DAY MOTIONS (EDMs)
These are motions
set down for 'an early day'. No time is available for debating them,
but they are printed in the Vote Bundle (in a separate section on
blue pages) and provide an opportunity to register an opinion and
gather support on almost any subject.
Main rules: Not
over 250 words; no criticism of other Members, Peers, judges or
members of the royal family except as the main subject of the
motion; no reference to matters sub judice; no unparliamentary
language; no irony; titles must be purely descriptive.
should be handed in or sent to the Table Office, and (unless handed
in by a Member) must bear the signature of at least one Member.
Names can be added by signing and sending or bringing to the Table
Office a copy of the motion, or a signed note of the numbers of the
relevant motions. A list of names to be added must be signed by the
Member submitting it. Names cannot be added by phone, fax or e-mail.
Names added after 10.30 p.m. on Mondays, 7.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and
Wednesdays, 6.30 p.m. on Thursdays and 3 p.m. on Fridays are deemed
to have been added on the following sitting day. Relevant interests
must be declared, even if only adding a name to an existing motion.
Amendments must not increase the motion's length beyond 250 words.
Names of Members signing an amendment are automatically withdrawn
from the main motion.
Member in charge of an EDM (i.e. the first signatory) may withdraw
it even if other Members have signed it. Individual names may also
Printing: EDMs are
printed in the Vote Bundle the day after they are tabled; reprinted
on each day during the rest of that week and in the following week
if names are added; and reprinted on any Thursday thereafter if
names have been added during the preceding week. After the first
occasion, only the first six names and the new names are printed,
together with the total number of names.
Lists of those who
have signed EDMs are available on POLIS and can be requested from
the Table Office.
Office, 3302, 3303, 3305.
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