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Violence, Films, And The Murder Of James Bulger

EDM number 81 in 1993-94, proposed by David Alton on 24/11/1993.

That this House notes that a child in the United States of America is likely to have seen 20,000 murders on television by the age of five; further notes that many homes in the United Kingdom are increasingly saturated by a growing culture of violence disseminated by television, video and computer, and that the father of one of the boys found guilty of the murder of James Bulger brought into his home videos, allegedly including the film, Child Play III which depicts a doll that turns into a child and which is subsequently killed by two boys on a ghost-train; further notes the evidence produced as early at 1972 by Elliot Aranson in The Social Animal that children copy the aggressive behaviour of adults; affirms that the depiction of murder and mutilation as entertainment is detrimental to the moral values of children exposed to violent films; calls on Her Majesty's Government to launch an immediate investigation into the role played by violent films in the psychological impulses that led to this murder; and further calls for the tightening of the controls on the broadcasting of violence on television and through videos.

This motion has been signed by a total of 52 MPs, 2 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

David Alton24/11/1993Liverpool Mossley HillProposed
David Nicholson24/11/1993TauntonSigned
Frank Cook24/11/1993Stockton NorthSigned
Michael Alison24/11/1993SelbySigned
Ann Winterton25/11/1993CongletonSigned
Dafydd Wigley25/11/1993CaernarfonSigned
Joan Walley25/11/1993Stoke-on-Trent NorthSigned
Gerry Steinberg25/11/1993Durham, City ofSigned
Andrew Bowden25/11/1993Brighton, KemptownSigned
Joe Benton25/11/1993BootleSigned
Harry Barnes25/11/1993North East DerbyshireSigned
Anthony Grant25/11/1993Cambridge South WestSigned
Norman Godman25/11/1993Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
David Faber25/11/1993WestburySigned
Derek Enright25/11/1993HemsworthSigned
Terry Davis25/11/1993Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Jimmy Dunnachie25/11/1993Glasgow, PollokSigned
Peter Hardy25/11/1993WentworthSigned
Lynne Jones25/11/1993Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Nigel Jones25/11/1993CheltenhamSigned
Ken Livingstone25/11/1993Brent EastSigned
Elfyn Llwyd25/11/1993Meirionnydd Nant ConwySigned
Liz Lynne25/11/1993RochdaleSigned
Alex Carlile25/11/1993MontgomerySigned
Tom Cox25/11/1993TootingSigned
John Cummings25/11/1993EasingtonSigned
Ian Davidson25/11/1993Glasgow, GovanSigned
William Ross26/11/1993East LondonderrySigned
Roy Beggs26/11/1993East AntrimSigned
David Trimble26/11/1993Upper BannSigned
Audrey Wise26/11/1993PrestonSigned
Alice Mahon29/11/1993HalifaxSigned
Michael Connarty29/11/1993Falkirk EastSigned
Simon Hughes30/11/1993Southwark and BermondseySigned
Jack Thompson30/11/1993WansbeckSigned
Win Griffiths30/11/1993BridgendSigned
Andrew Faulds01/12/1993Warley EastSigned
Dennis Turner02/12/1993Wolverhampton South EastSigned
George Galloway11/01/1994Glasgow HillheadSigned
Patrick Thompson21/01/1994Norwich NorthSigned
Nigel Waterson25/01/1994EastbourneSigned
Malcolm Thornton26/01/1994CrosbySigned
Denzil Davies02/02/1994LlanelliSigned
Tommy Graham03/02/1994Renfrew West and InverclydeSigned
Stephen Day07/02/1994CheadleSigned
David Sumberg09/02/1994Bury SouthSigned
Bill Etherington10/02/1994Sunderland NorthSigned
Roger Godsiff23/02/1994Birmingham Small HeathSigned
Tim Rathbone24/02/1994LewesSigned
Barry Sheerman24/02/1994HuddersfieldSigned
Michael BatesUnknownWithdrawn
Eddie LoydenUnknownWithdrawn

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