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MP motion costs 'almost doubled'
Printing and publishing charges for MPs' Early Day Motions have almost doubled since 2001, figures show.

The cost of EDMs, a form of petition unlikely to be debated in the Commons, was 614,000 in 2004-05, up from 338,000 in 2001-02.

But the cost per printed page has been kept at about 60 in the last three years, down from 77 in 2000-01.

In 2001-02 an average of 41 EDMs were tabled by MPs each week, compared with 60 in 2004-05.

The figures are supplied in a Commons written reply from Liberal Democrat Nick Harvey.

EDMs allow MPs to put on record their opinions on a subject and seek support from fellow Members who sign the motion.



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