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Prior Options Review

EDM number 1121 in 1995-96, proposed by Nigel Jones on 09/07/1996.

That this House is deeply concerned at the serious threat to the United Kingdom science base posed by internal disruption and loss of staff morale caused by the Prior Options Programme to privatise Government Scientific research institutes; notes that the timescale for Prior Options is already three months behind the schedule announced in a Government Press release of 25th April; understands that the second tranche of institutes to be privatised under Prior Options is likely to incur costs exceeding ú100 million; condemns the lack of foresight of the legal minefield requiring huge fees to be paid to United States and European lawyers for the disposal of Partical Physics and Astronomy Research Council sites in Hawaii and La Palma; deplores the fact the transfer into private ownership of overseas observatory sites alone is expected to result in half a million pounds of unanticipated legal costs; regards Prior Options as unviable; and calls upon the Government to halt the process and recognise that the policy represents the worst in Government dogma and is a gross waste of taxpayers' money.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Nigel Jones09/07/1996CheltenhamProposed
Lynne Jones10/07/1996Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Ken Livingstone10/07/1996Brent EastSigned
Ray Michie10/07/1996Argyll & ButeSigned
Andrew Faulds10/07/1996Warley EastSigned
Nick Harvey11/07/1996North DevonSigned
Eddie Loyden11/07/1996Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Neil Gerrard11/07/1996WalthamstowSigned
John Gunnell11/07/1996Leeds South and MorleySigned
Paul Tyler11/07/1996North CornwallSigned
Roland Boyes12/07/1996Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Jim Wallace12/07/1996Orkney & ShetlandSigned
Anne Campbell15/07/1996CambridgeSigned
Alan Wynne Williams15/07/1996CarmarthenSigned
Harry Barnes15/07/1996North East DerbyshireSigned
Llin Golding15/07/1996Newcastle-under-LymeSigned
Russell Johnston16/07/1996Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
Michael Connarty16/07/1996Falkirk EastSigned
Allan Rogers17/07/1996RhonddaSigned
Rachel Squire17/07/1996Dunfermline WestSigned
Audrey Wise17/07/1996PrestonSigned
Martyn Jones18/07/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Tommy Graham18/07/1996Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Dafydd Wigley23/07/1996CaernarfonSigned
Ieuan Wyn Jones14/10/1996Ynys MSigned

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