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Early Day Motions

Report published 4 July 2013

The Committee launched an inquiry into Early Day Motions (EDMs). Any Member of Parliament can submit an EDM on a subject in which he or she has a concern. Although they are formal motions submitted for debate, very few of them are actually debated.

Further information on EDMs is available here: http://www.parliament.uk/about/how/business/edms/

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