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Early Day Motions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 1 May 2008

To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the use of early day motions by hon. Members. (201230)

As the hon. Member is aware, the use made of early day motions by hon. Members was considered in the Procedure Committee’s First Report of Session 2006-07 (HC 513). The Committee identified a number of broad purposes for which EDMs were used, including: expressing opinions on issues of general public interest, continuing a policy debate, giving prominence to a campaign or the work of a pressure group, and highlighting local issues. The Committee recommended against introducing any new restrictions on the permissible subject matter for EDMs.

In their response to the Committee (Cm. 7193) in July 2007, the Government agreed with this approach, noting that

“Members value the breadth of opportunity provided by the right to table an EDM on almost any subject, which enables them to raise a range of constituency or general issues which cannot be raised in other ways”.

The Government have not made any separate or further assessment of EDMs.