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Emergency Bereavement Service

EDM number 893 in 2004-05, proposed by Fabian Hamilton on 10/03/2005.

That this House calls upon the Government to take urgent steps to fulfil its promise, made in January 2002, to end the wasteful and destructive bureaucracy which is forcing the collapse of the astonishing achievements of the Alice Barker Trust; agrees that the Trust has been a great strength in this country and is the type of voluntary sector organisation celebrated in the last Queen's Speech; calls upon the Government not to create temporary graves in public cemeteries until the Trust's proposal for a new legal framework for voluntary sector burials is in place for permanent graves in permanent nature reserves, without the need for any expansion of Government bureaucracy, but with ultimate power resting with any Secretary of State; notes that the Trust has demonstrated how public services can be joined-up in imaginative and unexpected ways, that emotional well-being can be protected through empowerment during critical times of bereavement and other potential emotional emergencies, and how standards can be driven up in ways which reduce unnecessary bureaucracy and expenditure on the National Health Service and other services; further notes that the Trust cannot survive without the unparalleled expertise on relevant law of John Bradfield, its full-time honorary adviser and researcher since 1990; and urges the Government to put in place a new law as a matter or urgency to prevent him accepting unrelated paid work in this country or abroad, as that would deprive the nation of a free public service which no-one else is capable of providing.

This motion has been signed by a total of 38 MPs.

Fabian Hamilton10/03/2005Leeds North EastLabourProposed
Marsha Singh10/03/2005Bradford WestLabourSigned
Mike Wood10/03/2005Batley & SpenLabourSigned
Phil Willis10/03/2005Harrogate & KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Jon Trickett10/03/2005HemsworthLabourSigned
John Grogan10/03/2005SelbyLabourSigned
Andrew George10/03/2005St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
David Curry10/03/2005Skipton & RiponConservativeSigned
Kevin McNamara10/03/2005Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
John McDonnell10/03/2005Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Alan Meale14/03/2005MansfieldLabourSigned
Mike Hancock14/03/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Flynn15/03/2005Newport WestLabourSigned
Ann Cryer16/03/2005KeighleyLabourSigned
Andrew Dismore16/03/2005HendonLabourSigned
Harold Best16/03/2005Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Diane Abbott17/03/2005Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
David Drew17/03/2005StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Michael Mates17/03/2005East HampshireConservativeSigned
Jeremy Corbyn17/03/2005Islington NorthLabourSigned
Annette Brooke18/03/2005Mid Dorset & North PooleLiberal DemocratSigned
Kerry Pollard21/03/2005St AlbansLabourSigned
Greg Pope21/03/2005HyndburnLabourSigned
David Chidgey21/03/2005EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Nigel Jones22/03/2005CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Andy King23/03/2005Rugby & KenilworthLabourSigned
Andrew MacKinlay23/03/2005ThurrockLabourSigned
Martin O'Neill24/03/2005OchilLabourSigned
Brian White24/03/2005North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
John Austin24/03/2005Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Edward Garnier24/03/2005HarboroughConservativeSigned
Eric Illsley24/03/2005Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Robert Smith04/04/2005West Aberdeenshire & KincardineLiberal DemocratSigned
Elfyn Llwyd04/04/2005Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
John Barrett04/04/2005Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Dai Havard05/04/2005Merthyr Tydfil & RhymneyLabourSigned
Alan Simpson06/04/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Parmjit Gill06/04/2005Leicester SouthLiberal DemocratSigned

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