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DIGITAL TELEVISION IN WALES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 90: tabled on 23 November 2004

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 43 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 the large take-up of digital television in Wales in comparison to the rest of the UK; notes that 56 per cent. of Welsh households currently have access to digital television despite the inherent difficulty in ensuring access to digital transmissions due to the topography of Wales; further notes that currently only three quarters of households can receive digital television through their aerials and that this will not change until digital switchover; believes that public service broadcasting is an essential part of democracy and that democracy will be compromised if decisions on when areas conduct switchover lies with unelected quangos; is concerned that if the switchover process if based solely on market forces, rural areas will lose out, as companies will install transmitters where it is easiest; further believes that in areas which the signal cannot reach, people will have to pay for digital satellite and that Wales should therefore be among the first areas to switchover as this will provide an opportunity to test the technology in a challenging environment, making it easier for the technology to be transferred elsewhere in the UK; and calls on the Government to set a definite timetable for this to happen.

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.

Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2004
Canterbury
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 2005
North East Bedfordshire
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2004
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Duncan, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 2005
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
Ribble Valley
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 8 December 2004
Lichfield
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 2 December 2004
Chesham and Amersham
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 9 December 2004
Suffolk Coastal
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 17 January 2005
Runnymede and Weybridge
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2004
North East Hertfordshire
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2005
Wealden
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
Orpington
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Independent Conservative
Signed on 1 December 2004
Basingstoke
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
Bromsgrove
Letwin, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
West Dorset
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2004
New Forest East
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 2004
Mid Worcestershire
Maclean, David
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
Penrith and The Border
McIntosh, Miss Anne
Conservative
Signed on 9 December 2004
Vale of York
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 13 December 2004
Newark
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 14 March 2005
Eddisbury
Osborne, Mr George
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
Tatton
Paice, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 2005
South East Cambridgeshire
Pickles, Mr Eric
Conservative
Signed on 16 December 2004
Brentwood and Ongar
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2004
Uxbridge
Roe, Dame Marion
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
Broxbourne
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 21 February 2005
Romford
Sayeed, Mr Jonathan
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2005
Mid Bedfordshire
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2004
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2004
Nottingham South
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 2004
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 25 November 2004
Castle Point
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 8 December 2004
East Devon
Viggers, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 December 2004
Gosport
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 4 April 2005
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 2004
Upminster

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.