House of Commons
SPINA BIFIDA AND HYDROCEPHALUS AWARENESS WEEK
EDM #1676
Tabled 10 October 2018
2017-19 Session
That this House recognises Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Week from 22 to 26 October 2018; commends the work of charities like Shine and SBH Scotland which provide specialist advice and support for spina bifida and hydrocephalus; notes that folic acid deficiency has led to life threatening birth defects in over 3,000 children since 1997; further notes that a 1991 study found that taking folic acid supplements before pregnancy reduced the risk of neural tube defects by 72 per cent; further recognises that that a study published earlier in 2018 concluded there is no need for an upper limit on folate and stated that every day in the UK, on average two women have a termination of pregnancy because of a neural tube defect and every week two women give birth to an affected child; and calls on the Government to follow the example of Australia, Canada, the US and 80 other countries across the world and legislate to implement the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects including spina bifida, hydrocephalus and anencephaly.

Signatures (39)

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.
Antoniazzi, Tonia
Labour
15 October 2018
Bardell, Hannah
Scottish National Party
22 October 2018
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
23 October 2018
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
15 October 2018
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
22 October 2018
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
24 October 2018
Davies, David T. C.
Conservative
15 October 2018
Dodds, Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
15 October 2018
Farrelly, Paul
Labour
11 October 2018
Farron, Tim
Liberal Democrat
15 October 2018
Gaffney, Hugh
Labour
11 October 2018
George, Ruth
Labour
22 October 2018
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
23 October 2018
Glindon, Mary
Labour
11 October 2018
Hendry, Drew
Scottish National Party
06 November 2018
Hill, Mike
Labour
11 October 2018
Hobhouse, Wera
Liberal Democrat
15 October 2018
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
15 October 2018
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
22 October 2018
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
19 November 2018
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
15 October 2018
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
15 October 2018
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
11 October 2018
Penning, Sir Mike
Conservative
15 October 2018
Reynolds, Emma
Labour
29 October 2018
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
15 October 2018
Simpson, David
Democratic Unionist Party
16 October 2018
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
16 October 2018
Spellar, John
Labour
11 October 2018
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
11 October 2018
Stevens, Jo
Labour
11 October 2018
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
15 October 2018
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
21 November 2018
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion