Early day motion 117

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW

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Total number of signatures: 64

Abbott, Diane Baldry, Tony Bayley, Hugh Begg, Anne
Blomfield, Paul Blunkett, David Bottomley, Peter Brooke, Annette
Bruce, Fiona Caton, Martin Clark, Katy Cooper, Rosie
Crausby, David Crockart, Mike Cunningham, Jim Dobson, Frank
Donaldson, Jeffrey Doran, Frank Dowd, Jim Edwards, Jonathan
Esterson, Bill Farron, Tim Flello, Robert Flynn, Paul
Gapes, Mike George, Andrew Gilbert, Stephen Glindon, Mary
Godsiff, Roger Goldsmith, Zac Harris, Tom Hendrick, Mark
Hermon, Lady Heyes, David Hoey, Kate Hopkins, Kelvin
Huppert, Julian Jackson, Glenda Joyce, Eric Kaufman, Gerald
Lavery, Ian Lazarowicz, Mark Lloyd, Stephen Llwyd, Elfyn
Long, Naomi Lucas, Caroline McCrea, Dr William McDonnell, John
Mitchell, Austin Morris, Grahame M Mulholland, Greg Ottaway, Richard
Ritchie, Margaret Ruddock, Joan Russell, Bob Sanders, Adrian
Sharma, Virendra Thornton, Mike Thurso, John Vaz, Keith
Ward, David Williams, Hywel Williams, Mark Williams, Roger

That this House is concerned that the successive cuts to the Grant In Aid for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew since 2010 puts over 120 jobs at risk and threatens a loss of scientific expertise not readily available on the international labour market; notes the threat to the capacity and ability of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew to perform its statutory functions and world-leading scientific and conservation research; is further concerned that these cuts will put Kew's UNESCO World Heritage Site status at risk and that pressure to raise revenue means that a number of staff at Kew Enterprises are currently paid below the living wage or are on zero hours contracts; and calls on the Government to consider the results of several independent reviews calling for maintained or increased public funding of Kew by funding the expected shortfall this year of £5 million and ensuring that there is a full public review of how Kew is funded in future before any final decisions are made.