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MODERNISING COMPANY LAW

EDM (Early Day Motion) 697: tabled on 10 October 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 234 Members. It has received 3 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 3 amendments submitted to this motion.

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Motion text

That this House believes companies are critical in achieving the aims of sustainable development and to making poverty history, but that in order to be able to do so their freedom to operate must be balanced with clear responsibilities to society and the environment; and urges the Government to enshrine in new company law a duty for directors to identify, consider, act and report on any negative social and environmental impacts caused by a company's activities in the UK or overseas.

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.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Allen, Mr Graham
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2005
Nottingham North
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Blaydon
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Rossendale and Darwen
Austin, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2006
Dudley North
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 June 2006
Lewes
Banks, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Ochil and South Perthshire
Barlow, Ms Celia
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Hove
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2005
Edinburgh West
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Leeds West
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2005
City of York
Begg, Dame Anne
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Aberdeen South
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Bootle
Bercow, John
Conservative
Signed on 17 May 2006
Buckingham
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Kingswood
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Sheffield, Attercliffe
Blackman-Woods, Dr Roberta
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
City of Durham
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2006
South Ribble
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 11 October 2005
Worthing West
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 January 2006
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Mr Nicholas
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2006
Newcastle upon Tyne East and Wallsend
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 10 November 2005
Dumfries and Galloway
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 July 2006
Gordon
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Birmingham, Northfield
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 2005
Sutton and Cheam
Butler, Ms Dawn
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Brent South
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 April 2006
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Blyth Valley
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 January 2006
Orkney and Shetland
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2005
Morley and Rothwell
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Bury North
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2006
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2005
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Tyne Bridge
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 1 November 2005
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Stockton North
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 1 March 2006
West Lancashire
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
Islington North
Cousins, Jim
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Bolton North East
Creagh, Mary
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Wakefield
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2006
Dagenham
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Easington
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 December 2005
Coventry South
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2006
Crosby
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 1 December 2005
Glasgow South West
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2005
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
Heywood and Middleton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 March 2006
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 March 2006
Lagan Valley
Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2006
Central Ayrshire
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2005
Lewisham West
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 13 October 2005
Foyle
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Eltham
Ellman, Mrs Louise
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Liverpool, Riverside
Engel, Mrs Natascha
Labour
Signed on 17 January 2006
North East Derbyshire
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 31 January 2006
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2005
Sunderland North
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Birkenhead
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2006
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Newport West
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 January 2006
Bath
Foster, Michael Jabez
Labour
Signed on 13 February 2006
Hastings and Rye
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2006
Aberavon
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 21 November 2005
Bethnal Green and Bow
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 June 2006
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 28 November 2005
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 28 October 2005
Norwich North
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 March 2006
Romsey
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Griffith, Nia
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Llanelli
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Suffolk Coastal
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Denton and Reddish
Hall, Patrick
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2006
Bedford
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Midlothian
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2005
Leeds North East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 October 2005
Portsmouth South
Havard, Mr Dai
Labour
Signed on 15 February 2006
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Hendrick, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Preston
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2006
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 24 January 2006
North Down
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hillier, Meg
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Gateshead East and Washington West
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2006
Vauxhall
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 25 January 2006
Gravesham
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
Chesterfield
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2005
Lanark and Hamilton East
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2006
Luton North
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2006
Orpington
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 January 2006
Dundee East
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2006
Knowsley North and Sefton East
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 November 2005
Cheadle
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2006
Bolton South East
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Hampstead and Highgate
James, Mrs Siân C.
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Swansea East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Tamworth
Johnson, Ms Diana R.
Labour
Signed on 10 October 2005
Kingston upon Hull North
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 11 November 2005
Clwyd South
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2005
Manchester, Gorton
Kawczynski, Daniel
Conservative
Signed on 2 March 2006
Shrewsbury and Atcham
Keeley, Ms Barbara
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Worsley
Keen, Alan
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2006
Feltham and Heston
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2005
Hereford
Kemp, Mr Fraser
Labour
Signed on 6 December 2005
Houghton and Washington East
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Ealing, Southall
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2006
Liverpool, Walton
Lancaster, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2006
North East Milton Keynes
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 17 January 2006
Derby North
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Edinburgh North and Leith
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
Manchester, Withington
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 2006
Gainsborough
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2005
Brighton, Pavilion
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 12 October 2005
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2005
Edmonton
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Thurrock
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2006
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Mallaber, Judy
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2005
Amber Valley
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Wolverhampton South West
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Blackpool South
Marshall, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 February 2006
Glasgow East
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Medway
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2005
Calder Valley
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 29 March 2006
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 8 December 2005
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
Hayes and Harlington
McFall, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
West Dunbartonshire
McGovern, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Dundee West
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 30 January 2006
South Down
McKechin, Ann
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Glasgow North
Meacher, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2005
Oldham West and Royton
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2006
Mansfield
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 16 February 2006
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2005
Great Grimsby
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
Crawley
Mole, Chris
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Ipswich
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Labour
Signed on 14 June 2006
Bridgend
Morden, Jessica
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Newport East
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2005
Cardiff North
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2006
Leeds East
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Sunderland South
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2006
Wansbeck
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2005
Bristol North West
Norris, Dan
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Wansdyke
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 30 January 2006
Knowsley South
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Nuneaton
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 15 November 2005
Ynys Môn
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Croydon Central
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 21 October 2005
Hemel Hempstead
Penrose, John
Conservative
Signed on 23 January 2006
Weston-Super-Mare
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 October 2005
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 2006
The Wrekin
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 19 December 2005
Dover
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 October 2005
Southport
Reed, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 29 March 2006
Copeland
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Halifax
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 23 January 2006
Moray
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 29 March 2006
Strangford
Robinson, Mr Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 February 2006
Belfast East
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Vale of Clwyd
Ruddock, Joan
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2005
Lewisham, Deptford
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 October 2005
Colchester
Salmond, Mr Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 March 2006
Banff and Buchan
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 January 2006
Torbay
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2006
Glasgow Central
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Ilford North
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 24 October 2005
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Short, Clare
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 24 October 2005
Upper Bann
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2005
Bradford West
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Bolsover
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 25 October 2005
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 16 February 2006
Vale of Glamorgan
Soulsby, Sir Peter
Labour
Signed on 10 November 2005
Leicester South
Southworth, Helen
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2006
Warrington South
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2005
Milton Keynes South West
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2006
Dartford
Strang, Dr Gavin
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Edinburgh East
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2005
Truro and St Austell
Taylor, Dr Richard
Independent
Signed on 2 March 2006
Wyre Forest
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Islington South and Finsbury
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Hemsworth
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 11 October 2005
Brighton, Kemptown
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 25 January 2006
Leicester East
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Stoke-on-Trent North
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 2 November 2005
North Dorset
Waltho, Lynda
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Stourbridge
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 28 February 2006
Liverpool, West Derby
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 October 2005
Angus
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2005
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 20 October 2005
Caernarfon
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 2006
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 January 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 November 2005
Cardiff Central
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 November 2005
East Antrim
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 January 2006
Perth and North Perthshire
Wright, Mr Anthony
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2006
Great Yarmouth
Wright, Mr Iain
Labour
Signed on 21 March 2006
Hartlepool
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2005
Sittingbourne and Sheppey
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 November 2005
Teignbridge

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

MODERNISING COMPANY LAW (Amendment 1)
leave out from `urges' to end and insert `companies to embrace corporate social responsibility by engaging in activities most suitable to their own objectives and resources'.
Conservative, Esher and Walton
11
signatures
EDM 697A1: tabled on 25 October 2005
MODERNISING COMPANY LAW (Amendment 2)
after `overseas', add `and further urges that such a duty should place a lesser responsibility on small businesses, in recognition of the already heavy burden of regulation on small business, while holding larger corporations to account.'.
Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham
3
signatures
EDM 697A2: tabled on 28 March 2006
MODERNISING COMPANY LAW (Amendment 3)
leave out from `but' to end and add `; recognises the concerns that groups such as Oxfam have raised relating to the Company Law Reform Bill; believes that it is important that UK companies strive to maintain the UK's reputation as amongst the most ethical countries in the world; understands that companies must not be allowed to irreversibly destroy the environment of countries they work in; further understands that while wages across the developed world are substantially lower than in the UK, companies should aim to pay wages that are fair by local standards; welcomes the principles outlined by pressure groups which are seeking to impose legal obligations onto British companies to pursue ethical policies but looks to the Government to ensure that ethical standards are maintained without further crippling UK businesses with burdensome regulations.'.
Conservative, Monmouth
1
signature
EDM 697A3: tabled on 17 May 2006