House of Commons
As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.
ST. JOHN'S WORT AND THE MEDICINES CONTROL AGENCY
EDM #188
Tabled 13 December 1999
1999-00 Session
That this House notes that St. John's Wort has been safely used as a herbal remedy for many hundreds of years and is increasingly recognised as an effective herbal remedy; further notes that it has, since the passing of the Medicines Act 1968, remained on the market as a safe and popular product regulated under food law which requires that it is safe and that no medicinal claims for the product are made in its packaging, associated literature or advertising; welcomes the repeated reassurances from the Minister for Health that there is no intention on the part of the Medicines Control Agency to reclassify such safe and popular natural remedies as medicines; but observes with deep concern the recent action initiated by the Medicines Control Agency against dozens of products containing St. John's Wort, together with other safe food ingredients and its determination to classify these products as medicines requiring an exorbitantly expensive and difficult to obtain product licence; believes that such action flies in the face of repeated assurances given to consumers, retailers and manufacturers of such safe products; fails to understand what public policy objectives could possibly be served by requiring such a licence for a product which contains St. John's Wort together, for example, with vitamins and minerals; and invites the Minister to instruct the Agency to cease such unjustified action until there has been an opportunity for the House to reconsider legislation in this area.

Signatures (78)

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.
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
15 December 1999
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
10 January 2000
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
11 January 2000
Burnett, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
28 February 2000
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
15 December 1999
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
14 December 1999
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
15 December 1999
Cohen, Harry
Labour
12 January 2000
Coleman, Mr Iain
Labour
11 January 2000
Connarty, Michael
Labour
13 January 2000
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
14 December 1999
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
14 December 1999
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
10 January 2000
Cunningham, Ms Roseanna
Scottish National Party
14 February 2000
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
16 December 1999
Davey, Valerie
Labour
20 January 2000
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
13 January 2000
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
16 December 1999
Etherington, Bill
Labour
16 December 1999
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Scottish National Party
27 January 2000
Fallon, Mr Michael
Conservative
27 January 2000
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
20 December 1999
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
24 January 2000
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
14 December 1999
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
11 January 2000
Golding, Mrs Llin
Labour
02 February 2000
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
17 January 2000
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
13 January 2000
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
10 January 2000
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
21 December 1999
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
11 January 2000
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
21 December 1999
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
14 December 1999
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
12 January 2000
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
11 January 2000
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
14 December 1999
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
14 December 1999
King, Andy
Labour
20 January 2000
King, Ms Oona
Labour
11 January 2000
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
21 December 1999
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
11 January 2000
Mahon, Alice
Labour
24 January 2000
McCartney, Mr Robert
United Kingdom Unionist
12 January 2000
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
16 December 1999
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
14 December 1999
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
25 January 2000
Morgan, Mr Alasdair
Scottish National Party
20 January 2000
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
21 December 1999
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
17 January 2000
Pendry, Mr Tom
Labour
10 January 2000
Pollard, Mr Kerry
Labour
10 January 2000
Prior, Mr David
Conservative
12 January 2000
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
11 January 2000
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
14 December 1999
Sawford, Phil
Labour
13 January 2000
Simpson, Alan
Labour
12 January 2000
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
13 January 2000
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
21 December 1999
Spicer, Sir Michael
Conservative
18 January 2000
Stewart, Ian
Labour
16 December 1999
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
10 January 2000
Swinney, Mr John
Scottish National Party
14 February 2000
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
19 January 2000
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
15 December 1999
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
11 January 2000
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
14 December 1999
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
19 January 2000
Walley, Joan
Labour
21 December 1999
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
10 January 2000
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
10 January 2000
These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.