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EDM (Early Day Motion) 431: tabled on 08 September 2016

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 15 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 that the BBC’s proposal to radically restructure Monitoring services at Caversham Park, Reading, is set to result in the loss of one in three of the workforce; further notes that the Monitoring service surveys the world’s broadcast and print media, selecting and, where necessary, translating reports from 150 countries in 100 languages; notes that such information is often invaluable for Government agencies, non-governmental organisations, universities, embassies, security groups, think-tanks and international businesses; notes that since 2010 the funding for the Monitoring service was transferred from the Foreign Office, Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office to the BBC’s income from the licence fee; believes that as tensions between Russia and the West increase, and so-called ISIS spreads terror around the world, this work is of crucial importance to the nation; and therefore calls on BBC management to consult with representatives of the National Union of Journalists to minimise any redundancies and limit the damage caused to the service.