Early day motion 1138

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That this House notes with serious concern proposals by the Government, published on 6 February 2016 on www.gov.uk, for a new clause to be inserted into all government grant agreements, determination letters, from the new financial year, and no later than 1 May 2016, which states that payments supporting activity intended to influence or attempt to influence Parliament, government or political parties, or attempting to influence the awarding or renewal of contracts and grants, or attempting to influence legislative or regulatory action will not be counted as Eligible Expenditure costs; further notes that the Government itself describes this as an anti-lobbying clause; shares the concerns expressed by many third sector and voluntary organisations outlined in a letter to the Prime Minister dated 11 February 2016, among them the impact the clause may have on the ability of voluntary organisations to bring real-world experience of service users and evidence-based expertise into the public policy debate, and that those organisations working on programmes receiving any grant funding may be prohibited from speaking to hon. Members about developments in their local area, suggesting improvements to policy or legislation, responding to the Government's own consultations, meeting ministers to discuss broader issues and evidence from their programme or even from giving evidence if called by a select committee, and that the clause may therefore have a far broader impact than originally intended; believes the proposals leave the Government vulnerable to accusations of stifling criticism and informed debate about the consequences of its policies; and calls on the Government to urgently reconsider the introduction of this clause.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Ahmed-Sheikh, Tasmina Scottish National Party Ochil and South Perthshire 01.03.2016
Bardell, Hannah Scottish National Party Livingston 01.03.2016
Black, Mhairi Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire South 02.03.2016
Blackford, Ian Scottish National Party Ross Skye and Lochaber 07.03.2016
Blackman, Kirsty Scottish National Party Aberdeen North 24.02.2016
Boswell, Phil Scottish National Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 01.03.2016
Brock, Deidre Scottish National Party Edinburgh North and Leith 25.02.2016
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 21.03.2016
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 01.03.2016
Crawley, Angela Scottish National Party Lanark and Hamilton East 29.02.2016
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 24.02.2016
Donaldson, Stuart Scottish National Party West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine 24.02.2016
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 24.02.2016
Fellows, Marion Scottish National Party Motherwell and Wishaw 24.02.2016
Ferrier, Margaret Scottish National Party Rutherglen and Hamilton West 07.03.2016
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 14.03.2016
Grady, Patrick Scottish National Party Glasgow North 24.02.2016
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 24.02.2016
Kerevan, George Scottish National Party East Lothian 24.02.2016
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 25.02.2016
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 24.02.2016
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 29.02.2016
Mactaggart, Fiona Labour Party Slough 04.03.2016
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 24.02.2016
McGarry, Natalie INDEPENDENT Glasgow East 03.03.2016
McLaughlin, Anne Scottish National Party Glasgow North East 24.02.2016
McNally, John Scottish National Party Falkirk 29.02.2016
Monaghan, Paul Scottish National Party Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 24.02.2016
Newlands, Gavin Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 01.03.2016
Nicolson, John Scottish National Party East Dunbartonshire 08.03.2016
Oswald, Kirsten Scottish National Party East Renfrewshire 24.02.2016
Paterson, Steven Scottish National Party Stirling 24.02.2016
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 18.04.2016
Salmond, Alex Scottish National Party Gordon 29.02.2016
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 01.03.2016
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 24.02.2016
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 29.02.2016
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 24.02.2016
Thompson, Owen Scottish National Party Midlothian 01.03.2016
Thomson, Michelle INDEPENDENT Edinburgh West 24.02.2016
Weir, Mike Scottish National Party Angus 01.03.2016
Whiteford, Eilidh Scottish National Party Banff and Buchan 26.02.2016
Whitford, Philippa Scottish National Party Central Ayrshire 24.02.2016
Wilson, Corri Scottish National Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 24.02.2016