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Petitions

Volume 656: debated on Wednesday 13 March 2019

Petitions

Wednesday 13 March 2019

PRESENTED PETITIONS

Petition presented to the House but not read on the Floor

The Petition of Giovanni Di Stefano

The petition of Giovanni Di Stefano,

Declares that the petitioner is currently held in custody at HMP Highpoint, Stradishall, Suffolk, CB8 9YG and is a national of the Republic of Italy and born on the 1 day of July 1955 in Petrella Tifernina, Campobaso, 86024 Italy. The petitioner is serving a sentence imposed by Southwark Crown Court of 14 years by HHJ McCreath on 27 March 2013. The petitioner is a foreign national prisoner subject to deportation the order of which was served on 27 June 2013. Parliament enacted the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 specifically with S. 34(5) amending the Criminal Justice Act 2003 by inserting S.259A. The purpose Parliament enacted this Act and section was to permit foreign national prisoners and others who had served half the requisite custodial period of any sentence to be removed from this jurisdiction provided that those could satisfy the Secretary of State for Justice that they had “settled intentions” of not returning by residing in the country to which they are removed. Section 259A of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 would come into force on such a day as the Secretary of State may by Order appoint. It is now 11 years since the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 has been enacted. The Secretary of State for Justice has yet to commence this section of sovereign statute that Parliament enacted.

The petitioner thus humbly requests that the House of Commons does press the Secretary of State for Justice to forthwith commence this section which would immediately ease the burden on a much overcrowded prison estate allowing the Home Office to remove all those immediately who gave their settled intention to reside outside this jurisdiction and those who could satisfy the Statute. There is no valid reason why after 11 years the Secretary of State has not commenced this section.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Sir Roger Gale.]

[P002439]

Zebra Crossing on the Green, Writtle

The Petition of Ms Clare Biggs

Declare that a zebra crossing should be installed on The Green, Writtle; further that increased traffic using The Green and the speed at which some of it is travelling means that it is increasingly difficult for villagers to cross the road safely, particularly the most vulnerable: young children, the elderly and disabled; further that the current traffic islands are too slim to accommodate pushchairs, wheelchairs and bicycles and do not provide a safe crossing point; and further notes a petition on this same subject has received over 800 signatures.

The petitioner therefore requests the House of Commons to urge the Government to install a zebra crossing on The Green, Writtle.

And the petitioner remains, etc.—[Presented by Mrs Kemi Badenoch.]

[P002440]

Byfleet and West Byfleet’s remaining Green Belt

The petition of residents of Woking

Declares that no land should be removed from the Green Belt for development unless there are very special circumstances and all other options including brownfield sites have been exhausted; further that it is also imperative that no major developments are approved in Byfleet until the proposed Flood Alleviation Plan is implemented; further that the Office for National Statistics has recently revised its household projection to show that less new housing is needed than previously thought; and further that this petition refers to the Site Allocations Development Plan document, approved by Woking Borough Council on 18 October 2018, which has questionable long-term forecasts and does not include recent developments.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government not to remove any land from the Green Belt for development unless there are very special circumstances and all other options including brownfield sites have been exhausted.

And the petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Jonathan Lord.]

[P002441]