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VAT on sunscreen

EDM (Early Day Motion) 298: tabled on 08 July 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 26 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House calls for sunscreen to be reclassified as an essential healthcare item and therefore be exempted from VAT, given the important role it plays in preventing serious health conditions such as skin cancer; understands that sunscreen is currently classified as a cosmetic product in the UK and is therefore subject to 20 per cent VAT, which adds around £1.50 to the cost of each bottle; recognises that Cancer Research UK has concluded that being sunburnt once every two years can triple the risk of melanoma skin cancer, and that melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have more than doubled in the UK since the early 1990s; and calls on the Government to therefore take action to remove VAT on this essential product to make it more affordable and to encourage people to protect themselves from the harmful effects of the sun.

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.

Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 July 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Edwards, Jonathan
Independent
Signed on 12 July 2021
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 July 2021
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Hosie, Stewart
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 July 2021
Dundee East
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 12 July 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 July 2021
Glasgow Central
Ferrier, Margaret
Independent
Signed on 13 July 2021
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 July 2021
Edinburgh South West
Mishra, Navendu
Labour
Signed on 14 July 2021
Stockport
Callaghan, Amy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 July 2021
East Dunbartonshire
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 July 2021
Edinburgh West
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 15 July 2021
Strangford
Hanvey, Neale
Alba Party
Signed on 15 July 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 July 2021
Dundee West
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 20 July 2021
Brighton, Pavilion
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 September 2021
Arfon
Saville Roberts, Liz
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 September 2021
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 6 September 2021
Ceredigion
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 25 October 2021
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Maskell, Rachael
Labour
Signed on 24 January 2022
York Central

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.