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Benefits Agency Medical Service

EDM number 65 in 1997-98, proposed by Roger Berry on 03/06/1997.

That this House would deplore any decision by the Government to continue the previous Administration's policy of contracting out the Benefits Agency Medical Service to the private sector, believes that there should be Parliamentary debate on the role and accountability of contractors, in particular any contracting-out of the decision-making 'adjudication' function; further believes that contracting-out of the assessment of disability benefits affecting over six million people and a budget of ú16 billion is a policy development of such magnitude that there should be Parliamentary scrutiny of the scope of the service to be contracted out and the terms of the contract offered; is extremely concerned that there should be safeguards to ensure the confidentiality and limited use of sensitive personal information especially where private companies may have commercial interests in a data bank of claimant information or may already have access to other data bases with which to cross-rereference this information; notes the lack of Parliamentary procedures for the accountability of public services which are contracted out to the priva te sector; believes that new procedures need to be introduced as part of the modernisation of Government; calls for a halt to the process until there has been a full Parliamentary debate on the role of the Benefits Agency Medical Service, the implications of contractorisation, how value for money is to be obtained and how the quality of service standards are to be maintained and improved; and calls on the Government to undertake urgent consultation on this matter with organisations representing disabled people.

This motion has been signed by a total of 41 MPs, 3 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Roger Berry03/06/1997KingswoodLabourProposed
Gerry Steinberg04/06/1997Durham, City ofLabourSigned
Harry Barnes04/06/1997North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell04/06/1997Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
John McDonnell04/06/1997Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
John McAllion04/06/1997Dundee EastLabourSigned
Ken Livingstone04/06/1997Brent EastLabourSigned
Ashok Kumar04/06/1997Middlesbrough South & East ClevelandLabourSigned
Martin Smyth04/06/1997Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Dennis Skinner04/06/1997BolsoverLabourSigned
Alan Simpson04/06/1997Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Lynne Jones05/06/1997Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Peter Brand05/06/1997Isle of WightLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cummings05/06/1997EasingtonLabourSigned
John Austin05/06/1997Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell05/06/1997Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Harry Cohen06/06/1997Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Paul Flynn06/06/1997Newport WestLabourSigned
Dafydd Wigley06/06/1997CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned
Audrey Wise09/06/1997PrestonLabourSigned
Paul Burstow09/06/1997Sutton & CheamLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley10/06/1997Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Terry Lewis10/06/1997WorsleyLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn10/06/1997Islington NorthLabourSigned
Maria Fyfe10/06/1997Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
Nigel Jones11/06/1997CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Tommy Graham11/06/1997West RenfrewshireLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara12/06/1997Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Andrew George12/06/1997St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Richard Burden16/06/1997Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Richard Livsey17/06/1997Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Michie18/06/1997Sheffield, HeeleyLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara18/06/1997Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Bill Etherington19/06/1997Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
David Lepper21/01/1998Brighton, PavilionLabour Co-operativeSigned
Frank Cook27/01/1998Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Terry Davis04/03/1998Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Jim Cousins13/03/1998Newcastle upon Tyne CentralLabourSigned
Jeff EnnisUnknownWithdrawn
John GunnellUnknownWithdrawn
Chris RuaneUnknownWithdrawn

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