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Early day motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons. However, very few EDMs are actually debated. Instead, they are used for reasons such as publicising the views of individual MPs, drawing attention to specific events or campaigns, and demonstrating the extent of parliamentary support for a particular cause or point of view.

EDMs dating back to 1997 can be traced using the POLIS EDM database. It records the full title and text of EDMs and signatures of supporting MPs.

MPs have tabled a number of EDMs expressing their concerns about the London 2012 Olympic Games.  These reflect the same concerns as are raised in Parliamentary Questions, covering cost and finance, local impacts, and legacy issues.

Session 2008/09

EDM 1505

Olympic village
Galloway, George
That this House notes that following the de facto nationalisation of the construction of the Olympic village, public investment in the project is now standing at £650 million; further notes the enormous levels of overcrowding and long council housing waiting lists in the host boroughs of Newham and Tower Hamlets; and believes that all 2,800 flats that will result from this public investment in the Olympic village, once the Olympics has finished, should be entirely reserved for letting as council housing.

EDM 802

London 2012 Olympic Games and fairtrade
Moore, Michael
That this House believes that the Fairtrade label is a respected marker indicating a just deal for producers in the developing world; notes the Olympic Games in London in 2012 present an opportunity to highlight the best of British sport and culture, while achieving a positive legacy for the development of London; further believes the Olympic Games also offer the opportunity to demonstrate Britain's global outlook and its commitment to international development; and therefore calls on all the bodies involved with the delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games to ensure that all relevant food, drink, and merchandise carries the Fairtrade label.

EDM 349

National Lottery funding and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Foster, Don
That this House notes that the second tranche of National Lottery money diverted to the London 2012 Olympics will result in £675 million taken from the National Lottery Good Causes between now and 2012; recognises the enormous contribution that National Lottery money makes to sport, the arts, heritage, the community and the voluntary sector; further notes that the Government's plan to repay the money taken from the National Lottery through the sale of the land after the Olympics may undermine the legacy from the Games because it does not compensate for a reduction in funding for community projects in the run-up to the Games; and calls on the Government to consider introducing a gross profits tax regime for the National Lottery which will increase prize money, the amount of money for good causes and revenue for the Exchequer.

Session 2007/08

EDM 2074

Impact of the London Olympics on Lottery Funding to the regions
Walley, Joan
That this House notes that £2.175 billion of National Lottery funding is to be diverted to the 2012 London Olympic Games; recognises the enormous contribution that Lottery funding makes to rebuilding local communities and restoring confidence in some of the United Kingdom's most vulnerable communities; welcomes the report by the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on 23rd April entitled London 2012 Games: the next lap; further notes that recent falls in land and property values may jeopardise the £1.8 billion expected to be raised by land sales after the Games; is concerned about the effect this may have upon future non-Olympic Lottery funding; and calls upon the Government to revisit the Memorandum of Understanding with the London Development Agency to ensure that the National Lottery Distribution Fund is reimbursed in full following the completion of the Games.

EDM 1985

Sharing the benefits of the Olympics
Willott, Jenny
That this House warmly welcomes the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; believes that the financial benefits of the Games should be shared across the whole of the UK; is concerned that a disproportionately low number of private contracts have been awarded by the Olympic Development Agency to companies based outside London and the South East; notes that over £2 billion out of the £6 billion worth of private contracts have already been awarded; recommends that all businesses look at the 2012 website for potential opportunities; and urges the bodies responsible for awarding Olympic contracts to do everything possible to ensure a more equitable sharing across all the nations and regions of the UK.

EDM 1852

Shakespeare and the London 2012 Olympics
Kramer, Susan
That this House applauds and supports continuing plans within the arts community first put forward by Equity to instigate a nationwide Great British Shakespeare Event to coincide with the Olympics in 2012; acknowledges the proud tradition of the Olympic Games in ancient Athens to combine sport with the great dramas of Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus; recognises the unprecedented cultural opportunity of reviving and honouring that tradition in Britain across all ages, faiths, cultures and social groups by celebrating the works of the man widely acknowledged to be our greatest playwright; recognises the tremendous boost this would give not only to the arts community but also to tourism; and calls on the Government to support, encourage and promote grass-roots plans to take forward this celebration.

EDM 1720

Bisley and the Olympic games 2012
Cook, Frank
That this House notes with interest the reports in the Evening Standard of 5th June alleging the planned reshuffle of venues of four sporting disciplines of the forthcoming London Olympics so as to slash costs, ease crowd flows and avoid creating expensive white elephants after 2012; assumes there must be some degree of validity however small in these assertions if the Standard chooses to headline them; accepting that possibility, commends the Olympic planners for adopting, even if somewhat belatedly, a more prudent and measured assessment of the task ahead; seeks to help in advising the transfer of all shooting disciplines from Woolwich Barracks, where it is estimated the cost of preparation will exceed £20 million with a further £8 million required for post-games dismantling, to Bisley, a shooting venue which has maintained a good relationship with the local community since it was first founded in the late 19th century; to facilitate this move suggests for the period of the Games the reintroduction as a dedicated shuttle from Waterloo to Brookwood of a service once known as the Bisley Bullet, which could deliver competitors, officials and supporters to the field in less than 20 minutes; and maintains that the adoption of such common sense would reduce financial outlay instantly, ease crowd flow in the city certainly and bequeath a legacy of an enhanced and improved facility that will have stood the UK in good stead for more than 120 years.

EDM 1309

Ethical trading and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games
Foster, Don
That this House recognises the importance of taking a stand against abuses of workers' rights; believes that all who work to make London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games a success should have the right to decent work, living wages, and all provisions of the International Labour Organisation's (ILO) core conventions; appreciates the opportunity the Games present to set an example of ethical trading; welcomes the progress made by the organisers of the Games so far, their statement that suppliers and licensees will be required to comply with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code, and their involvement with the Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange; notes that similar such commitments at previous Olympic Games have not been particularly successful due to a lack of effective monitoring and remediation measures; and consequently urges the Government to use its influence within the Olympic Board to ensure that contractual arrangements are in place that hold all manufacturers of official merchandise, equipment and clothing for the Games to account for the conditions in which they are produced, according to the standards of the ETI base code.

EDM 1291

Manchester velodrome
Stringer, Graham  
That this House congratulates the British cycling team on its extraordinary success at the World Indoor Cycling Championships held in Manchester, where it won 11 medals, including nine gold medals; and recognises that the world class facilities of the Manchester Velodrome would be an ideal venue to hold the 2012 Olympics cycling competition and would also have the benefit of saving money from the overspent Olympic budget.

EDM 1076

Olympic construction jobs
Abbott, Diane
That this House is concerned that the number of people from the five Olympic boroughs employed on the Olympic site is low; notes that the target given by the Olympic Delivery Authority is to employ only 10 to 15 per cent. of people from the five host boroughs on the Olympic Park construction workforce; further notes that this aim for unemployed people is only 7 per cent.; highlights the fact that the five Olympic boroughs suffer from some of the worst unemployment rates in the country; believes that in order for the Government to fulfil the promises that were made regarding the employment benefits of the Olympics these official targets should be much higher; and calls on the Olympic Delivery Authority and other stakeholders to seriously consider raising these targets.

EDM 706

Aldershot and the British Olympic Association
Howarth, Gerald
That this House congratulates Aldershot on being selected by the British Olympic Association as the base for Team GB's training for the 2012 Olympic Games; and pays tribute to the unique partnership between the Army, Rushmoor Borough Council and Aspire Defence which will deliver superb facilities for Britain's Olympic athletes.

EDM 477

Child labour and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games
Foster, Don
That this House recognises the importance of making a stand against child labour; appreciates the opportunity the Olympics presents to send a firm message against its use; notes that previous attempts to ensure that the supply chains of Olympic merchandise are ethically sourced have not been particularly effective; and consequently urges the Government to ensure that all official merchandise, equipment and clothing produced for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are sourced from producers that adhere to the International Labour Organisation Convention 182 and Recommendation 190, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

EDM 396

Take tourism seriously campaign and the Olympic Games
Foster, Don
That this House supports the Tourism Alliance in its Take Tourism Seriously campaign; notes that tourism is worth £85 billion to the UK economy; further notes that tourism is one of the UK's largest industries, employing over two million people; expresses great concern that the Government has cut funding for VisitBritain over the last decade and most recently by £9 million over the next three years; believes that this is part of a larger picture of the downgrading of tourism's importance to national policy; and urges the Government not to squander the opportunities provided by the 2012 Olympic Games to leave behind a strong tourism legacy for the UK.

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