HC Deb 26 January 2004 vol 417 c132 10.19 pm
Mr. Speaker

I call Mr. Jim Dowd.

Jim Dowd(Lab) (Lewisham, West)

Thank you, Mr. Speaker—[Interruption.]

Mr. Speaker


Jim Dowd

I have to admit that mentioning my name normally has the effect of making colleagues and comrades leave the Chamber.

I am grateful for the opportunity to present the petition on behalf of my constituents and others. Without going into undue detail, I have raised the subject with Ministers, and had an Adjournment debate about it. It is a matter of grave concern to my constituents but it also has a wider resonance because it relates directly to the way in which mobile telephone systems are installed throughout the United Kingdom.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons,

The Petition of Mr. Jeremy Newell, other residents of the Tewkesbury Lodge estate in Forest Hill, London SE23 and parents of children attending Horniman primary school in Forest Hill declares That we oppose the installation of the TETRA transmitter on the existing Horniman radio mast because of the possible risks unique to TETRA. We believe that it is an insensitive, inappropriate siting, being close to a school and in the middle of a residential area. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons will press Her Majesty's Government to recognise that, as it has been installed without any consultation whatsoever with either the school or the local residents, it should be removed. And your Petitioners remain, etc. To lie upon the Table.

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