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EQUALITY BILL AND ACCESS TO PUBLIC SECTOR CONTRACTS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 747: tabled on 10 February 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 47 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 intentions behind the Government's proposed Equality Bill; expresses concern, however, that the measures it contains to use public sector procurement as a lever to ensure that private sector companies are meeting the proposed equality duty will have an adverse impact on small and medium-sized enterprises, which do not necessarily have the resources to support the extra administration required to prove that they are meeting the new duty; notes the Glover Review's findings that small and medium-sized enterprises already encounter barriers to accessing the £160 billion of public sector procurement contracts that are on offer each year; believes that the current provisions in the draft Equality Bill will exacerbate these difficulties; recognises that in the current macroeconomic environment it is important to ease administrative burdens on businesses; and therefore supports the British Chambers of Commerce in its campaign to ask the Government to consider the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises in determining the final provisions of the Equality Bill.

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, Janet
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Rossendale and Darwen
Bacon, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 10 March 2009
South Norfolk
Battle, John
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Leeds West
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 6 March 2009
Northampton South
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2009
Altrincham and Sale West
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2009
Keighley
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2009
Burton
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Stroud
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Sunderland North
Evans, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 11 February 2009
Ribble Valley
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Walthamstow
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 2009
Romsey
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 March 2009
Portsmouth South
Heath, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 March 2009
Somerton and Frome
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 February 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Vauxhall
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 12 March 2009
Orpington
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Knowsley North and Sefton East
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Chorley
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2009
Cheadle
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 2009
Hereford
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Derby North
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 February 2009
Manchester, Withington
Mercer, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 2009
Newark
Moss, Mr Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 23 February 2009
North East Cambridgeshire
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 February 2009
Winchester
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 26 February 2009
Croydon Central
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 2 March 2009
Hemel Hempstead
Pope, Mr Greg
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Hyndburn
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 February 2009
Rochdale
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Bradford West
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 12 February 2009
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Dr Richard
Independent
Signed on 24 February 2009
Wyre Forest
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 25 February 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 11 February 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 2009
Maidstone and The Weald
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 5 March 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 2009
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2009
Batley and Spen
Wright, Mr Anthony
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Great Yarmouth

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.