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ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR WORKERS, JOB APPLICANTS AND VOCATIONAL TRAINEES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 216: tabled on 25 May 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 52 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 is committed to eradicating unlawful discrimination against workers, job applicants and vocational trainees and ensuring that there is access to justice and equality of arms in cases of unlawful discrimination; notes that discrimination law is complex and that access to legal representation is a significant advantage in tribunal proceedings; notes with concern that in the current financial year the Commission for Racial Equality is devoting only two per cent. of its budget to representing complainants in employment discrimination cases and that the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Disability Rights Commission are only devoting 3.1 per cent. and 5.5 per cent. of their respective budgets; further notes that the 2001 Employment Tribunal Regulations increased the amount of costs that can be awarded from £500 to £10,000 and made it easier for tribunals to award such costs; believes that the threat of such costs will inevitably deter workers, job applicants and vocational trainees from enforcing their legal right to equal treatment, particularly those who are non-unionised and low paid, thereby effectively denying them access to justice; and calls on the Government to make complainant aid a statutory right in discrimination cases and to establish an independent statutory fund for such complainant aid to be resourced by using 25 per cent. of the current budgets of the existing equalities commissions.

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2005
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2005
Blaydon
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2005
Rossendale and Darwen
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Erith and Thamesmead
Bailey, Mr Adrian
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2005
West Bromwich West
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2005
Bootle
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2005
Kingswood
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
South Ribble
Butler, Ms Dawn
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2005
Brent South
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2005
Stockton North
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2005
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2005
Hendon
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 21 July 2005
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2005
Sunderland North
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 8 November 2005
Bethnal Green and Bow
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2005
Selby
Hall, Patrick
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Bedford
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2005
Midlothian
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2005
Leeds North East
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 June 2005
Oxford West and Abingdon
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2005
Jarrow
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 27 June 2005
Vauxhall
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2005
Luton North
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 October 2005
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2005
Bolton South East
Johnson, Ms Diana R.
Labour
Signed on 13 July 2005
Kingston upon Hull North
Khan, Mr Sadiq
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
Tooting
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 8 June 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2005
Edmonton
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2005
Hayes and Harlington
McGovern, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2005
Dundee West
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2005
Mansfield
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2005
Cardiff North
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 October 2005
Leeds North West
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2006
Bristol North West
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 17 October 2005
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 October 2005
Colchester
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 9 June 2005
Nottingham South
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2006
Vale of Glamorgan
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2005
Manchester, Blackley
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2005
Liverpool, West Derby
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2005
Conwy
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
Batley and Spen

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.