I am pleased to present a petition that was organised by the Somerset County Gazette. It has been signed by hundreds of my constituents and it expresses opposition to any plans to move the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office away from Taunton. The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is a world-class organisation with a proud and distinguished history in Taunton. It also provides much-valued employment for about 1,000 people in my constituency.
The public petition states:
To the House of Commons.
The Petition of the residents of the constituency of Taunton and others,
Declares that the petitioners are deeply concerned about the proposals to move the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office from its current location in Taunton.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons call upon the Ministry of Defence to scrap any plans to move the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office away from Taunton.
And the Petitioners remain, etc.,
To lie upon the Table.