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Petitions

Volume 403: debated on Wednesday 9 April 2003

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South Oxhey Hostel

7 pm

I wish to present a petition on behalf of the residents of South Oxhey, an estate in my constituency, recording the objections of residents to a proposal to develop a homeless young persons' hostel in Gosforth lane, South Oxhey—on a site designated metropolitan green belt—on the basis that it might be considered dangerous, as the site is close to the road, on a bend, and off-street parking would be more appropriate.

If I am to be strictly accurate I cannot say that the residents' objection is unanimous, but I am also accurate in saying that not one person has told me that he or she is in favour of the proposal. I must, I suppose, confine myself to saying that the vast majority oppose it. Over 1,000 signatures have been recorded in a very small area over just a few days, and even more are being collected as I speak. I join my constituents in urging the Government to take steps to prevent the development of the hostel.

To lie upon the Table.

Pharmacies

7.1 pm

My petition bears more than 2,500 signatures from my constituents, who are very concerned about proposals from the Office of Fair Trading that could lead to the closure of a number of local pharmacies. Signatures were collected at pharmacies throughout my constituency, and the petition was presented to me recently at the Ferry pharmacy in Hullbridge, owned by Mr. Yogesh Patel. It reads as follows:

To the Honourable Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.
The Humble Petition of the constituents of Rayleigh in Essex
Sheweth,
That local communities are best served by local pharmacies and that the OFT's recommendations to abolish the "control of entry" regulations could seriously damage local pharmacies.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House shall urge the Government to reject proposals that could damage the operation of local pharmacies and instead to preserve them and to safeguard their continued services to local communities.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

7.3 pm

It gives me great pleasure to present a petition from the residents of my constituency on a subject about which I feel passionate, and to which I give full support. The petition

Declares that we are concerned at the Office of Fair Trading report on NHS control of entry regulations and retail pharmacy services in the UK.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and the Secretary of State for Health to reject proposals that would allow unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions, and to preserve local pharmacies and safeguard their continued services to local communities.
And the Petitioners remain etc.

The first signature is that of Mrs. Gillian Treharne. The total number of signatures is 1,320.

To lie upon the Table.

7.4 pm

I too rise to present a petition in support of community pharmacies, and I am pleased to follow my hon. Friends the Members for Rayleigh (Mr. Francois) and for Vale of York (Miss McIntosh) in so doing.

The petition, which is signed by 1,643 constituents and others, reads as follows:
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of the users of dispensing chemists in the Westbury constituency and others
Declares that the proposals of the Office of Fair Trading to allow unrestricted opening of pharmacies would be harmful.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Government to reject those proposals by the Office of Fair Trading, and to preserve and safeguard the services offered by local pharmacies to their communities.
And your Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.

7.6 pm

I, too, have pleasure in presenting a petition of users of the Parley Cross pharmacy, which is in my constituency. This is the third such petition that I have presented from users of community pharmacies in the Christchurch constituency.

These constituents are amazed that the Government in England are still in two minds about this issue, given that we hear from a Minister in Northern Ireland that he has already decided to reject these proposals, as indeed have the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament.

This petition, like the others, declares:
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of users of the Parley Cross pharmacy in the Christchurch constituency
Declares that the proposals of the Office of Fair Trading to allow the unrestricted opening of pharmacies able to dispense NHS prescriptions will result in a decline in the availability and quality of local health care currently provided from community pharmacies.
The Petitioners request that the House of Commons urge the Government to reject these proposals by the Office of Fair Trading, and to promote the NHS pharmacy plan to encourage and support local community pharmacies.

To lie upon the Table.

Health Services (Isle Of Wight)

7.7 pm

On the Bench beside me are just some of the 60,761 signatures—almost half the population of my constituency—collected on a petition launched by June Mortlock and the townswomen's guilds, with the assistance of the Isle of Wight County Press, Isle of Wight Radio, Meridian television and the The Southern Daily Echo (Southampton). It was also launched with the help of the leaders of the three political groups on Isle of Wight council: Island First, Labour and the Conservatives.

The petition concerns suggestions for the future configuration of health services on the island. It states:
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of residents of the Isle of Wight and others declares that the Hampshire and Isle of Wight strategic health authority is suggesting the removal of accident and emergency services, some maternity services and other vital services from St. Mary's hospital, Newport to the mainland.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons require the Secretary of State for Health to do all in his power to meet the health needs of the people of the Isle of Wight by ensuring that these essential services remain available on the island.
And your Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.