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COST OF TELEPHONE CALLS FOR PRISONERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 311: tabled on 16 December 2008

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 65 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 super-complaint on the high cost of telephone calls for prisoners lodged with Ofcom by the national consumer councils of England, Scotland and Wales and supported by the Prison Reform Trust; is concerned that the cost of a 30 minute call from a prison to a landline is over seven times more expensive than the equivalent call from a public payphone; is further concerned at the persistently high cost of telephone calls for prisoners, at a time when costs for other basic telephone services have fallen by 60 per cent.; notes that prisoners are six times less likely to reoffend if they have a supportive family network to return to when they leave prison and that almost half of people in prison lose contact with their families during their sentence; and calls on the Government to ensure current and future contracts for providing telephone services for prisoners require providers to charge fair prices.

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 16 December 2008
Southend West
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Blaydon
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Lewes
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Leeds West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 16 December 2008
Worthing West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
South East Cornwall
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 December 2008
Sutton and Cheam
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Solihull
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Twickenham
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Leyton and Wanstead
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Islington North
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 16 December 2008
Blaenau Gwent
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2008
Hendon
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 16 December 2008
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Sunderland North
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 December 2008
North Devon
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 December 2008
Birmingham, Yardley
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Luton North
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2008
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 17 December 2008
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Barnsley Central
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Manchester, Withington
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 December 2008
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Calder Valley
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Mansfield
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Cardiff North
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Sunderland South
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Bristol North West
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Knowsley South
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2009
Rochdale
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Torbay
Short, Clare
Independent Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Birmingham, Ladywood
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Nottingham South
Spink, Bob
Independent
Signed on 16 December 2008
Castle Point
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 December 2008
East Dunbartonshire
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
North West Leicestershire
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Brighton, Kemptown
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Leicester East
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Finchley and Golders Green
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 16 December 2008
Stoke-on-Trent North
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2009
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 December 2008
Caernarfon
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2008
Cardiff Central

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.