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Disposal Of Disused North Sea Oil And Gas Platforms

EDM number 1470 in 1997-98, proposed by Robert Smith on 29/06/1998.

That this House welcomes the Government's commitment to protecting the marine environment but notes with concern the UK negotiating position for the OSPAR Ministerial Conference in Lisbon on 20th to 24th July, which would allow dumping at sea of all steel disused offshore installations in more than 75 metres of water or where the substructure weighs more than 4000 tones, amounting to 123 steel installations in the OSPAR region; notes that engineering experts IPLOCA have said 'there is no cost, safety, environmental, or technical reason to hinder total removal of all North Sea platforms...platform removal can be accomplished with existing resources in a safe, environmentally sound and cost effective way'; notes that Aker Maritime, having removed the 7700 tonne Odin installation in 103 meters of water, produced to OSPAR Heads of Delegation a report saying 'there are no technical or safety reasons for saying that structures sitting in more than 75 metres of water or where the substructure weighs more than 4000 tonnes, should be left in place or toppled to form a rubbish dump'; notes that amongst OSPAR signatories the UK position is only supported by Norway, but opposed by 11 other countries and the EC Commission and urges the Government to support the vast majority of Member States who are calling for a ban on the dumping at sea for all existing steel installations in order to bring them to land and reuse or recycle them, and for all future steel and concrete installations, in accordance with generally agreed waste management policy.

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

Robert Smith29/06/1998West Aberdeenshire & KincardineLiberal DemocratProposed
Lynne Jones29/06/1998Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn29/06/1998Islington NorthLabourSigned
Roseanna Cunningham29/06/1998PerthScottish National PartySigned
Matthew Taylor29/06/1998Truro & St AustellLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock30/06/1998Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Godman30/06/1998Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Ronnie Fearn30/06/1998SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Alasdair Morgan30/06/1998Galloway & Upper NithsdaleScottish National PartySigned
Brian White01/07/1998North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
John Austin01/07/1998Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Donald Gorrie01/07/1998Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Ray Michie01/07/1998Argyll & ButeLiberal DemocratSigned
Elfyn Llwyd01/07/1998Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSigned
Nigel Jones01/07/1998CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Stunell02/07/1998Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington02/07/1998Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Michael Clapham02/07/1998Barnsley West & PenistoneLabourSigned
David Chaytor02/07/1998Bury NorthLabourSigned
Ieuan Wyn Jones02/07/1998Ynys MPlaid CymruSigned
Alan Simpson02/07/1998Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Robert Wareing03/07/1998Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Paul Keetch06/07/1998HerefordLiberal DemocratSigned
Menzies Campbell06/07/1998Fife North EastLiberal DemocratSigned
Jackie Ballard07/07/1998TauntonLiberal DemocratSigned
David Chidgey07/07/1998EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake07/07/1998Carshalton & WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Moore07/07/1998Tweeddale, Ettrick & LauderdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Evan Harris07/07/1998Oxford West & AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Audrey Wise08/07/1998PrestonLabourSigned
Joan Walley08/07/1998Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Julia Drown08/07/1998South SwindonLabourSigned
Martin Caton08/07/1998GowerLabourSigned
Lembit 08/07/1998MontgomeryshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Loughton08/07/1998East Worthing & ShorehamConservativeSigned
Charles Kennedy08/07/1998Ross, Skye & Inverness WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Baker09/07/1998LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer09/07/1998KeighleyLabourSigned
Brian Cotter09/07/1998Weston-Super-MareLiberal DemocratSigned
Malcolm Bruce09/07/1998GordonLiberal DemocratSigned
Peter Brand09/07/1998Isle of WightLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Cox13/07/1998TootingLabourSigned
Rudi Vis13/07/1998Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Harry Barnes14/07/1998North East DerbyshireLabourSigned
Richard Livsey15/07/1998Brecon & RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Ken Livingstone15/07/1998Brent EastLabourSigned
Bob Russell16/07/1998ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Roy Beggs16/07/1998East AntrimUUPSigned
Edward Davey20/07/1998Kingston & SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey23/07/1998North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell04/11/1998Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned

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