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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:23 pm on 3rd November 2005.

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Photo of Martin Salter Martin Salter Labour, Reading West 4:23 pm, 3rd November 2005

My hon. Friend comes to the nub of the issue. Surely early-day motions have completely lost currency; they have been over-used. Rather than regarding them as political graffiti—a soft option for hon. Members—would it not be better to change the rules of the House to say that an hon. Member may not table an early-day motion unless it has 30, 40 or 50 signatures? If an early-day motion attracted the support of, say, half the House, it could be debated, either in this Chamber or on the Floor of the House. I refer my hon. Friend to my maiden speech on the subject, some eight years ago.