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TASMANIAN DEFORESTATION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 896: tabled on 23 March 2004

Tabled in the 2003-04 session.

This motion has been signed by 108 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 deplores the current large-scale deforestation of native forest in the Australian state of Tasmania; notes that rare and ancient trees up to several hundred years old are being destroyed, mostly being turned into woodchips to make paper and tissue, and that recognised endangered species are being deliberately and painfully exterminated through the wilful and indiscriminate use of the highly toxic chemical 1080; believes this to be a blot on the good name of Australia and notes that in a recent opinion poll, 85 per cent. of Australians wanted woodchipping of old-growth forest ended; believes that the Australian Federal Government, as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity and in the light of its own Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, has a duty to also protect its own native species; calls upon the British Government to urge the Australian Federal Government to intervene in order to bring Tasmanian forestry methods in line with Australia's international commitments and best practice within Australia; and suggests that the 30,000 British tourists who visit Tasmania annually should consider whether they wish to visit the state while it sanctions policies so destructive to the natural environment and to wildlife.

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 19 April 2004
Leeds North West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2004
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
South East Cornwall
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 May 2004
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 2004
Gordon
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 2004
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 July 2004
Twickenham
Calton, Mrs Patsy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 May 2004
Cheadle
Campbell, Mrs Anne
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2004
Cambridge
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 29 April 2004
East Londonderry
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 May 2004
North East Fife
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 March 2004
Orkney and Shetland
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2004
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2004
Morley and Rothwell
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 March 2004
Eastleigh
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2004
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2004
Peterborough
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2004
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2004
Falkirk East
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2004
Islington North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 April 2004
Weston-Super-Mare
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2004
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2004
Keighley
Dalyell, Tam
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2004
Linlithgow
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
Kingston and Surbiton
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2004
Bristol West
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2004
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2004
Hendon
Doughty, Sue
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
Guildford
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2004
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 5 May 2004
Sunderland North
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 28 April 2004
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2004
Newport West
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 March 2004
Bath
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
St Ives
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 March 2004
Romsey
Green, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 April 2004
Ludlow
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2004
Bridgend
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2004
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 July 2004
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 June 2004
North Devon
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2004
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2004
Luton North
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 13 May 2004
Orpington
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2004
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2004
Cheltenham
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2004
Hereford
Kidney, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2004
Stafford
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 April 2004
North Norfolk
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2004
Edinburgh North and Leith
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 March 2004
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
MacDougall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 19 May 2004
Central Fife
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2004
Halifax
Mallaber, Judy
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2004
Amber Valley
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2004
Wolverhampton South West
Marsden, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2004
Shrewsbury and Atcham
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2004
Medway
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2004
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2004
Kingston upon Hull North
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2004
Hemel Hempstead
Meacher, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2004
Oldham West and Royton
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2004
Mansfield
Moore, Mr Michael
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 June 2004
Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2004
Knowsley South
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 June 2004
Winchester
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2004
Ynys Môn
Pike, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2004
Burnley
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 March 2004
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 7 September 2004
Romford
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2004
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 May 2004
Torbay
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2004
Glasgow, Govan
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 27 May 2004
Kettering
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 4 May 2004
West Renfrewshire
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2004
Nottingham South
Smith, Llew
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2004
Blaenau Gwent
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 24 March 2004
Belfast South
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 24 March 2004
Castle Point
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 28 April 2004
New Forest West
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 April 2004
Truro and St Austell
Teather, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 June 2004
Brent East
Thomas, Mr Simon
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 23 March 2004
Ceredigion
Thurso, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 April 2004
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
Richmond Park
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2004
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2004
Brighton, Kemptown
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2004
North Cornwall
Tynan, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2004
Hamilton South
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2004
Finchley and Golders Green
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 May 2004
Northavon
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 24 March 2004
Angus
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2004
Conwy
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 April 2004
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 2004
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2004
Batley and Spen
Worthington, Tony
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2004
Clydebank and Milngavie
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2004
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 April 2004
Teignbridge

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.

TASMANIAN DEFORESTATION (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House' to end and insert 'recognises that Tasmania exceeds the international benchmark for conservation by a factor of four and has 40 per cent. of its inland mass formally reserved, compared to the United Kingdom's 2 per cent.; notes that 85 per cent. of old growth forests are within conservation reserves amd will never be logged; and urges honourable and Right honourable Members to visit Tasmania to see for themselves Tasmania's exemplary practice of sustainable forestry.'.
Labour, Liverpool, Walton
17
signatures
EDM 896A1: tabled on 20 April 2004