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Measuring Quality Of Life

EDM number 731 in 2007-08, proposed by Jo Swinson on 17/01/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Equality and Health services.

That this House notes the undertaking of a study by the French government to establish how quality of life indicators can contribute to new methods of economic calculation; further notes the participation in the study of eminent scholars Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen; commends the French government for seeking a more sophisticated method of measuring well-being than straightforward GDP; notes with concern the Answer given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 428, on well-being, which failed to acknowledge the need for improved measurements of quality of life, despite the stated aim of the Treasury being to `raise the rate of sustainable growth and to achieve rising prosperity and a better quality of life'; further notes that for the last 50 years material wealth in the UK has increased dramatically but surveys show that expressed levels of well-being, or happiness, have remained static; and urges the Government to both endorse and participate in the French study, with the aim of improving the well-being, not simply the wealth, of all people in the UK.

This motion has been signed by a total of 54 MPs.

Jo Swinson17/01/2008East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratProposed
Steve Webb17/01/2008NorthavonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Jennifer Willott17/01/2008Cardiff CentralLiberal DemocratSeconded
Peter Bottomley21/01/2008Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Lynne Jones21/01/2008Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSeconded
John Leech21/01/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Dan Rogerson21/01/2008North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Williams21/01/2008Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Gregory Campbell22/01/2008East LondonderryDUPSigned
David Drew22/01/2008StroudLabourSigned
Mark Williams22/01/2008CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Dai Davies22/01/2008Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Colin Breed23/01/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Lorely Burt23/01/2008SolihullLiberal DemocratSigned
John Gummer23/01/2008Suffolk CoastalConservativeSigned
Andrew George23/01/2008St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Jeremy Corbyn23/01/2008Islington NorthLabourSigned
Derek Conway23/01/2008Old Bexley & SidcupConservativeSigned
John McDonnell23/01/2008Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Alan Simpson23/01/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Andy Reed24/01/2008LoughboroughLabourSigned
Sandra Gidley24/01/2008RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
John Hemming24/01/2008Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
Simon Hughes25/01/2008North Southwark and BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Vincent Cable25/01/2008TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Janet Dean25/01/2008BurtonLabourSigned
Hywel Williams28/01/2008CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned
Ann Cryer28/01/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Bill Etherington29/01/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell30/01/2008Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Edward Davey30/01/2008Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis30/01/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Adrian Sanders05/02/2008TorbayLiberal DemocratSigned
Tom Brake05/02/2008Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew Stunell05/02/2008Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Willie Rennie05/02/2008Dunfermline and West FifeLiberal DemocratSigned
Charles Kennedy06/02/2008Ross, Skye and LochaberLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Oaten07/02/2008WinchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Don Foster07/02/2008BathLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Rowen07/02/2008RochdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Evan Harris18/02/2008Oxford West and AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Phil Willis18/02/2008Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Beith18/02/2008Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Williams19/02/2008Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Tim Farron20/02/2008Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSigned
Susan Kramer22/02/2008Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Christopher Huhne27/02/2008EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Russell05/03/2008ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Moore06/11/2008Berwickshire, Roxburgh and SelkirkLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Baker06/11/2008LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock10/11/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Greg Mulholland11/11/2008Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Alistair Carmichael13/11/2008Orkney and ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
David Howarth17/11/2008CambridgeLiberal DemocratSigned

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