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Defence Aviation Repair Agency, St Athan

EDM number 45 in 2005-06, proposed by Bill Wiggin on 17/05/2005.

That this House notes with concern the Ministry of Defence's preferred option of relocating almost the entire deep repair and maintenance of its fast jets in-house at RAF bases in England and away from the world-beating Defence Aviation Repair Agency (DARA) at St Athan, where this work is successfully undertaken by a highly trained workforce and where a publicly funded £77 million hangar, purpose-built to repair these jets, is approaching completion; is concerned that the review of air logistics on which this option is based ignores the strategic role given to DARA by the Government as recently as April 2001 to provide a competitive alternative to commercial sources of repair work, and makes no distinction between uniformed RAF personnel operating under a military code and civilians working in a competitive commercial environment; recognises that there is no military or economic case for this work to be undertaken by the RAF; believes that, if implemented, this option will inevitably result in a return to a costly and inefficient dependence on a single monopoly source of depth support from a private contractor as a direct consequence of asking dedicated servicemen and women to try and emulate factory workers; and calls on the Government to reconsider this option, in the interests of front line capability, the British taxpayer and the future of the South Wales aviation industry.

This motion has been signed by a total of 41 MPs.

Bill Wiggin17/05/2005LeominsterConservativeProposed
James Gray18/05/2005North WiltshireConservativeSeconded
Iris Robinson18/05/2005StrangfordDUPSeconded
Edward Garnier23/05/2005HarboroughConservativeSeconded
Michael Fabricant23/05/2005LichfieldConservativeSeconded
Bob Spink23/05/2005Castle PointConservativeSeconded
David Amess23/05/2005Southend WestConservativeSigned
Desmond Swayne23/05/2005New Forest WestConservativeSigned
Eric Pickles24/05/2005Brentwood and OngarConservativeSigned
Oliver Heald24/05/2005North East HertfordshireConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock24/05/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Eleanor Laing25/05/2005Epping ForestConservativeSigned
Caroline Spelman26/05/2005MeridenConservativeSigned
Charles Hendry26/05/2005WealdenConservativeSigned
Anne McIntosh26/05/2005Vale of YorkConservativeSigned
Cheryl Gillan26/05/2005Chesham and AmershamConservativeSigned
David Wilshire26/05/2005SpelthorneConservativeSigned
Andrew Rosindell06/06/2005RomfordConservativeSigned
Humfrey Malins06/06/2005WokingConservativeSigned
Angela Watkinson06/06/2005UpminsterConservativeSigned
Patrick Mercer13/06/2005NewarkConservativeSigned
Philip Hammond15/06/2005Runnymede and WeybridgeConservativeSigned
Andrew Murrison22/06/2005WestburyConservativeSigned
Anne Main23/06/2005St AlbansConservativeSigned
Henry Bellingham14/07/2005North West NorfolkConservativeSigned
Julian Lewis19/07/2005New Forest EastConservativeSigned
Hugo Swire19/07/2005East DevonConservativeSigned
Stephen O'Brien20/07/2005EddisburyConservativeSigned
James Paice20/07/2005South East CambridgeshireConservativeSigned
James Brokenshire20/07/2005HornchurchConservativeSigned
Mark Harper20/07/2005Forest of DeanConservativeSigned
Andrew Selous21/07/2005South West BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Adam Holloway21/07/2005GraveshamConservativeSigned
John Gummer21/07/2005Suffolk CoastalConservativeSigned
Christopher Fraser21/07/2005South West NorfolkConservativeSigned
John Horam21/07/2005OrpingtonConservativeSigned
John Hayes21/07/2005South Holland and The DeepingsConservativeSigned
David Jones10/10/2005Clwyd WestConservativeSigned
David Mundell18/10/2005Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and TweeddaleConservativeSigned
Derek Conway20/10/2005Old Bexley & SidcupConservativeSigned
Julian Brazier03/11/2005CanterburyConservativeSigned

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