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ROLE OF FATHERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 162: tabled on 08 November 2007

Tabled in the 2007-08 session.

This motion has been signed by 91 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 notes with great concern that the Government has proposed in the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill removing the requirement that those providing IVF services must have regard for the need of any resulting child for a father in subsection 2(b) and also facilitating the deliberate bringing of children into the world for whom no man can legally be considered to be their father in Clause 51(1); expresses concern that, given the wealth of research demonstrating the very important and distinctive contribution fathers bring to parenting, these proposals are profoundly misinformed and clearly undermine the best interests of the child; recognises that this move is inconsistent with the recent statement made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that `we want to significantly reduce the numbers of children with no dad on their birth certificate', and prioritises the desires of adults over the rights of children in the area of assisted reproduction; and calls on the Government to ensure that the final Bill preserves the 1990 father's provision and does not propose denying any child from birth a legal father who is male.

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.

Amess, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 30 January 2008
Southend West
Ancram, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2007
Devizes
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 1 May 2008
Hexham
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Leeds West
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 December 2007
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 19 February 2008
Bootle
Benyon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 7 January 2008
Newbury
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Northampton South
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 18 February 2008
Altrincham and Sale West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2007
South East Cornwall
Burns, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 23 January 2008
West Chelmsford
Burrowes, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Enfield, Southgate
Burt, Alistair
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
North East Bedfordshire
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 January 2008
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 January 2008
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Blyth Valley
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 13 November 2007
Barnsley West and Penistone
Conway, Derek
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2007
Stockton North
Crabb, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Bolton North East
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 12 December 2007
Crosby
Davies, Philip
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Shipley
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 November 2007
Belfast North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Stroud
Dunne, Mr Philip
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2008
Ludlow
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 7 January 2008
Foyle
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Ribble Valley
Fallon, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Sevenoaks
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2007
Westmorland and Lonsdale
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 5 December 2007
Birkenhead
Fox, Dr Liam
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Woodspring
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 22 November 2007
Wycombe
Gummer, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 10 December 2007
Suffolk Coastal
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2007
Portsmouth South
Hands, Mr Greg
Conservative
Signed on 24 January 2008
Hammersmith and Fulham
Harper, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 21 January 2008
Forest of Dean
Hayes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 10 January 2008
South Holland and The Deepings
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 15 November 2007
North Down
Holloway, Mr Adam
Conservative
Signed on 15 January 2008
Gravesham
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Chorley
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2007
Cheadle
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Peterborough
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 12 March 2008
Clwyd West
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2008
Hereford
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 5 February 2008
Liverpool, Walton
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 31 March 2008
Gainsborough
Lilley, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 11 December 2007
Hitchin and Harpenden
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Mid Worcestershire
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 20 November 2007
St Albans
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 14 November 2007
South Antrim
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 8 November 2007
South Down
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 4 February 2008
Mansfield
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Newark
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2008
Wansbeck
Neill, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2007
Bromley and Chislehurst
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Nuneaton
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Hemel Hempstead
Pritchard, Mark
Conservative
Signed on 19 November 2007
The Wrekin
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Romford
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 31 January 2008
Ilford North
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
South West Bedfordshire
Spicer, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 17 January 2008
West Worcestershire
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 10 December 2007
Castle Point
Streeter, Mr Gary
Conservative
Signed on 4 December 2007
South West Devon
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 15 January 2008
New Forest West
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
North West Leicestershire
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Leicester East
Viggers, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 2 April 2008
Gosport
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 8 November 2007
Finchley and Golders Green
Walker, Mr Charles
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 2008
Broxbourne
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 29 November 2007
North Dorset
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Eastbourne
Whittingdale, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 25 February 2008
Maldon and East Chelmsford
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 November 2007
Ceredigion
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Spelthorne
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 November 2007
East Antrim
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 8 November 2007
Macclesfield
Wright, Jeremy
Conservative
Signed on 26 March 2008
Rugby and Kenilworth
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 November 2007
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.