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VITAMIN B6 AND THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1303: tabled on 11 May 1998

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 102 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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Motion text

That this House notes the Government's intention to increase public confidence in food safety policy; endorses the view that such policy should be based on sound science; welcomes recent statements by Ministers about consumers being able to make informed choices on the basis of accurate information; welcomes the decision of the Minister for Food Safety to undertake a wide-ranging consultation exercise in relation to his proposed new restrictions on the retail sale of vitamin B6, and his commitment to consider any new scientific evidence; notes the publication on 7th April by the Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academy of Sciences of a major new scientific report which includes the most authoritative evaluation of the safety of vitamin B6 currently in existence; notes the conclusions of that Report and the lowest intake level at which adverse effects have been identified for vitamin B6 is 500 mg per day, that the highest intake of vitamin B6 at which no adverse effects have been observed is 200 mg per day, that building in a restrictive safety factor, it set a tolerable upper intake level of 100 mg per day, and that an earlier report by Dr Dalton, relied heavily upon by the United Kingdom Committee on Toxicity, is so flawed as to be unusable; and urges the Minister to accept these authoritive findings and review his proposals accordingly.

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.

Beggs, Mr Roy
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 1998
East Antrim
Bercow, John
Conservative
Signed on 1 June 1998
Buckingham
Blizzard, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Waveney
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
Reigate
Body, Sir Richard
Conservative
Signed on 14 May 1998
Boston and Skegness
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 1998
Altrincham and Sale West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 June 1998
Carshalton and Wallington
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 July 1998
Gordon
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 May 1998
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 May 1998
Twickenham
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 June 1998
North East Fife
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Gower
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 May 1998
Bury North
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 June 1998
Eastleigh
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 25 June 1998
Northampton South
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 14 May 1998
Leyton and Wanstead
Colman, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Putney
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 1 June 1998
Romsey
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Stockton North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 June 1998
Weston-Super-Mare
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 19 May 1998
Keighley
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Leigh
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Coventry South
Cunningham, Ms Roseanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 May 1998
Perth
Dafis, Cynog
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 11 May 1998
Ceredigion
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 1998
Kingston and Surbiton
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1998
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 14 May 1998
Lagan Valley
Eagle, Maria
Labour
Signed on 14 May 1998
Liverpool, Garston
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
Lichfield
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 May 1998
Southport
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 June 1998
Bath
Gardiner, Barry
Labour
Signed on 23 June 1998
Brent North
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Norwich North
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
Ludlow
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Greenock and Inverclyde
Golding, Mrs Llin
Labour
Signed on 14 May 1998
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 10 June 1998
Billericay
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 May 1998
Edinburgh West
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
North Wiltshire
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 May 1998
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 1998
North Devon
Hayes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
South Holland and The Deepings
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 1998
Basingstoke
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 12 May 1998
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 21 May 1998
Barnsley Central
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
Wealden
Jones, Mr Ieuan Wyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 May 1998
Ynys Môn
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Ealing, Southall
Kirkbride, Julie
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
Bromsgrove
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Letwin, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 3 June 1998
West Dorset
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
New Forest East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 4 June 1998
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Malins, Mr Humfrey
Conservative
Signed on 1 June 1998
Woking
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Calder Valley
Morgan, Mr Alasdair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 1998
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1998
Bristol North West
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Nuneaton
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 June 1998
Montgomeryshire
Organ, Diana
Labour
Signed on 5 June 1998
Forest of Dean
Paterson, Mr Owen
Conservative
Signed on 13 May 1998
North Shropshire
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 12 May 1998
Warwick and Leamington
Pound, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 19 May 1998
Ealing North
Powell, Sir Raymond
Labour
Signed on 3 June 1998
Ogmore
Prior, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
North Norfolk
Quinn, Lawrie
Labour
Signed on 9 July 1998
Scarborough and Whitby
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Portsmouth North
Rogers, Mr Allan
Labour
Signed on 29 June 1998
Rhondda
Ross, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 1998
East Londonderry
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 May 1998
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 May 1998
Torbay
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Kettering
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Bradford West
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 11 May 1998
Belfast South
Stewart, Ian
Labour
Signed on 13 May 1998
Eccles
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Manchester, Blackley
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 May 1998
Hazel Grove
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 1 June 1998
New Forest West
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
Rochford and Southend East
Thompson, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 3 June 1998
West Tyrone
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 June 1998
Richmond Park
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
East Yorkshire
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Wolverhampton South East
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 2 July 1998
Brighton, Kemptown
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 May 1998
Orkney and Shetland
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
North Dorset
White, Brian
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
North East Milton Keynes
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 1998
Ruislip - Northwood
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 June 1998
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 19 May 1998
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 1998
Macclesfield
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1998
Preston
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Batley and Spen
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 11 May 1998
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

VITAMIN B6 AND THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'day' to end and add 'but that vitamin B6 has not been proved by clinical trials to provide any concrete benefit and, in view of the divergence of views on safety, supports the Minister's caution in allowing high dosages without prescription.'.
Labour, Broxtowe
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signatures
EDM 1303A1: tabled on 12 May 1998