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RIO TINTO PLC

EDM (Early Day Motion) 596: tabled on 17 December 2001

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 43 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House notes with regret that Rio Tinto plc, the world's largest and wealthiest mining multinational, continues its appalling treatment of workers and residents in Kingston Upon Hull and East Yorkshire, who seek no more than the just determination of their claims for industrial disease and death, resulting from the operation of the former Capper Pass Smelting Plant; pays tribute to Sir Philip Otton, Professor Malcolm Harrington, Professor Anthony Newman Taylor and Professor David Coggon, the eminent members of the proposed Capper Pass Claims Review Scheme, for their commitment and dedication, in seeking to discharge their professional duties; further notes that the process is at risk of further delay, due to Rio Tinto's attempts to deprive the claimants of their legal rights to pursue cases for pre-November 1967 exposure to carcinogens, heavy metals and ionising radiation; recalls that Rio Tinto had also sought to deny the claimants' the right to pursue asbestos-disease claims; believes that by such underhand tactics, Rio Tinto are seeking to break the claimants' resolve; understands that in consequence of such shabby conduct, the Australian Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has written to one bereaved family in Hull, asserting that Rio Tinto were continuously acting in an offensive and disgraceful manner, a sentiment which is not at risk of contradiction; demands that Rio Tinto should respect the pre-1967 legal rights of the claimants, and commit forthwith to the Claims Review Scheme; and considers that in default, the Chairman and Board of Rio Tinto should reconsider their positions.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Barnsley West and Penistone
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Islington North
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2002
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2002
Tooting
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2002
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 14 January 2002
Keighley
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2002
Glasgow, Pollok
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2001
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 16 January 2002
Burton
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 January 2002
Heywood and Middleton
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2002
Eltham
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 13 March 2002
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2002
Sunderland North
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2002
Glasgow, Kelvin
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2002
Bridgend
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2001
Luton North
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Chorley
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2002
Hampstead and Highgate
Jones, Mr Kevan
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2001
North Durham
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2002
Ealing, Southall
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2002
Liverpool, Walton
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2002
Manchester Central
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Halifax
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Wolverhampton South West
McWilliam, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2002
Blaydon
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2001
Mansfield
Pound, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2002
Ealing North
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 15 January 2002
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2002
Portsmouth North
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2002
Glasgow, Anniesland
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2001
Colchester
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2001
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2001
Bolsover
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 8 January 2002
Finchley and Golders Green

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.