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Delyn MP David Hanson is warning consumers who buy fake goods on the cheap will end up worse off in the long run and, in some cases, are taking risks with their health.

The intellectual property (IP) crime market in the UK has been estimated as worth around £1.3 billion per year. Criminals are targeting a wide range of products including designer clothing, music and films, luxury and electrical goods, toys, alcohol and cigarettes. The cost to UK taxpayers of counterfeit cigarettes alone was £2.9 billion in 2006.

A new report shows that closer cooperation between law-enforcement agencies and industry groups is beginning to pay off with a rise in the number of successful prosecutions. These have risen from 600 in 2004 when the IP Crime Strategy was launched to over 1,000 a year, according to the most recent figures available.

The report also highlights the need for more work to raise public awareness around negative effects of IP crime such as the damage to the UK’s economic competitiveness and the stifling of innovation.

David Hanson said:

“It may seem like a bargain buying cheap gifts on the run up to Christmas, but that does not mean you are getting a good deal and you will probably end up worse off in the long run.

“Everyone ends up paying for counterfeiting, whether its through lost jobs or profits for businesses, or whether its higher costs passed on to the consumer.

“It can also be very dangerous, and there are considerable health risks with counterfeit cigarettes found to contain far higher levels of tar, illicit alcohol made with poisonous methanol; and fake pharmaceutical goods containing no active ingredient or an incorrect one.

“On top of this, cheap electrical goods – including toys – can be unsafe or incompatible with the domestic electrical supply.

“There has been some good progress in cracking down on this illegal trade and I would urge everyone not to put money into the hands of the criminals which puts the local economy and perhaps their own health in danger.”

 

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the huge funding boost to the Flint Town Heritage Initiative (THI) in Flint. The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced it has earmarked £920,000 for the project.

 

The Heritage Lottery Fund exists to look after and celebrate our diverse heritage. The grant for Flint THI of £920,000 will be made available once further work on the application has been completed. A development grant of £25,000 has been awarded to support the further work.

 

David Hanson said:

 

“This is terrific news for Flint as this project will conserve and restore a number of key buildings in the area and examine ways to increase community and visitor involvement with the built environment.

 

“It is planned that the THI scheme will help to stimulate the local economy and will build on the success of the Town Strategic Partnership.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s decision to formally recognise that selfless efforts of thousands of women who worked on the Home Front to provide food and timber during World War II.  

The Government will acknowledge the tremendous efforts of the Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps by presenting their surviving members with a specially designed badge commemorating their service and acknowledging the debt that the country owes to them.

The Women’s Land Army, colloquially known as the Land Girls, worked on farms to feed the nation, as the male workers went to war. At its peak in 1943 there were some 80,000 women working on the land, and it was continued after the war, finally being disbanded in 1950.

With their uniform of green ties and jumpers and brown felt slouch hats, they worked from dawn to dusk each day, milking cows, digging ditches, sowing seeds and harvesting crops. They supplied the nation with food, supporting the war effort and avoiding food shortages.

The Women’s Timber Corps, also known as the ‘Lumber Jills’ worked tirelessly in the forests to provide timber for the war effort felling trees, sawing timber and sharpening saws.

David Hanson said:

“The Women’s Land Army and Women’s Timber Corps made a vital contribution to this countries effort both during and after World War II and I am delighted that their selfless efforts are being formally recognised through this new badge.

“Those wishing to apply will need to submit a simple application form which will be available in the New Year. Please contact my office and I will make sure you get the information as soon as it comes available.

“Please write to David Hanson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A OAA, emailhansond(at)parliament.uk or phone 01352 763159.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the decision to double the amount of funding aimed at reducing the number of animals used in research.

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) will see their funding substantially increase over the next three years. They provide a UK focus for the promotion, development and implementation of the 3Rs in animal research and testing.

The Centre currently receives just over £2 million per year from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) via the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). However, this will increase to just over £5 million in 2010/11.

Replacement is the ultimate aim for the Centre, but as long as the use of animals continues to be necessary, every effort must be made to minimise the numbers used and improve their welfare. Optimal laboratory animal welfare is critical for scientific, ethical and legal reasons.

David Hanson said:

“I very much welcome this announcement as I have lobbied Government, on behalf of my constituents, on issues of animal welfare, now many years.

“I want to see more resources channeled into medical research that does not involve testing on animals and I am delighted that the NC3R will do able to develop its work with their budget now set to be doubled.