EDM of the week: Pret a Manger’s tuna policy “an example to others”

June 20, 2009 at 1:00 am Leave a comment


At least three MPs are fans of sandwich chain Pret a Manger – or their decision to change their tuna menu at least.

Lindsay Hoyle, Labour MP for Chorley, has tabled an Early Day Motion in praise of the company, which operates 150 shops, most of them in the UK.

David Crausby and Jim Dobbin have backed the EDM, which reads:

“That this House notes the importance of conservation of global tuna stocks; supports the decision by Pret a Manger to adjust its menu to help support the sustainability of the world’s tuna stocks;

“Welcomes its decision to discontinue the sale of yellowfin tuna altogether and the fact that it has been removed from their sushi boxes; notes that the company has never sold bluefin tuna and only sells skipjack tuna, which is a small, fast-breeding, non-migratory fish and not under threat of over-fishing;

“Further notes that its skipjack tuna is caught by dolphin-friendly nets; further welcomes its decision that all its tuna will be caught by the pole and line method from August 2009; and calls on other sandwich and food companies to follow the example of Pret a Manger and play their part in ensuring the sustainability of tuna stocks.”

Early Day Motions can be put forward by any MP. Almost none of them are actually debated.

MPs use them to draw attention to specific events or campaigns or to express a view on a wide range of issues.

Other EDMS this week
have called on the government to prohibit the production of birds for sport shooting and another calling for the inquiry into the Iraq war to be “open, transparent and held in public.”

One of the more popular EDMs, with 125 signatures, was tabled by Shadow Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

It calls on the new Secretary of State for Health to initiate an independent inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005 into the failings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.


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