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UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT CLOSURES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 505: tabled on 13 January 2005

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 63 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House notes with concern that many more university science departments face closure, following the recent decision by Exeter and Newcastle Universities to close their chemistry and physics departments respectively; believes that such closures pose a significant risk to the future of science in the United Kingdom and to the future competitiveness of the economy; further notes that the Government has failed to take action to protect key subjects that are under threat from falling student numbers; expresses its concern at the way the Government's decision to reduce relative funding for departments assessed at 4 star or below in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) is threatening the future of subjects at many universities; and calls upon the Government to mount an urgent review of the RAE.

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.

Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2005
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2005
South East Cornwall
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2005
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 20 January 2005
East Londonderry
Clappison, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 4 April 2005
Hertsmere
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 4 April 2005
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Duncan, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 1 March 2005
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 8 February 2005
Lichfield
Field, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2005
Cities of London and Westminster
Flight, Mr Howard
Conservative
Signed on 24 January 2005
Arundel and South Downs
Flook, Mr Adrian
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2005
Taunton
Fox, Dr Liam
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2005
Woodspring
Gill, Parmjit Singh
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2005
Leicester South
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2005
Chesham and Amersham
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2005
North Wiltshire
Grayling, Chris
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2005
Epsom and Ewell
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2005
Suffolk Coastal
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 28 February 2005
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 January 2005
Portsmouth South
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2005
North East Hertfordshire
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2005
Wealden
Hoban, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2005
Fareham
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 January 2005
Chesterfield
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 March 2005
Basingstoke
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 January 2005
Cheltenham
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2005
Epping Forest
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2005
New Forest East
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2005
East Worthing and Shoreham
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 January 2005
Mid Worcestershire
McIntosh, Miss Anne
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2005
Vale of York
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 2005
Newark
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 20 January 2005
North East Cambridgeshire
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 10 February 2005
Eddisbury
Paice, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 2005
South East Cambridgeshire
Pickles, Mr Eric
Conservative
Signed on 5 April 2005
Brentwood and Ongar
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 17 January 2005
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 24 January 2005
Uxbridge
Roe, Dame Marion
Conservative
Signed on 17 January 2005
Broxbourne
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 21 February 2005
Romford
Sayeed, Mr Jonathan
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2005
Mid Bedfordshire
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 24 January 2005
South West Bedfordshire
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2005
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 17 January 2005
Castle Point
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 2005
South West Devon
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2005
East Devon
Thomas, Mr Simon
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 17 January 2005
Ceredigion
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2005
North Cornwall
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 4 April 2005
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2005
Upminster
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2005
Leominster
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 2005
Ruislip - Northwood
Willetts, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 28 February 2005
Havant
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 January 2005
Caernarfon
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2005
Spelthorne
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 18 January 2005
Congleton
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2005
Teignbridge

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.