That this House condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in contravention to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, as set out by the United Nations Charter, and resulting in catastrophic consequences for civilians; supports the international community’s call for Russia to withdraw troops immediately and for the humanitarian crisis to be urgently addressed; notes with concern that while the Government has said it will allow some relatives of Ukrainian nationals already in the UK to enter, there have been reports that it has stopped accepting visas from people trapped in Ukraine; is further concerned at reports of racist and unfair treatment of refugees; calls on all countries, including the UK, to provide humanitarian aid and assist all refugees in need; believes in the fundamental rights of refugees which includes an obligation to ensure there are always safe routes for those seeking sanctuary and asylum; and calls on the Government to ensure that the Nationality and Borders Bill does not criminalise Ukrainian or any other refugees who arrive in the UK through an irregular route.


1066Fife and plastic recycling

Tabled: 14/03/22 Signatories: 5

Peter Grant

Douglas Chapman

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Alison Thewliss

That this House congratulates Fife Council on becoming the first Council in Scotland to collect a wider range of plastics for kerbside recycling, which now includes flexible plastic and film; notes that the new recycling facility based in Dunfermline will sort and bale plastics which will go on to be recycled by YES Recycling in Glenrothes; further notes that these will be turned into Ecosheet – a plywood alternative that can be used in construction, DIY, agriculture and fabrication; highlights that this important work is a step towards developing a circular economy, which will reduce carbon emissions and help to tackle climate change, as well as provide a financial saving for the Council by avoiding costs for disposal and landfill tax each year; commends the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund, administered by Zero Waste Scotland, which awarded Fife Council £470,000 to purchase the Tomra Optical Sorter which segregates flexible plastics for recycling; thanks the arm’s length external organisation, Cireco, in delivering this hugely beneficial project; notes the aims of the Scottish Government’s Recycling Improvement Fund to help communities move towards a circular economy where materials and products are kept in use for as long as possible while moving away from short-term, wasteful, throwaway approaches to waste; thanks Fife Council, YES Recycling, Zero Waste Scotland and all involved for leading the way in waste recycling across Scotland and the UK; and hopes that many other Council areas across the whole of the UK may follow suit.


1067Collydean Primary School Green Flag Award

Tabled: 14/03/22 Signatories: 4

Peter Grant

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Alison Thewliss

That this House congratulates Collydean Primary School on being awarded an Eco-Schools Green Flag from Keep Scotland Beautiful (KSB); notes that the KSB’s award recognises nurseries and schools that have made a commitment to the Eco-Schools Scotland programme and over two years have engaged the whole school community to take action on climate change; thanks the pupils, school staff and Parent Council for their amazing work in reducing the amount of litter in and around the school; recognises the hard work of both upper school pupils and their younger counterparts who buddied up to litter pick around the school grounds together and to staff and the Parent Council’s aim to reduce the amount of litter left by members of the public using the school after hours; highlights the KSB’s programme which aims to make action to tackle climate change and awareness of our environment an intrinsic part of life ethos for schools and nurseries; thanks the pupils, staff and Parent Council for their excellent work in engaging the wider school community to look after the local environment and raising awareness of this vitally important issue; and hopes that other local schools and nurseries may follow the outstanding example set by Collydean Primary School.


1069St Patrick's message of God's love and redemptive plan

Tabled: 14/03/22 Signatories: 3

Jim Shannon

Mr Gregory Campbell

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

That this House highlights that St Patrick's message of God's love and redemptive plan and purpose is as relevant today as it was when he left his home in mainland Britain to spread the gospel in Ireland during the 400 ADs; further reminds all those who celebrate St Patrick's Day that the three leaf clover representing Father, Son and Holy Spirit was used as a tool to spread the gospel message of hope and that St Patrick's selfless devotion to God and to others can be replicated daily in our communities; and reaffirms that prayer of St Patrick asking may Christ be with us, before us, in us and Christ be over all.


1070Quad bike safety

Tabled: 14/03/22 Signatories: 4

Jim Shannon

Sir Mike Penning

Mr Gregory Campbell

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

That this House reiterates the calls of the farming unions on quad bike safety; highlights the vital necessity of helmets for every journey regardless of length; and reminds parents of the age restrictions in place to save lives.