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NETWORK RAIL AND THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

EDM (Early Day Motion) 794: tabled on 11 February 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 65 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 welcomes efforts by the Government to lessen the impact of the recession and save jobs by intervening in the private sector industries, such as the car industry; notes with concern that Network Rail, which is heavily reliant on billions of pounds of Government subsidy is deferring 28 per cent. of rail renewals work, such as track and signals replacements; notes that Network Rail has confirmed in its 2009-10 business plan that this huge reduction in track renewals expenditure will have a major impact on the supply chain with 20 to 30 per cent. less heavy materials resulting in supply chain redundancies; is appalled that this will mean massive job cuts and supports the view of the rail unions that Network Rail's actions undermine the Government's stated intentions to use infrastructure projects to boost employment; further notes with concern that Network Rail is cutting the frequency of track inspections and routine signals maintenance which, combined with the reduction in renewals work, will significantly raise safety risks to passengers and workers; urges the Government to use its power as funder of Network Rail immediately to intervene to ensure that this essential rail renewals work is not deferred, to introduce a moratorium on job cuts and to develop an industry-wide strategy to ensure that railways can be managed in a way which mitigates rather than exacerbates the effects of the economic downturn.

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 11 March 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Blaydon
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2009
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2009
Lewes
Banks, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2009
Ochil and South Perthshire
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
South Ribble
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2009
Worthing West
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2009
Elmet
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2009
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2009
Leyton and Wanstead
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Islington North
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Keighley
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2009
Coventry South
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 28 April 2009
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 24 February 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2009
Holborn and St Pancras
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Sunderland North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Newport West
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Aberavon
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Ilford South
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Walthamstow
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 February 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Lanark and Hamilton East
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Knowsley North and Sefton East
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Chorley
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2009
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2009
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2009
Hampstead and Highgate
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 5 March 2009
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2009
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2009
Manchester, Withington
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Medway
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Cardiff North
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Wansbeck
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2009
Dover
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 February 2009
Southport
Rennie, Willie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2009
Dunfermline and West Fife
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Halifax
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Bradford West
Stewart, Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2009
Eccles
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Manchester, Blackley
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2009
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2009
Stoke-on-Trent North
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 23 February 2009
Liverpool, West Derby
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 May 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 April 2009
Cardiff Central
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Batley and Spen

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.