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FUTURE OF THE 999 SERVICE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 839A1: tabled on 13 March 1992

Tabled in the 1991-92 session.

This motion has been signed by 1 Member. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

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

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Mr Peter Hain on 10 March 1992. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes that as usual Labour honourable Members are more interested in protecting the jobs of their trade union masters than in the welfare of patients; and therefore supports the proposals of the office of Telecommunications to transfer the 999 emergency service to an independent agency as being helpful.'.

Original motion text

That this House calls on the Government to reject the proposal from the Office for Telecommunications to hive off the 999 emergency operator service to an independent agency, since the new 999 service will employ less than 700 operators in just three centres, whereas it is currently fully integrated into the comprehensive nationwide British Telecom network of operator centres employing some 8,000 staff specially trained in all the skills needed to handle emergency calls and able to switch from their general duties to handle priority 999 calls during disasters or emergencies, and since concentrating such 999 calls into just three centres in England, Wales and Scotland can only be at the cost of local knowledge and pronunciation of places and names often vital for a speedy and accurate response from the police, ambulance and fire services, thus endangering lives and personal security.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.