Early day motion 1282

CUTS AT KEW GARDENS

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Total number of signatures: 34

Blunkett, David Bottomley, Peter Campbell, Ronnie Caton, Martin
Clark, Katy Corbyn, Jeremy Crausby, David Dobbin, Jim
Donaldson, Jeffrey Farron, Tim Flynn, Paul George, Andrew
Glindon, Mary Godsiff, Roger Goldsmith, Zac Hancock, Mike
Hermon, Lady Hoey, Kate Hopkins, Kelvin Huppert, Julian
Jackson, Glenda Lavery, Ian Lazarowicz, Mark Lucas, Caroline
McDonnell, John McGovern, Jim Meale, Alan O'Donnell, Fiona
Ruddock, Joan Shannon, Jim Skinner, Dennis Soames, Nicholas
Williams, Hywel Williams, Roger

That this House is concerned by the latest round of cuts at Kew Gardens; notes that since 2010 Kew Gardens has suffered year on year budget reductions from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and is facing increasing pressure to generate more income itself; is aware that independent reviews of this world-renowned institution have praised the quality and value of its scientific work and have recommended public funding is maintained or increased; is alarmed that vital international conservation work would be threatened should further cuts take place; further notes with concern that over 120 jobs are at risk due to the funding cuts by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; and calls on the Government to allow a full public debate on the implications of such cuts and to encourage full and proper consultation with staff, the public and Kew volunteers before any final decisions are made.