Skip to main content

NEWSPAPER OWNERSHIP

EDM (Early Day Motion) 79A1: tabled on 16 January 1991

Tabled in the 1990-91 session.

This motion has been signed by 5 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

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

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by John Cummings on 15 November 1990. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

Leave out from 'House' to end add 'considers that newspaper publishers and wholesale distributors in the United Kingdom should take fully into account the impact on retail newspaper outlets for papers and magazines of reducing the percentage discount terms applicable to them, their margins, flexibility of operations and liquidity in times of economic difficulty, and stresses the need to support the continuance of small business enterprises, particularly those operating through local and independent shops in the market place'.

Original motion text

That this House deplores the actions of Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch in increasing the prices of the Daily Mirror and The Sun while reducing the percentage discount terms to retail newsagents which demonstrates both their powerful position in the United Kingdom when these two newspapers alone account for over half the total sales of all newspapers in the country and are only two of the national newspapers owned by these two publishers and their lack of concern for the survival of small businessmen, particularly those who run local and independent shops; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to reduce the dominance and influence that these two individuals exercise over the British public.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.