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EDM (Early Day Motion) 615: tabled on 28 January 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 43 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 congratulates the BBC World Service on its successful launch of BBC Persian Television on 14 January 2009, bringing high-quality accurate and impartial news, information and analysis on television from a global perspective to audiences in Iran, Afghanistan and beyond; recognises that the BBC has a distinguished history of broadcasting in Persian over 68 years with audiences that regard it as one of the most trusted, impartial and objective international radio news providers in the Persian-speaking world; applauds the BBC's decision to augment news with programmes on arts, culture, science, technology and sport in order to attract a diverse audience; notes that the channel will offer a vital opportunity for Persian speakers to debate and discuss major global issues; and further notes that in the same month the BBC's first specialist language television channel, BBC Arabic, which has made a substantial impact on the local television news market, was extended from 12 to 24 hours a day offering Arabic speakers round-the-clock news on television to supplement the existing radio and online services.

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.

Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 5 February 2009
Hexham
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 March 2009
Lewes
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
City of York
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Bootle
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Sheffield, Attercliffe
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 28 January 2009
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 October 2009
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2009
South East Cornwall
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Gower
Clifton-Brown, Mr Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 5 February 2009
Cotswold
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2009
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Keighley
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2009
Crosby
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Stroud
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2009
Ribble Valley
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 5 March 2009
Lichfield
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Newport West
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 January 2009
St Ives
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 February 2009
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 January 2009
North Devon
Howells, Dr Kim
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2009
Pontypridd
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2009
Chorley
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2009
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 February 2009
Manchester, Withington
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Calder Valley
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Makerfield
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2009
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2009
Hyndburn
Purchase, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Wolverhampton North East
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2009
Rochdale
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2009
Nottingham South
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
Teignbridge

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.