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Early Day Motions

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2022

Early Day Motions tabled on Tuesday 1 November 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

520Carbon capture and storage

Tabled: 1/11/22 Signatories: 1

Mr Barry Sheerman

That this House notes the immense potential of carbon capture and storage technology (CCS) for mitigating climate change, helping the UK to reach net-zero by 2050, and stimulating economic growth; is pleased that the Government is planning to deploy CCS by the mid-2020s and urges the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to make this a policy priority; recognises that the UK has an unrivalled asset in the North Sea for carbon storage and that if utilised could store the entirety of captured carbon from European Union member states; encourages the Government to ensure this capacity is developed and that revenue is reinvested in coastal regions in the North; further encourages the Government to develop an effective reporting framework for UK CCS projects before they become operational to allow for effective monitoring of carbon captured, transported and stored; further notes that there is no agreed international framework for reporting the precise amounts of carbon captured; and believes the UK should manage and maintain a global reporting framework to position itself as a global technology leader in CCS.


521Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus

Tabled: 1/11/22 Signatories: 1

Grahame Morris

That this House is concerned about the increasing risk of extinction of Asian elephants; praises the conservation efforts of Chester Zoo including their ground-breaking scientific research in collaboration with the University of Surrey into the development of a vaccine to combat Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus which has a fatality rate of over 80 per cent in young elephants; and calls on the Government to support conservation zoos in their mission to prevent extinction.


522St Andrew's High School, Coatbridge and UNICEF Gold Rights Respecting School Award

Tabled: 1/11/22 Signatories: 1

Steven Bonnar

That this House congratulates the pupils and staff of St Andrew’s High School in Coatbridge on receiving the prestigious Gold Rights Respecting School award from UNICEF; notes that the Gold award is the highest accolade that UNICEF can bestow on a school and that it recognises St Andrews’ High Schools steadfast and continuous commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life; acknowledges that the school has embedded the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into its ethos and curriculum; further recognises the excellent work of Headteacher Mr Peter Holmes, all of his staff, particularly Ms Megan Connor the school’s rights respecting lead; and wishes everyone at St Andrew’s High, Coatbridge every success for the future.


523Second anniversary of the conflict in Tigray

Tabled: 1/11/22 Signatories: 1

Dame Angela Eagle

That House deplores the widespread use of rape and use of violence against women and girls by all the belligerent parties, noting that Tigrayan women have been recognised by the UN to have been subjected to particular violence leaving an estimated 26,000 in need of services; regrets the loss of life of 500,000 civilians in Tigray, killed from violence and famine, the displacement of more than 1.6 million by this conflict, and the mass detention of many thousands; calls on the Government to press through bilateral and multilateral channels for (i) an immediate ceasefire in Tigray, Ethiopia, without preconditions, and for the establish of an internationally recognised ceasefire monitoring mechanism, (ii) immediate lifting of the 17-month humanitarian blockade on Tigray with unrestricted access and restoration of services, (iii) imposition of sanctions in line with those proposed by the US Administration, (iv) withdrawal of bilateral and multilateral financial support for Ethiopia until it ceases its bombardment of civilians in Tigray and guarantees humanitarian access, (v) immediate and total withdrawal of Eritrean forces from Tigray and (vi) full access to all parties and areas for the UN Human Rights Council’s Commission Of International Experts on Ethiopia; notes the Government is hosting an important global conference on the use of sexual violence in conflict; and calls on the Government to give an urgent priority to ending the use of such violence in Ethiopia.


524Domestic abuse and coercive behaviour education

Tabled: 1/11/22 Signatories: 1

Layla Moran

That this House recognises the importance of the survivor-led “Make It Mandatory campaign” backed by the domestic violence charity Refuge; gives special thanks to survivors, particularly founder Faustine Petron and her team, for their tireless campaigning efforts to prevent domestic abuse amongst young people through education; notes with concern that half of 16 to 19-year-olds surveyed by Refuge said they had experienced controlling or coercive behaviour in a relationship; further notes that a third of those surveyed said they would not know where, or who, to turn to for support if they were experiencing abuse; expresses alarm that only half of the young people surveyed said they had received education on domestic abuse despite this being mandatory in secondary schools since 2020; and therefore urges the Government to embed education on domestic abuse and controlling or coercive behaviour in the school curriculum by enforcing it in all secondary schools and making it mandatory for all sixth forms as well as expanding training for staff in educational settings.


525TIGA UK games education awards

Tabled: 1/11/22 Signatories: 1

Chris Law

That this House congratulates winners of the prestigious Education Awards 2022 hosted by The Independent Game Developers’ Association (TIGA), particularly Marco Gilardi lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland who won the TIGA Innovation in Teaching Award and Hawthorne Games from Abertay University who won the Creative Assembly Best Student Game 2022; notes that 80 per cent of the games development workforce is qualified to degree level or above; recognises the economic importance of the sector which contributes £2.9 billion to UK GDP annually; acknowledges the industry’s support of growth in clusters throughout the UK with 80 per cent of the workforce based outside of London; further notes TIGA’s vision to make the UK the best place in the world to develop video games excellence and exceptional talent in our sector; and commends all the excellent students, universities and educational practices celebrated by the Education Awards.


526S4C 40th anniversary

Tabled: 1/11/22 Signatories: 1

Ben Lake

That this House celebrates the 40th birthday of S4C; notes that the channel has been at the heart of Welsh cultural life for four decades and continues to play a central role as a key promoter of the Welsh language to new audiences, giving a global platform to the language and giving hundreds of thousands of people access to news, entertainment, drama and documentaries; acknowledges that the broadcaster was only established as a result of many years of protest, including by Plaid Cymru’s first MP, Gwynfor Evans; argues that only by devolving broadcasting to Wales can the long-term future of this treasured national institution be safeguarded; and calls on the Government to provide further resources to S4C, and a fairer settlement to public service broadcasters whose work contributes to the shared goal of securing a mullion Welsh speakers by 2050.

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.

478Global hunger and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Tabled: 19/10/22 Signatories: 34

Tony Lloyd

Patrick Grady

Caroline Lucas

Dan Carden

Neale Hanvey

Claudia Webbe

Richard Burgon

That this House believes the lack of attention paid to global hunger has exacerbated this long-term and widespread issue; is concerned by warnings from the World Food Programme (WFP) of another year of record hunger; notes the number of hungry people globally increased from 282 million to 345 million during 2022; highlights that a fifth of the total population of Africa went hungry in 2021; further highlights that the WFP is currently holding back famine in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen while hunger in Haiti is also reaching catastrophic levels; notes that Oxfam says food shortages are likely to cause one death every 36 seconds until the end of the year; further notes that hunger displaces millions of people who must search for sanctuary elsewhere; emphasises that these crises are caused by a combination of global factors including climate change, conflict and economic instability; recognises that the covid-19 pandemic led to an increased gap in the funding required to tackle global hunger; is dismayed that the world is set to fail the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030, with the percentage of the global population affected by hunger on track to reach almost 10 per cent by that year; highlights that a senior Somali Government official recently said the UK has lost its leading role on this issue; and calls on the Government to re-establish the UK as a leading actor by restoring the commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on international aid.

480Dunoon Grammar School and the World’s Best School Prizes 2022

Tabled: 19/10/22 Signatories: 10

Brendan O'Hara

Patrick Grady

Allan Dorans

Alison Thewliss

Anne McLaughlin

Alyn Smith

Chris Law

That this House congratulates the pupils and staff of Dunoon Grammar School in Argyll & Bute on winning the Community Collaboration category for the World’s Best Schools Prizes 2022; commends this absolutely remarkable achievement and recognises it as just reward for a school which has under the leadership of Head Teacher David Mitchell and his staff, become a cornerstone of the wider Cowal community; applauds the commitment Dunoon Grammar School has shown to working with and for the benefit of their local community and for striving so hard to produce active, responsible, caring and engaged young citizens; recognises this success as being an historic landmark for the pupils and staff, a tremendous boost for the entire community, a source of great pride for Argyll & Bute, and a real triumph for Scottish education; and sincerely thanks everyone involved in securing this accomplishment for the dedication they have shown in making Dunoon Grammar School an exceptional centre of learning and wishes them all the best in the future.


481Radiotherapy and the 10-Year Cancer Plan

Tabled: 20/10/22 Signatories: 10

Tim Farron

Jonathan Edwards

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Rachael Maskell

Richard Burgon

That this House recognises that the cancer backlog is a national health emergency which urgently needs tackling and that cancer is the most time-critical and dangerous of all backlogs; further recognises that radiotherapy is an essential, readily available, high-tech and vital cancer treatment needed in 50 percent of cancer treatments and in 40 percent of cancer cures, which is internationally recognised as a model solution for cancer backlog recovery and can help reduce the waiting lists; but notes that the radiotherapy service is overlooked and currently only receives 5 percent of the NHS cancer budget; and therefore calls on the Government to ensure a new fully funded radiotherapy strategy is included in the upcoming 10-Year Cancer Plan.


482Tommy Jessop and Heidi Carter and the Shaw Trust 2022 Disability Power 100 Shortlist

Tabled: 20/10/22 Signatories: 9

Dr Lisa Cameron

Douglas Chapman

Jonathan Edwards

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Marion Fellows

Chris LawDr Liam Fox

That this House congratulates Tommy Jessop and Heidi Carter on being voted onto the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list; recognises Mr Jessop’s important contributions to drama, theatre, and the arts, including being the first actor with Down’s syndrome to star in a BBC drama on prime-time, and Ms Carter’s important contributions to law and politics, primarily through her tireless advocacy seeking to reform legislation to ensure that people with Down’s syndrome are equally valued throughout their lives; applauds their determination to encourage and inspire others living with disability to capitalise on their true potential in the entertainment and other industries; affirms that all lives, including those living with Down's syndrome or disability, have equal value; and wishes Tommy and Heidi all the best in their future endeavours.


484Detainment of Brian Glendinning in Iraq

Tabled: 20/10/22 Signatories: 5

Douglas Chapman

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Chris Law

That this House recognises the plight of my constituent, Mr Brian Glendinning, who is currently detained in jail in Iraq where police, acting on an Interpol Red Notice, are holding him awaiting extradition proceedings to Qatar; further recognises that Mr Glendinning could face a jail sentence for what is understood to be a small bank debt from his time working and living in Qatar should extradition go through; notes that I have written to both the Qatari Ambassador and the Foreign Secretary to highlight my constituent's plight; further notes that the fact that the human rights of our citizens remain in jeopardy is utterly unacceptable; and understands that I await a reply in the hope that we can see a positive resolution to this untenable impasse before Qatar holds the World Cup next month.


486Statutory maternity pay

Tabled: 21/10/22 Signatories: 13

Ed Davey

Stephen Farry

Wera Hobhouse

Wendy Chamberlain

Jonathan Edwards

Jim Shannon

Richard Burgon

That this House recognises the current legal framework for qualifying for statutory maternity pay is poorly suited to 21st century working life; notes with concern the potential limits this policy places on women’s freedom to choose where they work, especially amidst the current cost of living crisis; recognises the lack of a statutory duty for prospective employers to disclose their maternity policies to prospective candidates prior to employment; and calls on the Government to reform the current provisions so that women who have held different jobs can transfer their length of employment as they change jobs for the purpose of qualifying for statutory maternity pay.


487Cost of living and unpaid carers

Tabled: 21/10/22 Signatories: 22

Ed Davey

Helen Morgan

Mr Alistair Carmichael

Richard Foord

Daisy Cooper

Stephen Farry

Richard Burgon

That this House notes with concern the findings of Carers UK’s survey entitled Heading for crisis: Caught between caring and rising costs, which reports that the cost of living crisis is plunging thousands of unpaid carers across the UK into debt; recognises that many family carers cannot make decisions to cut back on food or heating to stay afloat without affecting the safety of the person they care for; acknowledges the enormous financial burden people on Carers Allowance face, as they are limited in their ability to earn income but often shoulder additional costs for their loved ones out of their own pocket; condemns the lack of adequate financial support available for unpaid carers, with 39 percent of survey respondents saying they are struggling to make ends meet; and calls on the Government to immediately provide carers with the support they need by uprating Carers Allowance at least in line with inflation.


488Support for mortgage interest

Tabled: 21/10/22 Signatories: 7

Mark Tami

Jonathan Edwards

Jim Shannon

Rachael Maskell

Claire Hanna

John McDonnell

Richard Burgon

That this House notes that the mechanisms of Support for Mortgage Interest were designed at a point in time when both inflation and interest rates were more stable; recognises that many of those in receipt of Support for Mortgage Interest receive significantly less than their required payments and must make up the balance from subsistence benefits; appreciates the challenges inherent in designing a system that is fair to all taxpayers whilst preventing homelessness and poverty; believes that in the current cost of living crisis that the present system is failing to meet these goals; takes particular note in this context of the mechanism for setting the maximum rate payable using the Bank of England average mortgage rate which causes delays in recognising rate increases; further recognises the significant disparity between the generosity of the local housing allowance system to landlords with buy-to-let mortgages and Support for Mortgage Interest which is repayable; and calls on the Government to undertake a review of this system as a matter of urgency.


489Centenary of Carfin Grotto

Tabled: 21/10/22 Signatories: 12

Marion Fellows

Patrick Grady

Steven Bonnar

Carol Monaghan

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Chris Law

That this House congratulates all those associated with Carfin Grotto in the Diocese of Motherwell, which was opened by Monsignor Thomas Canon Taylor in October 1922 as a place of pilgrimage, prayer and reflection dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes; notes that the Grotto now attracts over 70,000 pilgrims each year from around the world, and that as part of the anniversary celebrations the Grotto was the Scottish host of the relics of St Bernadette Soubirous, the Lourdes visionary, which where were visited by thousands of pilgrims in September 2022; further notes that a special anniversary Mass on 22 October 2022 was celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, and that to mark the anniversary the Grotto has been declared Scotland’s National Marian Shrine by the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland; and sends its best wishes to all those who serve, visit and pray at the Shrine as it enters its second century as a place of worship, devotion and pilgrimage.


490World Stroke Day

Tabled: 24/10/22 Signatories: 21

Sir Robert Neill

Jim Shannon

Sir Greg Knight

Mohammad Yasin

Jonathan Edwards

Apsana Begum

Richard BurgonPaul Girvan

That this House recognises World Stroke Day, which takes place on 29 October; understands that over 100,000 strokes happen every year in the UK; is aware of thrombectomy, a game-changing treatment that significantly reduces disability after stroke; notes that emergency response time is crucial to the survival and recovery of a person experiencing stroke, and that improving this aligns with the Government’s health priorities; and calls on the Government to support improved ambulance response times and access to specialist services, including thrombectomy.


491Angus Business Awards

Tabled: 24/10/22 Signatories: 5

Dave Doogan

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Chris Law

That this House congratulates Forfar’s Water Lilys on winning Best Fashion Boutique in the Angus Business Awards; commends owner Amy Donaldson and the whole team for their efforts and contribution to the local economy and streetscape in Forfar; notes their exceptional energy in establishing their new business in Forfar and their previous recognition for business excellence; encourages local businesses to take inspiration from Water Lilys’ success; and wishes the team all the best for the future.


492ADHD Awareness Month 2022

Tabled: 24/10/22 Signatories: 18

Kirsten Oswald

Allan Dorans

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Apsana Begum

Amy Callaghan

Chris Law

That this House recognises that October is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) awareness month, which aims to raise awareness and highlight the shared experiences of one of the most common neurodevelopmental conditions affecting children and adults across the world; notes that neurodiversity matters and that for children aged between five and 15 years old in the UK, 3.62 per cent of boys were considered to have ADHD compared to just 0.85 per cent of girls, raising questions regarding the potential underdiagnosis of female ADHD; recognises that there can be important differences in how ADHD presents in males and females and that this may explain why it is not uncommon for women with ADHD to be diagnosed as adults; notes the importance of effective support for the benefit of the individual with ADHD and their family; agrees that people are all different and that people should appreciate the many advantages associated with different ways of thinking, while celebrating their differences; and applauds groups and campaign organisations across the UK for their work both in supporting those with ADHD and helping to share knowledge and information with the wider community.


493Global Registry of Fossil Fuels

Tabled: 24/10/22 Signatories: 17

Caroline Lucas

Dan Carden

Wera Hobhouse

Tommy Sheppard

Zarah Sultana

Martyn Day

Richard Burgon

That this House notes that the 2021 UNEP Production Gap Report found that governments plan to produce more than twice the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than is consistent with limiting warming to 1.5°C and calls for verifiable and comparable data on the location, quantities and ownership of fossil fuels; notes that, to date, climate change policy efforts have not focussed on reducing supply of those fuels; welcomes the launch of a new Global Registry of Fossil Fuels, the world’s first public database of fossil fuel production and reserves expressed in CO2-equivalent, which is designed to give policymakers, investors and civil society the asset level data to help manage the phase-out of fossil fuels; is alarmed that the Global Registry shows producing and combusting the world’s known fossil fuel reserves would emit over seven times more greenhouse gas emissions than the remaining carbon budget for 1.5C and more than all emissions produced since the industrial revolution; believes that the Registry will help give markets information to estimate which assets are likely to become stranded, act as a carbon budget assessment tool, help just transition planning, and promote government accountability for fossil fuel reserves and production within national territories; calls on the UK Government to join the governments of countries such as Germany, France, Tuvalu and Ireland, which have given diplomatic support to the Registry, and to commit to reporting to the Registry, which currently contains data for over 50,000 fields in 89 countries, covering 75 percent of global production.


494Fundraising efforts of Bus Walker Neil Atherton

Tabled: 24/10/22 Signatories: 6

Mike Amesbury

Jim Shannon

Apsana Begum

Chris Stephens

Kim Johnson

Richard Burgon

That this House recognises the efforts of Neil Atherton, nicknamed the Bus Walker, in raising awareness and funding for the charities The Whitechapel Centre and the Trussell Trust; notes that Neil is undertaking the challenge of walking the 105 miles of the bus routes he usually drives across Runcorn, Birkenhead, Bootle, St Helens, Liverpool and Southport; further notes that Neil began the challenge on Sunday 23 October 2022 and aims to complete the challenge in seven days; and wishes Neil all the best with this endeavour.


500Orstead UK wind operations

Tabled: 25/10/22 Signatories: 7

John McDonnell

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

Kim Johnson

Rachael Maskell

Claudia Webbe

Richard Burgon

That this House condemns the behaviour of Orstead UK wind operations in the way it has failed consistently to maintain decent standards of employment, including health and safety standards, while it has resorted to bullying workers who have exposed health and safety failures and the lack of adherence to safe working practices; further notes the company's growing reputation for profiteering at the expense of its workers' health and safety, wage levels and conditions of employment; and expresses deep concern at the refusal of the company to recognise the Rail and Maritime Union (RMT), the union organising the company's workforce.


501Avanti West Coast contract extension

Tabled: 25/10/22 Signatories: 10

Hywel Williams

Chris Stephens

Kim Johnson

Rachael Maskell

Dan Carden

Liz Saville Roberts

Richard Burgon

That this House opposes the decision by the Department for Transport to grant the operator of the West Coast Main Line, Avanti West Coast, a six month contract extension; notes the importance of the line for millions of passengers such as those from the north of Wales and the north west of England who travel on it every year; is disappointed with the extremely poor service which Avanti has provided to passengers in recent years with cancellations, significant delays, overcrowding and high ticket prices now common which has resulted in many people traveling by car; further notes that Avanti paid out £11.5 million in dividends for the year 31 March 2021; and calls for the Government to remove the franchise from Avanti and to implement a publicly-run service that benefits both passengers and workers.


504BBC Radio services to global audiences

Tabled: 26/10/22 Signatories: 15

Grahame Morris

Jamie Stone

Caroline Lucas

Chris Stephens

Liz Saville Roberts

Claire Hanna

Richard Burgon

That this House recognises the tremendous value of BBC radio broadcasts in providing a global audience with a reliable, accurate and trustworthy source of news and information; is concerned at the recent cuts announced to BBC World Service, with the loss of hundreds of experienced journalists’ jobs, and also to several dedicated BBC foreign language services which will now move to digital-only provision; notes that, as the experience in Ukraine has demonstrated, radio provides a vital life-line where digital-only services are lost owing to the blocking of internet access; is further concerned about the impact of the closure of BBC Persian radio and BBC Arabic radio in the light of recent events in Iran; and therefore calls on BBC management to review and reverse these cuts, and on the Government to return responsibility for the funding of BBC World Service to the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.


505Experiences of cancer support and services

Tabled: 26/10/22 Signatories: 7

Amy Callaghan

Jim Shannon

Liz Saville Roberts

Patricia Gibson

Patrick Grady

Allan Dorans

Chris Law

That this House commends the work of local authorities in Scotland, including East Dunbartonshire, on Improving the Cancer Journey; understands that cancer does not just affect physical wellbeing it impacts upon every aspect of life whether its financial, emotional, medical, or practical; notes this work helps to support people affected by cancer, their families, and carers by providing structured individualised help as soon as they need it; recognises that holistic support after diagnosis enables those living with cancer and beyond to live as well and independently as possible; further recognises the likelihood of this work to improve cancer outcomes and save lives; and further notes that these services work in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support in Scotland.


506Regulation of loot boxes in video games

Tabled: 26/10/22 Signatories: 13

Dr Philippa Whitford

Rachael Maskell

Patricia Gibson

Carol Monaghan

Patrick Grady

Allan Dorans

Chris LawChris StephensKirsten Oswald

That this House notes that the Government’s recent call for evidence on the use of loot boxes in video games concluded that they may be linked to a range of potential harms and that there is a correlation between purchasing loot boxes and problem gambling as, while they do not meet the definition of gambling under the Gambling Act 2005 because the prize cannot be converted into money, they commonly provide a random reward which makes the purchase a gamble and are offered to the player in the heat of the game thereby putting the player under pressure to make the purchase; further notes that research by GambleAware highlighted that 93 per cent of children regularly play video games, with 25-40 per cent of them having purchased loot boxes; is concerned at the continued unregulated use of loot boxes in online games, particularly those aimed at children; welcomes the decision to have a DCMS-led technical working group to strengthen industry-led protections for children and adults to support safe gaming; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to remove loot boxes from games classified as Under 18 and to limit the cost and total expenditure of such in-game purchases.


507Cardinal Allen Catholic High School and Geography Quality Mark Centre of Excellence

Tabled: 26/10/22 Signatories: 4

Cat Smith

Jim Shannon

Patrick Grady

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in Fleetwood on their Secondary Geography Quality Mark Centre of Excellence; notes that the school is one of just 132 schools to achieve the prestigious Geography Quality Mark which recognises and promotes quality and progress in geography leadership, curriculum development and learning and teaching in schools; and congratulates Cardinal Allen Catholic High School in this fantastic and well-deserved achievement.


508Industrial action at Hinduja Global Solutions

Tabled: 26/10/22 Signatories: 10

Kim Johnson

John McDonnell

Rachael Maskell

Dan Carden

Beth Winter

Claudia Webbe

Richard BurgonChris Stephens [R]

That this House supports members of the Public and Commercial Services Union who are employed by Hinduja Global Services as part of the Disclosure and Barring Service contract who are on strike in a long-running dispute over pay and terms and conditions; notes that staff working on this contract are demanding the real living wage of £10.90 per hour; is aware that the current pay offer from Hinduja Global Services of 3.25 per cent would result in many staff continuing to earn well below the real living wage at a time of rising inflation; further notes that Hinduja Global Services is owned by one of the richest families in the UK who have amassed a fortune of over £24 billion and can afford to pay its staff a real living wage; and calls on the Government to intervene in this dispute to ensure that these dedicated workers are treated fairly and receive adequate pay which reflects the rising cost of living.


510Industrial relations at Ørsted

Tabled: 27/10/22 Signatories: 10

Mick Whitley

Ian Mearns

Kate Hollern

John McDonnell

Jim Shannon

Rachael Maskell

Richard BurgonChris StephensDan Carden

That this House is concerned by industrial relations at offshore wind multinational Ørsted, which is majority-owned by the Danish Government; notes that a 3.5 per cent consolidated pay increase has been rejected by RMT members working out of Birkenhead, Brightlingsea, Grimsby and Barrow on Ørsted’s operational offshore wind farms powering UK homes, schools, hospitals and businesses; further notes that the RPI inflation rate, used for pay negotiations, stands at 12.6 per cent, which is accelerating the cost of living crisis; regrets that Ørsted is refusing to discuss this pay dispute with trade union representatives from RMT; further notes that Ørsted recorded a profit of £644 million in the first quarter of 2022, a staggering 257 per cent increase from the same period a year earlier; applauds the hard work of Ørsted’s workers in the UK in delivering this increased profitability in safe and sustainable working conditions; is alarmed by RMT reports that a union member is being victimised for raising genuine health and safety concerns with this employer; fully supports a worker-led safety culture in the offshore renewables sector; and calls on the Government to ensure that the safety and employment rights of offshore wind workers at Ørsted and at renewable energy companies across the UK Exclusive Economic Zone are fully respected.


511Adopting ILO Convention 169 – Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention

Tabled: 27/10/22 Signatories: 6

Lloyd Russell-Moyle

John McDonnell

Claudia Webbe

Jonathan Edwards

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

That this House notes with sadness the recent death in Brazil of an indigenous man who was the last of his tribe and known as The Man of the Hole; recognises that he was the only inhabitant left of the Tanaru Indigenous Territory in Rondonia state in the Western Brazilian Amazon and that his death represents a symbol of indigenous genocide; condemns the fact that the rest of his tribe had been massacred in a series of attacks since the 1970s; recognises that international organisation Survival say that with his death the genocide of his people is complete… the deliberate wiping out of an entire people by cattle ranchers hungry for land and wealth; condemns President Bolsnoaro’s discriminatory and hostile approach to indigenous peoples; notes with concern that the UK is not a signatory to ILO (International Labour Organisation) Convention 169 – Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 1989, a set of international laws designed to protect the rights of indigenous peoples despite British companies operating and trading with others within the Amazon region and other tribal areas; and calls upon the Government to immediately sign up to ILO Convention 169 and stand in solidarity with indigenous and tribal peoples whose rights and land must be protected.


512Proposed re-opening of Haslar and Campsfield Immigration Removal Centres

Tabled: 28/10/22 Signatories: 3

Layla Moran

Chris Stephens

Wendy Chamberlain

That this House strongly opposes the Home Office’s plan to re-open Haslar Immigration Removal Centre (IRC) in Gosport, Hampshire, which was closed down in 2015; notes the proposed re-opening of an IRC at the site of Campsfield House in Kidlington, Oxford, which combined with Haslar IRC will add a total of 1,000 new detention spaces, an increase of 33 per cent, and will cost the taxpayer £339 million; expresses concern that this reverses the Government’s previous commitment to reducing the size and use of the immigration detention estate, made following Stephen Shaw’s independent review of immigration detention in 2016 commissioned by the Home Office; believes that the £399 million of taxpayers’ money could be spent in a more effective way to handle asylum cases humanely; further notes with concern that the re-opening of the IRCs has been specifically linked to the detainment of people before they are sent to Rwanda under the UK-Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Plan; further notes that seeking asylum is not a crime; raises concerns about the lack of effective safeguarding and inhumane conditions across the detention estate as a whole; remembers the 55 people known to have died whilst held under immigration powers since 2000, including 30 through suicide; calls on the Home Office to reverse its decision and to ensure that Haslar IRC remains closed; and calls for an end to the practice of indefinite detention in the UK.


513Global hunger and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (No. 2)

Tabled: 31/10/22 Signatories: 7

Tony Lloyd

Jonathan Edwards

Jim Shannon

Richard Burgon

Chris Stephens

Dan Carden

Jeremy Corbyn

That this House is concerned by projections from the World Food Programme (WFP) that famine will take hold in parts of Somalia, with 7.1 million people facing acute food insecurity, while UNICEF estimates that a child has been sent to hospital over malnutrition every minute since August 2022; notes that a major cause of the crisis is the worst drought in the Horn of Africa for four decades; emphasises the role of climate change in this; highlights that the crisis has been worsened by conflict, with a correlation between areas projected to fall into famine and those impacted by non-state armed groups; notes that this also restricts humanitarian operations; stresses the impact of the war in Ukraine, with at least 90 per cent of Somalia’s wheat coming from Russia and Ukraine prior to the February 2022 invasion; highlights that this crisis has displaced over a million people, while disease is spreading rapidly in displacement camps; is dismayed that the world is set to fail the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030; emphasises that a senior Somali Government official recently said the UK has lost its leading role on this issue; notes that this is despite the UK’s ongoing commitment to providing security assistance to the Somali Government; and calls on the Government to (a) combine its security role in Somalia with greater humanitarian assistance, (b) support international and non-governmental humanitarian organisations operating in Somalia and (c) restore the commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GNI on international aid.


515Celebrating 7th Annual Ayurveda Day on 7 November 2022

Tabled: 31/10/22 Signatories: 2

Bob Blackman

Jim Shannon

That this House celebrates the 7th Annual Ayurveda Day and acknowledges that the covid-19 pandemic underlined the urgent need for cost-effective measures to improve health; notes that only a comprehensive prevention-oriented approach can meet this challenge; further notes that Ayurveda, the ancient and complete system of natural healthcare, offers a timeless tradition of holistic and multi-dimensional approaches to health and well-being; recognises the importance of research on Ayurveda is now demonstrated by unique collaboration between the UK and India in which researchers will test whether a well-known Ayurvedic medicine, Ashwagandha, can help improve the quality of life and aid people with long covid; notes that the WHO recognises Ayurveda’s ethos and value to humanity as preventative and curative for a wide range of health conditions; further notes that Ayurveda addresses well-being through a wide range of strategies including consciousness-based programmes, personalised dietary advice, lifestyle management approaches unique to physical and psychological constitution, profound procedures to remove toxins from the physiology, and natural herbal formulas; and urges the Government to commit to prevention of ill-health and promotion of good health, fulfilled through integrating Ayurveda into the NHS, establishing a Department of Natural and Integrative Healthcare, providing freedom of choice in healthcare, introducing a Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine Chair in Medical Schools so that students gain a thorough grounding in this ancient science, encouraging research into Ayurveda, supporting the Ayurveda Centre of Excellence, promoting best practice, research and collaboration between the NHS and Indian Ministry of AYUSH and providing natural healthcare education in schools as a basis for improving the social and emotional well-being of all.


516Independent Reviewing Officers

Tabled: 31/10/22 Signatories: 6

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Jim Shannon

John Spellar

Paul Girvan

Ms Diane Abbott

Peter Dowd

That this House notes with concern the recommendation in the recent Independent Review of Children's Social Care (IRCSC) to abolish the role of Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) for children in local authority care; acknowledges the good work of the IRO service in ensuring the best possible outcomes for children in care; further notes that the IRCSC does include constructive ideas to strengthen services to children in care, however presents poor evidence and is misguided in its recommendation to abolish the role of IRO as this would likely reduce independent scrutiny of local authority plans; further recognises that the roles of IRO and advocate are fundamentally different, with advocates representing the child's view while IROs consider all aspects of the child's welfare and holds local authorities to account; further highlights that IROs were made a statutory requirement in 2004 following a number of cases where care plans had not been implemented, leading to the harm of children; and notes a review in 2018 recommending their abolition was rejected by the then Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi; and urgently calls on the Government to reject the proposal in the IRCSC to abolish the IRO role and instead work to strengthen the IRO role for the benefit of children in care.


517Awareness and treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Tabled: 31/10/22 Signatories: 3

Sarah Green

Jonathan Edwards

Jim Shannon

That this House recognises the difficulties experienced by people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF); expresses concern at the lack of awareness of the condition which often results in delayed diagnoses; notes that while IPF is currently incurable, the medicines Pirfenidone and Nintedanib have been proven to slow down the progression of the condition; regrets that these medicines are only available to patients once the condition has already reduced their forced vital capacity (FVC) to between 50 and 80 per cent of the expected value; welcomes NICE’s re-evaluation of the FVC criteria for treatment; and calls on the Government to improve treatment and care for those with IPF, including by raising awareness of the condition to encourage early diagnosis.


518The Welsh Criminal Justice System: On the Jagged Edge

Tabled: 31/10/22 Signatories: 3

Liz Saville Roberts

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

That this House celebrates the publication of The Welsh Criminal Justice System: On the Jagged Edge by Dr Robert Jones and Professor Richard Wyn Jones by University of Wales Press; notes that this is a ground-breaking and substantive academic engagement with the Welsh Criminal Justice system as a distinct entity; highlights the book’s importance in providing much needed insight and analysis on outcomes in the Welsh system which have often been overlooked; further notes the system’s current structural problems such as the lack of disaggregated justice data for Wales and the divided competencies between devolved support services and the reserved criminal justice system act as brakes on public understanding and the smooth functioning of the system; and reiterates the book’s conclusion that justice should be devolved as a means to end the jagged edge of justice in Wales and to bring about wider transformational change.


519Common Platform dispute

Tabled: 31/10/22 Signatories: 10

Liz Saville Roberts

John McDonnell

Ms Diane Abbott

Kim Johnson

Kate Hollern

Jeremy Corbyn

Chris Stephens [R] Dan Carden

That this House supports members of the Public and Commercial Services union employed as legal advisors and court associates by His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunal Service who are taking strike action in a dispute over the roll-out of the Common Platform; notes that the Common Platform is supposed to be a shared interface between all criminal justice process users, where cradle-to-grave details of a case can be entered, recorded and accessed as appropriate by each agency, becoming an integral part of the criminal justice system; is aware that PCS members have raised numerous concerns regarding the roll-out of the digitalised system, including warrants not reaching prisons, defendants being released from custody in error and protective orders not reaching the police; is concerned by reports that HMCTS had indicated to staff representatives that it would pause the roll-out until the new year but have since reneged on this offer, instead continuing to roll-out the failing system; and calls on the Government to intervene urgently to ensure that the justice system is served by a properly functioning system that is supported by staff and serves victims and defendants effectively.