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ORIGIN OF PRAWNS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1495: tabled on 23 October 1995

Tabled in the 1994-95 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House deplores the authoritarian insensitivity of HM Customs and Excise in trying to levy duty retrospectively on prawns imported from Iceland and the Faroe Islands on the basis of EURI certificates issued in the exporting country, which are naturally accepted by importers in this country who have no means of checking the actual origins since prawns carry no documentation of origin; considers it unreasonable to levy duty on all prawns imported for the period at issue as if none came from the exporting country and to do so without HM Customs producing any proof of origin or other means of identifying the national origin of the prawns at issue; considers this prawn issue would be ludicrous if it did not also threaten the existence of several small importers faced with heavy demands for retrospective duty; suggests that Customs should abandon its unreasonable and unjustified retrospective attempt to drive these firms into bankruptcy; and invites HM Customs to publish in the Official Report its evidence on the national origin of each consignment of prawns from these two countries in the period concerned, together with a full explanation of its incomprehensible behaviour.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Body, Sir Richard
Independent Conservative
Signed on 1 November 1995
Holland with Boston
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1995
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 24 October 1995
Leigh
Davies, Denzil
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1995
Llanelli
Evans, John
Labour
Signed on 25 October 1995
St Helens North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 26 October 1995
Newport West
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 31 October 1995
Ludlow
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 24 October 1995
Greenock and Port Glasgow
Golding, Mrs Llin
Labour
Signed on 2 November 1995
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 1 November 1995
Ealing North
Hardy, Peter
Labour
Signed on 26 October 1995
Wentworth
Hawksley, Warren
Conservative
Signed on 31 October 1995
Halesowen and Stourbridge
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 3 November 1995
Vauxhall
Hughes, Roy
Labour
Signed on 24 October 1995
Newport East
Jones, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 31 October 1995
Alyn and Deeside
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 2 November 1995
Brent East
Loyden, Eddie
Labour
Signed on 24 October 1995
Liverpool, Garston
Madden, Max
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1995
Bradford West
Marlow, Tony
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 1995
Northampton North
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1995
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 2 November 1995
Sheffield, Heeley
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 30 October 1995
Nuneaton
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 1 November 1995
Bridlington
Watson, Mike
Labour
Signed on 7 November 1995
Glasgow Central
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 30 October 1995
Ruislip - Northwood
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 1 November 1995
Preston

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.