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Westminster City Council (No.2)

EDM number 55 in 1993-94, proposed by Jack Straw on 23/11/1993.

That this House is profoundly alarmed by the fact, in respect of his investigation into the City's designated sales policy, the District Auditor of Westminster had to use his formal powers to compel some of the respondents and witnesses to attend for interview, and had to conduct a raid on the offices of Westminster City Council to obtain copies of documents, some of the originals of which had been shredded; believes that a significant cause of the repeated postponements of publication of the Auditor's report has been the result of a deliberate strategy by some of the respondents, including Dame Shirley Porter and Councillor David Weeks, both former leaders of the City Council, to cause as much hindrance to the District Auditor as they can, to force him to use his formal powers, and to make use of other delaying tactics, so as to make it practically impossible for the District Auditor to hold any oral hearing into his provisional views before the London borough elections in May 1994; calls upon the Right honourable Member for the City of London and Westminster South, and the honourable Member for Westminster North, both Ministers of the Crown, to condemn any undue interference in such an important quasi-judicial process; and further believes that unless the District Auditor now sets and announces a firm date for the publication of his provisional findings, and keeps to it, the well-earned reputation for impartiality of the District Auditor Service, and of the Audit Commission, is bound to be brought into question.

This motion has been signed by a total of 51 MPs.

Jack Straw23/11/1993BlackburnProposed
Colin Pickthall24/11/1993West LancashireSigned
Keith Vaz24/11/1993Leicester EastSigned
Harry Barnes24/11/1993North East DerbyshireSigned
John Evans24/11/1993St Helens NorthSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie24/11/1993Glasgow, PollokSigned
Jim Dowd24/11/1993Lewisham WestSigned
Jean Corston24/11/1993Bristol EastSigned
Jeremy Corbyn24/11/1993Islington NorthSigned
Eric Clarke24/11/1993MidlothianSigned
Michael Clapham24/11/1993Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Keith Bradley24/11/1993Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Edward O'Hara24/11/1993Knowsley SouthSigned
Alan Meale24/11/1993MansfieldSigned
William McKelvey24/11/1993Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion24/11/1993Dundee EastSigned
Lynne Jones24/11/1993Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
John Heppell24/11/1993Nottingham EastSigned
Ernie Ross24/11/1993Dundee WestSigned
Peter Pike24/11/1993BurnleySigned
Mike Hall25/11/1993Warrington SouthSigned
Derek Enright25/11/1993HemsworthSigned
John Cummings25/11/1993EasingtonSigned
Tom Cox25/11/1993TootingSigned
Chris Mullin25/11/1993Sunderland SouthSigned
Glenda Jackson25/11/1993Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Robert Litherland25/11/1993Manchester CentralSigned
John Hutton25/11/1993Barrow & FurnessSigned
Jimmy Hood25/11/1993ClydesdaleSigned
Peter Hardy25/11/1993WentworthSigned
Barbara Roche25/11/1993Hornsey & Wood GreenSigned
Bridget Prentice25/11/1993Lewisham EastSigned
Peter Kilfoyle25/11/1993Liverpool, WaltonSigned
Martyn Jones26/11/1993Clwyd South WestSigned
Keith Hill29/11/1993StreathamSigned
Michael Connarty29/11/1993Falkirk EastSigned
Andrew Faulds29/11/1993Warley EastSigned
Jack Thompson30/11/1993WansbeckSigned
Win Griffiths30/11/1993BridgendSigned
Clive Soley30/11/1993HammersmithSigned
Eric Illsley01/12/1993Barnsley CentralSigned
Alistair Darling01/12/1993Edinburgh CentralSigned
Janet Anderson01/12/1993Rossendale & DarwenSigned
John Battle02/12/1993Leeds WestSigned
Dennis Turner02/12/1993Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Angela Eagle06/12/1993WallaseySigned
Ian McCartney08/12/1993MakerfieldSigned
Roland Boyes08/12/1993Houghton and WashingtonSigned
John Gunnell08/12/1993Leeds South and MorleySigned
Stephen Byers09/12/1993WallsendSigned
Mike Gapes17/12/1993Ilford SouthSigned

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