EDM of the week calls for an end to printed EDMs

July 17, 2009 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

An Early Day Motion has been tabled calling for an end to their publication in physical form.

Tom Levitt’s EDM, which has been signed by three other MPs, reads:

“That this House believes that the routine publication of Early Day Motions by the House should henceforward be in electronic form only.”

There has been a sharp increase in the number of EDMs tabled in the past decade.

In the 2007-08 session there were 2,727, according to this table of the number of EDMs in each session since the Second World War.

In the 1939‐40 session there were just 21.

They reacted 100 per session in 1951-52.

By 1985‐86 the number had reached1,261 and in 2005‐06 there were 2,924.

EDMs can be tabled by any MP and are a way for them to raise matters of local or national interest, to complain or to praise.

Among the eye-cathing EDMs this week:

Nigel Evans commemorates the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing – six signatures;

Mohammad Sarwar celebrates that great Glasgow invention, “the culinary masterpiece that is chicken tikka masala”- six signatures;

Iris Robinson demands the BBC keep Thought For The Day traditional “as part of the recognition that the United Kingdom is founded on Christian principles” – 12 signatures;

Bob Spink wants government action on the illegal slaughter of 500,000 dogs a year for their meat in the Philippines – 11 signatures.

Malcolm Bruce celebrates the International Year of Natural Fibres – 13 signatures.

Click here for a full list of EDMs.


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