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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1: tabled on 21 November 1989

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 64 Members. It has received 4 amendments.

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

Amendments to this motion

There have been 4 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House welcomes the constructive statement made on Thursday 9th November by the leader of the House when he stated that he hopes 'to come forward with proposals' regarding the treatment of Private Bills; recognises that this is a complex and difficult subject to which the Joint Committee on Private Bill Procedure and a number of honourable Members have devoted considerable time and effort; regrets that a group of Labour honourable Members have, during the last session, used the existing procedures in such a way as to deprive over twenty organisations, including local authorities, professional bodies and public and private companies, of their right, having presented Private Bills to Parliament of the reasonable expectation of fair treatment to bring their Bill to the Statute Book and not be subjected to blocking tactics that had nothing to do with the merits of their Bill; believes that this behaviour by Labour honourable Members brings Parliament into disrepute; and therefore urges most strongly that Her Majesty's Government should take whatever steps are necessary early in this session of Parliament to ensure that the presenters of Private legislation shall have safeguarded fully their rights to have their petition of parliament properly considered.

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.

Blaker, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Blackpool South
Bonsor, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Upminster
Boyson, Sir Rhodes
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Brent North
Braine, Sir Bernard
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Castle Point
Bruce, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 27 November 1989
South Dorset
Buck, Sir Antony
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
North Colchester
Butler, Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Warrington South
Channon, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Southend West
Clark, Sir William
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Croydon South
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Romsey and Waterside
Devlin, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
Stockton South
Fenner, Dame Peggy
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Medway
Fookes, Dame Janet
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Plymouth, Drake
Fox, Sir Marcus
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Shipley
Gale, Mr Roger
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
North Thanet
Goodhart, Sir Philip
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Beckenham
Grant, Sir Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
South West Cambridgeshire
Griffiths, Sir Eldon
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Bury St Edmunds
Hannam, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Exeter
Holt, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 23 November 1989
Langbaurgh
Hordern, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Horsham
Hunt, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Ravensbourne
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Wealden
Kilfedder, Sir James
Ulster Popular Unionist Party
Signed on 27 November 1989
North Down
Knight, Dame Jill
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Birmingham, Edgbaston
Lloyd, Sir Ian
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Havant
Marshall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Hendon South
Maxwell-Hyslop, Sir Robin
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Tiverton
Meyer, Sir Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Clwyd North West
Miller, Sir Hal
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Bromsgrove
Mitchell, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
North West Hampshire
Monro, Sir Hector
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Dumfries
Montgomery, Sir Fergus
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Altrincham and Sale
Morrison, Sir Charles
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Devizes
Nicholson, David
Conservative
Signed on 24 November 1989
Taunton
Page, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
South West Hertfordshire
Pattie, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 1989
Chertsey and Walton
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 28 November 1989
Corby
Price, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Eastleigh
Ridsdale, Sir Julian
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Harwich
Rossi, Sir Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Hornsey and Wood Green
Rowe, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Mid Kent
Sayeed, Mr Jonathan
Conservative
Signed on 7 December 1989
Bristol East
Shaw, Sir Giles
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Pudsey
Shaw, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Scarborough
Shelton, Sir William
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Streatham
Skeet, Sir Trevor
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
North Bedfordshire
Spicer, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
West Dorset
Stokes, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Halesowen and Stourbridge
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 1989
Esher
Tebbit, Norman
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Chingford
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 27 November 1989
Crosby
Townsend, Sir Cyril
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Bexleyheath
Vaughan, Sir Gerard
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Reading East
Walters, Sir Dennis
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 1989
Westbury
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 1989
Ruislip - Northwood
Younger, Sir George
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 1989
Ayr

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.

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

Private Bill Procedure (Amendment 1)
Leave out from 'House' to end and add 'calls for the abolition of Private Bills from this House since all such Bills are a way of buying privileges and should be dealt with through local planning systems or Government sponsored legislation, the additional Parliamentary time thus made available to be used for topical debates and discussion of one report from each Department Select Committee each year.'.
Labour, Nottingham North
23
signatures
EDM 1A1: tabled on 22 November 1989
Private Bill Procedure (Amendment 2)
Leave out from 'regrets' to end and add 'that the Government openly abused the use of Private Bills in the last Session of Parliament by operating an unofficial whipping system for Private Bills which they favoured, notably the Associated British Ports (No. 2) Bill and the North Killingholme Cargo Terminal Bill.'.
Labour, Mansfield
19
signatures
EDM 1A2: tabled on 22 November 1989
Private Bill Procedure (Amendment 3)
At end add, 'and, to this end, urges that an omnibus revival motion be tabled so as to permit the aforesaid Bills to proceed.'.
Conservative, Hampstead and Highgate
4
signatures
EDM 1A3: tabled on 22 November 1989
Private Bill Procedure (Amendment 4)
Leave out from 'treatment' to end and add 'whilst recognising that Bills of contentious character should be allowed to avoid a Report stage when the Committee stage could not be said to have produced unanamity of approval.'.
Labour, Wentworth
2
signatures
EDM 1A4: tabled on 23 November 1989