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Petitions

Volume 591: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2015

Petitions

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Presented Petitions

Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor

Children's centres in Rushden, Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

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

Sheweth,

That in Rushden and the surrounding areas, there is a high proportion of isolated working women with children; further that this group often suffers post-natal depression through their circumstances but as they are often working and married, these women are not targeted for support by the local Council; and further that local children’s centres currently provide a vital lifeline to these women, offering them access to non-judgemental support networks, other mothers with similar aged children, and the reassurance that regular, trained and familiar staff are keeping an eye on their babies and their mental health.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to encourage Spurgeons and Northamptonshire County Council to reconsider their decision to reduce universal access services for working women with children and instead decide to increase the offer of such services to nearer 50% of the overall service provided.

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

[P001427]

Sri Lanka & UN Security Council decision

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.

The Humble Petition of residents in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and the surrounding areas,

Sheweth,

That the Government of Sri Lanka has officially proscribed 16 Tamil Diaspora Organisations and 424 Tamil individuals, many of whom are in the UK, through a government notification as a retaliatory response to “Resolution A/HRC/25/L.1/Rev.1: Promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka” which was passed by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2014; further that Sri Lanka has rejected the UN resolution outright and declared that it will not co-operate with the UN investigation and proscribed diaspora Tamil Community organisations that are championing the cause of justice for Tamil people; and further that the Petitioners believe that by doing so Sri Lanka is abusing UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR 1373) and criminalising the Tamil Community in the UK and around the world.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to take Sri Lanka’s decision to reject the UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR 1373) up in the international forum to remove this unlawful ban on the Tamil Community.

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

[P001428]