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EDM number 53 in 1991-92, proposed by Alun Michael on 31/10/1991.

That this House believes that the right of honourable Members to put questions to Ministers on matters for which their departments are responsible and the duty of Ministers to answer those questions constitute a fundamental safeguard of our liberties in the United Kingdom; congratulates the honourable Member for Newport West and Mr Tony Lynes for upholding that right by publishing in Open Lines those answers which are provided by the chief executives of the recently-created executive agencies in response to questions posed to Ministers; believes that the procedure by which such answers are not published in the Official Report, merely placed in the Commons Library and the Public Information Office, constitutes a dangerous evasion of the duty of Ministers; considers that it is farcical for such answers not to be published in the Official Report when it has already been acknowledged, Official Report, 21st October 1991, column 438, that a chief executive has to submit any reply to an honourable Member for Ministerial approval before it is sent to the Member; looks forward with interest to the forthcoming publication of Issue No. 3 of Open Lines; but considers that the Government should now end the ludicrous pretence that executive agencies are independent bodies by printing in the Official Report all replies to questions tabled property to Ministers by honourable Members.

This motion has been signed by a total of 60 MPs.

Alun Michael31/10/1991Cardiff South & PenarthProposed
Paul Murphy31/10/1991TorfaenSigned
Dale Campbell-Savours31/10/1991WorkingtonSigned
Harry Barnes31/10/1991North East DerbyshireSigned
David Winnick31/10/1991Walsall NorthSigned
Dennis Skinner01/11/1991BolsoverSigned
Alan Williams04/11/1991Swansea WestSigned
Dafydd Wigley04/11/1991CaernarfonSigned
David Blunkett04/11/1991Sheffield, BrightsideSigned
Norman Godman04/11/1991Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie04/11/1991Glasgow, PollokSigned
William McKelvey04/11/1991Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion04/11/1991Dundee EastSigned
Ernie Ross04/11/1991Dundee WestSigned
John Evans04/11/1991St Helens NorthSigned
Martyn Jones05/11/1991Clwyd South WestSigned
Harry Ewing05/11/1991Falkirk EastSigned
Bill Michie05/11/1991Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale05/11/1991MansfieldSigned
Alice Mahon05/11/1991HalifaxSigned
Peter Hardy05/11/1991WentworthSigned
Chris Smith05/11/1991Islington South & FinsburySigned
Martin Redmond05/11/1991Don ValleySigned
Peter Pike05/11/1991BurnleySigned
Robert Wareing06/11/1991Liverpool, West DerbySigned
Tony Banks06/11/1991Newham North WestSigned
Tommy Graham06/11/1991Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Andrew Faulds06/11/1991Warley EastSigned
Terry Davis06/11/1991Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Elliot Morley06/11/1991Glanford and ScunthorpeSigned
Adam Ingram06/11/1991East KilbrideSigned
Eric Illsley06/11/1991Barnsley CentralSigned
Terry Patchett06/11/1991Barnsley EastSigned
Tom Cox06/11/1991TootingSigned
Robert Parry07/11/1991Liverpool, RiversideSigned
Terry Lewis07/11/1991WorsleySigned
Eddie Loyden07/11/1991Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Ron Davies07/11/1991CaerphillySigned
Gwyneth Dunwoody07/11/1991Crewe & NantwichSigned
Win Griffiths07/11/1991BridgendSigned
Gerry Steinberg07/11/1991Durham, City ofSigned
Mike Watson07/11/1991Glasgow CentralSigned
Frank Cook11/11/1991Stockton NorthSigned
Robert Hughes11/11/1991Aberdeen NorthSigned
Calum MacDonald11/11/1991Na h-Eileanan an IarSigned
Dawn Primarolo12/11/1991Bristol SouthSigned
Joyce Quin12/11/1991Gateshead EastSigned
Allan Rogers12/11/1991RhonddaSigned
John McFall12/11/1991DumbartonSigned
Frank Doran12/11/1991Aberdeen SouthSigned
Gareth Wardell12/11/1991GowerSigned
Terry Rooney13/11/1991Bradford NorthSigned
Jack Thompson13/11/1991WansbeckSigned
Ronnie Campbell13/11/1991Blyth ValleySigned
Barry Sheerman13/11/1991HuddersfieldSigned
Ken Livingstone20/11/1991Brent EastSigned
Michael Welsh21/11/1991Doncaster NorthSigned
Keith Vaz28/11/1991Leicester EastSigned
Doug Hoyle05/12/1991Warrington NorthSigned
Audrey Wise17/02/1992PrestonSigned

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