Health and Safety Executive (London Headquarters)

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 7:06 pm on 1st April 2009.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change 7:06 pm, 1st April 2009

I am privileged to be the Member of Parliament for the headquarters of the Health and Safety Executive in Rose Court on Southwark Bridge road. I present a petition signed by James Davies, who lives in Greater London, and supported by more than 1,900 people. It has been organised by the Public and Commercial Services Union's protect public services unit, and it has been signed by people from Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and all parts of England who work in many branches of the public services, many Departments of State, many Ministries and many agencies. They include people working as public servants in this building.

The petition states:

The Petition of the Public and Commercial Services Union,

Declares that the Petitioners are seriously concerned about the closure of the Health and Safety Executive's London Headquarters; further declares that the business case for the single Headquarters assumed that 40 per cent. would move to Liverpool; notes that so far only 12 staff (4 per cent.) have expressed an interest in moving; and further notes that this means that 310 people will lose their jobs, with HSE losing the competence, knowledge and know-how of a significant portion of their workforce.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to reconsider the closure of the Health and Safety Executive's London Headquarters.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

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