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GIFT CARDS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 744: tabled on 08 January 2018

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 29 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes the unfair practice and lack of transparency around expiry dates on gift cards from retailers; urges the Government to take action to introduce greater protections for consumers purchasing and using gift cards, such as banning use-by-dates altogether, or at the very least introducing a minimum five-year expiry period; understands that there is an often a lack of transparency around expiry dates which leaves the consumer at a great disadvantage; considers that funds not used by the expiry date should more properly be donated to charitable causes rather than used as profit for the companies involved; acknowledges that the gift card industry in the UK is significant, being worth around £6 billion per year, but that around £300 million goes unspent in gift cards every year; recognises that unsuspecting consumers are losing out when gift cards pass their often wholly arbitrary expiry dates; notes that this practice means that shops are profiting without providing consumers with a product or service; and further understands, that with families experiencing rising prices, stagnant wages and squeezed living standards, it is important that the Government steps in to ensure consumers are properly protected.

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 17 January 2018
Livingston
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 17 January 2018
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2018
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 February 2018
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Crausby, Sir David
Labour
Signed on 7 February 2018
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 9 January 2018
Coventry South
Davey, Sir Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 January 2018
Kingston and Surbiton
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 January 2018
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2018
Ilford South
George, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2018
High Peak
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 January 2018
North East Fife
Glindon, Mary
Labour
Signed on 10 January 2018
North Tyneside
Grady, Patrick
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2018
Glasgow North
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 January 2018
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 January 2018
Dundee West
Linden, David
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 January 2018
Glasgow East
Martin, Sandy
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2018
Ipswich
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 January 2018
Falkirk
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 January 2018
Glasgow North West
Rimmer, Ms Marie
Labour
Signed on 15 January 2018
St Helens South and Whiston
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 January 2018
Upper Bann
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 January 2018
Glasgow South West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 January 2018
Glasgow Central

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.