That this House commends the national road safety charity RoadPeace for organising National Road Victim Month every August to remember those killed or injured on our roads; notes that August is a particularly poignant month since the first person ever…
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That this House welcomes the international Girl Summit held on 22 July 2014; notes that the Female Genital Mutilation is a criminal, horrifying and inhumane practice; congratulates the Prime Minister on this initiative; acknowledges the work done by th…
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That this House notes that Leeds-Bradford International Airport (LBIA) has been poorly served for years in terms of being connected to other towns and cities in the wider region; further notes that the Leeds City Region, with an economic output of Â£55 billion in 2013, has the largest city region economy outside London; believes that a rail link will provide global connectivity for local businesses and help the Leeds City Region remain a vibrant and competitive area; further notes that the highly successful Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France showed the world what Yorkshire has to offer; further notes that this is likely to lead to further business from abroad and tourism visits, particularly with Yorkshire winning the title of Europe’s Leading Destination in 2013, beating the likes of Berlin, London and Madrid; further notes that LBIA’s passenger throughput is expected to reach 5.1 million in 2016 and support 3,400 full-time equivalent jobs; welcomes comments by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for aviation, the hon. Member for Scarborough and Whitby, on a recent visit that a rail link is obviously desirable; and encourages him to provide a further boost for local jobs and the regional economy by setting out a timescale for his plans.
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That this House notes the Â£173 million New Generation Transport (NGT) trolleybus scheme promoted by Metro and Leeds City Council; feels that it is not the best option for improving public transport in Leeds; is concerned that NGT may not provide value for money in the long run due to shorter life expectancy of rolling stock, as one of the key aims of the project was reducing the number of people driving on the A660 corridor; is further concerned at NGT plans which imply that the reduction in car usage would be minimal; is particularly concerned, given plans to secure a legacy from the 2014 Tour de France going through Leeds, that NGT would pass along the most-cycled route in Leeds and that the NGT business case projects a decrease in cycling; further feels that scheme has been imposed on Leeds after the Labour government decided in 2007 that Leeds could only have a bus-based solution; therefore demands the public inquiry be allowed to consider not whether NGT should go ahead or not, but what the best public transport solution is for Leeds; while welcoming the government investment, also demands the Â£173 million be allowed to be used for the alternative decided on; further feels that ultimately Leeds must have parity with major cities such as Manchester, Sheffield and European counterparts; and therefore urges the Department for Transport and Leeds City Council to consider the views of local residents and urgently rethink their plans.
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That this House recognises with respect and gratitude all who fought in the war in Burma 70 years ago; notes that this was the longest land campaign of the Second World War; salutes the memory of nearly 40,000 British and Commonwealth Service personnel…
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That this House notes the widespread cross-party questioning of Israel’s wholly disproportionate and brutal attack on the Palestinian people of Gaza as expressed in the Chamber on 21 July 2014; further notes that thousands of people marched in protest …
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That this House welcomes Yorkshire Week to celebrate all that God’s Own County has to offer; notes that Yorkshire Day was first celebrated on 1 August 1975, the 216th anniversary of the Battle of Minden, where British troops defeated the French and first wore the now-famous white rose in tribute to their fallen comrades; further notes that some of the biggest names in British history have originated from Yorkshire; further notes that Britain’s film and cultural scene has been boosted thanks to Yorkshirewomen and men; congratulates Yorkshire on producing some of the country’s finest sporting talents across rugby league and union, football, cricket and cycling; further notes that this recently culminated in Yorkshire hosting what Tour de France organisers called the grandest Grand DÃ©part the Tour has ever seen; also welcomes Yorkshire’s contribution in producing world-class musical talent; commends its breath-taking countryside landscapes, historic breweries and unique cuisine including the famous Yorkshire pudding; hopes the organisers and people partaking of it have a highly successful and enjoyable Yorkshire Day and Week; and wishes the county and its people many more years of success in every arena.
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That this House notes the introduction and rapid increase in tuition fees in further and higher education since 1998 and acknowledges with concern the findings of the Third Report of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee session 2014-15, on Student Loans; further notes that tuition fees and associated marketisation have decisively failed to create a sustainable funding system for universities; further notes that, in order to fund tution fees, the Government can now expect to loan in excess of Â£10 billion per year, much of which it will never recover; further notes the extreme negative impact of fees and privatisation on the stability of universities and colleges, access to education, student poverty and the conditions of academic and other staff; further notes that the number of people studying part-time has dropped by 40 per cent since the tripling of home undergraduate tuition fees in 2010; further notes that tuition fees no longer exist in Germany; believes that the choice being presented to the public, between an inaccessible and debt-driven market and a free system open only to a social elite, is no choice at all; believes further that progressive taxation is the only fair and workable way to fund education; supports the conclusions of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee’s report that an overhaul of the system is needed; calls for an urgent review of education funding led by those who work and study in education; and further calls for the abolition of all tuition fees in further and higher education.
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That this House notes that across the country, parents will be preparing for the long summer school holiday by arranging and paying for additional childcare required as a result of having a long holiday block between July and September; further notes t…
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That this House notes that Dr Malcolm Macdonald, of the Strathclyde Space Institute at Strathclyde University, has stated in a report on the space sector that Scottish independence could be said to be worth Â£15-20 million per year to the sector in the medium term, and the long-term size and scale of the sector may be of the order of Â£100 million, almost triple the current size; welcomes recognition that RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss Barracks with its runway are excellently placed to be locations for a future spaceport and have been included in a shortlist of sites; and calls on the Government to work with the Scottish Government, local authority and other public agencies to maximise the potential of this opportunity.
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