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ACCESS TO JUSTICE ON ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1006: tabled on 01 March 2017

Tabled in the 2016-17 session.

This motion has been signed by 39 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 takes notes of the UNECE Aarhus Convention, to which the UK is signatory, and notes the importance of access to justice in environmental matters; further notes the Second Progress Report of January 2017 by the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee which finds that the UK is still not in compliance with its obligations under that Convention with regard to the prohibitively high cost of legal action; expresses concern at the Government's decision to remove the fixed-cost caps for legal challenges on environmental issues which will deter the vast majority of individuals, community groups and civil society organisations from bringing environmental cases for fear of a considerable financial charge; believes that the UK is entering a period of great uncertainty with regards to our environmental protections, and that the Government should be seeking to replace and strengthen the access to justice mechanisms previously provided by the institutions of the EU; supports the legal challenge to the removal of the fixed-cost caps by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Friends of the Earth and ClientEarth; and calls on the Government to respect its obligations under the Aarhus Convention and abandon plans to abolish fixed-cost caps on environmental issues.

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.

Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Livingston
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 March 2017
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 March 2017
Carshalton and Wallington
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 8 March 2017
Blyth Valley
Carmichael, Mr Alistair
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 March 2017
Orkney and Shetland
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 March 2017
Edinburgh South West
Creagh, Mary
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2017
Wakefield
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 7 March 2017
Coventry South
Doughty, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2017
Cardiff South and Penarth
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 7 March 2017
Foyle
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 7 March 2017
North East Fife
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 13 March 2017
North Down
Hodge, Dame Margaret
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2017
Barking
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2017
Luton North
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 2017
North Norfolk
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Dundee West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2017
York Central
McGarry, Natalie
Independent
Signed on 2 March 2017
Glasgow East
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Glasgow North East
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 6 March 2017
Mansfield
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 March 2017
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
East Dunbartonshire
Olney, Sarah
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 6 March 2017
Richmond Park
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
South Down
Salmond, Alex
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Gordon
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 March 2017
Glasgow South West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 March 2017
Glasgow Central
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 March 2017
Midlothian
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Angus
Wilson, Corri
Scottish National Party
Signed on 6 March 2017
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.