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METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE CLOSURES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 479: tabled on 04 July 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 30 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 opposes the proposal of the Meteorological Office to centralise forecast production at its Exeter headquarters and close a number of major offices across the United Kingdom including Belfast, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester and London; notes that the Belfast Office also provides forecast and warning services to the Army, RAF and Royal Navy for operations within Northern Ireland and a valuable service to the Department of Regional Development and Roads Service in relation to gritting; deplores the prospect that the valuable service provided by the local office could be lost to the region together with local knowledge and expertise about local weather effects leading to a reduced level of service to government departments, agencies and the public in general; and believes that this proposal is contrary to the stated aim of becoming more integrated with government and regional assemblies and will lead to a degraded service, especially in Northern Ireland.

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.

Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2005
Burton
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 July 2005
Lagan Valley
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 July 2005
Portsmouth South
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 July 2005
Birmingham, Yardley
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 13 July 2005
North Down
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2005
Luton North
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 October 2005
Dundee East
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 5 July 2005
Chorley
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 7 July 2005
Tamworth
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 July 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 October 2005
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 10 October 2005
South Antrim
Newmark, Mr Brooks
Conservative
Signed on 10 October 2005
Braintree
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 October 2005
Moray
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 10 October 2005
Romford
Salmond, Mr Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 October 2005
Banff and Buchan
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2005
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 July 2005
Upper Bann
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2005
Conwy
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 5 July 2005
Spelthorne
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 6 July 2005
East Antrim
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 6 July 2005
Macclesfield
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 October 2005
Perth and North Perthshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.