Don Foster MP

Don Foster MP - 88/268 - Bath's #1 Supporter

Don Foster signs EDM 1393: COLLISIONS INVOLVING MOTOR VEHICLES AND CYCLISTS OR PEDESTRIANS

August 18, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster signed EDM 1393 that states:

That this House acknowledges that many other European countries have much better cyclist and pedestrian safety records than the UK; recognises that these countries apply the principle of stricter liability to vulnerable road victims, so that drivers of vehicles that hit cyclists or pedestrians are assumed liable unless they can prove their innocence; believes that this makes drivers more aware of the vulnerability of children, cyclists and pedestrians; notes that, in contrast in UK road traffic personal injury cases, the burden of proof is on the victim to prove the other party was negligent; is aware of research that shows the fatality rate of cyclists aged 10 to 14 involved in collisions with motor vehicles is five times worse in the UK than in the Netherlands and Sweden; and calls on the Government to bring road traffic personal injury legislation into line with workplace health and safety law, product liability law and car passenger protection by adoption of the principle of stricter liability.

Don Foster signs EDM 1513: HEALTH AND SAFETY ENFORCEMENT AND FUNDING OF THE HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE

August 18, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster signed EDM 1577 that states:

That this House congratulates the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on its essential work in the public interest to enforce the law and to reduce work-related death, illness and serious injury; notes that the HSE’s resource has decreased year on year for the last 10 years and that this year the Government announced a cut to the HSE’s funding of 35 per cent. over the next four years; further notes that additional cuts would render the HSE unable to enforce health and safety law and regulate workplace safety effectively; opposes the closure of the Preston and Manchester offices; is concerned that cuts are being introduced at a time when, according to HSE figures, between April 2009 and March 2010 152 people were fatally injured at work, there were 26,061 major injuries such as amputation and burns to employees and 1.3 million people were suffering from an illness believed to have been caused or made worse by their current or past work; and urges the Government to drop the rushed and ill-conceived proposals in the Young Report and to maintain the remit, funding and staff at the HSE so as to avoid the trauma, heartache and loss suffered by workers and their families every year as a result of workplace accidents and unhealthy working conditions that could be avoided.

Don Foster signs EDM 1577: RAIL FARES

August 18, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster signed EDM 1577 that states:

That this House notes that rail fares are at an all-time high, with some season tickets now costing over 5,000, or the equivalent of a fifth of the average UK salary; is concerned that such high fares will put rail travel out of reach for many people, restrict access to jobs and result in greater congestion and carbon emissions; therefore welcomes efforts to create a simpler, more affordable fare structure; further notes the Government’s commitment to fair pricing for rail travel as set out in the Coalition Agreement; and calls on the Government to honour this commitment by reviewing its decision to increase fares by three per cent. above inflation from January 2012 in the light of the outcomes of the McNulty value for money study, which has already identified significant potential cost savings.