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Contempt For Parliament And Sir Robin Butler

EDM number 601 in 1993-94, proposed by Llew Smith on 11/02/1994.

That this House is disappointed and disturbed by the dismissive contempt shown towards Parliament by the head of the Home Civil Service, Sir Robin Butler, in his evidence before the Scott Inquiry on 9th February; is outraged by the view expressed by Sir Robin Butler that 'half an answer could be accurate when replying to Parliamentary Questions'; believes such an attitude from the top sets an appalling example to more junior civil servants in their job of drafting replies to parliamentary questions on behalf of Ministers; further believes Sir Robin's attack on the media coverage of Lord Justice Scott's inquiry into the degree of Government complicity and ministerial knowledge of United Kingdom military assistance to the Iraqi dictatorship is unfounded; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to undo so far as it is in its power the damage that has been unfairly done to the system of Parliament and to the role and rights of honourable Members by Sir Robin Butler's testimony at the Scott Inquiry.

This motion has been signed by a total of 61 MPs.

Llew Smith11/02/1994Blaenau GwentProposed
Martin Redmond11/02/1994Don ValleySigned
Nick Ainger11/02/1994PembrokeSigned
Alan Wynne Williams11/02/1994CarmarthenSigned
Paul Flynn14/02/1994Newport WestSigned
Norman Godman14/02/1994Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
John Evans14/02/1994St Helens NorthSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie14/02/1994Glasgow, PollokSigned
John Cummings14/02/1994EasingtonSigned
Bill Michie14/02/1994Sheffield, HeeleySigned
William McKelvey14/02/1994Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
Eddie Loyden14/02/1994Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Ken Livingstone14/02/1994Brent EastSigned
Lynne Jones14/02/1994Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Peter Hardy14/02/1994WentworthSigned
Dennis Skinner14/02/1994BolsoverSigned
Colin Pickthall14/02/1994West LancashireSigned
Ernie Ross14/02/1994Dundee WestSigned
John McAllion14/02/1994Dundee EastSigned
Ronnie Campbell15/02/1994Blyth ValleySigned
Gerry Steinberg15/02/1994Durham, City ofSigned
Tony Banks15/02/1994Newham North WestSigned
Maria Fyfe15/02/1994Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Ian Davidson15/02/1994Glasgow, GovanSigned
Eric Illsley15/02/1994Barnsley CentralSigned
Clive Soley15/02/1994HammersmithSigned
Bridget Prentice15/02/1994Lewisham EastSigned
Terry Patchett15/02/1994Barnsley EastSigned
Audrey Wise16/02/1994PrestonSigned
Jack Thompson16/02/1994WansbeckSigned
Keith Bradley16/02/1994Manchester, WithingtonSigned
Hugh Bayley16/02/1994York, City ofSigned
Harry Barnes16/02/1994North East DerbyshireSigned
Peter Hain16/02/1994NeathSigned
John Gunnell16/02/1994Leeds South and MorleySigned
Jim Dowd16/02/1994Lewisham WestSigned
Jean Corston16/02/1994Bristol EastSigned
Michael Connarty16/02/1994Falkirk EastSigned
Edward O'Hara16/02/1994Knowsley SouthSigned
Barry Sheerman16/02/1994HuddersfieldSigned
Mike Gapes16/02/1994Ilford SouthSigned
Alan Simpson17/02/1994Nottingham SouthSigned
Bill Etherington17/02/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Win Griffiths17/02/1994BridgendSigned
Jeff Rooker21/02/1994Birmingham, Perry BarrSigned
Anne Campbell21/02/1994CambridgeSigned
John Battle22/02/1994Leeds WestSigned
Graham Allen22/02/1994Nottingham NorthSigned
Max Madden22/02/1994Bradford WestSigned
Kim Howells23/02/1994PontypriddSigned
Rhodri Morgan24/02/1994Cardiff WestSigned
Derek Enright24/02/1994HemsworthSigned
David Winnick24/02/1994Walsall NorthSigned
Mike Hall28/02/1994Warrington SouthSigned
Allan Rogers03/03/1994RhonddaSigned
Michael Clapham03/03/1994Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Martyn Jones04/03/1994Clwyd South WestSigned
Dennis Turner10/03/1994Wolverhampton South EastSigned
George Mudie21/03/1994Leeds EastSigned
Paddy Tipping21/03/1994SherwoodSigned
John McFall29/03/1994DumbartonSigned

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