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Homeless Emergency London People

EDM number 514 in 1990-91, proposed by DN Campbell-Savours on 21/02/1991.

That this House notes that on Friday morning 15th February 1991 Homeless Emergency London People (HELP), having fruitlessly sought assistance from the Department of the Environment, and having exhausted all other avenues, contacted the honourable Member for Workington, seeking urgent assistance to obtain 200 blankets to distribute that night, and throughout the weekend, to people sleeping rough on London's streets; notes that HELP had run out of blankets and had to turn away people, many of them dangerously ill as a result of sleeping out in sub-zero temperatures night and night; notes that the private office of the Secretary of State for the Environment was immediately contacted from which an official contacted HELP regretting that the Department could do no more than provide two telephone numbers for the Salvation Army, an organisation whom HELP had already contacted to find that their own and other hostels were themselves short of blankets; notes that after many hours of telephone calls by the honourable Member's staff to a range of organisations, blankets were, through good fortune, obtained from Westminster Hospital; notes that at 5.47 p.m. a departmental official telephoned the honourable Member's office to claim that the Department had been doing all they could to help; understands that HELP are short of 300 to 500 blankets for this weekend and the Department of the Environment have not even returned their telephone calls seeking assistance; and condemns the Government's demonstrated lack of concern and co-ordinated assistance in meeting this continuing emergency.

This motion has been signed by a total of 36 MPs.

Dale Campbell-Savours21/02/1991WorkingtonProposed
Harry Barnes22/02/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
Dennis Skinner25/02/1991BolsoverSigned
John Battle25/02/1991Leeds WestSigned
John Cummings25/02/1991EasingtonSigned
Ronnie Campbell25/02/1991Blyth ValleySigned
Keith Bradley25/02/1991Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Bill Michie25/02/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Ian McCartney25/02/1991MakerfieldSigned
Alice Mahon25/02/1991HalifaxSigned
Eddie Loyden25/02/1991Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Peter Hardy25/02/1991WentworthSigned
Robert Parry25/02/1991Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Mike Watson26/02/1991Glasgow CentralSigned
Dennis Turner26/02/1991Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Norman Godman26/02/1991Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Maria Fyfe26/02/1991Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Alexander Eadie26/02/1991MidlothianSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie26/02/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
Roland Boyes26/02/1991Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Alan Meale26/02/1991MansfieldSigned
Martin Redmond26/02/1991Don ValleySigned
Terry Patchett26/02/1991Barnsley EastSigned
Harry Cohen26/02/1991LeytonSigned
John Garrett27/02/1991Norwich SouthSigned
John Evans27/02/1991St Helens NorthSigned
Ron Davies27/02/1991CaerphillySigned
Chris Smith27/02/1991Islington South & FinsburySigned
Bob Cryer28/02/1991Bradford SouthSigned
Alistair Darling28/02/1991Edinburgh CentralSigned
Tom Cox01/03/1991TootingSigned
Jack Thompson05/03/1991WansbeckSigned
Max Madden06/03/1991Bradford WestSigned
Joyce Quin07/03/1991Gateshead EastSigned
George Howarth07/03/1991Knowsley NorthSigned
Tommy Graham14/03/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned

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