Israeli Occupation of the Golan Heights
EDM #2216, Tabled 22 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House reiterates its support for the long-held international position that Israel is in occupation of the Golan Heights and has been for nearly 52 years; notes that such an occupation should be temporary and that all Israeli settlements there are illegal under international law; urges the UK Government and European partners to oppose the new position of the US Government recognising the Golan as Israeli territory; and calls on the UK Government to reiterate the vital nature of the land-for-peace formula based on UN Security Council Resolution 242 and the UN Security Council Resolution 497 of 1981 calling on Israel to rescind its illegal annexation to be implemented.
Twenty Years of the National Minimum Wage
EDM #2211, Tabled 21 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes that on 1 April 2019 the National Minimum Wage will be 20 years old; acknowledges the role of the Low Pay Commission; further notes that two thirds of beneficiaries are women; welcomes the development since 1999 of minimum wage rates for 16 and 17-year-olds and apprentices and of the National Living Wage; further acknowledges that more resources are still needed for enforcement; and declares that if the National Minimum Wage is to remain a success then it should be increased to the level of the living wage for all workers regardless of age.
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) Awareness Week 2019
EDM #2207, Tabled 20 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes that ME Awareness Week will be held in May 2019; commends those involved in raising greater awareness of the condition including the website www.actionforme.org.uk which creates a platform for wider sections of society to understand the issues that affect more than 250,000 people across the UK; and supports further research into the condition to assist current and future generations deal with the problems associated with ME.
Environment Agency Pay Dispute
EDM #2206, Tabled 20 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House notes that the Environment Agency has imposed upon its non-nuclear staff a pay rise averaging less than 1.3 per cent which was rejected in ballot by more than 85 per cent of their union member staff and which represents a pay cut in real terms; further notes that workers at the Agency have seen their pay cut by over 20 per cent in real terms since 2009, during which time they have continued to work to safeguard our homes from flooding and the environment from pollution; and this House calls upon the independent Board of the Environment Agency to reopen negotiations with the Agency’s recognised unions with the aim of reaching a settlement giving these workers the decent pay rise they deserve.
British Medical Journal and Adverts for Breastmilk Substitutes
EDM #2202, Tabled 19 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House welcomes the British Medical Journal’s decision to no longer carry adverts for breastmilk substitutes; understands that they have done so through concerns over the aggressive promotion of these products, and subsequent impacts on global rates of breastfeeding; appreciates that the decision was taken in line with the World Health Organization and Unicef’s International code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which explicitly bans advertising and promotion of breastmilk substitutes to the general public; understands that the code is in place to constrain unethical behaviour by companies; and encourages all organisations in the UK and worldwide to follow both the letter and the spirit of the Code.
Mass Killing in New Zealand
EDM #2197, Tabled 19 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House expresses grave and deep concern at the mass killing of worshippers at mosques in New Zealand; conveys sincere sympathy for their families and community who mourn at this time; condemns all those involved in any form of terrorism and reiterates that there can be no justification for the slaughter that took place in a place of worship.
The Living Wage at the Commonwealth Games
EDM #2195, Tabled 19 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House believes that the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee should ensure it is a Living Wage Employer, accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.
Contracts of Employment for Disabled Workers
EDM #2192, Tabled 18 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
That this House recognises the equal role that disabled people can play in a workplace; acknowledges the value of employers having the proper infrastructure and facilities in place to support disabled employees; notes that an employer can currently retract a job offer on the basis of an individual having a disability; and urges the Government to introduce stricter legislation to prevent employers from retracting job offers on the basis of the prospective employee having a disability.
EDM #2190, Tabled 18 March 2019 (2017-19 Session)
Prayer-Praying that this Statutory Instrument is annulled.
That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the Higher Education (Registration Fees) (England) Regulations 2019 (S.I., 2019, No. 543), dated 11 March 2019, a copy of which was laid before this House on 12 March 2019, be annulled.