Early day motion 701

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THE ARMED FORCES COVENANT AND ROYAL NAVY PERSONNEL WITH MESOTHELIOMA

That this House notes that thousands of people who served in the Royal Navy before 1987 are not entitled to full compensation for being exposed, while under military orders, to asbestos and for when they have contracted mesothelioma; further notes that they will lose out massively when compared with people who contracted the lethal lung disease in civilian life where compensation reaches £180,000, while an estimated 2,500 sailors in this position may only be eligible for £31,000 through their war pension; believes that this is a clear breach of the Armed Forces Covenant, which the Prime Minister rightly described as the promise to the UK's military that, because of the sacrifices they make on the UK's behalf, they should not have less good treatment than other groups of people; agrees with Chris Simpkins, director general of The Royal British Legion, that this is a clear breach of the Armed Forces Covenant; recognises that the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence are examining the matter; and urges them and service chiefs to take swift and positive action to resolve this gross anomaly.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 16.11.2015
Bardell, Hannah Scottish National Party Livingston 18.11.2015
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 16.11.2015
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 18.11.2015
Cameron, Lisa Scottish National Party East Kilbride Strathaven and Lesmahagow 18.11.2015
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 18.11.2015
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 08.12.2015
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 23.03.2016
Crawley, Angela Scottish National Party Lanark and Hamilton East 11.05.2016
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 17.11.2015
Docherty, Martin Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire 18.11.2015
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 19.11.2015
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West and Penge 16.11.2015
Gapes, Mike Labour Party Ilford South 16.11.2015
Grady, Patrick Scottish National Party Glasgow North 19.11.2015
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 14.12.2015
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 18.11.2015
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 20.11.2015
Kinahan, Danny Ulster Unionist Party South Antrim 18.11.2015
Kinnock, Stephen Labour Party Aberavon 30.11.2015
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 26.11.2015
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 18.11.2015
Nicolson, John Scottish National Party East Dunbartonshire 18.11.2015
Oswald, Kirsten Scottish National Party East Renfrewshire 18.11.2015
Paterson, Steven Scottish National Party Stirling 18.11.2015
Rees, Christina Labour Party Neath 17.11.2015
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 17.11.2015
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 17.11.2015
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 18.11.2015
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 25.11.2015
Vaz, Keith Labour Party Leicester East 18.11.2015
Whitford, Philippa Scottish National Party Central Ayrshire 26.11.2015
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 20.11.2015