That this House celebrates British Pub Week from 31 October to 8 November 2014; notes that the 48,000 pubs across the UK are often the heart of their communities, acting as community hubs, giving a place for community groups and sports teams, and also contribute significantly to charity; further notes many of them also run vital public services such as post offices, broadband and local shops; acknowledges pubs as being a key part of British history, heritage and culture; further acknowledges that beer and pubs contribute Â£22 billion to the economy, bring in Â£11 billion in tax revenue and support 900,000 jobs; commends hardworking publicans who keep the UK’s pubs running and maintain safe, vibrant environments in which to drink, eat and socialise; expresses concern that on average 31 pubs a week are closing across the country; further expresses a desire to see a reversal of this trend and for government to take the necessary steps to support this; and wishes British pubs every success for years to come.
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That this House deplores the continued delays that surround the works that have been carried out on Belgrave Road, Belgrave, Leicester, by Sainsbury’s and its contractor, Longcross; notes the fact that these works were part of a deal entered into by L…
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 2848), dated 23 October 2014, a copy of which was laid before this House on 28 October, be annulled.
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That this House congratulates the Trades Union Congress for passing a motion, proposed by the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, committing itself to campaign for an increase in the National Minimum Wage to Â£10 per hour; notes that this would ease the burden on welfare spending by alleviating the need for in work benefits which subsidise exploitative employers paying poverty wages; further notes that this would free up funds for much-needed investment in the NHS, education and other welfare programmes; believes that action is needed to address the scandal that apprentices can be legally paid as little as Â£2.73 per hour and under-18s just Â£3.79 per hour; and considers that employers who claim to be unable to afford Â£10 per hour should be required to submit to an audit of their company profits, bonuses paid to senior executives and dividends paid to shareholders to ensure they are not out of line with employee rates of pay.
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That this House notes that there were 765 deaths involving heroin or morphine in 2013, a sharp rise of 32 per cent from 579 deaths in 2012; further notes that many of these fatalities could have been prevented by the use of naloxone as an intervention;…
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That this House notes that it is two years since the final report of the UK Drug Policy Commission highlighted the need for a fresh approach to drug policy; further notes that the Commission concluded that there was insufficient evidence to judge the effectiveness of drug policy which costs each taxpayer about Â£400 per annum; is alarmed that crimes related to drugs cost the UK Â£13.3 billion every year; reminds the Government of the Commission’s recommendation that the direction of drug policy needs to be considered in a cross-party environment; and calls on the Government to initiate a cross-party review of both the current drug strategy and the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
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That this House acknowledges the failure of the global War on Drugs; recognises that this approach increases gross human rights violations and the spread of hepatitis C; shares the view of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime that drug addiction is a healt…
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That this House condemns the persecution of Christians, BahÃ¡’Ãs and other religious minorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran which has increased under the leadership of President Rouhani and calls on the Iranian government to release prisoners incarcerated on account of their faith such as Farshid Fathi, Benham Irani, Alireza Seyyedian, Homayoun Shokouhi, Vahid Hakkani, Mojtaba Seyyed Alaedin Hossein, Abdolreza Ali Haghnejad, Silas Rabbani, Shahin Lahooti, Suroush Saraie, Ebrahim Firouzi, Maryam Naghash Zargaran and Rasoul Abdollahi; is concerned by Iran’s refusal to allow entry to a delegation of UK parliamentarians to open positive and respectful dialogue on these matters; notes the recent comments of President Rouhani’s Advisor on Religious Affairs that underlined the illegality of religious conversion in Iran which sits contrary to Iran’s obligations under international law; urges the UK and the 46 other member states of the UN Human Rights Council, to raise the cases of individual Christian prisoners of conscience during Iran’s Universal Periodic Review on 31 October 2014, and to recommend their release; and further urges Ministers to recognises the significance the UK population places on putting human rights and religious liberty at the heart of the UK’s international relations, noting the Iranian government’s eagerness to see its embassy reopened in London.
That this House recognises the enormous contribution by members of HM Armed Services from each of the British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies in wars and conflicts over the centuries, fighting for Queen, King and country and especially this…
That this House notes that there are estimated to be one million houses in multiple occupation (HMO) units in England housing some of the UK’s most vulnerable citizens; further notes that according to the Department for Communities and Local Government…
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