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Arts Council Questions On Sexual Orientation

EDM number 1318 in 2007-08, proposed by Philip Davies on 02/04/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Arts, Equality and Public expenditure.

That this House deplores the Arts Council's decision to ask intrusive and irrelevant questions about the sexual orientation of those applying for grants; believes that this should be a private matter and not something that individuals should be asked to reveal; considers that sexual orientation should be completely irrelevant in modern day Britain; notes that the idea of putting people into stereotypical tick boxes is an example of political correctness which is opposed by 80 per cent. of the people in Britain in an ICM poll; urges the Arts Council to take serious note of the many objections raised by eminent actors and actresses who find this both offensive and insulting; and calls on the Arts Council to end the request for this highly personal information immediately.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Philip Davies02/04/2008ShipleyConservativeProposed
Jeremy Hunt02/04/2008South West SurreyConservativeSeconded
Graham Stuart02/04/2008Beverley and HoldernessConservativeSeconded
John Whittingdale02/04/2008Maldon and East ChelmsfordConservativeSeconded
Julie Kirkbride02/04/2008BromsgroveConservativeSeconded
Bob Neill02/04/2008Bromley and ChislehurstConservativeSeconded
James Brokenshire02/04/2008HornchurchConservativeSigned
Peter Bottomley03/04/2008Worthing WestConservativeSigned
Ann Winterton03/04/2008CongletonConservativeSigned
Nicholas Winterton03/04/2008MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock21/04/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Devine21/04/2008LivingstonLabourSigned
Stewart Jackson21/04/2008PeterboroughConservativeSigned
David Wilshire21/04/2008SpelthorneConservativeSigned
Rudi Vis21/04/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Ann Cryer21/04/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Tim Loughton21/04/2008East Worthing and ShorehamConservativeSigned
Bob Spink22/04/2008Castle PointUKIPSigned
Eric Illsley22/04/2008Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Michael Penning22/04/2008Hemel HempsteadConservativeSigned
Malcolm Moss23/04/2008North East CambridgeshireConservativeSigned
Nigel Dodds23/04/2008Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Nigel Evans23/04/2008Ribble ValleyConservativeSigned
Bill Etherington24/04/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Iris Robinson29/04/2008StrangfordDUPSigned

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