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WORKING OF THE CHILDREN ACT 2004

EDM (Early Day Motion) 869: tabled on 26 October 2005

Tabled in the 2005-06 session.

This motion has been signed by 217 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 urges the Government to remove the veil of secrecy from the workings of the Children Act 2004; considers that the closed door policy of the family courts breeds suspicion and a culture of secrecy which does nothing to instil confidence in those using them, which affects not just the courts but the social services departments of local authorities; and believes that it is possible to preserve the anonymity of children involved in the proceedings without the cumbersome rules which obstruct parents from receiving advice and support, which in particular works to the disadvantage of parents with special learning difficulty.

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 22 November 2005
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Alexander, Danny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2006
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 16 November 2005
Southend West
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Hexham
Austin, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 28 June 2006
Dudley North
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 22 May 2006
Erith and Thamesmead
Barker, Gregory
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Bexhill and Battle
Baron, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Billericay
Bellingham, Mr Henry
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
North West Norfolk
Benyon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 9 January 2006
Newbury
Bercow, John
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Buckingham
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Northampton South
Bone, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Wellingborough
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 2005
Worthing West
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 22 May 2006
Altrincham and Sale West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 2005
Carshalton and Wallington
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 3 November 2005
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
South East Cornwall
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2005
West Ham
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 June 2006
Taunton
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 July 2006
Gordon
Burgon, Colin
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Elmet
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
West Chelmsford
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 17 November 2005
Enfield, Southgate
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Sutton and Cheam
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
North East Bedfordshire
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Solihull
Butterfill, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Bournemouth West
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 31 October 2005
East Londonderry
Carswell, Mr Douglas
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Harwich
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 9 November 2005
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 18 April 2006
Morley and Rothwell
Clappison, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Hertsmere
Clark, Greg
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Tunbridge Wells
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2006
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clifton-Brown, Mr Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Cotswold
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2005
Stockton North
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 8 December 2005
West Lancashire
Cruddas, Jon
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2006
Dagenham
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Keighley
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Kingston and Surbiton
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Shipley
Davis, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Haltemprice and Howden
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 11 November 2005
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 28 October 2005
Hendon
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 27 October 2005
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 26 October 2005
Lagan Valley
Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
Labour
Signed on 1 November 2005
Central Ayrshire
Dorries, Nadine
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Mid Bedfordshire
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Rochford and Southend East
Dunne, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2005
Ludlow
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 28 October 2005
Foyle
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2005
Eltham
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 15 June 2006
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 22 November 2005
Sunderland North
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Ribble Valley
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 1 November 2005
Lichfield
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Hornsey and Wood Green
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2006
Birkenhead
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Bath
Francois, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Rayleigh
Fraser, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 31 October 2005
South West Norfolk
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 24 November 2005
Bethnal Green and Bow
Garnier, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 31 October 2005
Harborough
Gauke, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2006
South West Hertfordshire
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 2005
St Ives
George, Mr Bruce
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2005
Walsall South
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Walthamstow
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 3 November 2005
Chesham and Amersham
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2005
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goldsworthy, Julia
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 28 November 2005
Falmouth and Camborne
Goodwill, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 24 April 2006
Scarborough and Whitby
Gove, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Surrey Heath
Greening, Justine
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Putney
Greenway, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 28 October 2005
Ryedale
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Beaconsfield
Grogan, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 25 July 2006
Selby
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Suffolk Coastal
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2006
Leeds North East
Hammond, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 2005
Runnymede and Weybridge
Hammond, Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 3 November 2005
Wimbledon
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Portsmouth South
Harper, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Forest of Dean
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2006
North Devon
Hayes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
South Holland and The Deepings
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2005
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Birmingham, Yardley
Henderson, Mr Doug
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Newcastle upon Tyne North
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Wealden
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 18 April 2006
North Down
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Vauxhall
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 1 November 2005
Gravesham
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2006
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2005
Luton North
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Orpington
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 May 2006
Cambridge
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 July 2006
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Hunt, Mr Jeremy
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
South West Surrey
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 October 2005
Cheadle
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 14 November 2005
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2006
Peterborough
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
North Essex
Johnson, Mr Boris
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Henley
Jones, Helen
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Warrington North
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 27 October 2005
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 26 June 2006
Clwyd South
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2005
Hereford
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 July 2006
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Key, Robert
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Salisbury
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 27 October 2005
Ealing, Southall
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 May 2006
Richmond Park
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Epping Forest
Lait, Mrs Jacqui
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Beckenham
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 March 2006
North Norfolk
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 November 2005
Manchester, Withington
Letwin, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 2 May 2006
West Dorset
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 2005
New Forest East
Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Bridgwater
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Manchester Central
Loughton, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
East Worthing and Shoreham
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2006
Edmonton
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Mid Worcestershire
Mackay, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 27 October 2005
Bracknell
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Thurrock
Maclean, David
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Penrith and The Border
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
St Albans
Malik, Mr Shahid
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Dewsbury
Malins, Mr Humfrey
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Woking
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Wolverhampton South West
Mates, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 27 April 2006
East Hampshire
May, Mrs Theresa
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Maidenhead
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 27 October 2005
Calder Valley
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 7 November 2005
Portsmouth North
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 November 2005
South Antrim
McLoughlin, Mr Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
West Derbyshire
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2005
Newark
Miller, Mrs Maria
Conservative
Signed on 20 April 2006
Basingstoke
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Great Grimsby
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 9 October 2006
Cardiff North
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 3 November 2005
North East Cambridgeshire
Mundell, David
Conservative
Signed on 1 November 2005
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 December 2005
Westbury
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2006
Bristol North West
Newmark, Mr Brooks
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Braintree
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Eddisbury
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 July 2006
Winchester
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2006
Nuneaton
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Montgomeryshire
Ottaway, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Croydon South
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Croydon Central
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 28 October 2005
Hemel Hempstead
Penrose, John
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2006
Weston-Super-Mare
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 2 November 2005
Hyndburn
Prisk, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Hertford and Stortford
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 29 March 2006
The Wrekin
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2005
Dover
Purchase, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Wolverhampton North East
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Uxbridge
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Argyll and Bute
Rifkind, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 1 November 2005
Kensington and Chelsea
Robathan, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Blaby
Robertson, Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 21 November 2005
Faversham and Mid Kent
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
North Cornwall
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Romford
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 November 2005
Rochdale
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 April 2006
Torbay
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
Ilford North
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 1 November 2005
South West Bedfordshire
Simon, Mr Siôn
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Birmingham, Erdington
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2005
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 1 November 2005
Upper Bann
Simpson, Mr Keith
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Mid Norfolk
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2006
Vale of Glamorgan
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 2 November 2005
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 2005
Castle Point
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Dartford
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 18 April 2006
South West Devon
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Manchester, Blackley
Stuart, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 25 April 2006
Beverley and Holderness
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2006
East Devon
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Poole
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 1 November 2005
North West Leicestershire
Teather, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Brent East
Tredinnick, David
Conservative
Signed on 24 April 2006
Bosworth
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2006
Hemsworth
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 27 October 2005
Brighton, Kemptown
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2005
Leicester East
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 1 November 2005
Finchley and Golders Green
Wallace, Mr Ben
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Lancaster and Wyre
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 19 April 2006
Stoke-on-Trent North
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 2005
North Dorset
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 14 December 2005
Upminster
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 May 2006
Northavon
Whittingdale, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 26 October 2005
Maldon and East Chelmsford
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 5 December 2005
Leominster
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2005
Conwy
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2006
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 July 2006
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 May 2006
Cardiff Central
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 19 December 2005
Spelthorne
Wilson, Mr Rob
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 2006
Reading East
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 28 October 2005
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 28 October 2005
Macclesfield
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 October 2005
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.