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BBC WORLD SERVICE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 39: tabled on 27 June 2001

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 52 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes that BBC World Service is cutting direct short wave transmission to USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands from 1st July saving ú500,000 per annum; further notes that in America over 230 public radio stations carry BBC World Service programmes and that out of the total 2.6 million listeners only 300,000 listen exclusively on short wave, whilst in Australia short wave listeners have dropped from 1.6 million to 100,000 over the past eight years; commends the BBC World Service for investing ú50 million in short wave enhancement in Oman, to the Gulf and South Asia, Cyprus, to the Middle East, and Singapore to East Asia; and applauds its decision to plough back the ú500,000 savings into FM expansion around the world where it is now in 121 capital cities.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2001
Leeds North West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 28 June 2001
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 5 July 2001
Canterbury
Bryant, Chris
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2001
Rhondda
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2002
Birmingham, Northfield
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 June 2001
Twickenham
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2001
Barnsley West and Penistone
Colman, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2001
Putney
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2001
Falkirk East
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2001
Islington North
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2001
Tooting
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 2 July 2001
Easington
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2001
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2001
Monmouth
Follett, Barbara
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2001
Stevenage
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2001
Bath
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2001
Glasgow, Kelvin
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2001
St Ives
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2001
Norwich North
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2001
Bridgend
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2001
Selby
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2001
Oxford West and Abingdon
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2001
Barnsley Central
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2001
Cheltenham
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2001
Birmingham, Perry Barr
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2001
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2001
Kingston upon Hull North
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2001
Mansfield
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2001
Ochil
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2001
Nuneaton
Pollard, Mr Kerry
Labour
Signed on 14 September 2001
St Albans
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 July 2001
Moray
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2001
Dundee West
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 June 2001
Colchester
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 4 October 2001
Glasgow, Govan
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2001
Nottingham South
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2001
Milton Keynes South West
Stuart, Ms Gisela
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2001
Birmingham, Edgbaston
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 July 2001
Richmond Park
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2001
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2001
Finchley and Golders Green
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 July 2001
Angus
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 5 July 2001
Macclesfield
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2001
Batley and Spen
Worthington, Tony
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2001
Clydebank and Milngavie

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

BBC WORLD SERVICE (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'East Asia' and add 'but considers that losing a million listeners to save half a million pounds is a bad bargain which hits old friends, makes it far more difficult for them and for British visitors to North America and Australasia to receive BBC World Service programmes on any regular basis and will reduce British influence in an important part of the world which should not be taken for granted.'.
Labour, Great Grimsby
15
signatures
EDM 39A1: tabled on 3 July 2001