Early day motion 969

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That this House notes there are an estimated 12,000 curry restaurants and takeaways across the UK, employing more than 100,000 people in an industry worth £4.2 billion to the economy; further notes research from Nationwide that the average home spends £1,355 a year on curries and that, according to National Curry Week, 23 million people eat curry every year; believes that the curry has become a core part of British cuisine since the first curry house opened in Britain in 1810; commends generations of Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who have brought their wonderful cuisine to Britain; expresses concern that on average two curry houses a week are now closing; notes that a strong factor behind this trend is the Home Office's Tier 2 visa scheme which caps the number of visas awarded to non-EU workers every year at 20,700; further notes that qualifying for a Tier 2 visa requires a job paying £20,800, but, with chefs being on the Government’s Shortage Occupation List, the salary threshold is significantly higher at £29,750 after deductions for accommodation and food; notes that the average salary for a chef is £24,745; believes it is therefore extremely difficult to hire skilled curry house chefs from abroad; notes that Government measures to plug the skills gap domestically have not worked; calls on Government to look at lowering the Tier 2 visa scheme's minimum salary requirement for chefs to enable easier recruitment from abroad and therefore give Britain's curry houses a much needed boost.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Ahmed-Sheikh, Tasmina Scottish National Party Ochil and South Perthshire 01.02.2016
Blackford, Ian Scottish National Party Ross Skye and Lochaber 26.01.2016
Blackman, Bob Conservative Party Harrow East 20.01.2016
Brock, Deidre Scottish National Party Edinburgh North and Leith 27.01.2016
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 20.01.2016
Crawley, Angela Scottish National Party Lanark and Hamilton East 11.05.2016
Ferrier, Margaret Scottish National Party Rutherglen and Hamilton West 26.01.2016
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 28.01.2016
Gray, Neil Scottish National Party Airdrie and Shotts 22.01.2016
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 22.01.2016
Kerevan, George Scottish National Party East Lothian 01.02.2016
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 26.01.2016
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 25.01.2016
McLaughlin, Anne Scottish National Party Glasgow North East 10.02.2016
Mulholland, Greg Liberal Democrats Leeds North West 19.01.2016
Nicolson, John Scottish National Party East Dunbartonshire 22.01.2016
Paterson, Steven Scottish National Party Stirling 25.01.2016
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 21.01.2016
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 20.01.2016
Sherriff, Paula Labour Party Dewsbury 10.02.2016
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 01.02.2016
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 21.01.2016
Vaz, Keith Labour Party Leicester East 20.01.2016
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 08.02.2016
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 01.02.2016