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Defence Diversification Agency

EDM number 783 in 1991-92, proposed by Maria Fyfe on 03/03/1992.

That this House welcomes the end of the cold war and the potential benefits that the peace dividend could bring to manufacturing and the wider community; notes however, that something in the region of 100,000 defence jobs have been lost since the Options for Change programme was announced just over 18 months ago, in addition to the 145,000 jobs which disappeared in the defence industries throughout the 1980s, a period of expansion in defence spending; further notes that this has meant disaster for local economies as well as for individual defence workers and their families and has replaced fear of the bomb with fear of the dole queue; further notes that the defence industry accounts for one in 10 manufacturing jobs and 10 per cent. of manufacturing output and that defence is located in the high technology industries which are essential for industrial regeneration making defence diversification a key issue of industrial policy; believes than an issue of this importance cannot simply be left to the market; notes that the reality of the Government's laissez faire approach is that companies are simply closing down their defence plants with no benefit to defence workers or to the industrial economy as a whole; recognises that Ministers have a responsibility to protect and enhance Britain's manufacturing economy, as well as a direct responsibility for workers employed by the Ministry of Defence, British industry's largest single customer; and calls on the relevant Ministers, as a matter of priority, to establish a Defence Diversification Agency to assist the industry in identifying and exploiting civil markets thus protecting jobs and the manufacturing base.

This motion has been signed by a total of 38 MPs.

Maria Fyfe03/03/1992Glasgow, MaryhillProposed
Doug Hoyle03/03/1992Warrington NorthSigned
Ian McCartney03/03/1992MakerfieldSigned
Kevin McNamara03/03/1992Kingston upon Hull NorthSigned
Richard Caborn03/03/1992Sheffield CentralSigned
Kenneth Eastham03/03/1992Manchester, BlackleySigned
Robert Parry04/03/1992Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Eric Martlew04/03/1992CarlisleSigned
Bill Michie04/03/1992Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Edward O'Hara04/03/1992Knowsley SouthSigned
Bob Cryer04/03/1992Bradford SouthSigned
Harry Barnes04/03/1992North East DerbyshireSigned
John Battle04/03/1992Leeds WestSigned
Dennis Turner05/03/1992Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Tommy Graham05/03/1992Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
John Cummings05/03/1992EasingtonSigned
John McFall05/03/1992DumbartonSigned
Alice Mahon05/03/1992HalifaxSigned
Eddie Loyden05/03/1992Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Frank Cook05/03/1992Stockton NorthSigned
Dennis Skinner09/03/1992BolsoverSigned
Ernie Ross10/03/1992Dundee WestSigned
John McAllion10/03/1992Dundee EastSigned
William McKelvey10/03/1992Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe10/03/1992LeighSigned
Norman Godman10/03/1992Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Mike Watson10/03/1992Glasgow CentralSigned
Eric Illsley11/03/1992Barnsley CentralSigned
Audrey Wise11/03/1992PrestonSigned
Alexander Eadie11/03/1992MidlothianSigned
Keith Bradley11/03/1992Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours12/03/1992WorkingtonSigned
David Clelland12/03/1992Tyne BridgeSigned
Harry Cohen12/03/1992LeytonSigned
Terry Davis12/03/1992Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Hilary Armstrong12/03/1992North West DurhamSigned
Roland Boyes13/03/1992Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Gerry Steinberg13/03/1992Durham, City ofSigned

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