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Volume 587: debated on Monday 10 November 2014

Immigration Checks in the UK

I wish to present a petition initiated by my constituent Mrs Elsie Guidici among her fellow constituents and others in Rutherglen and Hamilton West and the surrounding area, following the murder of her son in his home by a convicted criminal from outwith the United Kingdom. The related petition has received more than 800 signatures. It states:

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to enforce stringent checks on immigration.

Following is the full text of the petition:

[The Petition of residents of the UK,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that current immigration checks in the UK are not tough enough; further that the Petitioners believe that the checks should mean that if an individual has no job, no money and a criminal record, they should be denied entry to the UK; and further that a Petition in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West Constituency on this matter has received over 800 signatures.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to enforce stringent checks on immigration to stop criminals from entering the UK and breaking laws.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.]


Planning Application—Bozeat (Wellingborough)

It gives me great pleasure to present a petition—somewhat earlier than I had expected, regrettably—about the village of Bozeat in my constituency, where a massive planning application has gone in that would increase the number of buildings around the village by 10%.

The petition states:

The Humble Petition of residents of Bozeat, Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas,


That the Petitioners believe that the proposed planning application for 75 new houses outside, but adjacent to the village of Bozeat—planning application reference WP/14/00369/OUT—is unacceptable, because it would increase the size of the village by nearly 10% and would put further strain on public services and utilities that are already inadequate.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Department for Communities and Local Government to encourage the Borough Council of Wellingborough to reject the current planning application.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c.