Early day motion 480

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That this House notes the significant environmental benefits of rail freight over other transport modes; welcomes the considerable indirect Government subsidy provided to the rail freight industry to encourage freight on rail; further notes that this subsidy has and will continue to amount to hundreds of millions of pounds through significant track access concessions, contributions to Eurotunnel charges, the Transport Innovation Fund, freight facilities grants and the Strategic Freight Network; further notes that in 2007, German state national railways, Deutsche Bahn, took over the United Kingdom's main rail freight company EWS and that this company is now called DB Schenker Rail; further notes reports that Deutsche Bahn's acquisition of EWS has resulted in a `visibly favourable effect' on the company's returns helping to contribute to a 37 per cent. increase in revenues to about 2.4 billion euros; is therefore alarmed that DB Schenker Rail plans to make 15 per cent. of its operational workforce redundant, which could significantly impact on United Kingdom rail freight capacity and which in turn will be a huge setback in the battle to reduce carbon emissions; is also deeply concerned that the United Kingdom Government's rail freight policy is being undermined by overseas and commercial interests; and calls on DB Schenker Rail urgently to reconsider its decision and for the Government to press the company for a moratorium on the proposed redundancies until an industry-wide assessment of the impact of such redundancies, which would include the involvement of the trade unions, has been made.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Abbott, Diane Labour Party Hackney North and Stoke Newington 11.03.2009
Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 09.02.2009
Austin, John Labour Party Erith and Thamesmead 01.06.2009
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party City of York 22.01.2009
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 19.01.2009
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 20.01.2009
Clapham, Michael Labour Party Barnsley West and Penistone 27.01.2009
Clark, Katy Labour Party North Ayrshire and Arran 15.01.2009
Cohen, Harry Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 26.01.2009
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 15.01.2009
Cousins, Jim Labour Party Newcastle upon Tyne Central 20.04.2009
Cryer, Ann Labour Party Keighley 26.01.2009
Davies, Dai INDEPENDENT Blaenau Gwent 20.01.2009
Dean, Janet Labour Party Burton 28.01.2009
Devine, Jim Labour Party Livingston 20.01.2009
Dobbin, Jim Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 20.01.2009
Drew, David Labour Party Stroud 15.01.2009
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 21.01.2009
Etherington, Bill Labour Party Sunderland North 21.01.2009
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 04.03.2009
Gerrard, Neil Labour Party Walthamstow 20.01.2009
Hamilton, David Labour Party Midlothian 22.01.2009
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 19.01.2009
Heyes, David Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 02.02.2009
Hoey, Kate Labour Party Vauxhall 21.01.2009
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 15.01.2009
Hoyle, Lindsay Labour Party Chorley 20.01.2009
Illsley, Eric Labour Party Barnsley Central 23.02.2009
Jackson, Glenda Labour Party Hampstead and Highgate 19.01.2009
Jenkins, Brian Labour Party Tamworth 27.01.2009
Jones, Lynne Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 19.01.2009
Lepper, David Labour Party Brighton Pavilion 20.01.2009
Mackinlay, Andrew Labour Party Thurrock 23.04.2009
Marshall-Andrews, Robert Labour Party Medway 10.03.2009
Martlew, Eric Labour Party Carlisle 26.01.2009
Mason, John Scottish National Party Glasgow East 27.01.2009
McCafferty, Chris Labour Party Calder Valley 19.01.2009
McCartney, Ian Labour Party Makerfield 20.01.2009
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 27.02.2009
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 19.01.2009
Owen, Albert Labour Party Ynys Môn 27.01.2009
Prentice, Gordon Labour Party Pendle 19.01.2009
Prosser, Gwyn Labour Party Dover 15.01.2009
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 19.01.2009
Simpson, Alan Labour Party Nottingham South 21.01.2009
Singh, Marsha Labour Party Bradford West 04.03.2009
Taylor, David Labour Party North West Leicestershire 15.01.2009
Vis, Rudi Labour Party Finchley and Golders Green 22.01.2009
Wareing, Robert N Labour Party Liverpool West Derby 19.01.2009