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Social Security And Child Support Appeals

EDM number 171 in 1996-97, proposed by Paul Flynn on 11/11/1996.

That this House notes that, since 21st October 1996 when the Social Security (Adjudication) and Child Support Amendment (No 2) Regulations (S.I., 1996, No. 2450) came into force, appeals to social security, disability and child support appeal tribunals, which in the past could be made by letter, must be lodged on an official form which, three weeks later, still does not exist; notes that appellants are required to include in their appeal a summary of their arguments, which will deter many from appealing; further notes that an oral hearing will be held only if specifically requested, despite the fact that appeals heard in the appellant's absence are much less likely to succeed and that the recommendation of the Council on Tribunals that the importance of seeking an oral hearing should be emphasised in the information provided to appellants has been ignored, with the result that many more appeals will be heard in the absence of the appellant and most of them will fail; notes that, contrary to the advice of the Council on Tribunals, the minimum period of notice of an oral hearing has been reduced from 10 to seven days, making it more difficult for voluntary bodies to provide representation and further reducing the likelihood of success; and calls for the immediate suspension of the regulations followed by a period of consultation on ways of combining justice and efficiency in the operation of the tribunal service.

This motion has been signed by a total of 58 MPs.

Paul Flynn11/11/1996Newport WestProposed
Ernie Ross12/11/1996Dundee WestSigned
Dafydd Wigley12/11/1996CaernarfonSigned
Paddy Tipping12/11/1996SherwoodSigned
Tony Banks12/11/1996Newham North WestSigned
Norman Godman12/11/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
John Evans12/11/1996St Helens NorthSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe12/11/1996LeighSigned
William McKelvey12/11/1996Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion12/11/1996Dundee EastSigned
Liz Lynne12/11/1996RochdaleSigned
Lynne Jones12/11/1996Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Alan Howarth12/11/1996Stratford-on-AvonSigned
Dennis Skinner12/11/1996BolsoverSigned
Bill Michie12/11/1996Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Ann Clwyd13/11/1996Cynon ValleySigned
Tom Cox13/11/1996TootingSigned
Jim Cunningham13/11/1996Coventry South EastSigned
Terry Davis13/11/1996Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Maria Fyfe13/11/1996Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Neil Gerrard13/11/1996WalthamstowSigned
John Gunnell13/11/1996Leeds South and MorleySigned
Mike Hall13/11/1996Warrington SouthSigned
Paul Tyler13/11/1996North CornwallSigned
Robert Wareing13/11/1996Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Audrey Wise13/11/1996PrestonSigned
Nigel Jones13/11/1996CheltenhamSigned
Eric Clarke13/11/1996MidlothianSigned
Llew Smith13/11/1996Blaenau GwentSigned
Norman Hogg13/11/1996Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
Roy Hughes13/11/1996Newport EastSigned
Alice Mahon13/11/1996HalifaxSigned
Kevin McNamara13/11/1996Kingston upon Hull NorthSigned
Alan Meale13/11/1996MansfieldSigned
Gordon Oakes13/11/1996HaltonSigned
Keith Bradley13/11/1996Manchester, WithingtonSigned
James Callaghan13/11/1996Heywood & MiddletonSigned
Michael Clapham13/11/1996Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Nick Harvey14/11/1996North DevonSigned
Martyn Jones14/11/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Harry Barnes14/11/1996North East DerbyshireSigned
Eddie Loyden15/11/1996Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Clive Soley18/11/1996HammersmithSigned
Llin Golding19/11/1996Newcastle-under-LymeSigned
Ken Livingstone20/11/1996Brent EastSigned
Ian McCartney20/11/1996MakerfieldSigned
Jean Corston20/11/1996Bristol EastSigned
Tommy Graham20/11/1996Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Jack Thompson20/11/1996WansbeckSigned
Terry Rooney21/11/1996Bradford NorthSigned
Roland Boyes21/11/1996Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Win Griffiths21/11/1996BridgendSigned
Dennis Turner21/11/1996Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Eric Illsley28/11/1996Barnsley CentralSigned
Allan Rogers03/12/1996RhonddaSigned
Bill Etherington05/12/1996Sunderland NorthSigned
Don Touhig09/12/1996IslwynSigned
Mildred Gordon16/01/1997Bow and PoplarSigned

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