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NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 254: tabled on 15 July 1997

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 134 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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

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Motion text

That this House notes that the introduction of a new code of practice for the national newspaper industry in October 1994 has led to a diminished service to readers and a threat to the diversity and democracy of the Press because the thousands of new outlets created, such as petrol stations and supermarkets, can only carry a limited range of high circulation papers and therefore traditional newsagent outlets, unable to compete, are closing down; further notes that this situation is exacerbated by the fact that, following exclusive contracts issued by publishers, whole areas are serviced by only one wholesaler, and that wholesale depots have decreased in number by over half in 12 months with a consequent loss of service and choice to customers and an increased trend to monopolisation which will threaten all but the largest publications; and therefore believes this matter should be urgently referred to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission before the damage to press freedom is irreversible.

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.

Barnes, Mr Harry
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
North East Derbyshire
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
City of York
Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Chesterfield
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Kingswood
Blizzard, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1997
Waveney
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1997
South Ribble
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 15 July 1997
Worthing West
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Birmingham, Northfield
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1997
Elmet
Butler, Christine
Labour
Signed on 28 July 1997
Castle Point
Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Cambridge
Campbell-Savours, Mr Dale
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Workington
Cann, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Ipswich
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 July 1997
Bury North
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1997
Eastleigh
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clarke, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 28 July 1997
Midlothian
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Cynon Valley
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Leyton and Wanstead
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 1997
Romsey
Corbett, Mr Robin
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Birmingham, Erdington
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Islington North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 July 1997
Weston-Super-Mare
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Tooting
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 17 July 1997
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Leigh
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Coventry South
Cunningham, Ms Roseanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 15 July 1997
Perth
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 28 July 1997
Bristol West
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 17 July 1997
Glasgow, Pollok
Davies, Denzil
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Llanelli
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1997
Burton
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1997
Heywood and Middleton
Eagle, Maria
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1997
Liverpool, Garston
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1997
Monmouth
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Sunderland North
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 July 1997
Moray
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 July 1997
Southport
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Newport West
Follett, Barbara
Labour
Signed on 18 July 1997
Stevenage
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Glasgow, Maryhill
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Glasgow, Kelvin
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1997
Norwich North
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Greenock and Inverclyde
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 15 July 1997
Billericay
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 July 1997
Edinburgh West
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
West Renfrewshire
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Selby
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Morley and Rothwell
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 31 July 1997
Leeds North East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 July 1997
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 1997
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1997
North Devon
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Nottingham East
Home Robertson, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
East Lothian
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 17 July 1997
Luton North
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1997
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 30 July 1997
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 28 July 1997
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Barnsley Central
Jones, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Alyn and Deeside
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1997
Cheltenham
Kaufman, Mr Gerald
Labour
Signed on 28 October 1997
Manchester, Gorton
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1997
Brighton, Pavilion
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 15 July 1997
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1997
Edmonton
MacShane, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Rotherham
Mactaggart, Fiona
Labour
Signed on 28 July 1997
Slough
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Halifax
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1997
Blackpool South
Marshall, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 6 November 1997
Leicester South
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Medway
Martlew, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Carlisle
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1997
Dundee East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1997
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Kingston upon Hull North
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1997
Hemel Hempstead
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Sheffield, Heeley
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1997
Argyll and Bute
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 30 July 1997
Crawley
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Sunderland South
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Bristol North West
Norris, Dan
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1997
Wansdyke
O'Brien, Sir Bill
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Normanton
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Knowsley South
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Ochil
Palmer, Dr Nick
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1997
Broxtowe
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
West Lancashire
Pike, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Burnley
Rammell, Bill
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1997
Harlow
Rogers, Mr Allan
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Rhondda
Rooney, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Bradford North
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Vale of Clwyd
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 July 1997
Colchester
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 18 November 1997
Kettering
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Shaw, Jonathan
Labour
Signed on 30 July 1997
Chatham and Aylesford
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 17 December 1997
Bradford West
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Bolsover
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 15 July 1997
Belfast South
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 21 July 1997
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
City of Durham
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 July 1997
Hazel Grove
Sutcliffe, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Bradford South
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1997
North West Leicestershire
Thomas, Mr Gareth
Labour
Signed on 16 July 1997
Harrow West
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 28 July 1997
South Derbyshire
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Islwyn
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Wolverhampton South East
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 22 July 1997
Finchley and Golders Green
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 July 1997
Orkney and Shetland
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent Labour
Signed on 27 November 1997
Liverpool, West Derby
Wigley, Mr Dafydd
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 15 July 1997
Caernarfon
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Conwy
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1997
Preston
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1997
Batley and Spen
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 17 July 1997
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

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

NEWSPAPER DISTRIBUTION (Amendment 1)
after 'publications', insert 'further notes that regional arrangements for local delivery of local newspapers present an additional threat and that this too should now be included in the remit of any inquiry;'.
Labour, Stoke-on-Trent North
2
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EDM 254A1: tabled on 17 July 1997