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Privatisation And The Image Of Welsh Water

EDM number 554 in 1991-92, proposed by Alun Michael on 23/01/1992.

That this House urges Welsh Water plc not to worry about its image; notes that employees and services of Welsh Water are well-regarded and what is unpopular is the company's privatised status and large water bills; considers that trying to change this reasonable public perception would be comparable to the pre-privatisation advertising campaign which portrayed milk floats delivering water to each household in order to persuade the public that water is important, assures Welsh Water that the people of Wales are not fools, that they know water is a daily necessity for which they pay a high price because of deliberate Government policies to privatise and to shift costs onto ordinary people; regrets that a company spokesman blamed politicians for the company's low image without specifying Conservatives as the culprits; believes that in a democracy Conservative honourable Members must answer to the electorate for supporting their Party's foolish decisions and that any attempt to change such a perception must count as an election expense and be shown in the books as a donation to Conservative Party funds; and calls on Welsh Water to recognise that, where the company's image has been tarnished by the appointment of a Conservative honourable Member to the lucrative role of P. R. consultant, by a high rate of disconnection, and by the 88 per cent. increase in the Chairman's salary to ú143,000, the way for the Board to win popularity is to change policies rather than waste money on a cosmetic exercise.

This motion has been signed by a total of 50 MPs.

Alun Michael23/01/1992Cardiff South & PenarthProposed
Raymond Powell23/01/1992OgmoreSigned
Alan Wynne Williams23/01/1992CarmarthenSigned
Alan Williams23/01/1992Swansea WestSigned
Gareth Wardell23/01/1992GowerSigned
Donald Anderson23/01/1992Swansea EastSigned
Peter Hain23/01/1992NeathSigned
Win Griffiths23/01/1992BridgendSigned
Michael Foot23/01/1992Blaenau GwentSigned
Paul Flynn23/01/1992Newport WestSigned
Huw Edwards23/01/1992MonmouthSigned
Ron Davies23/01/1992CaerphillySigned
Denzil Davies23/01/1992LlanelliSigned
Paul Murphy23/01/1992TorfaenSigned
Rhodri Morgan23/01/1992Cardiff WestSigned
John Marek23/01/1992WrexhamSigned
Martyn Jones23/01/1992Clwyd South WestSigned
Roy Hughes23/01/1992Newport EastSigned
Kim Howells23/01/1992PontypriddSigned
John Smith23/01/1992Vale of GlamorganSigned
Ted Rowlands23/01/1992Merthyr Tydfil & RhymneySigned
Allan Rogers23/01/1992RhonddaSigned
Ken Livingstone24/01/1992Brent EastSigned
John Cummings24/01/1992EasingtonSigned
Harry Barnes27/01/1992North East DerbyshireSigned
Ernie Ross27/01/1992Dundee WestSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie27/01/1992Glasgow, PollokSigned
Alan Meale27/01/1992MansfieldSigned
John McAllion27/01/1992Dundee EastSigned
Peter Hardy27/01/1992WentworthSigned
Martin Redmond27/01/1992Don ValleySigned
William McKelvey27/01/1992Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Terry Patchett28/01/1992Barnsley EastSigned
Dennis Skinner28/01/1992BolsoverSigned
Terry Lewis28/01/1992WorsleySigned
Ian McCartney28/01/1992MakerfieldSigned
Jeremy Corbyn28/01/1992Islington NorthSigned
John Evans28/01/1992St Helens NorthSigned
Eric Illsley29/01/1992Barnsley CentralSigned
John Battle29/01/1992Leeds WestSigned
Maria Fyfe29/01/1992Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Keith Bradley29/01/1992Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Eddie Loyden29/01/1992Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Dawn Primarolo29/01/1992Bristol SouthSigned
Tommy Graham30/01/1992Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Dennis Turner30/01/1992Wolverhampton South EastSigned
James Wray30/01/1992Glasgow ProvanSigned
Bill Michie04/02/1992Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Jack Thompson10/02/1992WansbeckSigned
Audrey Wise03/03/1992PrestonSigned

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