Oral Contribution: 31st January, 2019
EDM Tabled: 30th January, 2019
That this House recognises that Six Nations Rugby, the Northern Hemisphere showpiece, which features England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy, will see the cream of European rugby meet across five rounds, culminating in the final set of games in March; notes that last year's tournament attracted 72,000 fans a game in the stadiums, leading sport's global standings above American Football's NFL in second and the FIFA World Cup in third; further notes that all the matches are live and free to all on the BBC and ITV and in recent years have attracted audiences of up to 10 million...
EDM Supported: 29th January, 2018
That this House notes the case of Sammy Woodhouse, in which a man convicted of rape and serving a 35-year prison sentence was notified of family court proceedings for the child he fathered as a result of the rape; further notes that the man had no parental responsibilities for the child; regrets that Rotherham Council believes that it would not have secured an exemption to notify under the current criteria; further regrets that the presumption in the law is that a rapist is notified when decisions are made about a child fathered through rape; and calls on the Government to amend the Children's Act 1989 to remove the parental rights of men who have fathered children through rape and to review the relevant Practice Directions to prevent rapist fathers from being notified of family court proceedings.