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   Aug 21


Early day motion 205

That this House recognises that around eight million UK citizens rely on, use regularly or have used herbal medicines in the past; affirms that loss of the so-called herbalist’s exemption, now part of the 2012 Human Medicines Regulations, would deprive herbalists of their prescribing rights in the absence of legislation enacting a state register of qualified herbalists; notes that two public consultations and two parliamentary committees have found overwhelming support for statutory regulation of UK herbal medicine practitioners; recalls the promise made on 16 February 2011 by the then Secretary of State for Health, the right hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, to set up such a register, a decision described by him at the time as one that ‘resolves a long-standing issue, to the benefit of both practitioners and the public who use herbal medicines’; foresees that, in the absence of easy access by the public to herbal medicine practitioners with the ability to prescribe individualised remedies, many people will resort instead to entirely unregulated sources for their herbal medicines, such as the internet; believes that patients obtaining herbal medicines from unregulated sources will put themselves at unnecessary risk; questions the wisdom of restricting UK citizens’ healthcare choices at a time both of unprecedented pressure on the National Health Service and of national austerity; and therefore calls on the Government to explain the greater than two-year delay in making available for consultation by the four UK Health departments draft legislation for a framework of statutory regulation for herbal medicine practitioners, and give the House an expected timeframe for the issue of the draft legislation.

Total number of signatures: 23

Supported by:
A list of all MPs that have signed and support the motion.

Showing 23 out of 23

Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brady, Graham Conservative Party Altrincham and Sale West 05.07.2013
Brooke, Annette Liberal Democrats Mid Dorset and North Poole 27.06.2013
Bruce, Malcolm Liberal Democrats Gordon 19.06.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 12.06.2013
Dowd, Jim Labour Party Lewisham West and Penge 18.07.2013
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 27.06.2013
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 19.06.2013
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 13.06.2013
Lazarowicz, Mark Labour Party Edinburgh North and Leith 24.06.2013
Llwyd, Elfyn Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 12.06.2013
McCrea, Dr William Democratic Unionist Party South Antrim 17.06.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 10.06.2013
Reevell, Simon Conservative Party Dewsbury 20.06.2013
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 12.06.2013
Ruddock, Joan Labour Party Lewisham Deptford 26.06.2013
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 06.06.2013
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 01.07.2013
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 10.06.2013
Simpson, David Democratic Unionist Party Upper Bann 12.06.2013
Stunell, Andrew Liberal Democrats Hazel Grove 11.06.2013
Thornton, Mike Liberal Democrats Eastleigh 15.07.2013
Tredinnick, David Conservative Party Bosworth 17.06.2013
Ward, David Liberal Democrats Bradford East 27.06.2013


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