I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 167 calling for a change in the law to prohibit the use of tyres over the age of 10 years on public service vehicles.
This EDM has been supported by the Tyred campaign. This campaign was launched following the tragic events of 2012 when a coach transporting young people back from a music festival crashed, causing three people to lose their lives. The crash was caused by a tyre that was 19.5 years old.
Following an inquest into the crash the coroner wrote to the Government appealing for legislation to ban tyres older than 10 years from being used by coaches or mini-buses.
The Department of Transport did not implement this change in legislation but simply amended the safety guidelines of public service vehicles (busses, mini-busses, coaches etc.), recommending that tyres over 10 years should not be fitted. Read more “Road Safety: Prohibit the sale of old tyres”
I have signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 863 which states:
That this House welcomes the announcement that the Green Investment Bank’s Offshore Wind Fund has exceeded its original £1 billion investment target; notes that the Fund is the world’s first dedicated offshore wind fund and Europe’s largest dedicated renewable energy fund, providing long-term institutional investors with the opportunity to access the UK’s green infrastructure sector; understands that the six projects the Fund has invested in have a capacity of 1.45GW producing over 4,500 GWh renewable electricity each year, resulting in the avoidance of almost 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, and that the portfolio will also result in avoidance of emissions to air and consumption of fossil fuel; believes that the announcement is a strong indicator of the growing maturity of the UK offshore wind sector; further notes with concern reports that the Green Investment Bank will be asset stripped if it is transferred to the private sector; and calls on the Government immediately to halt the proposed sale of the Green Investment Bank.
The Green Investment Bank was established under the Climate Change Act 2008 by the last Labour Government. It seeks to bring funding to the renewable energy projects which would not receive such funding from the private sector. Read more “Green Investment Bank”
I have tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) pledging the House of Commons congratulations for the Wales Rugby League Team, along with England, Scotland and Ireland, on qualifying for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The EDM also calls on the Government to support the team to raise awareness of rugby league and its importance in Wales.
The motion states:
That this House congratulates the Wales Rugby League team, along with England, Scotland and Ireland, on qualifying for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup to be held in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea in October and November 2017; and calls on the Government to support the team to raise awareness of rugby league and its importance in Wales. Read more “Rugby League World Cup 2017”
Today, I signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 432 which pledged the support of the House of Commons to the Welsh Olympic team in their success at the Olympic Games in Rio.
The EDM reads:
That this House congratulates the 23 Welsh athletes representing Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for their fantastic performance; notes the record-breaking haul of 10 Olympic medals; and recognises the particular achievement of medal-winners Elinor Barker, Owain Doull, Jade Jones, Hannah Mills, Becky James, Jazz Carlin, Victoria Thornley, Sam Cross and James Davies. Read more “Early Day Motion Congratulating Welsh Olympic Success”