MAC: Mines and Communities

Early Day Motion on Rio Tinto & Capper Pass 2

Published by MAC on 2001-04-23

The following is a text of an Early Day Motion (EDM) proposed for signing by Members of Parliament in the UK House of Commons


EDM 691


6 signatures

That this House congratulates the claimants in Kingston Upon Hull and East Yorkshire, upon the successful conclusion of their mediation against Rio Tinto plc, the UK-based multinational mining corporation; applauds the ensuing implementation of the Capper Pass Claims Review Scheme to provide compensation for those who have suffered disease or death, resulting from the operation of the Capper Pass Smelting Plant in Hull, formerly the world's largest smelter; welcomes the extension of that scheme to cover employees and contractors, together with their families, residents, schoolchildren and those who suffered foetal exposure to that Plant's toxic, carcinogenic and radioactive emissions, without geographical limitation; acknowledges with gratitude the invaluable contribution of Sir Philip Otton, Chairman of the Claims Review Scheme Board, whose remarkable skills as a mediator succeeded in bringing the parties together, a Herculean task, in order that all concerned might now work constructively, with the renewed determination and purpose, to bring justice to each and every family concerned; and marks this great achievement, by paying tribute to the late Arthur Gray, for his courage and tenacity in leading the campaign against Rio Tinto, together with the strength of character and fortitude shown by him, in continuing that struggle whilst terminlly ill with lung cancer.

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