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Personal Statement

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

With permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to make a personal statement.

I am grateful to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards for his fair and accurate report and to the Committee on Standards and Privileges for its equally fair conclusions. My failure to declare to the Registrar of Members’ Interests, within the time required, all the donations to my campaign for the deputy leadership of the Labour party was wrong. I note that the Committee fully accepts that I acted with “commendable speed to rectify” this once I had discovered the problem—indeed, a month before any complaint was made against me—and that there was “no intention to deceive”. I have always accepted full responsibility for this honest mistake and I apologise unreservedly to the House.

Bills Presented

Pharmaceutical Labelling (Warning of Cognitive Function Impairment) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Mr. Virendra Sharma, John Austin, Clive Efford, Mike Gapes, Ms Karen Buck, Siobhain McDonagh, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris and Mr. Chris Mullin, presented a Bill to make provision for a warning symbol to be prominently displayed on the packaging of pharmaceuticals which act on the brain and central nervous system so as to impair dangerously the consumer’s ability to carry out certain activities; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 30).

Employers’ Liability Insurance Bureau Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Shona McIsaac, Mr. Virendra Sharma, John Austin, Clive Efford, Mike Gapes, Ms Karen Buck, Siobhain McDonagh, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris, Mr. Chris Mullin and Jim Sheridan, presented a Bill to make provision for the creation of an employers’ liability insurance bureau comprising an electronic database and a fund of last resort; to make provision about employers’ liability insurance; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 13 March, and to be printed (Bill 31).

British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Mr. Edward O’Hara, Clive Efford, Siobhain McDonagh, Rob Marris, Mr. Virendra Sharma, John Austin and Ms Karen Buck, presented a Bill to amend the British Museum Act 1963 to permit the transfer of artefacts in the British Museum; to confer powers on the Secretary of State to require the transfer of artefacts in specified circumstances; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 20 March, and to be printed (Bill 32).

Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Shona McIsaac, Clive Efford, Mr. Virendra Sharma, Mike Gapes, Ms Karen Buck, Siobhain McDonagh, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris, Mr. Chris Mullin and Jim Sheridan, presented a Bill to provide that certain asbestos-related conditions are actionable personal injuries; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 24 April, and to be printed (Bill 33).

Land Use (Gardens Protection Etc) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Shona McIsaac, Mr. Virendra Sharma, John Austin, Clive Efford, Ms Karen Buck, Siobhain McDonagh, Rob Marris and Mr. Chris Mullin, presented a Bill to make provision for the protection of gardens and urban green spaces; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 8 May, and to be printed (Bill 34).

Holocaust (Stolen Art) Restitution Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Mike Gapes, Ms Karen Buck, Siobhain McDonagh, Rob Marris, Mr. Chris Mullin, Clive Efford, John Austin, Mr. Virendra Sharma and Mrs. Louise Ellman, presented a Bill to provide for the transfer from public museum and gallery collections of arts, artefacts and other objects stolen between 1933 and 1945 by or on behalf of the Nazi regime, its members and sympathisers; to provide for the return of such artefacts and objects to the lawful owners, their heirs and successors; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 15 May, and to be printed (Bill 35).

Crown Employment (Nationality) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Dr. Tony Wright, Ms Karen Buck, Mr. Virendra Sharma, Mike Gapes, Shona McIsaac, Rob Marris, Mr. Chris Mullin, John Austin, Clive Efford and Siobhain McDonagh, presented a Bill to make provision for and in connection with the removal of general restrictions as to nationality which apply to persons employed or holding office in any civil capacity under the Crown; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 12 June, and to be printed (Bill 39).

Torture (Damages) (No. 2) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Mr. Virendra Sharma, John Austin, Clive Efford, Ms Karen Buck, Siobhain McDonagh, Rob Marris and Mr. Chris Mullin, presented a Bill to make provision for actions for damages for torture; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 19 June, and to be printed (Bill 40).

Illegally Logged Timber (Prohibition of Sale) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Mr. Virendra Sharma, John Austin, Clive Efford, Mike Gapes, Siobhain McDonagh, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris, Mr. Chris Mullin and Barry Gardiner, presented a Bill to prohibit the sale in the United Kingdom of timber and wood products that were obtained or produced illegally in their country of origin; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 26 June, and to be printed (Bill 41).

Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by Mr. Virendra Sharma, John Austin, Ms Karen Buck, Clive Efford, Mike Gapes, Shona McIsaac, Siobhain McDonagh, Judy Mallaber, Rob Marris and Mr. Chris Mullin, presented a Bill to clarify the meaning of ‘public authority’ in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 3 July, and to be printed (Bill 42).

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Andrew Dismore, supported by John Austin, Mr. Virendra Sharma, Clive Efford, Ms Karen Buck and Rob Marris, presented a Bill to introduce a national day to learn about and remember the Armenian genocide.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 16 October, and to be printed (Bill 43).

Broadcasting (Television Licence Fee Abolition) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Christopher Chope, supported by Mr. Peter Bone, Philip Davies, Mr. Mark Field and Mr. David Heathcoat-Amory, presented a Bill to make provision for the abolition of the television licence fee; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 44).

Sovereignty of Parliament (European Communities) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Christopher Chope, supported by Mr. Peter Bone, Mr. William Cash, Philip Davies, Mr. David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr. Richard Shepherd, Mr. Andrew Turner, Sir Peter Viggers, Sir Nicholas Winterton and Mr. Roger Gale, presented a Bill to provide that Community treaties, Community instruments and Community obligations shall only be binding in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom insofar as they do not conflict with a subsequent, expressly inconsistent enactment of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 45).

European Union (Audit of Benefits and Costs of UK Membership) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Christopher Chope, supported by Mr. Peter Bone, Mr. William Cash, Philip Davies, Mr. David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr. Richard Shepherd, Mr. Andrew Turner, Sir Peter Viggers, Sir Nicholas Winterton and Mr. Roger Gale, presented a Bill to establish a Commission to carry out regular audits of the economic costs and benefits of the UK’s membership of the European Union; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 46).

Drugs (Roadside Testing) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Christopher Chope, supported by Mr. Peter Bone, Mr. William Cash, Philip Davies, Mr. Nigel Evans, Richard Ottaway, Mr. Greg Knight, Mr. Graham Stuart, Sir Peter Viggers, Sir George Young and Sir Nicholas Winterton, presented a Bill to make provision for roadside testing for illegal drugs; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 47).

Pedlars (Amendment) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Christopher Chope, supported by Philip Davies, Mr. Ian Liddell-Grainger and Sir Paul Beresford, presented a Bill to amend the Pedlars Act 1871.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 48).

Broadcasting (Public Service Content) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Mr. Christopher Chope, supported by Mr. Peter Bone, Philip Davies, Mr. Mark Field, Mr. David Heathcoat-Amory, Mr. Brian Binley, Mr. Roger Gale and Mr. Andrew Tyrie, presented a Bill to define public service content for the purposes of public service broadcasting.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 49).

Safety of Medicines (Evaluation) Bill

Presentation and First Reading (Standing Order No. 57)

Dr. Ian Gibson, supported by Mr. Mike Hancock and Mr. David Amess, presented a Bill to make provision about the evaluation of methods of testing the safety of medicines; and for connected purposes.

Bill read the First time; to be read a Second time on Friday 27 February, and to be printed (Bill 50).