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CLASSIFICATION OF LIP-READING CLASSES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 932: tabled on 01 November 2010

Tabled in the 2010-12 session.

This motion has been signed by 31 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 that lip-reading is a vital communication skill for many people with hearing loss, which prevents social isolation, increases confidence and independence and helps keep people in employment; congratulates the Royal National Institute for the Deaf on its Read My Lips campaign and audit of lip-reading provision across the UK; further notes with concern that lip-reading is currently classified by the Skills Funding Agency as a leisure activity; further notes that this means that those wishing to learn to lip-read have access to the same level of funding as those who wish to learn cake decorating or balloon modelling; further notes with concern that this lack of funding means that in some parts of England and Wales a course of lip-reading classes can cost as much as 300 per year, meaning the lifeline to continued social interaction and employment which lip-reading can provide remains out of reach for many of the most vulnerable in society; further notes that without the increased level of funding that this classification will provide, as many as one in five lip-reading classes across England and Wales are under threat of closure in the next 12 months; and calls on the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Skills Funding Agency to recognise lip-reading as an essential skill and reclassify it accordingly.

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.

Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 April 2011
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Blenkinsop, Tom
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2010
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 February 2011
Gordon
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 November 2010
North East Fife
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2010
Gower
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2010
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2010
West Lancashire
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2010
Islington North
Cunningham, Tony
Labour
Signed on 7 December 2010
Workington
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2010
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2010
Newport West
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2010
North Tyneside
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 November 2010
Portsmouth South
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2010
Luton North
Horwood, Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2010
Cheltenham
Long, Naomi
Alliance
Signed on 30 March 2011
Belfast East
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 9 December 2010
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2010
Hayes and Harlington
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2010
Mansfield
Munt, Tessa
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2010
Wells
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2010
Southport
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 November 2010
North Cornwall
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 November 2010
Torbay
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2010
Walsall South
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 November 2010
Ceredigion

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.