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Early-Day Motions

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

33. To ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Early-Day Motions procedure. (204048)

The Government’s assessment of the procedures governing Early-Day Motions was set out in its July 2007 response to the Procedure Committee’s report “Public Petitions and Early Day Motions”.

The Government agreed with the conclusion of the Committee that—while there are some concerns about the number of EDMs—restricting the rules of eligibility for EDMs by reference to subject matter or by imposing a ration for each Member would not be appropriate.