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Destruction Of The BBC Big Band

EDM number 553 in 1993-94, proposed by Tom Pendry on 08/02/1994.

That this House regrets the decision of the BBC to send redundancy notices to members of the BBC Big Band; agrees with Liz Forgan, Managing Director of BBC Radio, that the Band is one of immense quality and stature; recognises the popularity of the Band, which on all its recent public engagements has sold every ticket available; notes the low running cost of the Band as being about only 20 per cent. of that of the BBC Symphony and employing only 20 staff in total; believes that the decision taken by the BBC on the future of the Band will be seen as a serious failure of the BBC management in not actively managing and exploiting this unique asset; is concerned that the Big Band was discouraged by Radio 2 from performing on other radio channels as well as television and other engagements, including overseas work; believes that the BBC Big Band, the only full-time band of its kind, is a superb flagship for the BBC; notes that its destruction will put Britain behind its counterparts in the European Union who have retained their staff big bands, all of whom hold the BBC Big Band in high esteem; and calls on the BBC to revoke the redundancy notices and to create an imaginative plan for marketing all the output of the BBC Big Band, the retention of which will provide job opportunities for up-and-coming musicians.

This motion has been signed by a total of 108 MPs.

Tom Pendry08/02/1994Stalybridge & HydeProposed
David Hanson08/02/1994DelynSigned
Raymond Powell08/02/1994OgmoreSigned
Bridget Prentice08/02/1994Lewisham EastSigned
Gordon Prentice08/02/1994PendleSigned
Stuart Randall08/02/1994Kingston upon Hull WestSigned
Nick Raynsford08/02/1994GreenwichSigned
Martin Redmond08/02/1994Don ValleySigned
John Reid08/02/1994Motherwell NorthSigned
David Rendel08/02/1994NewburySigned
Brian Sedgemore08/02/1994Hackney South & ShoreditchSigned
Nigel Spearing08/02/1994Newham SouthSigned
John Spellar08/02/1994Warley WestSigned
Peter Hardy08/02/1994WentworthSigned
David Hinchliffe08/02/1994WakefieldSigned
Norman Hogg08/02/1994Cumbernauld & KilsythSigned
Kevin Hughes08/02/1994Doncaster NorthSigned
Roy Hughes08/02/1994Newport EastSigned
Glenda Jackson08/02/1994Hampstead & HighgateSigned
Helen Jackson08/02/1994Sheffield, HillsboroughSigned
Jon Owen Jones08/02/1994Cardiff CentralSigned
Gerald Kaufman08/02/1994Manchester, GortonSigned
Jane Kennedy08/02/1994Liverpool BroadgreenSigned
Peter Kilfoyle08/02/1994Liverpool, WaltonSigned
Robert Litherland08/02/1994Manchester CentralSigned
Andrew MacKinlay08/02/1994ThurrockSigned
Diana Maddock08/02/1994ChristchurchSigned
Peter Mandelson08/02/1994HartlepoolSigned
John Maxton08/02/1994Glasgow, CathcartSigned
Ian McCartney08/02/1994MakerfieldSigned
Ray Michie08/02/1994Argyll & ButeSigned
Lewis Moonie08/02/1994KirkcaldySigned
Rhodri Morgan08/02/1994Cardiff WestSigned
Elliot Morley08/02/1994Glanford and ScunthorpeSigned
Paul Murphy08/02/1994TorfaenSigned
Martin O'Neill08/02/1994ClackmannanSigned
Roland Boyes08/02/1994Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Keith Bradley08/02/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Richard Burden08/02/1994Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
Richard Caborn08/02/1994Sheffield CentralSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours08/02/1994WorkingtonSigned
Jamie Cann08/02/1994IpswichSigned
Bill Cash08/02/1994StaffordSigned
Michael Clapham08/02/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Sebastian Coe08/02/1994Falmouth & CamborneSigned
Robin Corbett08/02/1994Birmingham, ErdingtonSigned
Jeremy Corbyn08/02/1994Islington NorthSigned
Jim Cunningham08/02/1994Coventry South EastSigned
Ian Davidson08/02/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
Terry Davis08/02/1994Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Jim Dowd08/02/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Angela Eagle08/02/1994WallaseySigned
Kenneth Eastham08/02/1994Manchester, BlackleySigned
Derek Enright08/02/1994HemsworthSigned
Mark Fisher08/02/1994Stoke-on-Trent CentralSigned
Peter Fry08/02/1994WellingboroughSigned
Llin Golding08/02/1994Newcastle-under-LymeSigned
Tommy Graham08/02/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
John Gunnell08/02/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Peter Hain08/02/1994NeathSigned
Harry Barnes08/02/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Kevin Barron08/02/1994Rother ValleySigned
Hugh Bayley08/02/1994York, City ofSigned
Dennis Turner08/02/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Mike Watson08/02/1994Glasgow CentralSigned
Audrey Wise08/02/1994PrestonSigned
Ernie Ross09/02/1994Dundee WestSigned
David Knox09/02/1994Staffordshire MoorlandsSigned
Ken Maginnis09/02/1994Fermanagh & South TyroneSigned
John McAllion09/02/1994Dundee EastSigned
William McKelvey09/02/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Alan Meale09/02/1994MansfieldSigned
Edward O'Hara09/02/1994Knowsley SouthSigned
Eric Clarke09/02/1994MidlothianSigned
Michael Connarty09/02/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Tom Cox09/02/1994TootingSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe09/02/1994LeighSigned
John Evans09/02/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Tony Banks09/02/1994Newham North WestSigned
John Battle09/02/1994Leeds WestSigned
Gerry Steinberg09/02/1994Durham, City ofSigned
Peter Pike10/02/1994BurnleySigned
Ken Purchase10/02/1994Wolverhampton North EastSigned
John Hutton10/02/1994Barrow & FurnessSigned
Eric Illsley10/02/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Barry Jones10/02/1994Alyn & DeesideSigned
Nigel Jones10/02/1994CheltenhamSigned
Ken Livingstone10/02/1994Brent EastSigned
David Nicholson10/02/1994TauntonSigned
David Clelland10/02/1994Tyne BridgeSigned
John Cummings10/02/1994EasingtonSigned
John Denham10/02/1994Southampton, ItchenSigned
Maria Fyfe10/02/1994Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
John Garrett10/02/1994Norwich SouthSigned
Tim Rathbone11/02/1994LewesSigned
Ronnie Campbell11/02/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Jim Wallace11/02/1994Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Terry Rooney15/02/1994Bradford NorthSigned
Martyn Jones15/02/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Mike Gapes15/02/1994Ilford SouthSigned
James Callaghan16/02/1994Heywood & MiddletonSigned
Jack Thompson16/02/1994WansbeckSigned
Andrew Miller17/02/1994Ellesmere Port & NestonSigned
Bryan Davies17/02/1994Oldham Central and RoytonSigned
Tony Worthington17/02/1994Clydebank & MilngavieSigned
Anne Campbell21/02/1994CambridgeSigned
Kim Howells23/02/1994PontypriddSigned
Mike Hall28/02/1994Warrington SouthSigned

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