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PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG TAX

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1730: tabled on 24 September 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 74 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 the success in Ireland of the 10 pence charge for plastic shopping bags payable by the user, which has led to significant reductions in the numbers dispensed to consumers since the charge was introduced; and, considering the environmental harm caused by plastic bag litter, in particular the risk it poses to animal life and as an eyesore in both the urban and rural landscape, calls on the Government to introduce a similar tax in the United Kingdom, in order to encourage greater re-use and recycling of plastic bags, which are currently consumed at a rate of approximately 12 billion a year, equivalent to 200 bags per person; and urges all major United Kingdom retailers to contribute to this effort by providing customers with access to plastic bag recycling points in their stores and greater incentives to re-use bags, including the easy availability of strong and environmentally-friendly 'bags for life'.

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.

Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2002
Leeds North West
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Cardiff West
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 October 2002
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Bryant, Chris
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2002
Rhondda
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 October 2002
Twickenham
Calton, Mrs Patsy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 October 2002
Cheadle
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2002
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Morley and Rothwell
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 5 November 2002
Northampton South
Colman, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Putney
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2002
Islington North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 October 2002
Weston-Super-Mare
Cranston, Sir Ross
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Dudley North
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 22 October 2002
Keighley
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Crosby
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2002
Bristol West
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2002
Burton
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2002
Heywood and Middleton
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2002
Monmouth
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 4 November 2002
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2002
Sunderland North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Newport West
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2002
Ilford South
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 October 2002
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Walthamstow
Green, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2002
Ludlow
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2002
Bridgend
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 October 2002
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 October 2002
Oxford West and Abingdon
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2002
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2002
Luton North
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2002
Barnsley Central
Irranca-Davies, Huw
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2002
Ogmore
Jones, Mr Kevan
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
North Durham
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 October 2002
Cheltenham
Knight, Jim
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
South Dorset
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Brighton, Pavilion
Lucas, Ian
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Wrexham
Luke, Mr Iain
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2002
Dundee East
Mactaggart, Fiona
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Slough
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 28 October 2002
Halifax
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Wolverhampton South West
Marsden, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 October 2002
Shrewsbury and Atcham
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2002
Mitcham and Morden
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Hayes and Harlington
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2002
Hemel Hempstead
Mole, Chris
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2002
Ipswich
Munn, Meg
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2002
Sheffield, Heeley
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2002
Wansbeck
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Bristol North West
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2002
Vale of Clwyd
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 October 2002
Colchester
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2002
Huddersfield
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2002
West Renfrewshire
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Nottingham South
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 October 2002
Hazel Grove
Thomas, Mr Simon
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 17 October 2002
Ceredigion
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2002
Brighton, Kemptown
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 October 2002
North Cornwall
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2002
Finchley and Golders Green
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 October 2002
Angus
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2002
Southampton, Test
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 October 2002
Brecon and Radnorshire
Wright, Dr Tony
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2002
Cannock Chase
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 October 2002
Teignbridge

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.

PLASTIC SHOPPING BAG TAX (Amendment 1)
after 'per person' insert "further calls on the Government to hypothecate the proceeds of such a tax to support the research, development and manufacture of biodegradable bags;".
Labour, Bury North
2
signatures
EDM 1730A1: tabled on 23 October 2002