Early Day Motions

February 24, 2007

An Early Day Motion is being prepared in the House of Commons to gauge the level of support among MPs for the recommendations contained in the Report of the Group for Scientific Research into ME, otherwise known as "The Gibson Inquiry".

The first draft of the EDM was circulated for discussion only at the APPG on ME on Thursday 22 February (see earlier news report on this website).

For those unfamilar with the function and purposes of an Early Day Motion, here is information taken directly from the UK Parliament website.

Early Day Motions

day motion (EDM) is a colloquial term for a notice of motion given by a
Member for which no date has been fixed for debate. EDMs exist to allow
Members to put on record their opinion on a subject and canvass support
for it from fellow Members. In effect, the primary function of an EDM
is to form a kind of petition that MPs can sign.

tabling of an EDM is a device to draw attention to an issue and to
elicit support for it by inviting other MPs to add their signatures: an
MP would not expect their EDM to be debated. MPs can also table
amendments to existing EDMs.

amendments and names of signatories are circulated in the Vote Bundle,
the daily working papers of the House of Commons. EDMs can often
attract a great deal of publicity, and many people regard them as a
gauge of opinion.

the majority of EDMs are never considered for debate, the group of EDMs
known as 'prayers' may be debated. Prayers are motions to annul or
revoke Statutory Instruments, and include the form of words 'that an
Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that the [title of
legislation], a copy of which was laid before this House on [date], be

you would like to know more about Early Day Motions, please read the
Factsheet on EDMs (P3) which is part of the House of Commons Factsheet


The 15-page, downloadable factsheet on Early Day Motions is available at:


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