§ Mr. Richard Alexander (Newark)
I beg to ask leave to present a petition on behalf of Newark town council concerning the proposed closure of 33 Central Workshops, REME, in Newark.
The petition reads:And your petitioner prays that your honourable House will (i) Urge the Secretary of State for Defence to reconsider his decision to close 33 REME Central Workshops and (ii) afford the hon. Member of Parliament for Newark the opportunity to speak thereon in the House.And your petitioner, as in duty bound, will ever pray.I do not oropose to address the House on the petition — I appreciate that that is not allowed on these occasions — but I assure the House that it has my unqualified support. I hope that, as the petitioner requests, time will be given for the matter to be debated in the House and for the responsible Minister to reply.
To lie upon the Table.