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EDM number 449 in 2004-05, proposed by Frank Field on 10/01/2005.

That this House recognises that it should be normal practice that children have rights of equal access to both parents who have not been accused of violence, irrespective of whether the parents live together; believes that the Government should put in place effective provisions for compulsory mediation prior to any legal proceedings when a parent has applied to the courts for contact; further believes that the Bench should be given a range of sanctions which can be applied progressively against non-violent parents who ignore the needs a child has to see regularly the other parent and that the available sanctions should include referral of a parent to services, including information meetings with a counsellor, and parenting classes designed to deal with contact disputes, referral of a parent to a psychologist, psychiatrist, education programme or perpetrator programme, placement of a parent on probation with a condition of treatment or attendance at a given class of programme, imposition of a community service order, with programmes specifically designed to address the default in contact and financial compensation being awarded from one parent to another, and takes the view that these powers should be imposed incrementally, with the court taking account of previous penalties imposed, previous breaches of the court order, the severity of the breach of the court order, and other factors that the court deems to be reasonable and that these sanctions may be used prior to the existing powers of fines, imprisonment and the transfer of custody from the resident to non-resident parent.

This motion has been signed by a total of 56 MPs.

Frank Field10/01/2005BirkenheadLabourProposed
Geraldine Smith10/01/2005Morecambe & LunesdaleLabourSigned
Bob Spink10/01/2005Castle PointConservativeSigned
James Clappison10/01/2005HertsmereConservativeSigned
Ross Cranston10/01/2005Dudley NorthLabourSigned
Ann Cryer10/01/2005KeighleyLabourSigned
Edward Garnier10/01/2005HarboroughConservativeSigned
Rob Marris11/01/2005Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Derek Wyatt11/01/2005Sittingbourne & SheppeyLabourSigned
David Taylor11/01/2005North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Roy Beggs11/01/2005East AntrimUUPSigned
Harry Barnes11/01/2005North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Mike Hancock11/01/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton11/01/2005GowerLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd11/01/2005Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Lynne Jones11/01/2005Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Brian Iddon11/01/2005Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Martin Smyth11/01/2005Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Syd Rapson11/01/2005Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Rudi Vis12/01/2005Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Ann Winterton12/01/2005CongletonConservativeSigned
Dennis Turner12/01/2005Wolverhampton South EastLabour Co-operativeSigned
Win Griffiths12/01/2005BridgendLabourSigned
Nigel Dodds12/01/2005Belfast NorthDUPSigned
David Burnside12/01/2005South AntrimUUPSigned
Sydney Chapman12/01/2005Chipping BarnetConservativeSigned
Adam Price12/01/2005Carmarthen East & DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Alice Mahon12/01/2005HalifaxLabourSigned
David Marshall12/01/2005Glasgow, ShettlestonLabourSigned
John McDonnell12/01/2005Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Marsha Singh13/01/2005Bradford WestLabourSigned
Richard Burden13/01/2005Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Tony Colman13/01/2005PutneyLabourSigned
Janet Dean13/01/2005BurtonLabourSigned
David Drew13/01/2005StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Hywel Francis13/01/2005AberavonLabourSigned
Betty Williams17/01/2005ConwyLabourSigned
Ann Widdecombe18/01/2005Maidstone & The WealdConservativeSigned
Harold Best18/01/2005Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Bill Etherington18/01/2005Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell18/01/2005East LondonderryDUPSigned
John Mann18/01/2005BassetlawLabourSigned
Jim Sheridan18/01/2005West RenfrewshireLabourSigned
Stephen Pound18/01/2005Ealing NorthLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell19/01/2005Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Andy Reed20/01/2005LoughboroughLabour Co-operativeSigned
Alan Simpson24/01/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Adrian Bailey24/01/2005West Bromwich WestLabour Co-operativeSigned
Jeff Ennis26/01/2005Barnsley East & MexboroughLabourSigned
John Battle27/01/2005Leeds WestLabourSigned
Adrian Flook01/02/2005TauntonConservativeSigned
Eric Illsley03/02/2005Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
John Austin03/02/2005Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
John Cummings21/02/2005EasingtonLabourSigned
John Cryer10/03/2005HornchurchLabourSigned
Gwyn Prosser04/04/2005DoverLabourSigned

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