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CHARGES FOR PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 891: tabled on 08 January 2013

Tabled in the 2012-13 session.

This motion has been signed by 23 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 regrets that despite pressure from both Parliament and governments in recent times, single-use plastic carrier bags continue to be increasingly issued by shops and supermarkets to their customers throughout the UK, with more than 8 billion handed out in 2011; believes such products are wasteful andhazardous to wildlife, end up as litter or in landfill sites in which they take hundreds of years to degrade; further believes that retailers have to do better on this matter in the future; notes that, following recent action taken in Wales and Ireland to introduce charges for such commodities, usage has dropped by around 90 per cent; further notes that the British Retail Consortium recently accepted that such a strategy works, but that they also warned it would only continue to do so if the Government were to indicate its support for such measures as a priority; and therefore calls on the Government to support the campaign to Break the Bag Habit run by the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Keep Britain Tidy, the Marine Conservation Society and Surfers Against Sewage to reduce litter and waste by requiring retailers to introduce as a priority a charge on all new single-use bags.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.