Early day motion 905

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That this House recognises International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers on 12 February 2018; understands that fewer than 20 countries worldwide still allow their armed forces to recruit young people aged 16; further understands that the UK is the only country in Europe and the only Permanent Member of the UN Security Council to recruit 16 year olds into the armed forces; notes that the British armed forces recruit around 2,000 16 and 17-year olds each year, of whom 80 per cent join the Army; further notes that young recruits are more likely than civilians of the same age or older enlistees to drink heavily, self-harm and suffer mental health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder; further recognises the criticisms of the UK's policy by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the House of Commons Defence Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Rights, the Children's Commissioners for the four jurisdictions of the UK and the Equality and Human Rights Commission; notes the work of Child Soldiers International, both in the UK and worldwide, advocating for children to enjoy their human rights, free from military use and exploitation; and urges the Government to launch a review of the minimum armed forces enlistment age.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bardell, Hannah Scottish National Party Livingston 08.02.2018
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 20.02.2018
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 07.02.2018
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 20.02.2018
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 07.02.2018
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 08.02.2018
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 06.02.2018
Gaffney, Hugh Labour Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 22.02.2018
Gethins, Stephen Scottish National Party North East Fife 20.02.2018
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 08.02.2018
Grady, Patrick Scottish National Party Glasgow North 20.02.2018
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 20.02.2018
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 07.02.2018
Lake, Ben Plaid Cymru Ceredigion 06.02.2018
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 07.02.2018
Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 07.02.2018
Russell-Moyle, Lloyd Labour Party Brighton Kemptown 20.02.2018
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 06.02.2018
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 08.02.2018
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 07.02.2018
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 06.02.2018
Zeichner, Daniel Labour Party Cambridge 20.02.2018