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EDM number 1064 in 1990-91, proposed by Allan Rogers on 02/07/1991.

That this House deplores the provision in prison standing orders which prohibits visits to prisoners by journalists acting in their professional capacity other than in exceptional circumstances; considers that this is an unreasonable restriction on the right of prisoners and journalists to draw public attention to alleged miscarriages of justice and defects in the operation of the criminal justice and penal systems; notes that the prohibition is ineffective in preventing journalists who are not known to prison staff from visiting prisoners and effectively prohibits only well-known journalists; considers that the regulation is illogical as prisoners may correspond with journalists about their cases; and calls on Her Majesty's Government to amend prison orders to provide that journalists may visit prisoners provided that (a) this forms part of the prisoners' normal allocation of visits and (b) the journalist has not abused visiting arrangements in the past, serious journalism relating to alleged wrongful convictions or aspects of the treatment of offenders not being an abuse.

This motion has been signed by a total of 29 MPs.

Allan Rogers02/07/1991RhonddaProposed
Kim Howells02/07/1991PontypriddSigned
Simon Hughes02/07/1991Southwark and BermondseySigned
Peter Bottomley02/07/1991ElthamSigned
Harry Cohen03/07/1991LeytonSigned
Frank Cook03/07/1991Stockton NorthSigned
John Cummings03/07/1991EasingtonSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe03/07/1991LeighSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie03/07/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
Huw Edwards03/07/1991MonmouthSigned
Paul Flynn03/07/1991Newport WestSigned
Norman Godman03/07/1991Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Harry Barnes03/07/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
James Wray03/07/1991Glasgow ProvanSigned
Peter Hardy04/07/1991WentworthSigned
John Battle04/07/1991Leeds WestSigned
Bruce Grocott04/07/1991Wrekin, TheSigned
Alan Meale04/07/1991MansfieldSigned
Eric Illsley09/07/1991Barnsley CentralSigned
Robin Corbett10/07/1991Birmingham, ErdingtonSigned
Frank Doran10/07/1991Aberdeen SouthSigned
Michael Foot10/07/1991Blaenau GwentSigned
Dennis Turner10/07/1991Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Audrey Wise10/07/1991PrestonSigned
Roland Boyes11/07/1991Houghton and WashingtonSigned
Jack Thompson11/07/1991WansbeckSigned
Joan Lestor16/07/1991EcclesSigned
Tommy Graham17/07/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Ken Livingstone14/10/1991Brent EastSigned

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