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Early Day Motions

Published: Friday 24 September 2021

Early Day Motions tabled on Thursday 23 September 2021

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

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New EDMs

481Campaign to secure the future of the Covid Memorial Wall

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 1

Afzal Khan

That this House welcomes the creation of the Covid Memorial Wall on Albert Embankment by Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice; notes that this memorial now includes over 150,000 hand-painted hearts to symbolise all those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic; praises the work of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice for supporting bereaved families during this time and extends it sympathies to all those grieving the loss of a loved one; thanks all the volunteers who have been working to restore the Covid Memorial Wall which has now begun to fade due to weather exposure; supports the calls for the Covid Memorial Wall to remain a permanent site of remembrance for all those died as a result of Covid-19; and hopes the Government will facilitate the continuation of the memorial site and secure its future.


482Town and Country Planning (Napier Barracks) Special Development Order 2021 (SI 2021, No. 962)

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 6

Stuart C McDonald

Anne McLaughlin

Angela Crawley

Allan Dorans

Alison Thewliss

Owen Thompson

That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Town and Country Planning (Napier Barracks) Special Development Order 2021 (SI 2021, No. 962), dated 26th August 2021, a copy of which was laid before this House on 27th August 2021, be annulled


483Mandatory labelling system for plastic present in clothing and accessories

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 1

Ben Lake

That this House notes the fashion industry’s significant contribution to global plastic pollution; recognises that some 60 per cent of material made into clothing is plastic, with more than a third of all microplastics released into the ocean deriving from these synthetic fibres; further notes that some 70 million barrels of oil are used each year to make polyester; further recognises that a single clothes wash flushes an average of nine million microfibres into our oceans; is concerned at a recent survey which found that 72 per cent of the UK public were not aware of the amount of plastic used to make clothing, and 66 per cent were not aware of clothing’s impact on plastic pollution; backs campaign group A Plastic Planet’s calls for transparency in the fashion industry on its use of plastic; believes that clear labelling is necessary to empower the public to make informed choices on whether to buy clothing based on its environmental impact; recognises that some 81 per cent of the UK public would like the Government to make it mandatory for brands to introduce a label that clearly shows if plastic is present in clothing and accessories; and calls on the Government to introduce this labelling system.


484Clarkston gas explosion of 21 October 1971

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 1

Kirsten Oswald

That this House recalls, fifty years on, the dreadful events of 21 October 1971, when Scotland’s worst peace-time explosion ripped through the Clarkston Toll shopping precinct, quickly reducing the shops to rubble; recognises the devastating impact on the local community, with 22 people losing their lives and more than 100 injured, and the grief this caused for so many families across Clarkston, East Renfrewshire and beyond; further recognises that the majority of the victims were women and that minimal compensation was paid to victims or the families of the deceased; expresses concern that the cause of the explosion, which was likened to the detonation of a 300 lb bomb, has never been identified despite a fatal accident inquiry lasting 19 days, and that no one was held accountable for this tragedy, despite the fact that in the days before the explosion shop workers had raised concerns about the smell of gas, and, despite no source being found, the all-clear was given to open the shops on the morning of 21 October; records its appreciation of the work of the emergency services, with firefighters and police officers, aided by volunteers, working to recover people from the debris, while doctors, nurses and a fleet of 22 ambulances battled to save as many as they could; commends those in the local community who have worked to commemorate the victims of this dreadful event, the losses from which are felt to this day; and notes that the community in Clarkston will never forget.


485East Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau 50th anniversary

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 1

Kirsten Oswald

That this House congratulates East Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau on reaching its 50th Anniversary; acknowledges that the charity, which offers free, confidential and independent advice to local people on any problem, has been serving East Renfrewshire since opening its doors on 1 November 1971; echoes the words of Rory Mair, chair of Citizens Advice Scotland, who described this as an extraordinary milestone for East Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau and truly humbling to think of all the people in the area who have been helped by the efforts of current staff and volunteers, and their predecessors; recognises that East Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau is a valued member of the Citizens Advice family in Scotland and respected by local elected members and other stakeholders; and extends best wishes to Citizens Advice Bureau manager Teresa O’Hara and all concerned with the Bureau, who remain focused on the job of helping people in East Renfrewshire.


486Honour for Petula Clark

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 1

Sir David Amess

That this House notes that Petula Clark is playing the Bird Lady in Mary Poppins, proving yet again what a remarkable actress and singer she is; further notes that she is one of the top selling British female recording artists of all time and transcends time; and believes that in the year of the Platinum Jubilee she should be made a Dame.


487Protecting Nature Recovery Areas

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 5

Caroline Lucas

Daisy Cooper

Wera Hobhouse

Dan Carden

Andrew Gwynne

This House is dismayed by Horsham District Council’s proposed allocation of the Buck Barn site for a new development in its local plan which means that a planned Nature Recovery Area, linking the Knepp Estate with coastal and forest habitats, including St. Leonard’s Forest and Ashdown Forest, to create a cross-Sussex wildlife corridor will be severely disrupted; notes that the Knepp Estate was cited as an outstanding example of nature regeneration in the 25 Year Environment Plan; further notes that that 25 Year Environment Plan proposed the creation of Nature Recovery Areas and that the Environment Bill requires the development of Local Nature Recovery Strategies; highlights the contradiction between environmental and planning policies that will hinder the creation of a cross-Sussex Nature Recovery Area; further notes that Buck Barn has been identified by Sussex Wildlife Trust as a site of high strategic value for Horsham District Council’s own nature recovery network plan; urges Horsham District Council to reverse its decision to allocate Buck Barn for development; recognises that nature is in decline across the country and that our future prosperity, security, health and wellbeing depend on reversing that decline; further recognises that the recovery of nature can only be achieved if planning policies align with environmental policies and further climate and nature goals; and calls on the Government to use the forthcoming Environment Bill and Planning Bill to achieve that alignment, ensuring that the planning system delineates nature recovery networks and protects nature-rich spaces.


488Congratulations to Asylum Link Merseyside

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 2

Paula Barker

Kim Johnson

That this House congratulates Asylum Link Merseyside in the constituency of Liverpool Wavertree, for being awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service; notes this is the most prestigious award in the country bestowed to voluntary groups, recognises that to win this award, groups must provide a service and meet the requirements of the local community, be supported and respected by the community, and be led by locals for nominations; congratulates the staff and volunteers of the centre who have worked under immense pressure given the current Government policy on asylum seekers and refugees and looks forward to their continued success in the years ahead.


489Staff of hon. and Rt. hon. Members

Tabled: 23/09/21 Signatories: 1

Charlotte Nichols

That this House recognises and celebrates the efforts of staff of hon. and Rt. hon. Members; applauds their efforts on behalf of constituents, particularly during the course of the covid-19 pandemic when workloads have increased enormously; specifically thanks caseworkers who have recently worked tirelessly to aid people stranded in Afghanistan in life-or-death circumstances; notes that their work often goes unappreciated behind the scenes in the offices of hon. and Rt. hon. Members; and believes staff need and deserve a pay rise.

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.

416Adult social care workforce and Local Government

Tabled: 9/09/21 Signatories: 27

Paula Barker

Mick Whitley

Wera Hobhouse

Navendu Mishra

Kim Johnson

Dan Carden

Charlotte NicholsChris Stephens

That this House notes the pre-covid-19 outbreak changes to funding for adult social care council budgets since 2010; recognises local Government as the primary commissioners of adult social care services; notes with concern the absence of local Government as part of the Government’s announcements on social care reforms and delivery; further notes that the £5.4 billion assigned to adult social care out of the £36 billion to be raised over three years following the introduction of the Health and Social Care levy is not adequate to match the scale of the issues facing that sector; notes that the statement made by the Prime Minister of 7 September 2021 is a plan predominately to assist the NHS and not the broken adult social care sector; asserts the Government has not addressed the job retention and vacancy problem facing the adult social care sector by improving pay, terms and conditions as well training opportunities for the care workforce; recognises the inability of the market to provide the solutions to underoccupancy in care homes and the sharply increasing demand for home care services; and agrees with the calls of Age UK to provide a big injection of funding to councils' care budgets which includes a social care workforce strategy to meet rising demand and the needs of disabled and older people by widening the criteria for state support alongside a new deal for unpaid, informal carers.


417AOC Europe 2021

Tabled: 9/09/21 Signatories: 26

Ian Byrne [R]

Kim Johnson

Paula Barker

Dan Carden

Mick Whitley

Margaret Greenwood

Ms Diane Abbott

That this House opposes the planned staging of the AOC Europe 2021 electronic warfare event, organised by Clarion Defence and Security, at Liverpool’s Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) in October 2021; notes that that event will bring together many of the biggest global arms companies with government and military officials attending from across the world; further notes that that event will showcase and display a wide range of armaments and military equipment; notes that such military equipment being showcased has been used, and continues to be used, by regimes that have abused human rights and civil liberties; recognises that the use of such military equipment inevitably exacerbates the potential for conflict and undermines the search for peaceful solutions to international problems; further recognises that communities in Liverpool have proudly stood with those suffering injustice for many years and agrees that the staging of that event is an affront to the city’s shared values; calls on ACC Liverpool Group to reconsider hosting that event, and any future events, which undermine the city’s commitment to peace and human rights; and urges ACC Liverpool Group to work with Liverpool City Council to develop and adopt an ethical charter as company policy.


420Introducing a Wealth Tax

Tabled: 10/09/21 Signatories: 24

Richard Burgon

John McDonnell

Jon Trickett

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Apsana Begum

Zarah Sultana

Ms Diane Abbott

That this House notes that almost a quarter of all household wealth in the UK is held by the richest one per cent. of the population; further notes that the wealth of UK billionaires increased by £106 billion since the start of the pandemic; believes that it is unjust that taxes on work are much greater than taxes on wealth; rejects the remarks by the Chancellor who stated in July 2020 that I do not believe that now is the time, or ever would be the time, for a wealth tax; notes that there are growing calls for wealth taxes both in the UK and around the world with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calling for governments to introduce wealth taxes to help reduce global inequality exacerbated by the covid-19 pandemic; notes that the UK Wealth Commission, made up of a team of over 50 experts on tax policy, concluded in their December 2020 report that a wealth tax would be preferential to raising taxes on incomes; and calls on the Government to introduce a wealth tax as a progressive alternative to raising taxes on working people.


421Believe in Scotland Day of Action

Tabled: 10/09/21 Signatories: 9

Douglas Chapman

Jonathan Edwards

Allan Dorans

Dr Lisa Cameron

Steven Bonnar

Marion Fellows

Chris Stephens

That this House welcomes the launch of the first Believe in Scotland mass Day of Action to be held on Saturday 18 September 2021 which will fire the starting gun on a major co-ordinated grassroots independence campaign in Scotland that will run until an independence referendum takes place; and further welcomes the determination of Believe in Scotland and over 100 YES groups to take a confident and positive message on Scotland's future as an independent country to every doorstep the length and breadth of the nation.


422Beekeeping lessons at St Ninian's High School

Tabled: 13/09/21 Signatories: 7

Kirsten Oswald

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Law

Alison Thewliss

Chris Stephens

That this House applauds the work of biology teacher Angela Yekken of St Ninian's High School who used a course in beekeeping as a means of teaching pupils about science, the environment, leadership, and social justice; notes that Angela worked with a mixed group of Advanced Higher pupils and younger pupils with additional support needs to study beekeeping in nearby Rouken Glen Park, which is home to beehives and a visiting beekeeper under the auspices of Young Enterprise Scotland; further notes that the course was an ideal opportunity to learn safely outdoors during lockdown and that the students were so keen on the course that they carried on looking after the 50,000 bees during the summer holiday; recognises the part played by the pupils in the Senior Phase of Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence who were able to use this as an opportunity to demonstrate leadership by taking the opportunity of supporting younger pupils with Additional Support Needs through the course; and congratulates Angela on her nomination in the Learning for Sustainability Awards run by the Daily Record newspaper and Education Scotland, which highlight the amazing work being undertaken in Scotland’s schools and the commitment of teachers, pupils, and volunteers to environmental and social justice issues.


424Auchengeich Mining Disaster 62nd anniversary

Tabled: 13/09/21 Signatories: 26

Steven Bonnar

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Jonathan Edwards

Brendan O'Hara

Chris Stephens

That this House acknowledges that Saturday 18 September 2021 is the 62nd anniversary of the Auchengeich Mining disaster; respectfully remembers the 47 men who lost their lives after a fault with equipment caused a fire in the mine; further remembers that 41 women were widowed by that tragedy, and 67 children lost their father; expresses gratitude to Councillor Willie Doolan and all at the Auchengeich Memorial Committee for their commitment in continuing to commemorate the disaster by arranging a memorial service every year at the Auchengeich Memorial statue in Moodiesburn; and commends the whole Moodiesburn Community for their dignity, respect and togetherness in their endeavours to keep alive the memories of those lost to the disaster.


426Emma Raducanu, 2021 US Open women's champion

Tabled: 13/09/21 Signatories: 20

Mr Toby Perkins

Gareth Bacon

Chris Evans

David Mundell

Tonia Antoniazzi

Sir Robert Neill

Charlotte NicholsChris Stephens

That this House is delighted, amazed and inspired by the performances of Emma Raducanu in winning the US Open without losing a set; notes that she is the first qualifier in the history of tennis to win a grand slam event; congratulates Emma and all those involved in her success; further notes that an estimated television audience of over 9.5 million watched Saturday's match; hopes that this success will inspire future generations of girls, boys and adults to take up tennis; and encourages the LTA, the Government and local tennis clubs to use this success to further drive up participation of this sport which can be enjoyed by people across the country regardless of age, sex or ability.


428Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Tabled: 14/09/21 Signatories: 18

Kirsten Oswald

Richard Burgon

Ian Mearns

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

That this House acknowledges that September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month; notes that blood cancers are the most common cancers affecting children and young people and that acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a type of leukaemia where cancerous cells build up in the bone marrow, is the most common cancer diagnosed in children, further notes that ALL is an acute leukaemia, which means it develops quickly and needs treatment straight away; recognises there are around 790 diagnoses of ALL in the UK each year, including over 500 in people aged under 25; welcomes signs that improvements in outcomes for children and young people with ALL have been driven by improvements in treatment related to clinical trials, including the use of CAR-T therapy, which has been effective in curing some patients with advanced cancers where other treatments have failed; expresses its appreciation for the work of groups such as the Teenage Cancer Trust and Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group who are working to provide and improve the care and treatment of young people with ALL, supporting them and their families through the aftermath of a diagnosis and the extended period of treatment, which may last for two or more years; and calls on the Government to provide additional funding and support for research into promising treatments, such as CAR-T therapy, and effective means of recognising the signs and symptoms of ALL and other childhood cancers to ensure early diagnosis, which plays such an important role in ensuring survival from these distressing diseases.


429Kharkiv Pride 2021

Tabled: 14/09/21 Signatories: 9

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

Jonathan Edwards

Allan Dorans

Carol Monaghan

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

This House congratulates people taking part in the Pride march in Kharkiv, Ukraine; notes that the third annual civil rights march attracted a record crowd of between 2000-3000 participants; however, condemns the violence that was instigated by right-wing protestors at the end of the parade; salutes the efforts of LGBT+ campaigners in Ukraine for stepping up efforts to gain recognition, support, and protection in the face of threats and intimidation; shows solidarity with those LGBT+ Ukrainians and their allies; and offers its support to them in the future.


434Support for the Plant Based Treaty

Tabled: 15/09/21 Signatories: 14

Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck

Colum Eastwood

Wera Hobhouse

Jim Shannon

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Tony Lloyd

Chris Stephens

That this House welcomes the Plant Based Treaty aiming to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis by encouraging a shift to healthier and sustainable plant-based diets, while simultaneously working to reverse the damage to ecosystems and biodiversity; and calls on the Government to use COP26 in Glasgow as an opportunity to be a world leader in recognising the negative impact of industrial animal agriculture on climate change and commit to developing a global strategy to transition towards more sustainable plant-based food systems.


436Justice for the Yazidi and other religious minority victims of Daesh genocide

Tabled: 15/09/21 Signatories: 11

Brendan O'Hara

Marion Fellows

Wera Hobhouse

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Carol Monaghan

Chris Stephens

That this House recalls that on 20 April 2016 the House voted 278 to 0 in favour of declaring the crimes of Daesh as genocide; notes that the Government contributed to the successful establishment of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Daesh/ISIL (UNITAD) to collect and preserve the evidence of Daesh’s atrocities in Iraq and to support Iraqi domestic efforts to hold the perpetrators to account; further notes that UNITAD identified 1,444 suspected perpetrators responsible for the attacks against the Yazidis, including 14 members deemed most responsible for the atrocities classified as war crimes, crimes against humanity and even genocide; is concerned that only a few perpetrators have been brought to justice, whether in Iraq or abroad, and for terror-related offences only; and calls on the Government to lead the initiative at the UN Security Council to either refer the situation in Iraq to the International Criminal Court or to establish an ad-hoc International Tribunal for Daesh’s atrocities in Iraq to ensure justice for the survivors and families of victims of the crimes of Daesh.


44020 years of limits on press and freedom of expression in Eritrea

Tabled: 15/09/21 Signatories: 18

Patrick Grady

Jeremy Corbyn

Marion Fellows

Wera Hobhouse

Jim Shannon

Claire Hanna

Tommy SheppardChris Stephens

That this House notes that 18 September 2021 will mark the 20th anniversary of the decision by the Government of Eritrea to ban all independent media outlets in the country, and the arrest and arbitrary detention of journalists and political activists; further notes that those prisoners of conscience include Aster Fissehatison and 10 others who had written an open letter to the President of Eritrea calling for democratic political dialogue, unity and the peaceful rule of law; notes reports by Amnesty International that the group has never been put on trial or charged with any offence and that no official word on its whereabouts or physical condition has ever been given to family members or friends; notes that the Committee to Protect Journalists has reported that least 11 journalists were arrested in the round-up, and several more were jailed the following month, estimating that 17 journalists remain in prison to this day, none of whom has been heard from since that time; welcomes the work of these campaign groups and members of the Eritrean community living outside Eritrea to raise awareness of these prisoners of conscience, including a new exhibition of photos and images which will be launched by Eritrea Focus to mark the anniversary; and calls on the Government to work with the international community to address ongoing abuses of human rights in Eritrea.


442Access to cash (No. 2)

Tabled: 16/09/21 Signatories: 11

John Nicolson

Marion Fellows

Chris Law

Carla Lockhart

Ian Mearns

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House recognises that many people living in rural communities need access to cash, particularly those who are elderly or financially excluded; further recognises that the many post office closures are having a devastating impact on people’s access to wider services as well as cash; and implores the Government not to forget the many people who rely on cash in policy going forward.


443North East Child Poverty

Tabled: 16/09/21 Signatories: 13

Ian Lavery

Rebecca Long Bailey

Mary Kelly Foy

Ian Mearns

Kate Osborne

Grahame Morris

Chris Stephens

That this House notes the rapidly increasing levels of child poverty in the North East, including in Wansbeck, among other areas of the North, rising from 26 per cent in 2014-15 to 37 per cent in 2019-20 now the second highest rate across the country only behind London; further notes the profound effects this has on children growing up in poverty in Wansbeck and elsewhere on almost every facet of life from educational outcomes, health outcomes, economic outcomes which puts them at a huge disadvantage compared with their peers; notes that these problems will all be compounded by the £20 cut to universal credit that will only serve to widen the already gross inequalities in this country; and notes the need to act urgently to tackle child poverty as an essential aspect of any levelling up project before the worst economic, social, and political effects manifest themselves.


445Palliative care

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 20

Siobhain McDonagh

Jim Shannon

Paula Barker

Dan Carden

Jonathan Edwards

Navendu Mishra

Caroline LucasPaul GirvanClaire HannaDr Rupa HuqAndrew GwynneCharlotte NicholsChris StephensMr Clive Betts

That this House notes with concern a recent report by Marie Curie which predicts a 42 per cent increase in demand for end-of-life care by 2040; acknowledges the lack of funding for palliative care in the UK; recognises the crucial role end-of-life care has played during the covid-19 pandemic; understands that palliative care services are under significant strain and as a result almost 15,000 people have died outside of hospital without the necessary support during the covid-19 outbreak; further recognises the continual increase in cost to provide these vital services; and therefore calls on the Government to bring forward plans to this House that resolves the social care crisis and provides sustainable funding for the palliative care sector.


44960 years of independent television in the north of Scotland

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 8

Richard Thomson

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

Alison Thewliss

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House notes that 30 September 2021 marks sixty years of Independent Television in the North of Scotland; notes that Grampian Television, which served the area with distinction from 1961 to 2006, produced programming in Gaelic, English and Scots at a time when the indigenous languages of Scotland were under increasing threat from globalisation; recognises that many of those programmes are now a valuable archive of the language and culture of North and North-east Scotland; and calls for the full devolution of broadcasting powers to the Scottish Parliament in order that broadcasting policy better reflects the priorities and needs of the people of Scotland.


450Anthony Nolan and Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 23

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Layla Moran

Navendu Mishra

Margaret Ferrier

Alison Thewliss

Douglas ChapmanAndrew GwynneKirsten OswaldMrs Emma Lewell-BuckBrendan O'HaraPatrick GradyAmy CallaghanPatricia GibsonCarol MonaghanJohn NicolsonPaul GirvanChris StephensOwen ThompsonMartyn Day

That this House recognises Blood Cancer Awareness Month from 1-30 September; notes its importance for raising awareness of blood cancers and the necessity of their early diagnosis to save lives; commends charitable organisations like Anthony Nolan and their campaign to amplify voices of blood cancer patients; recognises their Blood Cancer Awareness Month campaign to stop blood cancer patients being left behind as we come out of the pandemic; and further commends the staff at Anthony Nolan for continuing to provide advocacy, wellbeing and treatment support to blood cancer patients across Scotland and the UK during this challenging time.


452John Henderson and the 2021 World Cup of Darts

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 5

Richard Thomson

Marion Fellows

Allan Dorans

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates John Henderson of Huntly, Aberdeenshire, on winning the PDC 2021 World Cup of Darts for Scotland with Peter Wright; notes that this is the second time in three years Scotland has won the title; commiserates with Austria, the defeated finalists this time; and wishes John and his many supporters many more victories in future.


453Women in Football

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 11

Julie Elliott

Owen Thompson

Kevin Brennan

Jim Shannon

Paula Barker

Layla Moran

Marion FellowsCharlotte Nichols

That this House welcomes Women in Football’s new campaign #GetOnside; echoes the campaign’s call for better gender equality in the football Industry; notes Women in Football’s success in representing women at all levels in the football industry; further notes the positive effect that the 2018 #WhatIf campaign had on equality in football; celebrates the work done by women at all levels of football, from the pitch, to the back rooms, to the boardrooms; thanks Chief Executive Officer Jane Purdon for all her work supporting women in the industry and for her time as CEO; thanks all the Women in Football staff and board for their work; recognises the work done by so many in the sport to support other women in the industry; and wishes Women in Football every success in the #GetOnside campaign.


454Covid-19 vaccinations at Caird Hall

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 7

Chris Law

Marion Fellows

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

Stewart Hosie

Alison Thewliss

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House notes that Monday 20 September 2021 will be the last day that covid-19 vaccinations are delivered at Dundee’s Caird Hall; celebrates that NHS Tayside have delivered 135,000 vaccinations at the Caird Hall over the last eight months to people across the city and wider Tayside area; further notes that delivery of the vaccination will now continue at a number of local venues across Dundee; thanks all NHS Tayside staff involved in the delivery of vaccinations for their hard work and commitment to keeping people safe throughout the pandemic; and encourages anyone who has yet to receive their vaccination to arrange for one soon.


456Ringfenced radiotherapy funding

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 7

Tim Farron

Jim Shannon

Jonathan Edwards

John McDonnell

Sir George Howarth

Claire Hanna

Grahame Morris

That this House is deeply concerned by the scale and severity of the covid-19 induced cancer backlog; notes Macmillan’s estimate that it will take the NHS 18 months, working at 110 per cent capacity, to clear the cancer backlog; recognises that the UK has one of the lowest cancer survivability rates in international league tables; further recognises that radiotherapy is a covid-19 safe and economical cancer treatment, costing between £4,000 and £7,000 per patient; further notes the UK’s historic underfunding of radiotherapy technologies and the woeful 27 per cent treatment rate for UK patients, in comparison to the international standard of 60 per cent; calls on the Government to support the recommendations of the APPG for Radiotherapy’s 2021 Manifesto Update; and and urges that £865 million of the new multi-billion-pound NHS funding package is ringfenced for investments which improve radiotherapy services.


457Arrests and detentions in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 16

Patrick Grady

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Stewart Malcolm McDonald

Jonathan Edwards

Alison Thewliss

Caroline LucasBrendan O'HaraClaire HannaChris StephensCarol Monaghan

That this House notes with concern reports by Amnesty International and others that authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have subjected numerous journalists, activists and protestors to arbitrary arrests and forceable disappearances in a series of crackdowns beginning in March 2020; understands that among those detained is Sherwan Ameen, who graduated from the University of Glasgow’s School of Education with a Master’s in Teaching Adults in 2015, and who was among a number of teachers arrested for protesting that they had not been paid; further understands that he had been held without charge for almost a year until 6 September when he was charged with High Treason, which carries the death penalty, and that a trial has been set for October 6; calls on the Foreign Secretary to urgently raise this case and the wider situation with counterparts in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq; and supports the calls of Amnesty International for an end to the crackdown on freedom of speech, the immediate release of all those who have been arbitrarily detained, and for the authorities to refrain from using vague and ill-defined laws to curtail the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly in the region.


459Mental health care

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 9

Jon Trickett

Jim Shannon

Paula Barker

Jonathan Edwards

Navendu Mishra

Ian Lavery

Charlotte Nichols

That this House believes there is a crisis of mental health problems in our country today; expresses its concern that the covid-19 outbreak has had a hugely detrimental impact on people’s mental health, which is likely to lead to increased pressure on mental health services in the coming months and years; notes that there has been a 16 per cent increase in suicide since 2010; further notes that there are 2,120 fewer mental health nurses in England today than there were in 2010, 5,212 fewer mental health beds and that 695 people a month are having to travel outside of their area to access mental health services; acknowledges that these cuts have hit the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber particularly hard with a loss of a quarter of mental health beds since 2010, which has resulted in 150 people a month having to travel out of the area to receive treatment; recognises that the demand for mental health services currently far exceeds the provisions available; further believes that it is totally unacceptable that people who are struggling with mental health problems are unable to access the help they need; and demands that the Government immediately makes more funding available for mental health services.


460Eastbank Care Home awarded top twenty rated care homes in Scotland

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 6

David Linden

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Law

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Eastbank Care Home for being recognised in the top 20 rated care homes in Scotland in the carehome.co.uk Awards 2021; notes that the award celebrates the dedication of the care home staff at Eastbank Care Home, who provide outstanding support to residents and their families; further notes that the award is based upon reviews from residents, their loved ones and other service users; congratulates all members of staff at the Eastbank Care Home and HC-One for the excellent reviews that led to them receiving the award; highlights that alongside Eastbank, 8 other Scottish care homes are on the top 20 list, making up almost half of the list; and celebrates the hard work and commitment of all care home staff, who work tirelessly to serve their communities.


461Life on the Breadline Report

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 7

David Linden

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Allan Dorans

Chris Law

Charlotte Nichols

Chris Stephens

That this House welcomes the publication of Life on the Breadline: Christianity, Poverty and Politics in the 21st Century City, researched and written by Dr Stephanie Denning, Dr Chris Shannahan, Professor Robert Beckford and Professor Peter Scott; notes that the research analyses the nature, reach and impact of Christian responses to austerity age poverty, providing insights into the impact of Christian engagement with poverty and raising new challenges for policymakers on responding to poverty in the UK; highlights the extent of the research for the report, which includes interviews with 16 national Church leaders and 104 regional Church leaders; emphasises the significance of the reports recommendations for tackling poverty, which stress the importance of Church leaders and policy makers working together to address the causes of poverty, alongside encouraging policymakers to spend more time with people experiencing poverty to understand the issue more deeply; and urges the Government to consider this report and to issue a response to the recommendations.


462Market failure and energy supply

Tabled: 20/09/21 Signatories: 24

Jon Trickett

Zarah Sultana

Dan Carden

Ian Lavery

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

Mary Kelly Foy

Caroline LucasMs Diane AbbottCharlotte NicholsChris Stephens

That this House notes with concern Ofgem's announcement of the £153 energy price cap rise due to take effect on 1 October 2021; further notes the rise will coincide with the end to the universal credit uplift and end to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme; regrets that these measures combined will further force 1.28 million more of those on low incomes into poverty; recognises that the energy and energy network companies’ ability to realise significant profits from consumer bills since privatisation is evidence of a broken market; further recognises the pursual of fire and rehire tactics in private energy providers in the past year; acknowledges public support for public ownership in the energy system; believes that increased regulation and public ownership of private energy provision can deliver better investment in infrastructure, a faster switch to renewable energy, better staffing terms and conditions, and lower consumer bills; and further believes that public financial support for energy providers should come with clear conditions, including restrictions on elements of the private operating model such as dividend payments, excessive CEO remuneration, and with the option of public provision in the energy sector.


465Charges for HSBC Clubs and Community Bank Account holders

Tabled: 21/09/21 Signatories: 8

Liz Saville Roberts

Layla Moran

Paula Barker

Jim Shannon

Ian Mearns

Jonathan Edwards

Chris Stephens

That this House is concerned by HSBC’s decision to unilaterally move HSBC Clubs and Community Bank Account holders to the bank’s new Charitable Bank Account which charges £60 annually; notes that the Bank is imposing criteria which may move Clubs and Community Bank Account holders to other fee-charging accounts; is dismayed that the new Charitable Bank Account will also charge customers to deposit cash at a bank branch or Post Offices and when customers withdraw funds; and calls on the Government to encourage HSBC to reverse its decision.


466Impact of flu

Tabled: 21/09/21 Signatories: 6

Jim Shannon

Carla Lockhart

Sammy Wilson

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Paula Barker

Paul Girvan

That this House recognises the impact flu has on the entire UK; notes the additional challenge faced by vulnerable people and the NHS this winter given the continued presence of covid-19; and encourages the Department of Health and Social Care to consider opportunities to improve the flu pathway including increasing testing and treatment of flu.


467Passing of Jimmy Greaves MBE

Tabled: 21/09/21 Signatories: 10

Jim Shannon

Carla Lockhart

Sir Jeffrey M Donaldson

Sammy Wilson

Layla Moran

Paula Barker

Paul GirvanChris Stephens

That this House notes the passing of footballing legend Jimmy Greaves MBE; further notes his tremendous league and international reputation as England’s fourth-highest international goal scorer, Spurs' highest ever goal scorer, the highest goal scorer in the history of English top-flight football, and his record of having scored more hat-tricks for England than anyone else; recognises the inspiration that he has been to young people in sport over the past 50 years; and offers sincere condolences to his wife and children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who mourn his loss.


468One year anniversary of G64 Cycles

Tabled: 21/09/21 Signatories: 8

Amy Callaghan

Alison Thewliss

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Margaret Ferrier

Allan Dorans

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates local Bishopbriggs enterprise, G64 Cycles, on their one year anniversary; commends the team at G64 Cycles for marking this occasion by hosting a Macmillan coffee morning to raise money for cancer support; understands that a £5 donation to Macmillan cancer support is being made for every bike currently sold; praises their efforts to assist the wider community throughout lockdown and the covid-19 outbreak by offering free bike repairs to those in need; recognises their work to promote active travel for all, including local organisations such as Women’s Aid, Bike for Good, YPeople and others by gifting free bikes; and wishes everyone at G64 Cycles continued success in the operation of their ethical local business.


469Devolved governments and the Shared Prosperity Fund

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 3

Claire Hanna

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

That this House notes that nine months on from the ending of the transition period, the UK Government has yet to publish detail on the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF); further notes that no steadfast guarantees have been given that each region will receive equivalent funding to what they received under EU structural funds; notes that there has been little meaningful consultation with the devolved regions in relation to the design and governance of the fund, the scope of which will impinge on devolved competencies, potentially duplicating work already being undertaken, as well as bypassing the expertise of those best placed to ensure local delivery of funds; further notes that the delay in introducing the SPF has caused undue hardship and uncertainty for organisations already suffering greatly as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, many of which have also simultaneously experienced an increase in demand for their services; notes the lack of clarity from the Government on how it intends to show compliance and regard to Section 75 duties in Northern Ireland as well as showing how it will complement funding delivered via the PEACE PLUS programme; and calls on the Government to immediately without further delay disclose full details of the SPF and outline how it will ensure that devolved governments will have an equal voice and role in the SPF moving forward.


470Nationality on electoral registration forms

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 3

Liz Saville Roberts

Caroline Lucas

Chris Stephens

That this House notes that it is not possible to identify as Welsh as a separate nationality on the electoral registration form or on the annual Household Enquiry Form; further notes that census data shows that 58 percent of the population in Wales identify as Welsh and not British; warns that this risks communities across Wales and the rest of the UK feeling disenfranchised and underrepresented; recognises the importance of ensuring that such forms reflect all the nationalities that make up the UK; and calls for an inquiry into the matter of nationality on electoral registration forms.


471Well-Fed (Scotland) CIC charity

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 4

Carol Monaghan

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

That this House recognises the important work of Glasgow-based charity, Well-Fed (Scotland) CIC; notes Well-Fed's mission of eradicating food poverty in the west of that city; applauds the organisation for successfully running a café, family restaurant, catering service, community pantry and homework club; congratulates Well-Fed for utilising surplus food supplies, which allows the organisation to reduce food waste and operate sustainably and economically; supports the organisation's delivery of healthy, nutritious, and fresh food for Glasgow's residents; considers Well-Fed an important community hub in Whiteinch, which is open 12 hours per day, 7 days per week, and which builds social capital and support networks within the wider community; applauds Well-Fed for the employment opportunities and training it provides to young people locally; sincerely thanks Well-Fed for the nutritional and social support it provides to so many local residents; and views Well-Fed as a prime example of the city's mantra that People Make Glasgow.


472Hyndland primary school's cookbook, Our World Kitchen

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 4

Carol Monaghan

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

That this House notes the release of Hyndland Primary School's cookbook, Our World Kitchen; congratulates pupils, staff and families for all their hard work researching, designing, and publishing the cookbook; notes that the cookbook contains recipes from more than 30 countries across the world, spanning five continents and pulling inspiration from more than 70 families connected with the School; celebrates this global cookbook as a testament to Glasgow's multicultural and welcoming ethos; recognises that the cookbook was part of a fundraising effort for the school as a result of funding difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic; notes that funds raised from the sale of that cookbook will go towards playground equipment; applauds the Parent Council for their ideas and co-ordination for the cookbook; thanks members of staff at the School for their recipe contributions to the cookbook; praises pupils who contributed their recipes and artwork to the cookbook; and encourages communities in Glasgow to purchase the cookbook if they are able to support Hyndland Primary School.


473Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Renfrewshire Council

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 4

Gavin Newlands

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

Chris Stephens

That this House notes that Renfrewshire Council is the first local authority in Scotland to offer all three to five year olds the opportunity to register for the book gifting service provided by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library; understands that in 2020 that charity gifted its 150 millionth book; believes that providing books in early years can promote a lifelong love of reading and improve literacy rates; and congratulates Gail Abraham and Julie Paterson at Renfrewshire Council for their hard work and dedication in managing and promoting a project which will raise attainment for all in Renfrewshire.


474Springbank distillery, Campbeltown, and minimising the environmental impact of whisky production

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 5

Brendan O'Hara

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

David Linden

Chris Stephens

That this House congratulates Springbank Distillery, Campbeltown, and its parent company J&A Mitchell & Co Ltd on its plans to adapt their product packaging and review their working processes so as to minimise their impact on the environment; notes that Springbank Distillery’s core whisky products will now be sold without any unnecessary external packaging such as a cardboard box or tube; further notes that the Distillery will also be reviewing the environmental impact of their operations, focusing on switching from red diesel to a less polluting gas and reducing water consumption; salutes the efforts of Springbank Distillery to recognise and address the climate crisis and the environmental impact of their products, particularly in the lead up to the COP26 conference in Glasgow next month; and urges other distilleries to follow the example of Springbank in addressing the impact of their production processes and packaging on the environment.


475Annual Ayurveda Day

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 2

Bob Blackman

Jim Shannon

That this House celebrates the Annual Ayurveda Day on 2nd November, first celebrated by the Government of India in 2016; notes that in the midst of an international health crisis, Ayurveda, the science (Veda) of life (Ayus), offers a time-tested tradition of holistic and multi-faceted approaches to health and wellbeing; acknowledges Ayurveda as an ancient system of natural healthcare; recognises the World Health Organization’s recognition of Ayurveda’s ethos and value to humanity as preventative and curative for a wide range of health conditions, both physical and mental; notes that health means wholeness and therefore a holistic approach to the promotion of health is needed, at the heart of which is a comprehensive health education programme to bring the individual and society to harmony; further notes that Ayurveda addresses well-being through personalised dietary and lifestyle management strategies that are specific to an individual's unique physical and psychological constitution in all stages of life; and urges the Government to ensure that in its long term planning for the National Health Service, with its stated commitment to prevention of ill-health and promotion of good health, is implemented through establishing a new Department of Natural and Integrative Healthcare to respond to the public’s growing desire for freedom of choice in healthcare, and by providing natural healthcare education programmes in schools and colleges as a basis for improving the social and emotional wellbeing of all young people.


476Royal Parks cleaners and playground attendants dispute

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 9

Bell Ribeiro-Addy

John McDonnell

Grahame Morris

Chris Stephens

Apsana Begum

Ian Lavery

Ms Diane AbbottJim ShannonCharlotte Nichols

That this House supports members of the Public and Commercial Services Union employed by Just Ask Estate Services Ltd at the Royal Parks in their dispute for employment equality and security; notes that the Royal Parks outsourced its public toilets and building cleaning contract to Just Ask Estate Services Ltd from Vinci Facilities in May 2021; is aware that 90 per cent of outsourced staff at the Royal Parks are black and migrant workers whilst 90 per cent of directly employed Royal Park staff are white; is alarmed that those outsourced key workers have worked throughout the covid-19 pandemic with no occupational sick pay, no ability to work from home and are now facing job losses and significant changes to their contracts; is further alarmed that the Royal Parks as the contracting authority has refused to intervene to resolve the dispute; further notes that Just Ask Estate Services Ltd have yet to set out their staffing plan despite giving unions a deadline of 9 September 2021 in which to meet and share the information; applauds the dedication and efforts of those key workers who have voted overwhelmingly to take further strike action during the month of October 2021; and calls on the management of the Royal Parks and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to urgently intervene in that dispute and to work with all parties to secure a fair and equal resolution of that dispute.


477Loss and Damage Awareness Day 2021

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 8

Wera Hobhouse

Jim Shannon

Sarah Olney

Stephen Timms

Claire Hanna

Dr Philippa Whitford

Chris LawJeremy Corbyn

That this House welcomes the first ever Loss and Damage Awareness Day on 23 September 2021; recognises that many of the communities worst affected by loss and damage are also the world's poorest communities; recognises the obligations of developed countries to support developing countries to mitigate the disastrous impacts of climate change; believes that, as chair of COP26, the Government should ensure that developed countries fulfil their pledge to deliver at least $100 billion per year to help developing countries decarbonise their economies and protect against climate impacts; and calls on the Government to ensure a just transition to a greener economy for those communities that are employed by the fossil fuel industry.


478Orange Heritage Week 2021

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 3

Jim Shannon

Paul Girvan

Scott Benton

That this House notes and celebrates the 5th annual Orange Heritage Week, taking place from 21 to 28 September 2021; further notes the historical foci on the origin of the Loyal Order, its role during the Home Rule period, and the service and sacrifice of Orangemen during the First World War; highlights the cultural relevance of the Orange institution dating back to 1795; notes that Week will culminate on Ulster Day, marking the anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant by Unionists in opposition to Home Rule in 1912; further highlights the significant impact that covid-19 has had on Orange Heritage celebrations; welcomes efforts made by organisations to hold those commemorations safely; and thanks all those involved in preserving culture and heritage for generations to come.


479Staffing reductions at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 28

Grahame Morris

Chris Stephens

Apsana Begum

Ms Diane Abbott

Jeremy Corbyn

Kim Johnson

Jim ShannonDan Carden

That this House acknowledges the work and dedication of staff employed across the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA); notes that the agency plays a leading role in protecting and improving public health and supports innovations through research and development; is aware that the MHRA has three centres employing almost 1,200 staff and has numerous vital responsibilities across the health sector, including the approval and safety standards of medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusions; applauds the tireless efforts of the staff during the covid-19 pandemic to ensure the swift approval and distribution of covid-19 vaccines, test kits and ventilators, protecting millions of lives across the UK; is alarmed to learn that the MHRA is now facing staffing reductions of up to 20 per cent despite a greatly increased workload as a result of the UK leaving the EU and the covid-19 pandemic; is concerned that fewer staff will be asked to cover more ground with fewer resources whilst operating under a pay freeze; is further concerned that any loss of expertise in this agency will lead to poor and potentially unsafe decision-making in a highly specialised field; is particularly worried about the impact of the loss of the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, which is well-renowned as a distinct centre of excellence; and calls on the Government to intervene immediately to ensure jobs are retained and a properly funded MHRA can continue with its world-leading work in this field.


480Life and work of Tam Waterson, UNISON activist in the NHS

Tabled: 22/09/21 Signatories: 5

Chris Stephens

Owen Thompson

Paula Barker

Marion Fellows

Jim Shannon

That this House recognises the life and work of Tam Waterson, a UNISON activist for 35 years, who died on 9 September 2021; further recognises his work as a Senior Steward within Lothian Health Branch and as Chair of the UNISON Scottish Health Committee; sends condolences to his family at this time; recognises his tireless work representing the rights of NHS staff at local, Scottish and UK levels; notes his participation in the Scottish Government partnership structures and further notes that his valuable contributions within these structures were welcomed within these forums and helped inform key policies to support all staff in Scotland’s NHS; believes that the health service in Scotland benefited from his dedicated service over the years; celebrates his work in his trade union activities; recognises the esteem in which he was held by his many friends and colleagues; and offers condolences, at this time, to all who knew him.