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Cumbria Factory Closures (No.1.)

EDM number 1299 in 1992-93, proposed by DN Campbell-Savours on 02/02/1993.

That this House questions the activities of Luxembourg steel producer Arbed SA; opposes its stunning decision to close its West Cumbria copper foil plant creating 130 redundancies, many in unemployment blackpot Maryport; rejects as outrageous the stripping out of the plant's valuable equipment and its shipment to Luxembourg subsidiaries; notes that Circuit Foils UK has one of British industry's finest export records built up over decades of careful market planning and worker effort; asks why a major part of the export book has been discreetly siphoned off to Luxembourg subsidiaries thereby undermining the West Cumberland plant's viability; notes the plant's ú10 million plus investment programme since 1980 of which ú2 million was in the last three years, much of it funded with government grant, and the decision to ditch a further grant supported ú1.2 million investment programme; believes that this about-turn contradicts repeated company assurances to the workforce on future job security; calls upon Messrs Arbed to reconsider their decision in light of the devastating effect closure will have on West Cumbria; believes the company has no right to punish its United Kingdom employees for difficulties that have arisen in its two Luxembourg plants; believes that a market upturn in Britain will inevitably lead to further swelling of the trade deficit as Britain seeks to import copper foil; and questions what support has been provided by Luxembourg and the EC to parent company Arbed SA and used for investment in subsidiary operations.

This motion has been signed by a total of 79 MPs.

Dale Campbell-Savours02/02/1993WorkingtonProposed
John Hutton03/02/1993Barrow & FurnessSeconded
Paul Flynn03/02/1993Newport WestSeconded
Derek Fatchett03/02/1993Leeds CentralSeconded
Brian Sedgemore03/02/1993Hackney South & ShoreditchSeconded
George Foulkes03/02/1993Carrick, Cumnock and Doon ValleySeconded
Tommy Graham03/02/1993Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Edward O'Hara03/02/1993Knowsley SouthSigned
John Garrett03/02/1993Norwich SouthSigned
Mike Gapes03/02/1993Ilford SouthSigned
Maria Fyfe03/02/1993Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Brian H Donohoe03/02/1993Cunninghame SouthSigned
Jim Cunningham03/02/1993Coventry South EastSigned
Michael Connarty03/02/1993Falkirk EastSigned
Ronnie Campbell03/02/1993Blyth ValleySigned
Richard Caborn03/02/1993Sheffield CentralSigned
Roland Boyes03/02/1993Houghton and WashingtonSigned
George Galloway03/02/1993Glasgow HillheadSigned
Irene Adams03/02/1993Paisley NorthSigned
Nick Ainger03/02/1993PembrokeSigned
Peter Hain03/02/1993NeathSigned
Joe Ashton03/02/1993BassetlawSigned
Harry Barnes03/02/1993North East DerbyshireSigned
Tony Benn03/02/1993ChesterfieldSigned
Paul Boateng03/02/1993Brent SouthSigned
Jimmy Boyce03/02/1993RotherhamSigned
Keith Vaz03/02/1993Leicester EastSigned
David Winnick03/02/1993Walsall NorthSigned
Tony Worthington03/02/1993Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
James Wray03/02/1993Glasgow ProvanSigned
Bill Michie03/02/1993Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Raymond Powell03/02/1993OgmoreSigned
Dawn Primarolo03/02/1993Bristol SouthSigned
John Reid03/02/1993Motherwell NorthSigned
Ernie Ross03/02/1993Dundee WestSigned
Rachel Squire03/02/1993Dunfermline WestSigned
Doug Henderson03/02/1993Newcastle upon Tyne NorthSigned
David Hinchliffe03/02/1993WakefieldSigned
John Home Robertson03/02/1993East LothianSigned
Robert Hughes03/02/1993Aberdeen NorthSigned
Adam Ingram03/02/1993East KilbrideSigned
Jon Owen Jones03/02/1993Cardiff CentralSigned
Lynne Jones03/02/1993Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Henry McLeish03/02/1993Central FifeSigned
Piara S Khabra03/02/1993Ealing, SouthallSigned
Andrew Miller03/02/1993Ellesmere Port & NestonSigned
Alan Meale03/02/1993MansfieldSigned
William McKelvey03/02/1993Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Ian McCartney03/02/1993MakerfieldSigned
John McAllion03/02/1993Dundee EastSigned
Eric Martlew03/02/1993CarlisleSigned
Calum MacDonald03/02/1993Na h-Eileanan an IarSigned
Ken Livingstone03/02/1993Brent EastSigned
Joan Lestor03/02/1993EcclesSigned
Peter Kilfoyle03/02/1993Liverpool, WaltonSigned
Michael Clapham04/02/1993Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Jack Thompson04/02/1993WansbeckSigned
John Gunnell04/02/1993Leeds South and MorleySigned
Norman Godman04/02/1993Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
John Evans04/02/1993St Helens NorthSigned
Ian Davidson04/02/1993Glasgow, GovanSigned
David Clelland04/02/1993Tyne BridgeSigned
Terry Lewis04/02/1993WorsleySigned
Eric Illsley04/02/1993Barnsley CentralSigned
Dennis Skinner04/02/1993BolsoverSigned
Allan Rogers04/02/1993RhonddaSigned
Peter Pike04/02/1993BurnleySigned
Alice Mahon04/02/1993HalifaxSigned
Alan Simpson05/02/1993Nottingham SouthSigned
Eddie Loyden08/02/1993Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Tony Banks08/02/1993Newham North WestSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie08/02/1993Glasgow, PollokSigned
John Cummings08/02/1993EasingtonSigned
Peter Hardy08/02/1993WentworthSigned
Geoff Hoon09/02/1993AshfieldSigned
Martyn Jones09/02/1993Clwyd South WestSigned
Paul Murphy09/02/1993TorfaenSigned
Robert Wareing24/02/1993Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Audrey Wise17/03/1993PrestonSigned

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