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Rio Tinto And The Capper Pass Claims Tribunal

EDM number 870 in 1999-00, proposed by Kevin McNamara on 19/06/2000.

That this House welcomes the news of the successful campaign waged against Rio Tinto plc by former workers, their families and residents in respect of industrial diseases, illnesses and deaths resulting from its operation of the former Capper Pass tin smelter; cautiously supports Rio Tinto's proposals to set up a claims tribunal to decide compensation according to the merits; notes Rio Tinto's decision not to contest whether the injuries, illnesses and deaths arose through negligence, to admit that it owed a duty of care and to waive statutory time limits, but expresses great concern that Rio Tinto refuses to meet the generic or individual legal costs of the claimants, thereby attempting to debar them from pursuing their cases, and calls upon it to reconsider such refusal; is disappointed at Rio Tinto seeking to silence its critics by claiming that disclosure of its proposals constitute irresponsible publicity, by encouraging wholly unmeritorious claims; notes that since the disclosure 60 new claims were lodged, including 15 deaths resulting from liver, oesophageal and lung cancer, brain tumours and Hodgkins Disease, 19 cases, lung cancer, respiratory disease, skeletal disintegration, thyroid disease, leukaemia and epilepsy, deaths of residents including children aged between four and 14 years, from brain tumours, bone cancer, neuroplasma and leukaemia, and illnesses of residents including brain tumours, leukaemia, Hodgkins Disease and myeloma; and calls upon Rio Tinto to recognise its responsibilities and to desist forthwith from further attempts to discredit the claims of workers, families and residents and expeditiously make provision for the payment of full compensation and costs.

This motion has been signed by a total of 49 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Kevin McNamara19/06/2000Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourProposed
Syd Rapson20/06/2000Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Norman Godman20/06/2000Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn20/06/2000Islington NorthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham20/06/2000Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Lynne Jones20/06/2000Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
David Clark20/06/2000South ShieldsLabourSigned
Bob Russell21/06/2000ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Alice Mahon21/06/2000HalifaxLabourSigned
Bill Michie21/06/2000Sheffield, HeeleyLabourSigned
Frank Cook21/06/2000Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Ian Gibson21/06/2000Norwich NorthLabourSigned
David Taylor22/06/2000North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Win Griffiths22/06/2000BridgendLabourSigned
Paul Flynn22/06/2000Newport WestLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner26/06/2000BolsoverLabourSigned
Ann Cryer26/06/2000KeighleyLabourSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe26/06/2000LeighLabourSigned
Harold Best26/06/2000Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Alan Simpson27/06/2000Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Llew Smith27/06/2000Blaenau GwentLabourSigned
Eric Clarke27/06/2000MidlothianLabourSigned
John Cummings27/06/2000EasingtonLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd28/06/2000Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Terry Lewis28/06/2000WorsleyLabourSigned
John McWilliam29/06/2000BlaydonLabourSigned
Russell Brown29/06/2000DumfriesLabourSigned
Martin Caton29/06/2000GowerLabourSigned
Harry Cohen29/06/2000Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Tom Cox29/06/2000TootingLabourSigned
David Crausby29/06/2000Bolton North EastLabourSigned
John Gunnell29/06/2000Morley & RothwellLabourSigned
Tony Benn29/06/2000ChesterfieldLabourSigned
Maria Fyfe03/07/2000Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
Rudi Vis04/07/2000Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Bill Etherington04/07/2000Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Michael Connarty04/07/2000Falkirk EastLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara05/07/2000Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Harry Barnes05/07/2000North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Jenny Jones11/07/2000Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
John Austin13/07/2000Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Ian Stewart13/07/2000EcclesLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin19/07/2000Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Clive Efford20/07/2000ElthamLabourSigned
John McDonnell27/07/2000Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Tony Clarke27/07/2000Northampton SouthLabourSigned
Diane Abbott27/07/2000Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Irene Adams27/07/2000Paisley NorthLabourSigned
Audrey WiseUnknownWithdrawn

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