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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1404A1: tabled on 17 July 1995

Tabled in the 1994-95 session.

This motion has been signed by 11 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Jim Cunningham on 13 July 1995. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

leave out from `mis-informed' to end and add `report in the Co ventry Evening Telegraph; notes that Sir Paul Beresford, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, contrary to the report, congratulated the residents on their actions in bringing in the Civic Trust for advice; accepts that Coventry City Council should have taken action much earlier; recognises that Labour Coventry City Council has large land holdings that could have provided usable capital reciepts many years earlier; supports the belated action of the Council with the residents; and calls upon Coventry City Council to provide even basic services to a better standard.'.

Original motion text

That this House condemns the mis-informed, ill-judged and uncalled for statements of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Environment, Sir Paul Beresford, while visiting the Hillfields area of Coventry; is amazed that the Minister stated that Hillfields is 'disgusting' and that 'It doesn't cost much to clean after yourself', as reported in the Coventry Evening Telegraph of 13th July 1995; reminds the Minister and his colleagues that it is the unemployment, the social security cuts, the homelessness and the economic disasters of the Conservative Government, as well as his Government's refusal to give the go-ahead for ú6.2 million to go to the area from the European Urban Fund, that has made Hillfields what it is today; demands that the Minister withdraw his derogatory remarks against the decent and often struggling residents of Hillfields; urges the Minister not to insult people going about their business as an excuse for not assisting run down areas; and notes that the London borough of Wandsworth, championed by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, serves its people by closing old people's homes, and as a consequence creates unnecessary worry and hardship.