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Early Day Motions

House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 20th July 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the House of Commons Commission what the cost of administering and processing early day motions was in each year between 1997-98 and 2008-09.

Photo of Stuart Bell Stuart Bell Labour, Middlesbrough

The latest estimate of the annual cost of administering early day motions, set out in the recent answer to the hon. Member for Hartlepool (14 June 2010), was approximately £1 million in financial year 2009-10. This included printing and publication, staff time and technical support. Figures for previous years are not readily available but there is no reason to suppose that that they have altered significantly in real terms, other than that the number of EDMs tabled has increased.

The number of EDMs tabled for each Session since 2000-01, together with the average number tabled per sitting day to enable comparisons to be made between Sessions of differing lengths, are as follows:

Total Average per sitting day
2000-01 659 7.9
2001-02 1,864 9.3
2002-03 1,939 12
2003-04 1,941 12.4
2004-05 1,033 15.9
2005-06 2,924 14.1
2006-07 2,193 15
2007-08 2,560 15.5
2008-09 2,272 16.7
2009-10 1,248 18.1

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