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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 18 October 2006

Off-road Bikes

I am pleased to have the opportunity to present a petition initiated by my constituent, Mrs. Maureen Dunleavy. My constituents do not want to stop the safe and legal riding of mini motos, but they want the dangerous and illegal riding of them to end. They do not want local residents to be at risk on pavements, or to be kept up late at night by the noise. They want the police to take firm action, using the powers that they already have, to curb the high-speed riders. I commend the petition of the people of Irlam and Cadishead, signed by more than 300 residents, to the House. It declares:

The Petition of the people of Irlam and Cadishead,

Declares that we, the undersigned, call for a change in the law whereby all off road bikes, including (mini motos, trial bikes, quad bikes, petrol scooters and go-peds) are registered with the DVLA and carry a visible licence plate.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Home Secretary to register such vehicles and require them to carry a visible licence plate

And the Petitions remain, etc.,

To lie upon the Table.

Post Office Card Account

I have the honour to present the petition of 6,222 of my constituents in Torridge and West Devon who fear that the withdrawal of the Post Office card account and the continuous erosion of the services that sub-post offices provide will destroy their viability as small businesses. They plead with the Government for an enlightened recognition of both their social value to rural communities and the compelling case to preserve them. The petition reads:

That any decision not to renew the Government subsidy paid to the rural post office network and the withdrawal of the Post Office Card Account, when combined with the loss of other sources of revenue, may render the rural post office network unsustainable and force sub-post office branches to close.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House shall urge the Government to recognise the importance of Post Offices to those living in rural communities, to reconsider its decision neither to continue with nor to replace the Post Office Card Account, to undertake to support and sustain the Rural Post Office Network and to prevent the further closure of sub post office branches.

And your Petitioner(s), as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.

To lie upon the Table.

I have the honour to submit a petition on behalf of Mr. Stan White and some 200 other customers of the Rothwell post office, some of whose customers, including the sub-postmaster, were in the Houses of Parliament earlier today.

The petition declares:

The Petitioners believe that the post office network provides a vital service to local communities in both urban and rural areas which are threatened by the Government’s withdrawal of services from local post offices.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call on the Government to reverse its announcement that it will end support for the Post Office Card Account in 2010 thereby threatening the viability of thousands of post offices and urge the Government to immediately halt its activities designed to kill the account off in advance of that date.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

To lie upon the Table.