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AUDIO DESCRIPTION AND ACCESS TO DIGITAL TELEVISION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 900: tabled on 06 February 2008

Tabled in the 2007-08 session.

This motion has been signed by 156 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 drive by UK television broadcasters, Ofcom and the Royal National Institute of Blind People to raise awareness of audio description services on digital television; notes that 94 per cent. of blind and partially sighted people rely on television for information, news and entertainment but that three quarters have difficulties following programmes, leaving many isolated and excluded; believes that audio description, now available on all digital platforms, is a vital means of ensuring two million people in the UK with sight problems can follow and enjoy television programmes independently; further believes that talking menus and programme guides are equally vital to ensure equal access to digital television for growing numbers of people with sight problems; and therefore calls on the Government to take steps to ensure all future digital receivers build in access technology such as audio description and talking menus as standard.

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 February 2008
Blaydon
Atkinson, Mr Peter
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2008
Hexham
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2008
Erith and Thamesmead
Bailey, Mr Adrian
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2008
West Bromwich West
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Leeds West
Bayley, Hugh
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
City of York
Begg, Dame Anne
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Aberdeen South
Beith, Sir Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 March 2008
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2008
Kingswood
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2008
Sheffield, Attercliffe
Blunkett, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Sheffield, Brightside
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
South Ribble
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2008
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 April 2008
Carshalton and Wallington
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 February 2008
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Lyn
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
West Ham
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Dumfries and Galloway
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 April 2008
Gordon
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 February 2008
Solihull
Butterfill, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 12 March 2008
Bournemouth West
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 February 2008
Twickenham
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 March 2008
North East Fife
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2008
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 19 February 2008
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 7 May 2008
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Conway, Derek
Independent Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2008
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2008
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Easington
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Crosby
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 11 March 2008
Blaenau Gwent
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2008
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 18 February 2008
Heywood and Middleton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Holborn and St Pancras
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 21 February 2008
Belfast North
Donaldson, Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 12 March 2008
Lagan Valley
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Lewisham West
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2008
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 19 February 2008
Foyle
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Eltham
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Sunderland North
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2008
Ribble Valley
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 14 March 2008
Birkenhead
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Newport West
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 2008
Bath
Foster, Michael Jabez
Labour
Signed on 18 February 2008
Hastings and Rye
Francis, Dr Hywel
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Aberavon
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Ilford South
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2008
St Ives
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Norwich North
Gilroy, Linda
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Plymouth, Sutton
Griffiths, Nigel
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Edinburgh South
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Midlothian
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2008
Portsmouth South
Havard, Mr Dai
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2008
Somerton and Frome
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Jarrow
Heppell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2008
Nottingham East
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 18 February 2008
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hodgson, Mrs Sharon
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Gateshead East and Washington West
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 February 2008
Chesterfield
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Lanark and Hamilton East
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2008
Luton North
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Knowsley North and Sefton East
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Chorley
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2008
Barnsley Central
James, Mrs Siân C.
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Swansea East
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 19 February 2008
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Joyce, Eric
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Falkirk
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Manchester, Gorton
Keeble, Ms Sally
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Northampton North
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 2008
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 18 February 2008
Brighton, Pavilion
Levitt, Tom
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
High Peak
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 February 2008
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Thurrock
Maclean, David
Conservative
Signed on 3 March 2008
Penrith and The Border
MacNeil, Mr Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 February 2008
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 18 February 2008
Blackpool South
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2008
Makerfield
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 19 February 2008
Hayes and Harlington
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 25 February 2008
South Down
McIsaac, Shona
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Cleethorpes
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Mansfield
Miller, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Ellesmere Port and Neston
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Great Grimsby
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Cardiff North
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Leeds East
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Sunderland South
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Wansbeck
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2008
Bristol North West
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Nuneaton
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Ynys Môn
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Hyndburn
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Pendle
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 February 2008
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Prosser, Gwyn
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Dover
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2008
Southport
Purchase, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Wolverhampton North East
Rennie, Willie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 February 2008
Dunfermline and West Fife
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Glasgow North West
Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Coventry North West
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Vale of Clwyd
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2008
Colchester
Salmond, Mr Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 February 2008
Banff and Buchan
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2008
Torbay
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Glasgow Central
Scott, Mr Lee
Conservative
Signed on 6 February 2008
Ilford North
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Nottingham South
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 18 February 2008
Upper Bann
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Smith, Sir Robert
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 February 2008
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 18 February 2008
Castle Point
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Milton Keynes South West
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Dartford
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 February 2008
East Dunbartonshire
Taylor, Ms Dari
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Stockton South
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2008
North West Leicestershire
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Islwyn
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 19 February 2008
Pudsey
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Finchley and Golders Green
Waltho, Lynda
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Stourbridge
Williams, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2008
Swansea West
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 February 2008
Caernarfon
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 February 2008
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 February 2008
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 7 February 2008
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 7 February 2008
Macclesfield
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 February 2008
Perth and North Perthshire
Wright, Mr Anthony
Labour
Signed on 6 February 2008
Great Yarmouth
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 March 2008
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.