Parliament awareness work - EDM

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Parliament awareness work - EDM

Post by sophie » 17 Dec 2009 13:56

An EDM is an Early Day Motion, which is used in Parliament to draw attention to a particular subject (more info below).An EDM has been set up for MDS and so far 34 MP's have signed it to show their support (17th Dec 09).
Link provided below:
http://edmi.parliament.uk/EDMi/EDMDetai ... ESSION=903

You can check if your MP has signed it or not.

Early day motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated. Instead, they are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.

An MP can add their signature to an EDM to show their support. They can also submit amendments to an existing EDM. Although majority of EDMs are never debated, the group of EDMs known as 'prayers' may be debated. Prayers are motions to overturn Statutory Instruments (laws made by Ministers under powers deriving from Acts of Parliament). Further information on EDM procedure can be found in the Commons Information Office Factsheet Early Day Motions.

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