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EDM number 229 in 1996-97, proposed by DN Campbell-Savours on 21/11/1996.

That this House notes the very considerable difficulties being encountered by honourable Members in obtaining statistical information central in considering issues of convergence towards a single currency; notes that it has not been possible so far to obtain comparable statistical information on departmental expenditure as a percentage of GDP across the member countries of the European Union for 1994 and later years and for many countries for a number of years prior to 1994; notes that this information is not available to the statistical section of the Library, nor to the office of the European Commission in London, nor to Eurostat; notes with surprise and deep concern that even individual departments, including the Department of Social Security in response to written Parliamentary questions, do not have this most basic of information available to them or if they have it they are not prepared to make it available publicly; questions how it can be possible for British ministers and officials to begin to formulate policy on issues of convergence without the most basic information on levels and patterns of expenditure in government departments in other member states; questions how in these conditions it is possible to conduct anything like an informed debate on convergence towards a single currency without accurate and up-to-date statistical information; and believes that this culture of insularity is deeply unhealthy and contributes to a level of public debate on European issues in Britain which is conducted largely on the basis of ignorance and zenophobia.

This motion has been signed by a total of 26 MPs.

Dale Campbell-Savours21/11/1996WorkingtonProposed
Bill Michie25/11/1996Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Harry Barnes25/11/1996North East DerbyshireSigned
John Heppell26/11/1996Nottingham EastSigned
Alan Meale26/11/1996MansfieldSigned
Eric Clarke26/11/1996MidlothianSigned
Michael Connarty26/11/1996Falkirk EastSigned
Ian Davidson26/11/1996Glasgow, GovanSigned
Hugh Bayley26/11/1996York, City ofSigned
Paddy Tipping26/11/1996SherwoodSigned
Norman Godman27/11/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Neil Gerrard27/11/1996WalthamstowSigned
Maria Fyfe27/11/1996Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe27/11/1996LeighSigned
Alice Mahon28/11/1996HalifaxSigned
John Evans28/11/1996St Helens NorthSigned
Win Griffiths28/11/1996BridgendSigned
Terry Rooney03/12/1996Bradford NorthSigned
Mike Hall04/12/1996Warrington SouthSigned
Michael Clapham05/12/1996Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Martyn Jones06/12/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Terry Davis11/12/1996Birmingham, Hodge HillSigned
Ken Livingstone12/12/1996Brent EastSigned
Jean Corston16/12/1996Bristol EastSigned
John Gunnell15/01/1997Leeds South and MorleySigned
Andrew MacKinlay20/01/1997ThurrockSigned

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