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Gift Cards

EDM number 744 in 2017-19, proposed by Patricia Gibson on 08/01/2018.
Categorised under the topics of Consumers and Service industries.

That this House notes the unfair practice and lack of transparency around expiry dates on gift cards from retailers; urges the Government to take action to introduce greater protections for consumers purchasing and using gift cards, such as banning use-by-dates altogether, or at the very least introducing a minimum five-year expiry period; understands that there is an often a lack of transparency around expiry dates which leaves the consumer at a great disadvantage; considers that funds not used by the expiry date should more properly be donated to charitable causes rather than used as profit for the companies involved; acknowledges that the gift card industry in the UK is significant, being worth around £6 billion per year, but that around £300 million goes unspent in gift cards every year; recognises that unsuspecting consumers are losing out when gift cards pass their often wholly arbitrary expiry dates; notes that this practice means that shops are profiting without providing consumers with a product or service; and further understands, that with families experiencing rising prices, stagnant wages and squeezed living standards, it is important that the Government steps in to ensure consumers are properly protected.

This motion has been signed by a total of 29 MPs.

Patricia Gibson08/01/2018North Ayrshire and ArranScottish National PartyProposed
Gavin Newlands08/01/2018Paisley and Renfrewshire NorthScottish National PartySeconded
Peter Bottomley08/01/2018Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Martin Docherty09/01/2018West DunbartonshireScottish National PartySeconded
Jim Shannon09/01/2018StrangfordDUPSeconded
Lady Hermon09/01/2018North DownIndependentSeconded
Martyn Day09/01/2018Linlithgow and East FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
David Linden09/01/2018Glasgow EastScottish National PartySigned
Jim Cunningham09/01/2018Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Chris Law09/01/2018Dundee WestScottish National PartySigned
Carol Monaghan09/01/2018Glasgow North WestScottish National PartySigned
John McNally10/01/2018FalkirkScottish National PartySigned
Mary Glindon10/01/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Alison Thewliss10/01/2018Glasgow CentralScottish National PartySigned
Stephen Gethins10/01/2018North East FifeScottish National PartySigned
Chris Stephens11/01/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Marie Rimmer15/01/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
David Simpson16/01/2018Upper BannDUPSigned
Hannah Bardell17/01/2018LivingstonScottish National PartySigned
Ian Blackford17/01/2018Ross, Skye and LochaberScottish National PartySigned
Edward Davey18/01/2018Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandy Martin19/01/2018IpswichLabourSigned
Ruth George19/01/2018High PeakLabourSigned
Patrick Grady22/01/2018Glasgow NorthScottish National PartySigned
Drew Hendry22/01/2018Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and StrathspeyScottish National PartySigned
Alan Brown22/01/2018Kilmarnock and LoudounScottish National PartySigned
Mike Gapes24/01/2018Ilford SouthLabourSigned
David Crausby07/02/2018Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Lisa Cameron20/02/2018East Kilbride, Strathaven and LesmahagowScottish National PartySigned

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