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MEETINGS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION COUNCIL OF MINISTERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 760: tabled on 12 October 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 62 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House condemns the practice of the Council of Ministers, the most senior law-making body of the European Union, of meeting in secret to debate new legislation despite the acceptance of every EU head of Government that it should deliberate in public when considering legislative acts; notes that a cross party consensus of the five UK national delegations in the European Parliament have tabled a Written Declaration on Ending Council Secrecy and in support of this calls on the 25 member states of the General Affairs Council to force the Council of Ministers to meet in public via a change in the Council's rules of procedure; calls on the Government to use its current presidency of the EU to make this change; and believes that in doing so national parliaments will be better able to hold Ministers to account for their actions, openness and transparency will be promoted and the legitimacy and efficacy of the European Union will be strengthened.

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.

Alexander, Danny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2005
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
Lewes
Barrett, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2005
Edinburgh West
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 October 2005
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 17 October 2005
Worthing West
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
South East Cornwall
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 October 2005
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
Taunton
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
Gordon
Bryant, Chris
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Rhondda
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 2005
Twickenham
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Gower
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Easington
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Kingston and Surbiton
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 28 October 2005
Sunderland North
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 October 2005
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
Bath
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 October 2005
North Devon
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 October 2005
Somerton and Frome
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 October 2005
Birmingham, Yardley
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
Chesterfield
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 October 2005
Cheltenham
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 October 2005
Cambridge
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 October 2005
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 October 2005
Eastleigh
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 October 2005
Hereford
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Richmond Park
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
North Norfolk
Laws, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 October 2005
Yeovil
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 November 2005
Manchester, Withington
Moore, Mr Michael
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 October 2005
Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
Leeds North West
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 18 October 2005
Croydon Central
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 17 October 2005
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2005
Argyll and Bute
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
Rochdale
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2005
Nottingham South
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 2005
Castle Point
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 18 October 2005
Manchester, Blackley
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
Hazel Grove
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
East Dunbartonshire
Thurso, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 October 2005
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2005
Leicester East
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 19 October 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 17 October 2005
Conwy
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 October 2005
Ceredigion
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 October 2005
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 2005
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 October 2005
Cardiff Central
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 18 October 2005
Spelthorne

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.