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SEAFARERS' PAY AND THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE

That this House notes that for a number of years discussions have been taking place in both Houses with the Government and the Trades Union Congress to seek to resolve the horrendous situation whereby ferry company owners and others, whose vessels regularly trade on fixed routes between UK ports, are allowed to pay poverty wages substantially below the minimum wage to non-UK seafarers, including rates as little as £2.00 per hour; welcomes the fact that a number of hon. Members have supported amendments to the Equality Bill which would close this loophole; is therefore dismayed that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is blocking these amendments by claiming that applying the minimum wage on ferries that trade solely between UK ports could mean the UK is in breach of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea; further notes that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has adopted this position despite the independent legal advice to the contrary provided to the RMT union and also the advice of the International Transport Workers Federation; is appalled that in the 21st century the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is effectively allowing the continuation of poverty wages to continue in UK waters; and calls on the Foreign Secretary immediately to publish the legal advice on which the Department's blocking action is based and allow the advice to be subject to urgent independent scrutiny.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Abbott, Diane Labour Party Hackney North and Stoke Newington 30.11.2009
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 07.12.2009
Borrow, David S Labour Party South Ribble 08.12.2009
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 30.11.2009
Breed, Colin Liberal Democrats South East Cornwall 08.12.2009
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 01.12.2009
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 02.12.2009
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 01.12.2009
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 02.12.2009
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 15.12.2009
Connarty, Michael Labour Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 15.12.2009
Cook, Frank Labour Party Stockton North 01.02.2010
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 30.11.2009
Cryer, Ann Labour Party Keighley 02.12.2009
Davies, Dai INDEPENDENT Blaenau Gwent 02.12.2009
Dean, Janet Labour Party Burton 02.12.2009
Devine, Jim Labour Party Livingston 02.12.2009
Dismore, Andrew Labour Party Hendon 01.12.2009
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 03.12.2009
Donaldson, Jeffrey Democratic Unionist Party Lagan Valley 03.12.2009
Drew, David Labour Party Stroud 01.12.2009
Etherington, Bill Labour Party Sunderland North 19.01.2010
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 09.12.2009
Francis, Hywel Labour Party Aberavon 02.12.2009
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 01.12.2009
Gerrard, Neil Labour Party Walthamstow 07.12.2009
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 07.12.2009
Havard, Dai Labour Party Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 08.12.2009
Hepburn, Stephen Labour Party Jarrow 07.12.2009
Hoey, Kate Labour Party Vauxhall 30.11.2009
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 09.12.2009
Howarth, George Labour Party Knowsley North and Sefton East 09.12.2009
Hoyle, Lindsay Labour Party Chorley 02.12.2009
Iddon, Brian Labour Party Bolton South East 03.12.2009
Illsley, Eric Labour Party Barnsley Central 30.11.2009
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Highgate 01.12.2009
Jenkins, Brian Labour Party Tamworth 10.12.2009
Jones, Lynne Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 02.12.2009
Lazarowicz, Mark Labour Party Edinburgh North and Leith 12.01.2010
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 07.12.2009
Martlew, Eric Labour Party Carlisle 14.12.2009
Mason, John Scottish National Party Glasgow East 15.12.2009
McCafferty, Chris Labour Party Calder Valley 10.12.2009
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 02.12.2009
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 30.11.2009
Meacher, Michael Labour Party Oldham West and Royton 02.12.2009
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 03.12.2009
Murphy, Denis Labour Party Wansbeck 09.12.2009
O'Hara, Edward Labour Party Knowsley South 30.11.2009
Pound, Stephen Labour Party Ealing North 02.12.2009
Prosser, Gwyn Labour Party Dover 30.11.2009
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 03.12.2009
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 02.12.2009
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 30.11.2009
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 01.12.2009
Sheridan, Jim Labour Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 08.12.2009
Short, Clare INDEPENDENT LABOUR Birmingham Ladywood 30.11.2009
Simpson, Alan Labour Party Nottingham South 07.01.2010
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 02.12.2009
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 03.12.2009
Turner, Desmond Labour Party Brighton Kemptown 01.12.2009
Vis, Rudi Labour Party Finchley and Golders Green 10.12.2009
Wareing, Robert N Labour Party Liverpool West Derby 07.12.2009
Wyatt, Derek Labour Party Sittingbourne and Sheppey 03.12.2009