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Privatised Firework Safety Campaign

EDM number 1070 in 1993-94, proposed by Nigel Griffiths on 19/04/1994.

That this House notes with concern that blinkered ideology and the privatisation of last year's firework safety campaign has contributed to a rise in the number of injuries to over 1,000, a 20 year high; notes that the Government ignored repeated warnings from safety experts and others that the privatised campaign would be a disaster; notes that when civil servants ran the safety campaign firework injuires were less than 1,000; notes that the Government gave the contract to a French company subsidiary, Euro RSCG, and doubled the budget previously administered by civil servants to ú160,000; notes that the Minister cancelled the key firework safety booklet, Safer Displays, against the advice of civil servants and to the consternation of Britain's fire chiefs; notes that the fire posters produced by Europe RSCG were so poor that fire departments refused to circulate them and that television advertisements were so ineffective that they were cancelled; calls on Euro RSCG to return the fee they received from the DTI and compensate the victims of firework injuries; requests the National Audit Office and the Committee of Public Accounts to investigate how this campaign came to be privatised and why the spending of public money was so ineffective, and to make recommendations to ensure that future firework safety campaigns are run effectively by experienced civil servants and fire safety experts; and regrets that Ministers are seeking to abolish the licensing of imported fireworks, thus putting the public at risk from potentially dangerous category 4 fireworks.

This motion has been signed by a total of 85 MPs.

Nigel Griffiths19/04/1994Edinburgh SouthProposed
Ken Purchase19/04/1994Wolverhampton North EastSigned
Brian Wilson19/04/1994Cunninghame NorthSigned
Kevin Barron19/04/1994Rother ValleySigned
Win Griffiths19/04/1994BridgendSigned
Irene Adams19/04/1994Paisley NorthSigned
Angela Eagle19/04/1994WallaseySigned
Jimmy Dunnachie19/04/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
Ann Coffey19/04/1994StockportSigned
Keith Bradley19/04/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Martin O'Neill19/04/1994ClackmannanSigned
Bill Michie19/04/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
William McKelvey19/04/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Alun Michael19/04/1994Cardiff South & PenarthSigned
Barbara Roche19/04/1994Hornsey & Wood GreenSigned
Allan Rogers19/04/1994RhonddaSigned
Adam Ingram19/04/1994East KilbrideSigned
David Jamieson19/04/1994Plymouth, DevonportSigned
Martyn Jones19/04/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
John Maxton19/04/1994Glasgow, CathcartSigned
John McAllion19/04/1994Dundee EastSigned
John McFall19/04/1994DumbartonSigned
Edward O'Hara20/04/1994Knowsley SouthSigned
Richard Burden20/04/1994Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Ronnie Campbell20/04/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Alex Carlile20/04/1994MontgomerySigned
Malcolm Chisholm20/04/1994Edinburgh LeithSigned
John Cummings20/04/1994EasingtonSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe20/04/1994LeighSigned
Ian Davidson20/04/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
John Evans20/04/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Andrew Faulds20/04/1994Warley EastSigned
Norman Godman20/04/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Tony Banks20/04/1994Newham North WestSigned
Harry Barnes20/04/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Hugh Bayley20/04/1994York, City ofSigned
Mike Watson20/04/1994Glasgow CentralSigned
Eddie Loyden20/04/1994Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Alice Mahon20/04/1994HalifaxSigned
Colin Pickthall20/04/1994West LancashireSigned
Terry Patchett20/04/1994Barnsley EastSigned
Bridget Prentice20/04/1994Lewisham EastSigned
Dawn Primarolo20/04/1994Bristol SouthSigned
Martin Redmond20/04/1994Don ValleySigned
Jeff Rooker20/04/1994Birmingham, Perry BarrSigned
Ernie Ross20/04/1994Dundee WestSigned
John Heppell20/04/1994Nottingham EastSigned
Norman Hogg20/04/1994Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
Kim Howells20/04/1994PontypriddSigned
Eric Illsley20/04/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Barry Jones20/04/1994Alyn & DeesideSigned
Lynne Jones20/04/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Peter Hardy20/04/1994WentworthSigned
Jim Dowd21/04/1994Lewisham WestSigned
David Clelland21/04/1994Tyne BridgeSigned
Derek Enright21/04/1994HemsworthSigned
Paul Flynn21/04/1994Newport WestSigned
Roger Godsiff21/04/1994Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Tommy Graham21/04/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
John Gunnell21/04/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Mike Hall21/04/1994Warrington SouthSigned
Gerry Steinberg21/04/1994Durham, City ofSigned
Dennis Turner21/04/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Jeremy Corbyn21/04/1994Islington NorthSigned
Eric Clarke21/04/1994MidlothianSigned
James Callaghan21/04/1994Heywood & MiddletonSigned
Alan Milburn21/04/1994DarlingtonSigned
Alan Meale21/04/1994MansfieldSigned
Roy Hughes21/04/1994Newport EastSigned
Keith Hill21/04/1994StreathamSigned
Peter Pike21/04/1994BurnleySigned
David Hanson21/04/1994DelynSigned
Tom Cox21/04/1994TootingSigned
John Battle22/04/1994Leeds WestSigned
Michael Clapham22/04/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Joan Ruddock25/04/1994Lewisham, DeptfordSigned
Harry Cohen25/04/1994LeytonSigned
Michael Connarty25/04/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Paddy Tipping25/04/1994SherwoodSigned
Jim Wallace25/04/1994Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Ken Livingstone26/04/1994Brent EastSigned
Bruce Grocott26/04/1994Wrekin, TheSigned
Robert Wareing26/04/1994Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Andrew Miller28/04/1994Ellesmere Port & NestonSigned
George Galloway29/04/1994Glasgow HillheadSigned

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