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Early Day Motions

Published: Thursday 19 May 2022

Early Day Motions tabled on Wednesday 18 May 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

73Use of Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil

Tabled: 18/05/22 Signatories: 1

Mr Barry Sheerman

That this House recognises the harm that poor air quality has on the health of everyone in the United Kingdom; notes the Government’s target to reach net zero emissions by 2050; further notes the importance of evidence-based policy in achieving this target; understands that Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel can reduce carbon emissions on heavy goods vehicles by an average of 90%; notes with concern that HVO is not being adopted more widely and that HVO fuel has a more expensive pump price than diesel fuel; suggests that the Treasury should implement an HVO rebate scheme to increase the usage of HVO fuel; further notes that this would mollify the pressure on consumer struggling with high costs for fuel and have a significant positive impact on our environment.


74World’s first tidal turbine blade testing facility

Tabled: 18/05/22 Signatories: 1

Douglas Chapman

That this House notes the world’s first testing facility for tidal turbine blades has opened in Rosyth; further notes that in less than three months the FastBlade facility will be able to simulate the stresses placed on a turbine blade over two decades of use; recognises this will allow for the design of turbine blades to be significantly enhanced by making them more durable and efficient; anticipates this development will accelerate advances in tidal energy technology and Scotland’s journey to net zero; and praises staff from the University of Edinburgh, Babcock, and other organisations involved in this initiative.


75Changes to Universal Credit

Tabled: 18/05/22 Signatories: 1

Chris Stephens

This House notes that Universal Credit payments are not keeping pace with rising living costs; notes that deductions taken from those payments, for example to repay advances, leave households on low incomes struggling to afford food and other essentials; recognises the action taken by the Department for Work and Pensions in 2021 to extend the repayment period for Advances from 12 to 24 months and to reduce the maximum rate of deductions from 30% of the standard allowance to 25%; and calls on the Department to immediately take further action by reducing the maximum rate to 10% again, in recognition of the fact that deductions are taken from benefits already set at subsistence levels.


76Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

Tabled: 18/05/22 Signatories: 1

Mr Virendra Sharma

That this House recognises the importance of the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre of 1919 for its importance as a turning point in the history of the Raj and British Empire in India; notes that the centenary of this event passed without a commitment to a public apology; further recognises that former Prime Minister, David Cameron, referred to the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre as a deeply shameful act; further notes that this event does not represent modern British values; urges the Government to ensure that British children are taught about this shameful period and that modern British values welcome the right to peaceful protest; and further urges the Government formally to apologise in the House and inaugurate a memorial day to commemorate this event.


77Killing of Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Aqla

Tabled: 18/05/22 Signatories: 1

Mr Alistair Carmichael

That this House condemns unreservedly the killing of Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Aqla in the Jenin refugee camp while reporting on a raid by Israeli forces; notes that last year UNESCO recorded fifty-five deaths of journalists while working; recognises that Shireen was an experienced and popular journalist across the Middle East and in Palestine in particular and that her loss will be deeply felt by colleagues and others across the region; notes that Al Jazeera producer Ali Samoudi was also injured in the shooting; calls on the UK Government to make representations to the Government of Israel to allow an independent investigation into the shooting so that those responsible can be held to account; and condemns further the violence inflicted on mourners at the funeral of Shireen Abu Aqla, described by the leaders of fifteen Christian denominations as a violent intrusion by Israeli police.


78Implementation of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review recommendations

Tabled: 18/05/22 Signatories: 1

Cat Smith

That this House notes that sodium valproate can cause serious problems in a developing baby; further notes that 10 percent of babies whose mothers take sodium valproate during pregnancy are at risk of having a birth defect, and up to 40 percent have problems with development and learning as they grow; welcomes the July 2020 Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review; and calls on the Government to implement its recommendations in full, including paying compensation to people disabled by sodium valproate.

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.

1Planned coalmine in Whitehaven, Cumbria

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 8

Caroline Lucas

Jonathan Edwards

Douglas Chapman

Beth Winter

John McDonnell

Kim Johnson

Paul Girvan

That this House is concerned by Government plans to approve the first new coalmine for 30 years in Whitehaven, Cumbria, in order to supply steelworks; notes that industry figures say there’s no demand for the mine, and that a former British Steel Chief Executive has warned the plans will delay the conversion to green steel; further notes that coal from the proposed mine will mostly be exported to Europe, will not reduce reliance on Russian coal, and will create far fewer jobs in Cumbria than would be generated by investment in green industries; recognises that no new unabated coal plants, new coal mines or mine extensions can be approved for development after 2021 according to the IEA if global temperature rise is to be limited to 1.5 degrees; further recognises the Glasgow Climate Pact committed the UK to accelerating efforts towards the phasedown of unabated coal power; welcomes the UK’s founding role in the creation of the Powering Past Coal Alliance and the Government’s recognition that the current statutory duty to maintain and develop an economically viable domestic coal-mining industry is at odds with its climate leadership ambitions and policies on coal; and therefore calls on the Government to urgently rule out any new coal mining in the UK, set a 2035 near zero emission steel target, and amend the Coal Industry Act to give the Coal Authority a statutory duty to manage the phasing out of the coal industry, with priority given to a just transition for workers.


2Green New Deal Bill

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 21

Caroline Lucas

Clive Lewis

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Farry

Nadia Whittome

Claire Hanna

Kate Osborne

That this House notes the lack of a sufficient and comprehensive Government plan to decarbonise the UK economy in response to the climate and nature emergencies; recognises public support for bolder and faster action; and calls on the Government to support the Green New Deal Bill, formally known as the Decarbonisation and Economic Strategy Bill, which will introduce legally binding targets in line with the UK’s commitment to stay within 1.5 degrees of global heating, reverse inequality, protect and restore nature and the environment, implement new measures of progress that prioritise human and ecological wellbeing in line with the recommendations of the Treasury-commissioned Dasgupta Review, change the way Government manages the economy to enable unprecedented investment in the Green New Deal, end any plans to licence new fossil fuel exploration and new coal mining, establish a comprehensive action plan to transform the UK's energy supply, transport system, farming, land management, homes, buildings, green spaces and the way of working, creating millions of good green jobs across the UK, involve communities, trade unions and workers in the development of the plan, ensuring a just transition by prioritising investment in communities excluded from full participation in the economy and those working in today's high-emissions sectors, enhance the democratic power and resources of devolved governments, local authorities and elected mayors, increase democratic ownership in key sectors including energy, water, transport and mail and advance global justice by ensuring finance and technology for the global South and by promoting the Green New Deal globally.


3Fife Alcohol Support Services Near Fatal Overdose team Corra Foundation funding

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 4

Neale Hanvey

John McDonnell

Kenny MacAskill

Chris Stephens

That this House recognises the tremendous value of the vital drop-in services provided by the teams and volunteers at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) for those affected drug and alcohol dependency; further recognises that the support they offer is provided to communities across the Kingdom of Fife; congratulates the FASS Near Fatal Overdose (NFO) team in securing Corra Foundation funding which will allow them to assist people and their loved ones avoid the tragedy of a drug-related death until 2026; welcomes the opportunity for the NFO team to expand their pro-active and life-saving partnership with the Scottish Ambulance Service in assisting those affected during and after a near fatal overdose; notes the important progress being made to establish new direct-referral pathways and the provision of education to communities and families on the dangers of drugs, prescription drugs and the misuse of alcohol and other substances; and wishes FASS and the NFO team continued success with their approach and their ambition to significantly reduce the devastation of drug and alcohol deaths in Fife.


6P&O Ferries and employment rights

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 20

Sarah Olney

Layla Moran

Tim Farron

Ed Davey

Dan Carden

Wendy Chamberlain

Christine JardineKate Osborne

That this House condemns in the strongest possible terms the decision of P&O Ferries to fire 800 staff without notice or consultation with their trade unions, the RMT and Nautilus; demands the immediate reinstatement of the sacked workers; further condemns their replacement with agency workers earning as little as £1.80 per hour; condemns P&O’s use of hired private security guards to remove seafarers from their place of work; notes that DP World, the owner of P&O Ferries, received millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money during the coronavirus pandemic; calls on the Government to suspend the contracts and licences of DP World and remove them from the Government’s Transport Advisory Group; recognises the safety inspections carried out, but asks that the result of these inspections be published in full; and further calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to outlaw fire and rehire practices, strengthen workers’ rights, and ensure that operators using UK ports pay seafarers at least the national minimum wage.


11Veteran homelessness

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 18

Wendy Chamberlain

Layla Moran

Tim Farron

Ed Davey

Douglas Chapman

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Wera HobhouseChristine Jardine

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.


15National Service Veterans Association and the National Servicemen's Alliance

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 14

Ian Lavery

Jim Shannon

Jon Trickett

Grahame Morris

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Claudia Webbe

Paul GirvanKate Osborne

This House notes the role played by the National Service Veterans Association and the National Servicemen's Alliance in honouring and remembering the 2.3 million young men conscripted into the British Army under the National Service Act between 1947 and 1963; notes that youngest of those who gave their service under the Act are now 82; further notes that many of the founding objectives of both organisations have been successful, particularly to assist those former National Servicemen disadvantaged by their service, to raise awareness of the service to our county and to seek official recognition; notes that while the organisations have campaigned over many years to see the contribution given to their country by these men recognised by awarding a medal this has not yet come to fruition; supports the organisations ongoing work to see those who undertook national service to be properly recognised; and calls on the Government to right a historic wrong and ensure that medals are awarded to National Servicemen for their work on behalf of our nation.


16Refuse disposal workers' pay and conditions

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 10

Zarah Sultana

Dan Carden

Jonathan Edwards

Beth Winter

Ian Lavery

Claudia Webbe

Kate Osborne

That this House notes the recent wave of industrial action from refuse disposal workers, including in Coventry, Rugby, Wealdon, and Brighton; further notes improved pay agreements have been reached to avoid further refuse disposal workers strikes at locations including Northampton and Manchester; notes that refuse disposal workers were rightly recognised as key workers during the pandemic; notes the cost-of-living crisis and the soaring costs of basic necessities such as energy bills, food, and fuel; further notes the significant central government cuts to local authorities over the past 12 years; believes that refuse disposal workers deserve decent wages and terms and conditions; calls on the government to properly fund local authorities, reversing more than a decade of cuts; calls on local authorities to treat trade union reps with dignity and respect; and calls on local authorities to engage constructively with striking refusal disposal workers, bringing forward new deals to meet workers’ concerns.


19Disability Benefit Assessments and the Health & Disability Green Paper

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 19

Marsha De Cordova

Dan Carden

Jonathan Edwards

Jim Shannon

Patricia Gibson

Beth Winter

Kate Osborne

That this House notes that Department for Work and Pensions statistics show that of the 1.5 million Incapacity Benefit claimants who were assessed for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) up until June 2019, 268,000 were found Fit for Work, a proportion of 18 per cent, that between 2013-2020, only 66,000 out of 400,000 requests for Mandatory Reconsideration of an ESA-Work Capability Assessment (WCA) decision resulted in a changed decision, that in 2019-20, 75 per cent of WCA appeals to the independent Tribunal were won by the claimant, that by 2020, of 1.5 million disabled people previously in receipt of Disability Living Allowance who had been reassessed for Personal Independence Payment (PIP), nearly half, 706,473, had seen their entitlement either reduced or disallowed, that of the six million people who have applied for PIP, 2.7m have been refused, a proportion of 46 per cent, that of those going on to lodge a PIP appeal in 2020-21, 31,720, DWP conceded 10,990 appeals before they even went in front of the Tribunal and lost two-thirds of those that were decided there; further notes that while the July 2021 Health & Disability Green Paper does have some useful operational changes, it does not go far enough in remedying DWP’s poor quality decision-making and reforming the assessments regimes; and calls on the Government to commit to much more fundamental reform of WCA and PIP assessment in the forthcoming White Paper to guarantee disabled and seriously unwell people receive the social security they need to live on.


20Covid-19 testing and school exams

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 14

Munira Wilson

Helen Morgan

Tim Farron

Ed Davey

Dan Carden

Wendy Chamberlain

Wera Hobhouse

That this House recognises the impact of the covid-19 outbreak on pupil and staff absences; believes there is potential for further disruption in the coming weeks; commends the tireless work of school leaders, teachers and support staff to ensure schools are as safe as possible for the exam season; yet notes that schools have been informed by the Department for Education that stocks of lateral flow tests are not to be distributed; calls on the Government to immediately communicate to schools that they can use any stocks of lateral flow tests held locally; and further calls on the Government to make free testing available for all pupils and staff, including exam invigilators, for the next few weeks to cover the essential exam period.


22Local Election results in Oxfordshire

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 9

Layla Moran

Helen Morgan

Tim Farron

Ed Davey

Wendy Chamberlain

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Wera Hobhouse

That this House congratulates Lidia Arciszewska, Hugo Ashton, Alaric Smith, Julian Cooper, Jean Conway, Gemma Coton, Laurence Fouweather, David Hingley, Dave Jackson, Natalie King, Katherine Miles, Charlie Maynard, Angus Patrick, Sally Povolotsky, Christopher Pruden, Carl Rylett, Jo Sandelson and Chris Smowton on being elected as Liberal Democrat councillors in Oxfordshire; notes that in West Oxfordshire, a Conservative administration which has lasted more than two decades was toppled; looks forward to the forming of a new, cross-party administration; acknowledges that people across Oxfordshire are fed up of being taken for granted by the Conservatives, and have sent a clear message in these local elections results; and wishes all these councillors the best of luck in serving their constituents and representing their communities over the next four years.


2460 years of ENABLE Renfrew

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 11

Gavin Newlands

Jim Shannon

Patricia Gibson

Allan Dorans

Patrick Grady

Chris Law

Alan Brown

That this House congratulates ENABLE Renfrew on its 60 years of service to the community in Renfrew and throughout Renfrewshire; notes its formation in 1962 by parents of children with learning difficulties in the area; notes its outstanding work in supporting families in the community who value and need the services and support it provides; recognises the decades-long commitment of current and former committee members who have ensured the organisation’s long-term success; and further recognises the outstanding contribution by Mr Charlie Newlands, who is no relation to the hon Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, over the past 50 years to the work carried out by ENABLE Renfrew as it enters its seventh decade of existence.


25Roza Salih's election as a Councillor in Scotland

Tabled: 10/05/22 Signatories: 29

Chris Stephens

Alison Thewliss

Anne McLaughlin

Patrick Grady

David Linden

Carol Monaghan

Brendan O'HaraHannah BardellKate Osborne

That this House celebrates the huge achievement of Roza Salih, a Kurdish-born, Scottish human rights activist and campaigner who has become the first former refugee to be elected as a local councillor in Scotland; congratulates Roza on her election on May 6 2022 to serve as a councillor for the Greater Pollok ward in Glasgow; welcomes the huge wealth of experience and talent that Roza will bring to the role; recognises her victory will inspire refugees and asylum seekers across the four nations of the UK; acknowledges the historical significance of this moment for Scotland; remembers Roza’s first political campaign as a co-founder of the Glasgow Girls at just 15 with fellow pupils from Drumchapel High School who campaigned to stop the UK Border Force carrying out dawn raids and detaining and deporting children, and whose campaign successfully prevented the deportation of their school friend Agnesa Murselaj; and wishes Roza great success serving the people of Greater Pollok over the next five years.


26Mental Health Awareness Week

Tabled: 11/05/22 Signatories: 16

Jim Shannon

Sarah Green

Rachael Maskell

Neale Hanvey

Hywel Williams

Ben Lake

Patricia GibsonChristine Jardine

That this House notes Mental Health Awareness Week running from 9 to 15 May 2022; further notes that the Mental Health Foundation are focussing on awareness of the impact of loneliness on mental health and the practical steps that can be taken to address it; highlights the awful finding that one in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time; takes this opportunity to thank all those voluntary organisations and churches who were at pains to ensure that their members were not completely isolated during covid-19 and yet understands that covid-19 has exacerbated Loneliness for many people; and further encourages organisations and local communities to continue to take those steps to make contact with people as they did during covid-19 and take time to ensure that people know they are not alone.


28Abortion rights in the United States

Tabled: 11/05/22 Signatories: 17

Ms Diane Abbott

Jonathan Edwards

Hywel Williams

Liz Saville Roberts

Ben Lake

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Tommy SheppardChristine JardineNadia WhittomeKate Osborne

That this House expresses its grave concern about the series of attacks that have been launched in the United States on a woman's right to choose; notes that the leaked opinion of the US Supreme Court overturning the judgement of Roe v Wade has been authenticated; is aware that poorer women and many from ethnic minorities already experience severe difficulties in exercising their reproductive rights and that this situation could become much worse; further notes that anti-choice campaigners in the United States are attempting to build support overseas, including in this country; and resolves to support a strong defence of a woman's right to choose in this country and internationally.


29Energy price rises and the price cap

Tabled: 11/05/22 Signatories: 12

Ms Diane Abbott

Rachael Maskell

Neale Hanvey

Margaret Ferrier

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Caroline Lucas

Paul GirvanKate Osborne

That this House notes the recent rise in energy prices and that these price rises have intensified a cost of living crisis; also notes that the price cap is projected to rise again in October 2022 and that this, in combination with the seasonal increase in demand for energy in winter, will impoverish millions of the poorest in Britain; further notes that Ofgem is a government agency which determines the energy price cap and that energy companies have made record profits this year; and calls on the Government to direct Ofgem to rule out any increase in the energy price cap in October.


31Consumer phone access

Tabled: 11/05/22 Signatories: 6

Robert Halfon

Jonathan Edwards

Sir Mike Penning

Jim Shannon

John McDonnell

Paul Girvan

That this House believes that consumers deserve a proper customer telephone service from utility and service provider companies; congratulates the Daily Mail for launching this important campaign; notes that no customer should have to wait longer than ten minutes to be connected to an adviser, rather than an automated bot; understands that older or more vulnerable people cannot always access internet services and that therefore the provision of an adequate telephone service is critical; recognises that if companies fail to provide a suitable and adequate phone service to support their customers, they should face financial penalties which can be passed on to the consumer through rebates; and calls upon the Government to introduce new customer protection legislation that would ensure efficient, responsible and immediate customer service is guaranteed.


32ME Awareness Day 2022

Tabled: 11/05/22 Signatories: 35

Carol Monaghan

Rachael Maskell

Jonathan Edwards

Cat Smith

Margaret Ferrier

Stephen Metcalfe

Ed DaveyPaul GirvanYasmin QureshiPatricia GibsonKate Osborne

That this House recognises 12 May 2022 as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Awareness Day, which aims to highlight the impact this condition has on approximately 250,000 people across the UK; commends the endless dedication of campaigners and charities working to raise awareness of ME as a serious and debilitating neurological condition; welcomes the publication of the new National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines on ME/CFS which has removed the recommendation of graded exercise therapy; looks forward to the full implementation of these guidelines as part of a complete overhaul of how ME services are planned and delivered; and calls on the Government to take urgent and significant steps to improve health and social care provision for people with ME.


33Moratorium on fracking

Tabled: 11/05/22 Signatories: 12

Wera Hobhouse

Rachael Maskell

Jonathan Edwards

Cat Smith

Dan Carden

Neale Hanvey

Douglas ChapmanKate OsborneChris Stephens

That this House expresses concern at reports that Cuadrilla have been given another year to explore options for its wells; regrets that fracking for shale gas is still being considered despite the renewable alternatives that are available; urges the Government to ensure the moratorium on fracking is made both statutory and permanent; and calls on the Prime Minister to step in to ensure all fracking wells are decommissioned as soon as possible.


34Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

Tabled: 11/05/22 Signatories: 34

Grahame Morris

John McDonnell

Kim Johnson

Tommy Sheppard

Liz Saville Roberts

Caroline Lucas

Hannah BardellHywel WilliamsBen Lake

That this House is shocked by the killing of Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by Israeli forces whilst reporting on raids in Jenin; extends its sincere condolences to her family and colleagues who are devastated by her death; is appalled that this widely-respected, brave and committed journalist was hit by a bullet whilst wearing a press vest, with gunfire having started without prior instruction to stop filming; notes that fellow journalist Shatha Hanaysha who was present at the time believes that the group was targeted for attack by the Israeli army; considers that this shocking incident must be in the wider context of Israeli forces systematically targeting journalists working in Palestine and the failure to properly investigate killings of media workers; notes that the International Federation of Journalists, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate and the International Centre of Justice for Palestinians previously submitted a formal complaint to the International Criminal Court last month regarding such treatment; calls for a full independent investigation of this case, with swift action to bring those responsible for Shireen’s death to account; and joins the National Union of Journalists and the International Federation of Journalists in demanding an end to, and justice for, the wider targeting and killings of Palestinian journalists by Israeli forces.


35Ivors Week

Tabled: 12/05/22 Signatories: 12

Kevin Brennan [R]

Jonathan Edwards

Margaret Ferrier

Alison Thewliss

Jim Shannon

John McDonnell

Kim JohnsonChristina ReesSir Greg Knight [R] Julie ElliottValerie VazChris Stephens

That this House notes that 16 to 20 May 2022 is Ivors Week, and joins the Ivors Academy in celebrating this country's world-leading songwriters and composers, culminating in the Ivor Novello Awards which honour the best in British and Irish songwriting and composing; further notes that the success of the UK music industry is founded upon the talent and creativity of world-leading composers and lyricists; and calls on the UK music industry and the Government to ensure that a business and public policy framework exists to nurture future songwriting talent and to properly reward those whose creativity helps generate the £5.2 billion annual economic contribution that music makes to UK plc as well as furnishing people with the soundtracks of their lives.


36Arrests in Hong Kong

Tabled: 12/05/22 Signatories: 28

Sir Edward Leigh

Mike Kane

Patrick Grady

Jim Shannon

Margaret Ferrier

Jonathan Edwards

Paul Girvan

That this House notes with concern reports that His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen, Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, aged 90, has been arrested in Hong Kong on charges relating to breaches of China's National Security Law; further notes reports that alongside Cardinal Zen, Cantopop singer and actor Denise Ho, former legislator Margaret Ng, and academic Dr Hui Po Keung have been arrested for being associated with a now-defunct organisation that helped protesters in financial need and that they have been accused of colluding with foreign forces; agrees with the comments of Human Rights Watch that the arrest of 90-year-old Cardinal for peaceful activities is a a shocking new low for Hong Kong's administration and illustrates the city's free-fall in human rights over the past two years; and calls on the Foreign Secretary to make urgent representations to the authorities in Hong Kong and China to secure the release of the Cardinal and his fellow detainees.


40Registration of deaths after a public inquiry

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 29

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Kim Johnson

Jim Shannon

Yvonne Fovargue

Alex Cunningham

Rosie Cooper

Tony LloydWera HobhousePaul GirvanHywel WilliamsLiz Saville RobertsBen Lake

That this House notes the urgent need to amend legislation to allow grieving families the choice to register the death of a loved one after a public inquiry; highlights the heart-breaking case of Liam Curry and Chloe Rutherford from South Shields who were tragically murdered in the Manchester Arena terror attack in May 2017 and whose parents are being denied the chance to register the death of their own precious children; further notes that for many families, registering a death may be a vital step in their grieving process, especially in cases of an unexpected and traumatic death that results in an inquiry; and calls on the Government to put bereaved families at the heart of inquiries by listening to their needs and making the necessary changes to this important issue.


42Ukrainian forces in Azovstal

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 10

Patricia Gibson

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

Angela Crawley

Chris Stephens

Wera HobhouseChristine Jardine

That this House both recognises and salutes the heroism and fortitude of the Ukrainian soldiers and volunteers fighting for their country in the Azovstal steel works at Mariupol; understands that the Azovstal defenders are trapped, starving and lacking in fresh water, ammunition, medicine, adequate heating, sanitation and heavy weapons, with several hundred reputed to be wounded, whilst the defenders suffer from almost continuous bombardment; further understands that the defenders of Azovstal fight on without hope of relief or rescue, knowing that their continued resistance prevents the deployment of their Russian attackers elsewhere against Ukraine; acknowledges the anguish of the parents, siblings, wives, partners and children of Azovstal’s Ukrainian fighters, who it understands fear for their loved ones and who want them to return home safely; and believes that, while words like hero and heroism have been devalued over the years through their misuse, the courage and determination of Azovstal’s defenders shows the true meaning of those words, as they battle on in pursuit of a free and independent Ukraine.


44Ownership of Channel 4

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 21

Jamie Stone

Mr Barry Sheerman

Kim Johnson

Jonathan Edwards

Douglas Chapman

Rachael Maskell

Neale HanveyStephen FarryPatricia GibsonChristine JardineMr Virendra SharmaSarah OlneyHywel WilliamsLiz Saville RobertsBen LakeWendy ChamberlainValerie VazKate Osborne

That this House is concerned about the Government's plans to privatise Channel 4, a publicly owned company that does not cost the taxpayer a penny; notes that Channel 4 is not run for profit and is therefore free from the need to create return for shareholders; acknowledges that Channel 4's remit to demonstrate innovation, experiment and creativity makes a significant contribution to creating educational and distinctive programming; further acknowledges the substantial contribution Channel 4 makes towards the UK's creative economy and the levelling up agenda; considers that any step towards privatisation would inevitably replace Channel 4's characteristic public service ethos in favour of the narrow interests of shareholder profit; recalls the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications report entitled A Privatised Future for Channel Four? (July 2016), which warned that Channel 4 could be adversely affected by privatisation; further recalls that 96 per cent of people who responded to the Government's consultation on the ownership of Channel 4 disagreed with privatisation; and calls on the Government to end plans to privatise Channel 4.


45Hereditary angioedema awareness day

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 8

Jim Shannon

Ms Marie Rimmer

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Rachael Maskell

John McDonnell

Chris Stephens

Paul GirvanKate Osborne

That this House notes that Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) day takes place on Monday 16 May 2022 with the aim of promoting awareness of this rare disease amongst policymakers and healthcare professionals; recognises that the 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50,000 people living with HAE in the UK have their daily lives significantly impacted by the disease due to unpredictable and frequent attacks; commends the important work patient organisations, such as HAE UK, have done to support and advocate for those living with HAE; welcomes the commitments of the Rare Disease Framework to improve health outcomes for rare disease populations; and urges policymakers and key stakeholders to make efforts to reduce variation in the standards of care and access to treatment experienced by HAE patients across the UK by ensuring the successful delivery of national Rare Diseases Action Plans.


46Cats in road traffic accidents

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 16

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Jim Shannon

Rachael Maskell

John McDonnell

Chris Stephens

Margaret Ferrier

Wera HobhouseMick WhitleyJon TrickettRosie CooperDr Rupa HuqPatricia GibsonBen LakeHywel WilliamsLiz Saville RobertsMr Virendra Sharma

That this House is proud to state that the UK is a nation of cat lovers with approximately 12.2 million cats in UK households; notes that this makes cats the second most popular pet in the UK, second only to dogs, with 27 per cent of households owning at least one cat; sympathises with the pain that is felt by pet owners when their pet is struck by a vehicle and fatally wounded; notes with sadness that, according to data from PetPlan, approximately 230,000 cats are hit by cars every year in the UK, averaging 630 every day; is alarmed that under section 170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, a driver is required to stop and report an accident involving horses, cattle ass, mules, sheep, pigs, goats or dogs, but not cats; is aware that this distinction was made to protect working animals; argues that this distinction is no longer required in the modern-day where domestic animals are mainly kept as pets; cites a 2018 study by Carbuyer which found almost 60 per cent of those surveyed agreed the law should be changed to include cats as well; and calls on this Government to introduce a change in the law that would require drivers to report a traffic collision involving a cat.


47Fur, foie gras and trophy hunting imports

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 15

Jon Trickett

Mohammad Yasin

Jonathan Edwards

Rachael Maskell

John McDonnell

Angela Crawley

Wera HobhouseNeale HanveyPatricia GibsonHywel WilliamsHannah BardellLiz Saville RobertsBen LakeKate Osborne

That this House expresses concern and dismay at the Government reneging on its promise to strengthen animal rights through legislation by omitting this important matter from the Queen’s Speech; stands with the many people who have written to their hon Member sharing their worry at the lack of action on a potential ban on fur, foie gras and trophy hunting imports; seeks to remind the Government of their 2019 manifesto promise to ban trophy hunting imports and their statement in that manifesto that high standards of animal welfare are one of the hallmarks of a civilised society; notes that 79 per cent of the British public supports the foie gras sales ban and 72 per cent supports the fur sales ban; further notes that the Government’s failure to act is tantamount to propping up animal cruelty; and urges the Government to not go back on its promise and should instead take tough action against animal cruelty.


48Paid miscarriage leave

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 18

Angela Crawley

Kim Johnson

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Law

Rachael Maskell

Wera HobhouseChristine JardineHywel WilliamsHannah BardellLiz Saville RobertsBen LakeKate Osborne

That this House calls on the Government to introduce paid miscarriage leave; notes that, in the UK, two weeks parental bereavement leave and pay is in place after stillbirth, however there is no such support for anyone who has experienced a miscarriage before 24 weeks of pregnancy; understands that miscarriage is an extremely traumatic experience and that more support should be provided to families that experience such a loss; considers unacceptable the Government’s position that Statutory Sick Pay or annual leave are adequate compromises for a specific miscarriage leave provision; congratulates private businesses which have implemented policies for paid miscarriage leave including John Lewis, ASOS and Monzo; and believes the UK Government should bring this industry standard into statute to provide paid leave for people who experience miscarriage and allow families to grieve for their profound loss.


4932nd anniversary of the death of four Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers at Ballydugan

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 4

Jim Shannon

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Paul Girvan

Stephen Farry

That this House notes the 32nd anniversary of the slaughter of the four UDR Soldiers killed at Ballydugan on 9th of April 1990; extends its sincere and enduring sympathies to the families of Private John Birch, Lance Corporal John Bradley, Private Michael Adams and Private Steven Smart; highlights the fact that the family live daily with the pain of their loss and still long for justice that has long been denied; and reiterates the belief that justice is owed to every community in Northern Ireland and to all those who grieve.


50Centenary of policing in Northern Ireland since the formation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1922

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 4

Jim Shannon

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Paul Girvan

Stephen Farry

That this House marks the centenary of policing in Northern Ireland since the formation of the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1922; notes the 462 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty or service during that time and the thousands of others who sacrificed their mental health and home life due to the trauma they faced; and expresses sincere gratitude to each officer and their families for all they did to allow people to live in safety.


51Success of Liverpool men's and women's football teams

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 11

Dan Carden

Sir George Howarth

Ian Byrne

Kim Johnson

Maria Eagle

Paula Barker

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

That this House extends its warmest congratulations to Liverpool Football Club for their victory in the 150th FA Cup final over Chelsea to win their second domestic honour of the 2021-22 season; recognises the incredible leadership of manager Jurgen Klopp and all of his staff; pays tribute to the guidance and direction of club captain Jordan Henderson; congratulates the skill, dedication and commitment of every player in the team and on the pitch; commends the support of Liverpool fans across the city and country; congratulates the club for building on the success of the winning of the EFL Cup; wishes the team every success in the Champions League Final and climax of the Premier League season; and congratulates the club on the promotion of Liverpool women back to the Women's Super League.


52Dame Deborah James

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 11

Tracey Crouch

Margaret Ferrier

Jim Shannon

Crispin Blunt

Jonathan Edwards

John McDonnell

Neale HanveyGordon HendersonAllan DoransMr Clive BettsDr Julian Lewis

That this House congratulates Dame Deborah James on her richly deserved Damehood; recognises her phenomenal fundraising efforts through the BowelBabe Fund for Cancer Research UK; thanks her, Lauren Mahon, the late Rachael Bland and Steve Bland for raising awareness and talking openly about cancer in the podcast You, Me & the Big C; regrets that nearly 43,000 new bowel cancer cases are diagnosed each year and that Bowel Cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK; calls on the Government to keep to its commitment of extending the age of NHS Bowel cancer screening to those over 50 across the whole country; appeals for the Government to increase endoscopy capacity to improve earlier and faster diagnosis; acknowledges more needs to be done to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel and other cancers in younger people by supporting campaigns such as Bowel Cancer UK’s Never Too Young campaign championed by Dame Deborah; and seeks long term funding for clinical trials and research into personalised medicine that could result in new treatments for cancer patients.


53Bearsden Academy Gold SCQF School Ambassador Status

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 10

Amy Callaghan

Margaret Ferrier

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

Allan Dorans

Patricia GibsonChristine JardineHannah Bardell

That this House congratulates the pupils and staff at Bearsden Academy on achieving Gold SCQF School Ambassador status; understands that the secondary school in East Dunbartonshire has become only the second school in Scotland to reach gold level since the recognition programme was introduced; notes the SCQF School Ambassador programme offers secondary schools the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework and seeks wider ways to support learners; further notes this includes recognising wider achievement, developing senior phase learning pathways and demonstrating equality between vocational and academic qualifications; welcomes the SCQF decision that Bearsden Academy has demonstrated significant range of senior pathways and embedded SCQF principles in school practice; and congratulates all involved at the school on this tremendous achievement.


54The Sporting Aces award at the Non-Profit Organisation Awards 2022

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 7

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

Allan Dorans

Patrick Grady

Hannah Bardell

That this House celebrates local East Dunbartonshire charity organisation The Sporting Aces on winning the Best Sport Based Community Charity at the Non-Profit Organisation Awards 2022; understands The Sporting Aces to be the first and only charity in East Dunbartonshire aimed at promoting inclusion for multi-sport activity; notes the group work with adults, young people and children who have a range of physical, learning and communication difficulties to advance public participation in sport through provision of multi-sports coaching programmes; further notes their efforts enable participants to be successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens; recognises that this award comes after a challenging period for the organisation in the wake of covid-19 restrictions; congratulates everyone involved at The Sporting Aces on this tremendously well deserved achievement; and looks forward to seeing what more they will continue to achieve in the community in future.


55Argyll and Bute Citizens Advice Bureau 20th anniversary

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 7

Brendan O'Hara

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

Allan Dorans

Patrick Grady

Hannah Bardell

That this House congratulates Argyll and Bute Citizens Advice Bureau on reaching its 20th anniversary; recognises the outstanding commitment and dedication of staff past and present in providing free, confidential and independent advice on a wide range of issues to local people throughout Argyll and Bute over the past two decades; acknowledges that without the presence of the Bureau in our community that so many of our citizens would have suffered unnecessary financial hardship over the years, and extends its grateful thanks to the Argyll and Bute Citizens Advice Bureau and extends its very best wishes for a successful future.


56Celtic Football Club

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 7

Margaret Ferrier

Steven Bonnar

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

Brendan O'Hara

Neale Hanvey

That this House congratulates Celtic Football Club on winning the Scottish Premiership trophy, and the Premier Sports Cup following an impressive winning streak of 32 games, a 6-0 victory in the final game of the season and securing their place in the Champions League; further congratulates Kyogo Furuhashi on his performance in particular, which saw him named man of the match; recognises the contributions of club manager Ange Postecoglou in leading the team to victory during his first season in the position; further recognises the contributions of team captain Callum McGregor and all of the club’s players this season; notes that this victory marks the final game for Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton for Celtic FC and thanks them for their service to the club; further notes the contributions of the club’s many staff and supporters for all they continue to do to support the club’s success; and looks forward to seeing what the next season holds for the club.


58Jake Daniels

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 20

Mr Clive Betts

Tracey Crouch

Kim Johnson

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Ian Lavery

Christine JardineHywel WilliamsLiz Saville RobertsBen Lake

That this House congratulates Jake Daniels on his courageous decision to be open about his sexuality; welcomes the support he has received from Blackpool FC; and calls on the Football Association, the English Football League, and the Professional Footballers’ Association to provide any support Mr Daniels needs and to act in the strongest possible way against any unacceptable comments or actions which he may subjected to.


60Reduction in civil service employment

Tabled: 16/05/22 Signatories: 38

Chris Stephens [R]

John McDonnell

Liz Saville Roberts

Caroline Lucas

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Grahame Morris

Douglas ChapmanMs Marie RimmerWera HobhouseNeale HanveyAlan BrownMarsha De CordovaPatricia GibsonChristine JardineCharlotte NicholsHannah BardellHywel WilliamsRebecca Long BaileyBen Lake

That this House condemns Government plans to cut 91,000 jobs from the civil service over the next three years; notes that departmental spending levels for the next three years have only recently been issued, following a process of assessing future staffing requirements; is angered to have learnt of these plans from tabloid newspapers rather than a statement to Members of Parliament, and considers this rushed announcement as a desperate attempt to deflect from their own failure to address the cost of living crisis; regards as spurious the claim that this would represent a return to 2016 levels, since at that time there were already serious issues of understaffing in Departments such as the Home Office and that, since then, withdrawal from the EU has increased the volume of work required; further notes that the lengthy backlogs currently experienced in HM Passport Office have resulted from a failure to plan, recruit and resource operations sufficiently to meet the upsurge in demand; believes the further loss of jobs in that department and others will only compound the present crisis; and therefore calls on the Government to withdraw these ill-considered proposals.


61Aberfeldy Initiative Feldy-Roo on Scottish Charity Awards shortlist

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 3

Pete Wishart

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House commends Feldy-Roo on being shortlisted in the community action category in the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) 2022 Scottish Charity Awards; understands that the community action award commemorates community-led groups and organisations who are making a big difference to a small community; notes that SCVO, the national membership organisation for the voluntary sector, aims to support, promote and develop a confident, sustainable voluntary sector in Scotland; recognises that Feldy-Roo is an Aberfeldy-based initiative founded by Gavin Price to feed elderly and isolating people by preparing and delivering meals seven days a week; believes that the contributions by Feldy-Roo have been invaluable to people across Perth and North Perthshire; and congratulates the team at Feldy-Roo on their achievement in being shortlisted.


62Ukraine debt cancellation

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 12

Richard Burgon

Liz Saville Roberts

Caroline Lucas

Layla Moran

Chris Law

Hywel Williams

Jonathan EdwardsNeale HanveyDeidre BrockPatricia GibsonChris Stephens

That this House recognises the devastating impact of the Russian invasion on the economy of Ukraine; notes the need for all the country’s resources to be mobilised to support the humanitarian response and military defence; notes that the total external debt of Ukraine is $54 billion and that Ukraine is due to make debt payments of $7.3 billion in 2022 alone; notes with concern that the IMF has assessed Ukraine will need $5bn a month for the next three months to address the impact of the invasion on the country’s finances; calls on the Government to use its influence with G7 partners, the IMF and World Bank to suspend all external debt payments for as long as the war lasts and make it clear that a restructuring of debts involving all creditors will take place after the war that will make the debt sustainable; and further calls on the Government to work with partners to establish a fund to provide grants for emergency support and subsequent reconstruction of the country.


63University of Dundee's Research Excellence Framework performance

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 4

Chris Law

Allan Dorans

Douglas Chapman

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates the University of Dundee on its recent performance in the national Research Excellence Framework assessment; notes that 84 per cent of research carried out by the University of Dundee was deemed to be world leading or internationally excellent, an increase from 75 per cent in the previous assessment; further notes that the University of Dundee was rated top in the UK for biological sciences and top in Scotland for art and design; celebrates the University of Dundee’s performance in a number of other areas, including but not limited to mathematical sciences, computer science and informatics, engineering and clinical medicine and allied health professions; and wishes all staff and students at the University of Dundee all the best for the year ahead.


64Dundee United Women’s Football Club, Champions of Scottish Women’s Premier League 2

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 4

Chris Law

Allan Dorans

Hannah Bardell

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Dundee United Women’s Football Club (DUWFC) on their title-winning performance in this season’s Scottish Women’s Premier League 2; notes that the team won 21 of their 24 matches this season, losing only once in their pursuit of the title; further notes that their title and promotion to the Scottish Women’s Premier League follows promotion from the third tier of Scottish women’s football in 2018; celebrates that they lifted the SWPL 2 trophy in front of a record crowd at Tannadice; and wishes the team and the staff at DUWFC all the best for next season in the Scottish Women’s Premier League.


65Face Equality Week

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 4

Rosie Duffield

Wera Hobhouse

Neale Hanvey

Chris Stephens

That this House looks forward to celebrating Face Equality Week which will run from 16th May to 20th May; notes that the covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on those living life with a visible difference or disfigurement, with the charity Changing Faces reporting an increase in people who have experienced hostile behaviour because of their visible difference, from 2019 to 2021, rising from 34 per cent to 43 per cent; joins Changing Faces on calling for the public to better understand the negative impact that behaviours, like staring, can have on the mental health and wellbeing of someone with a visible difference or disfigurement; hopes that the charity’s Stop The Stare campaign helps prevent staring before it happens, and educates the public about how to react if they do catch themselves staring; and calls on the Government to join the growing movement of organisations who have committed to showing more positive representations of people with visible differences and disfigurements across popular culture, in business and positions of power, to help tackle the stigma and discrimination people are facing today.


66Visit of Franklin Graham to the UK

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 3

Mr Gregory Campbell

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Paul Girvan

That this House notes the visit to the UK by evangelist, Franklin Graham, on his God Loves You tour; acknowledges the fundamental right of those who wish to attend in support of, or others who wish to protest in opposition to, Mr Graham's explanation of biblical views on moral issues; and looks forward to debates that do not refuse or restrict his rights, or the rights of others to free speech arising from his visit, as he elaborates on his outline of the biblical stance on modern society and morality, as well as offering hope to those suffering as a result of the numerous problems faced by many individuals who are searching for a positive future for themselves and their families.


67Highland Council elections team

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 6

Drew Hendry

Ian Blackford

Allan Dorans

Douglas Chapman

Hannah Bardell

Chris Stephens

That this House commends the Highland Council elections team on their excellent management of the recent local government election; recognises the entire team's professionalism and dedication which ensured the smooth-running election process from candidate selection to declaration of results; also notes that the successful live streaming of the count meant that thousands of viewers witnessed the election count process; furthermore recognises the significant contribution of others, including Highlife Highland Staff and Police Scotland, and in doing so commends their contributions to the local government election process.


68Plastic Free Pint campaign

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 5

Martyn Day

Allan Dorans

Wera Hobhouse

Ronnie Cowan

Chris Stephens

That this House supports the international campaign Plastic Free Pint by A Plastic Planet, which seeks an outright ban on plastic pint cups without delay; notes that globally 500 billion plastic cups are used each year and lined up end to end they would span 50 MILLION kilometres – the same distance as 130 trips from Earth to the moon; acknowledges that those pint cups are almost exclusively made of plastic and are single-use items that will end up in landfill, in incinerators or directly in our natural environments; highlights that plastic cups are the sixth-most commonly found plastic item in Britain’s rivers, and the eighth on the nation’s beaches; and calls on the Government as well as hon. Members to work together to end the scourge of the plastic pint cups and help build a more sustainable planet.


69Employment bill

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 10

Angela Crawley

Jonathan Edwards

Allan Dorans

Wera Hobhouse

Deidre Brock

Patricia Gibson

Hywel WilliamsLiz Saville RobertsBen LakeChris Stephens

That this House expresses its disappointment that the Government has not introduced an Employment Bill in the 2022 Queen’s Speech; notes that an Employment Bill was announced in the 2019 Queen’s Speech but is yet to reach the statute books; deplores the Government’s missed opportunity to bring forth policies on flexible working by default, carer’s leave, paid leave for neonatal care, paid miscarriage leave, leave for menopause and fertility treatments, prevention of workplace sexual harassment, the right to keep gratuities in full, and to extend redundancy protections to prevent maternity and pregnancy discrimination; condemns the Government’s tacit acceptance of rogue employers who abuse outdated employment regulations; recalls the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy's remarks in 2021 that an Employment Bill would be brought forward when the time is right; suggests the Government must act immediately to counter insecure work and exploitative practices such as fire and rehire and zero-hours contracts; recognises the coronavirus pandemic and the cost of living crisis has intensified the need for updated workplace protections; and urges the Government to make parliamentary time to bring forward an Employment Bill in order to keep its promises to protect and enhance workers’ rights.


71Stockport County Football Club

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 8

Navendu Mishra

Angela Rayner

Tony Lloyd

Kim Johnson

Mick Whitley

Mr William Wragg

Bell Ribeiro-AddyChris Stephens

That this House congratulates Stockport County Football Club on their promotion back to the Football League after an 11-year absence; pays tribute to manager Dave Challinor and his players for their role in helping the club win the National League title; recognises the efforts of all staff at the club and their contribution towards helping Stockport County FC secure promotion; acknowledges the legacy of former manager Danny Bergara, who was the first manager born outside the British Isles and whose first language wasn’t English to lead an English club out at Wembley; notes the club’s history since their formation as Heaton Norris Rovers in 1883; thanks the fans for their loyal support; and congratulates owner Mark Stott and Stockport Council for recently agreeing a 250-year lease of Edgeley Park which has secured the club’s long-term future at their historic ground ahead of their return to the Football League.


72Specialist Huntington’s Disease Services

Tabled: 17/05/22 Signatories: 7

Hilary Benn

Jonathan Edwards

Wera Hobhouse

Hywel Williams

Liz Saville Roberts

Ben Lake

Chris Stephens

That this House notes that Huntington’s Disease is a rare, hereditary and incurable neurological condition that slowly robs patients of their ability to walk, talk, eat, drink, make decisions and care for themselves; notes that a University of Aberdeen study, published in the Journal of Neurology, highlights that the number of Huntington’s Disease cases in northern Scotland has increased by almost 50 per cent over the last 30 years and understands that there are likely to have been similar increases throughout the rest of the United Kingdom; further notes that the Scottish Huntington’s Association, the Huntington’s Disease Association of Northern Ireland and the Huntington’s Disease Association England and Wales have confirmed that Huntington’s Disease specialist staff are stretched to the limit, having had to deal with a rising number of cases without a commensurate increase in resources, with some areas having no specialist services at all; notes the often intolerable burden placed upon those caring for loved ones with Huntington’s Disease; and calls on health and social care providers throughout the UK to expand specialist Huntington’s Disease services and access to mental health and other essential support in order to help those living with Huntington’s Disease and their families in the community.