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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the news that the Government’s Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act will now mean thatCompanies whose gross negligence leads to the death of individuals will face prosecution.

Under the new law companies, organisations and, for the first time, Government bodies face an unlimited fine if they are found to have caused death due to their gross corporate health and safety failures.

The Corporate Manslaughter Act is a landmark in law and the culmination of ten years of campaigning by unions and other groups.

Employees of companies, consumers and other individuals will be offered greater protection against corporate negligence. The new law will focus the minds of those in companies and other organisations by ensuring that they take health and safety obligations seriously.

The Corporate Manslaughter Act:

* will make it easier to prosecute companies and other large organisations when gross failures in the management of health and safety lead to death by delivering a new, more effective basis for corporate liability;

* has reformed the law so that a key obstacle to successful prosecutions has now been removed. It means that both small and large companies can be held liable for manslaughter where gross failures in the management of health and safety cause death, not just health and safety violations;

* complements the current law under which individuals can be prosecuted for gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences, where there is direct evidence of their culpability. The Act builds on existing health and safety legislation – so the new offence does not impose new regulations on business;

* lifts Crown immunity to prosecution. Crown bodies – such as Government departments – will be liable to prosecution for the first time. So the Act will apply to companies and other corporate bodies, in the public and private sector, Government departments, police forces and certain unincorporated bodies, such as partnerships, where these are employers.

David Hanson said:

“The Corporate Manslaughter Bill is a ground-breaking piece of legislation and is about ensuring justice for victims of corporate failures. For too long it has been virtually impossible to prosecute large companies for management failures leading to deaths.

“The Act means, for the first time companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter on the basis of gross corporate failures in health and safety. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act will make it easier to prosecute companies who fail to protect people.

“We are sending out a very powerful deterrent message to those organisations which do not take their health and safety responsibilities seriously.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the new train timetable for Flint, which will mean the frequency of direct trains from Flint to London will double, with improved journey times from 2009.

 

The changes to the timetable will include a service which will particularly appeal to business customers, with an arrival time at Euston around 08.30. There will now be 6 direct trains everyday, with a headline journey time of just 2 hours 24 mins.

 

There will be an hourly service running between Chester and London Euston throughout the day, and it is these services that will extend into and start from North Wales.

 

David Hanson said:

 

“I am delighted that the service from Flint to London continues to improve. I have campaigned for many years for a direct service to London and this latest timetable will be widely welcomed.

 

“As someone that lives in Flint and regularly uses the trains I know this will make a real difference for both commuters and leisure travellers. It will mean better links with major cities throughout the UK, which will help our local economy to grow.

 

“The improvements will mean extra seats, more frequent services and quicker times and I will be pressing Virgin Trains to ensure they deliver on their promises as soon as possible so that the people of Delyn can enjoy the new service.”

 

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Delyn MP David Hanson has given his support to a group of volunteers who are raising money for sports facilities for children and young people in their village.

Northop Hall Community Pavilion Association, which manages the Northop Hall community centre and sports pitches, plans to raise £40,000 for a Kickback Wall Pitch – an all weather multi-sport arena with recessed goals and basketball hoops – to be located in the centre of the village.

The Pavilion Management Committee invited the local MP to the centre to reveal their plans for the proposed new sports facilities and to explain their fund raising efforts.

Claire Cromey, Committee Secretary, said:

“There are approximately 250 young people living in Northop Hall village who would benefit from the project which will be completed in stages. Funding for the first stage, which will be ready in the coming months, has been provided through grants from Northop Hall Community Council and the Hanson Environment fund.

“The second stage, which has yet to be funded, will involve installing a second Kickback Wall facing the first one, together with an enclosure, so that end to end team games can be played.”

Glenys Jones, Chair of Northop Hall Community Council added:

“The need for a Kickback Wall facility had been identified by the village Youth Club, which meets at the Pavilion. Youth Club members had pointed out that there was a lack of places to play informal games, particularly over the winter when the playing fields are waterlogged.

“Other than the village streets, there were few places for youngsters to meet and play and such is their commitment to the project, the children themselves had raised a thousand pounds towards the cost of the facility.”

David Hanson said:

“I welcome the opportunity to meet with the coordinators of this important project. I want to congratulate the committee on the hard work it has put in and progress it has made raising funds so far.

 

“This Kickback Wall will give the young people of Northop Hall, and the nearby villages, a much-needed area to meet and play and want to give it my full backing.

 

“I hope anyone able to help with funds will contact the Committee via  Ms. C. Cromey, Secretary, Northop Hall Community Pavilion Association, c/o 9 Brookside Crescent, Northop Hall, Flintshire CH7 6HW.”

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Delyn MP David Hanson is backing a campaign by the retail Union Usdaw to tackle abuse against shopworkers after a survey found one third of shopworkers are subjected to vicious verbal abuse every month.

 

The Flintshire MP joined shopworkers in Westminster to sign up to Usdaw’s Freedom from Fear campaign and to remind shoppers that ‘It’s your store – respect it’.

 

David Hanson said:

 

“I am shocked that a recent survey by Usdaw shows that over one-third of shopworkers are verbally abused every month in their workplaces where they should be able to work free from mindless abuse.  I was particularly concerned that a quarter of staff suffer abuse weekly, and that one in ten shopworkers are verbally abused on a daily basis.

 

“Shops are the heart of our communities here in Delyn and I know what an essential service they provide to local residents.  But if we don’t tackle a significant minority of shoppers who believe that it is acceptable to abuse shop staff, then we could lose those local stores as retailers seek to protect their workers.

 

“I’ve supported a wide range of measures introduced by the Government that could make a real difference to the working lives of retail staff including Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts.  Those tough options should be available to tackle persistent offenders which would give shopworkers some much needed protection from a minority of shoppers who think it is acceptable to abuse shop staff”.

 

John Hannett, Usdaw General Secretary said:

 

“Our members in Delyn are delighted to have the support of David who has been a consistent supporter of our Freedom from Fear Campaign over the last five years.

 

“Usdaw has worked hard with retailers to improve in-store security that has helped protect staff but we are urging a minority of shoppers in Delyn who abuse staff to change their behaviour and respect shop workers who are only doing their best to serve their communities.

 

“Usdaw members need the back-up of their local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership who have tough powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and the support of David Hanson is vital in making sure that retailers can effectively work with their local Partnership”.