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BRITISH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY CLOSURE OF CORE REPOSITORIES AND SAMPLES STORES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 300: tabled on 01 December 2009

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 25 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 the sudden and unexpected decision by the British Geological Survey (BGS) to close the world-leading offshore and onshore hydrocarbon core repositories and samples stores in Gilmerton and Loanhead; deplores the decision to ignore the concerns of the many active academic and business stakeholders; notes that there currently is no alternative facility for these unique samples; rejects claims that this closure will result in efficiency savings or better science; further notes the announcement of the closure by BGS management in August 2009, a month before the consultant's report was finalised and published; further notes that there is no evidence of any geoscientist or other academic user, service user or oil industry stakeholder being consulted about this move and that the consultative group had no representative of the sponsoring Department, nor any scientist or other member who could credibly represent the views of Gilmerton and Loanhead's main users; regrets that BGS management cannot guarantee the safe transport of the historic core stock; further notes that the management dispensed with 24/7 security two years ago; further notes the failure of the Tribal Group to consider all options and the discrepancies between its report and its final recommendations; calls on the Government to halt the closure plan; and calls on the National Audit Office to carry out an assessment of the costs and a value-for-money audit of these proposals.

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.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support.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.