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Access To Justice For Workers, Job Applicants And Vocational Trainees

EDM number 240 in 2004-05, proposed by Marsha Singh on 30/11/2004.

That this House is committed to eradicating unlawful discrimination against workers, job applicants and vocational trainees and ensuring that there is access to justice and equality of arms in cases of unlawful discrimination; notes that discrimination law is complex and that access to legal representation is significant advantage in tribunal proceedings; notes with concern that in the current financial year the Commission for Racial Equality is devoting only 2 per cent. of its budget to representing complainants in employment discrimination cases and that the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission are only devoting 3.1 per cent. and 5.5 per cent. of their respective budgets; further notes that the 2001 Employment Tribunal Regulations increased the amount of costs that can be awarded from ú500 to ú10,000 and made it easier for tribunals to award such costs; believes that the threat of such costs will inevitably deter workers, job applicants and vocational trainees from enforcing their legal right to equal treatment, particularly those who are non-unionised and low paid thereby effectively denying them access to justice; and calls on the Government to make complainant aid a statutory right in discrimination cases and to establish an independent statutory fund for such complainant aid to be resourced by using 25 per cent. of the current budgets of the existing equalities commissions.

This motion has been signed by a total of 63 MPs.

Marsha Singh30/11/2004Bradford WestLabourProposed
Glenda Jackson01/12/2004Hampstead & HighgateLabourSigned
Robert Wareing01/12/2004Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Peter Bottomley01/12/2004Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Harry Barnes01/12/2004North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Mike Hancock01/12/2004Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Dismore01/12/2004HendonLabourSigned
Michael Clapham01/12/2004Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
Martin Caton01/12/2004GowerLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell01/12/2004Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
John McDonnell01/12/2004Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Alice Mahon01/12/2004HalifaxLabourSigned
Harry Cohen01/12/2004Leyton & WansteadLabourSigned
Syd Rapson02/12/2004Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Elfyn Llwyd02/12/2004Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Alan Meale02/12/2004MansfieldLabourSigned
David Drew02/12/2004StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Win Griffiths02/12/2004BridgendLabourSigned
Huw Edwards06/12/2004MonmouthLabourSigned
Betty Williams06/12/2004ConwyLabourSigned
Brian White06/12/2004North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
Rudi Vis06/12/2004Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Fabian Hamilton06/12/2004Leeds North EastLabourSigned
Bill Etherington06/12/2004Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Richard Burden06/12/2004Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Terry Lewis07/12/2004WorsleyLabourSigned
David Chidgey07/12/2004EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer07/12/2004KeighleyLabourSigned
Stephen Hepburn08/12/2004JarrowLabourSigned
Annabelle Ewing08/12/2004PerthScottish National PartySigned
David Hamilton08/12/2004MidlothianLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara09/12/2004Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
John Grogan09/12/2004SelbyLabourSigned
Alan Simpson13/12/2004Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Vincent Cable13/12/2004TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Holmes16/12/2004ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Eric Illsley16/12/2004Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
David Crausby16/12/2004Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Mark Fisher16/12/2004Stoke-on-Trent CentralLabourSigned
Evan Harris20/12/2004Oxford West & AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Iddon20/12/2004Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Tony Colman20/12/2004PutneyLabourSigned
Adam Price21/12/2004Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Tony Clarke21/12/2004Northampton SouthLabourSigned
Vera Baird21/12/2004RedcarLabourSigned
Joan Walley10/01/2005Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Helen Jackson10/01/2005Sheffield, HillsboroughLabourSigned
John Barrett10/01/2005Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Phil Sawford12/01/2005KetteringLabourSigned
Sarah Teather12/01/2005Brent EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Wood18/01/2005Batley & SpenLabourSigned
David Lepper26/01/2005Brighton, PavilionLabour Co-operativeSigned
Kelvin Hopkins31/01/2005Luton NorthLabourSigned
Jim Dowd03/02/2005Lewisham WestLabourSigned
Greg Pope03/02/2005HyndburnLabourSigned
Doug Naysmith09/02/2005Bristol North WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
Russell Brown09/02/2005DumfriesLabourSigned
Dennis Turner10/02/2005Wolverhampton South EastLabour Co-operativeSigned
Harold Best21/02/2005Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara22/02/2005Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Don Foster24/02/2005BathLiberal DemocratSigned
Tony Lloyd14/03/2005Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Chris Smith04/04/2005Islington South & FinsburyLabourSigned

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