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OFFSHORE HELICOPTER SAFETY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 553: tabled on 16 November 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House is concerned by the safety of offshore helicopter transport; observes that since February 2009, 33 offshore workers and crew have died and 65 have been rescued from the North Sea following six accidents involving Super Puma 225 and AS332 L2 helicopters; remembers the 13 passengers and crew who lost their lives on 29 April 2016 in a crash off the south coast of Norway; notes that Norwegian and UK investigations of fatal and non-fatal Super Puma accidents since 2009 have found similar mechanical failures; supports the continued grounding of the Super Puma fleet across the North Sea; further notes that the manufacturer Airbus surveyed offshore workers in June 2017 and found a majority with profound reservations over flying in Super Pumas again; is further concerned that the Civil Aviation Authority lifted official restrictions on these helicopters in July 2017 without consulting offshore workers or their trade unions; believes that Super Pumas should not return to the North Sea without the prior agreement of a majority of offshore workers; is concerned that the Government rejected the Transport Select Committee's July 2014 recommendation for a public inquiry into commercial pressures on offshore helicopter safety; recognises that 2018 is the 30th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster and a reminder of the necessity for the highest possible standards of offshore safety; and supports the RMT union's call for the Government to launch a public inquiry into the offshore helicopter safety concerns that are being raised by offshore workers.

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.

Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Livingston
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 November 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2017
Blyth Valley
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2017
Liverpool, Walton
Crausby, Sir David
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2017
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2017
Coventry South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
North East Fife
Glindon, Mary
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2017
North Tyneside
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 January 2018
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 27 November 2017
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 20 November 2017
North Down
Hill, Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 November 2017
Hartlepool
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Dundee West
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 November 2017
Glasgow East
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 1 May 2018
Brighton, Pavilion
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 November 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Glasgow North West
Pidcock, Laura
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2017
North West Durham
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 21 November 2017
St Helens South and Whiston
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 20 November 2017
Belfast East
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Strangford
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 November 2017
Upper Bann
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 16 November 2017
Bolsover
Stevens, Jo
Labour
Signed on 11 December 2017
Cardiff Central
Williamson, Chris
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2018
Derby North

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.