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LEGAL AID REFORM AND FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICES

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1475: tabled on 15 May 2007

Tabled in the 2006-07 session.

This motion has been signed by 97 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 welcomes the recent National Audit Office (NAO) report, Legal Aid and Mediation for People involved in Family Breakdown, which recognises that, compared to settlement through the courts, resolving family disputes through mediation is not only quicker and less acrimonious, but also cheaper, and recommends the expansion of family mediation services and referral of divorcing couples to mediation, noting that family mediation services are well-distributed throughout England and Wales; regrets that the Legal Services Commission (LSC) appears not to have taken account of this report, basing its proposed new funding for mediation on current levels of take-up; notes with concern that unless the LSC fulfils the obligation placed on it by its Funding Code to ensure that divorcing couples are referred to mediation many family mediation services will close under the proposed new funding regime; and urges the Government to press the LSC to carry out this obligation, to revise its new funding proposals in the light of the NAO report and to implement fully the recommendations of that report.

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.

Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2007
Blaydon
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2007
Rossendale and Darwen
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 12 June 2007
Hexham
Baldry, Tony
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2007
Banbury
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2007
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2007
South Ribble
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 May 2007
South East Cornwall
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 4 June 2007
Enfield, Southgate
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 May 2007
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 May 2007
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2007
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2007
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2007
Tyne Bridge
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 2007
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2007
Keighley
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2007
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 5 June 2007
Heywood and Middleton
Duddridge, James
Conservative
Signed on 21 June 2007
Rochford and Southend East
Engel, Mrs Natascha
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2007
North East Derbyshire
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2007
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2007
Sunderland North
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2007
Lichfield
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 June 2007
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 June 2007
Hornsey and Wood Green
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2007
Newport West
Foster, Michael Jabez
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2007
Hastings and Rye
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Aberavon
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 May 2007
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 24 May 2007
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Norwich North
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 2007
Romsey
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2007
Chesham and Amersham
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2007
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2007
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 June 2007
North Devon
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 19 June 2007
North East Hertfordshire
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 2007
Birmingham, Yardley
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 18 June 2007
Gravesham
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 May 2007
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Luton North
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 21 June 2007
Orpington
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 July 2007
Cheltenham
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2007
Chorley
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2007
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 2007
Cheadle
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 20 June 2007
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Hampstead and Highgate
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2007
Tamworth
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 20 June 2007
Clwyd West
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2007
Clwyd South
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 June 2007
Hereford
Kemp, Mr Fraser
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2007
Houghton and Washington East
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 20 June 2007
Epping Forest
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 July 2007
North Norfolk
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 June 2007
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Brighton, Pavilion
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 26 June 2007
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Lucas, Ian
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2007
Wrexham
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2007
Blackpool South
McCarthy-Fry, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 6 June 2007
Portsmouth North
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 16 May 2007
Belfast South
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2007
Mansfield
Miller, Mrs Maria
Conservative
Signed on 27 June 2007
Basingstoke
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2007
Crawley
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2007
Bristol North West
Neill, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 26 July 2007
Bromley and Chislehurst
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2007
Nuneaton
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 25 July 2007
Croydon Central
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 June 2007
Southport
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 May 2007
North Cornwall
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 October 2007
Rochdale
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 May 2007
Colchester
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 18 June 2007
South West Bedfordshire
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 13 June 2007
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 7 June 2007
Bolsover
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2007
Castle Point
Teather, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 June 2007
Brent East
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 11 June 2007
South Derbyshire
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2007
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2007
Finchley and Golders Green
Wallace, Mr Ben
Conservative
Signed on 23 May 2007
Lancaster and Wyre
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 18 June 2007
Upminster
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 4 June 2007
Conwy
Wyatt, Derek
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2007
Sittingbourne and Sheppey

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.