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Compensation For Former Employees Of Cape Plc

EDM number 237 in 2001-02, proposed by Kevin McNamara on 15/10/2001.

That this House condemns the refusal of Cape plc, a UK based multinational company to offer meaningful settlement to the South African asbestos victims currently suing for compensation in the English High Court; further calls on Cape's shareholders, Rutland Trust, Montpellier Group, Fidelity Investment International and M & G Investment Management to use their influence to encourage Cape to act responsibly and ethically towards the victims; and notes that from 1893 to 1979 Cape exploited thousands of black workers at its asbestos mines in South Africa, that Cape extensively used child labour, that due to the atrocious conditions thousands of South Africans developed fatal or debilitating asbestos-related diseases; that approximately 300 of the claimants have died since proceedings were commenced; that despite setting the compensation claims of hundreds of its former British employees and continuing to make future provision for the compensation of British workers, Cape continues to prolong the litigation brought by the South African claimants; that Cape has set aside ú8.3 million to pay its lawyers to fight the case but nothing for compensation of South African victims; and that Cape plc will go into liquidation if it loses the trial in April 2002, resulting in little, if any, compensation to its South African victims and severe job losses among its current United Kingdom employees.

This motion has been signed by a total of 53 MPs.

Kevin McNamara15/10/2001Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourProposed
Bob Russell16/10/2001ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Dennis Skinner16/10/2001BolsoverLabourSigned
Lynne Jones16/10/2001Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Harry Barnes16/10/2001North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Tom Watson16/10/2001West Bromwich EastLabourSigned
Mike Hancock17/10/2001Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Harold Best17/10/2001Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Roy Beggs17/10/2001East AntrimUUPSigned
John Cummings17/10/2001EasingtonLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn17/10/2001Islington NorthLabourSigned
Martin Caton17/10/2001GowerLabourSigned
Russell Brown17/10/2001DumfriesLabourSigned
Nick Palmer17/10/2001BroxtoweLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara17/10/2001Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle17/10/2001ChorleyLabourSigned
Tony Clarke17/10/2001Northampton SouthLabourSigned
Huw Edwards18/10/2001MonmouthLabourSigned
Ian Gibson18/10/2001Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore18/10/2001HendonLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell18/10/2001Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
John McDonnell18/10/2001Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
John Cryer19/10/2001HornchurchLabourSigned
Colin Burgon22/10/2001ElmetLabourSigned
Valerie Davey22/10/2001Bristol WestLabourSigned
Diane Abbott22/10/2001Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Nigel Jones23/10/2001CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Cook23/10/2001Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Tom Brake23/10/2001Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Tony Lloyd23/10/2001Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Ann McKechin23/10/2001Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
Tom Cox24/10/2001TootingLabourSigned
Ann Cryer24/10/2001KeighleyLabourSigned
David Borrow24/10/2001South RibbleLabourSigned
John Barrett25/10/2001Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Wood25/10/2001Batley & SpenLabourSigned
Bill Etherington26/10/2001Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins29/10/2001Luton NorthLabourSigned
Khalid Mahmood29/10/2001Birmingham, Perry BarrLabourSigned
Michael Clapham29/10/2001Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Rudi Vis31/10/2001Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Alan Simpson01/11/2001Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
John Battle01/11/2001Leeds WestLabourSigned
Barbara Follett01/11/2001StevenageLabourSigned
David Marshall07/11/2001Glasgow, ShettlestonLabourSigned
Ann Clwyd08/11/2001Cynon ValleyLabourSigned
David Crausby08/11/2001Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Win Griffiths08/11/2001BridgendLabourSigned
Ian Davidson09/11/2001Glasgow, PollokLabour Co-operativeSigned
Rob Marris13/11/2001Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
John Austin14/11/2001Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham26/11/2001Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Adrian Bailey29/11/2001West Bromwich WestLabour Co-operativeSigned

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