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STAT XPLORE

EDM (Early Day Motion) 329: tabled on 16 July 2015

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 45 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 condemns the policy of the Department for Work and Pensions of responding to Parliamentary Questions merely by linking to the website of its hard-to-use stat xplore tool, refusing to publish figures or place them in Parliamentary Answers; notes with concern that this practice makes important statistics and figures harder for the public to see, making government less transparent and comprehensible to people; expresses concern about the future readability and integrity of the historical record of the UK Parliament resulting from this practice; further notes that this practice of not calculating statistics is explicitly against the Guide to Parliamentary Work issued by the Office of the Leader of the House, which in paragraphs 7.37 and 7.38 states that Parliamentary Answers should give only urls to a precise datum requested, and not to a larger dataset, that Departments should supply hon. Members and the Library with specific information, and that Ministers in that Department, and others, have refused such specific requests to put information in the Library; expresses concern that, in not calculating statistics, that Department may not accurately track the effect of its policies; notes that stat xplore is hard to use, and little support is available for interested members of the public; and calls for the Department for Work and Pensions to aid in governmental openness by publishing requested statistics in full.

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.

Ahmed-Sheikh, Ms Tasmina
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 September 2015
Ochil and South Perthshire
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2015
Blaydon
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 September 2015
Edinburgh North and Leith
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 September 2015
Edinburgh South West
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2015
Islington North
Cowan, Ronnie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 September 2015
Inverclyde
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 September 2015
Lanark and Hamilton East
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Docherty, Martin John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
West Dunbartonshire
Donaldson, Stuart Blair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 September 2015
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Motherwell and Wishaw
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2015
Newport West
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
Birmingham, Hall Green
Grant, Peter
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 September 2015
Glenrothes
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Airdrie and Shotts
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 September 2015
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Kerevan, George
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 September 2015
East Lothian
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Dundee West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Brighton, Pavilion
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 7 September 2015
York Central
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2015
Hayes and Harlington
McGarry, Natalie
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Glasgow East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Falkirk
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 20 July 2015
Mansfield
Mullin, Roger
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 September 2015
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
O'Hara, Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Argyll and Bute
Oswald, Kirsten
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
East Renfrewshire
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 26 October 2015
Bolton South East
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Gordon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 July 2015
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2015
Ealing, Southall
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Glasgow South West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Glasgow Central
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Midlothian
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 July 2015
Angus
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 July 2015
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.