Self-Employed and Small Businesses

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 10:13 pm on 5th February 1981.

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Photo of Mr David Bevan Mr David Bevan , Birmingham, Yardley 10:13 pm, 5th February 1981

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to present a petition on behalf of the Birmingham branch of the National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited, which is complaining about the effect of Cmnd. 7864 and the new strategy. It is signed by 83 people, many of whom live in my constituency.

The prayer reads as follows: Wherefore your petitioners pray that your honourable House rejects the proposals outlined in "Income During Initial Sickness: A New Strategy". I want to thank Dr. Bernard Jilby, who helped to organise the petition. It has great merit, and I agree with it.

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Photo of Mr Andrew Bowden Mr Andrew Bowden , Brighton, Kemptown 10:16 pm, 5th February 1981

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I wish to present a petition signed by 57 members of the Brighton and district branch of the National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited. It is an impressive petition, which has been beautifully prepared. I want to pay a special tribute to Mrs. Pat Constable. The petition states: To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled.The Humble Petition of members of the Brighton and District Branch of the National Federation of Self Employed and Small Businesses Limited.Sheweth, That the proposals outlined in "Income During Initial Sickness: A New Strategy", Cmnd 7864 will cause considerable damage to employment prospects in small businesses.Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House rejects the proposals outlined in "Income During Initial Sickness: A New Strategy".And your Petitioners; as in duty bound, will ever pray, etc.

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