Early day motion 1154

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JODRELL BANK AND THE EMERLIN PROJECT

That this House expresses its deep concern about the Science and Technology Funding Council's proposal to cut its annual £2 million funding for Jodrell Bank's leading participation in the eMerlin project; notes that the closure of this flagship project would threaten Jodrell Bank's future as one of the world's most advanced observatories; further notes Jodrell Bank's contribution to United Kingdom radio astronomy over many years, being home to the landmark Lovell Telescope which celebrated last October the 50th anniversary of its first scientific observations at which Sir Bernard Lovell himself was present; believes that the Science and Technology Funding Council funding proposals from April 2009 pose an unacceptable threat to the future of Jodrell Bank, the eMerlin project and radio astronomy in the UK; recognises that withdrawal from the eMerlin project will mean that the UK will effectively withdraw from its vanguard position in radio astronomy; and calls upon the Science and Technology Funding Council urgently to reconsider its proposal not to prioritise the eMerlin project and to maximise support for innovation, research and technology in radio astronomy in the United Kingdom.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Anderson, Janet Labour Party Rossendale and Darwen 19.03.2008
Atkins, Charlotte Labour Party Staffordshire Moorlands 20.03.2008
Battle, John Labour Party Leeds West 19.03.2008
Berry, Roger Labour Party Kingswood 19.03.2008
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 11.03.2008
Brady, Graham Conservative Party Altrincham and Sale West 18.03.2008
Campbell, Gregory Democratic Unionist Party Londonderry East 12.03.2008
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 18.03.2008
Cohen, Harry Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 13.03.2008
Crausby, David Labour Party Bolton North East 20.03.2008
Davies, Dai INDEPENDENT Blaenau Gwent 13.03.2008
Dean, Janet Labour Party Burton 13.03.2008
Dismore, Andrew Labour Party Hendon 12.03.2008
Dodds, Nigel Democratic Unionist Party Belfast North 23.04.2008
Drew, David Labour Party Stroud 19.03.2008
Efford, Clive Labour Party Eltham 20.03.2008
Etherington, Bill Labour Party Sunderland North 24.04.2008
Evans, Nigel Conservative Party Ribble Valley 13.03.2008
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Sparkbrook and Small Heath 31.03.2008
Gray, James Conservative Party North Wiltshire 12.03.2008
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 13.03.2008
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 20.03.2008
Hermon, Lady Ulster Unionist Party North Down 21.04.2008
Holmes, Paul Liberal Democrats Chesterfield 11.03.2008
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 13.03.2008
Horwood, Martin Liberal Democrats Cheltenham 02.04.2008
Hoyle, Lindsay Labour Party Chorley 11.03.2008
Humble, Joan Labour Party Blackpool North and Fleetwood 25.03.2008
Hunter, Mark Liberal Democrats Cheadle 11.03.2008
Jenkins, Brian Labour Party Tamworth 27.03.2008
Jones, Lynne Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 12.03.2008
Kawczynski, Daniel Conservative Party Shrewsbury and Atcham 02.04.2008
Keetch, Paul Liberal Democrats Hereford 18.03.2008
Kilfoyle, Peter Labour Party Liverpool Walton 25.03.2008
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 11.03.2008
Levitt, Tom Labour Party High Peak 11.03.2008
Martlew, Eric Labour Party Carlisle 12.03.2008
McCafferty, Chris Labour Party Calder Valley 21.04.2008
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 12.03.2008
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 20.03.2008
Moss, Malcolm Conservative Party North East Cambridgeshire 18.03.2008
Oaten, Mark Liberal Democrats Winchester 19.03.2008
O'Hara, Edward Labour Party Knowsley South 13.03.2008
Pope, Greg Labour Party Hyndburn 19.03.2008
Prentice, Gordon Labour Party Pendle 12.03.2008
Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 18.03.2008
Robinson, Iris Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 29.04.2008
Simpson, Alan Labour Party Nottingham South 26.03.2008
Soulsby, Peter Labour Party Leicester South 25.03.2008
Spink, Bob Conservative Party Castle Point 11.03.2008
Stringer, Graham Labour Party Manchester Blackley 12.03.2008
Stunell, Andrew Liberal Democrats Hazel Grove 17.03.2008
Vis, Rudi Labour Party Finchley and Golders Green 12.03.2008
Wareing, Robert N Labour Party Liverpool West Derby 12.03.2008
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 25.03.2008
Winterton, Ann Conservative Party Congleton 11.03.2008
Winterton, Nicholas Conservative Party Macclesfield 11.03.2008