Early day motion 787

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UK RAIL FREIGHT JOBS AND CAPACITY

That this House recognises the huge importance of rail freight in reducing carbon emissions and costs associated with road congestion; is therefore concerned at the announcement by the UK's largest rail freight company, DB Cargo, that it is to cut 900 rail jobs throughout the UK which will be a 30 per cent reduction in a skilled railway workforce, therefore further threatening the future of UK rail freight; notes that the cuts are in part being blamed on a decline in coal and steel freight, but is concerned that this decision is being driven by the business interests of the German state railway which owns DB Cargo; is further concerned that the most recent company return for DB Cargo (UK) Ltd states that in the previous year the company disposed of its interest in 90 railway properties to third parties raising £156 million which will ultimately be used as a source of revenue for German state railways; believes that instead of allowing the asset stripping of the UK's freight industry the Government should be urgently intervening to stop these job losses; and calls on the Government as a matter of urgency to begin to develop a long-term strategy for freight as part of a sustainable industrial strategy, including expanding rail freight infrastructure and capacity, giving greater priority to freight in railway strategy and developing publicly owned rail freight.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 19.12.2016
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 09.01.2017
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 12.12.2016
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 14.12.2016
Ferrier, Margaret Scottish National Party Rutherglen and Hamilton West 16.12.2016
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 08.12.2016
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 19.12.2016
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 08.12.2016
Maskell, Rachael Labour Party York Central 30.03.2017
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 13.12.2016
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 08.12.2016
Nandy, Lisa Labour Party Wigan 08.12.2016
Nicolson, John Scottish National Party East Dunbartonshire 19.12.2016
Salmond, Alex Scottish National Party Gordon 16.12.2016
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 13.12.2016
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 12.12.2016
Smeeth, Ruth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 08.12.2016
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 12.12.2016
Thompson, Owen Scottish National Party Midlothian 09.01.2017