The cost of Early Day Motions has been a question that has arisen on this blog and elsewhere in the past few months. many people consider them a bit of a waste of time and to be honest that is a fair assessment for most of them. Unless an EDM gains hundreds of signatures no one really pays attention to it (except maybe me and some other saddos who want to take the piss).
The result is a system that exists primarily to allow backbenchers to be seen to be working, or to simply express outrage and something no one else really cares about. In the most extreme circumstances they get used to issue condolences to celebrities who's pets have died.
So how much do they cost the taxpayer? Well, in 2005-06, the cost of printing and publishing early day motions to the nearest grand was £627,000. The year before it was £614,000. Money well spent?
Don't panic though people, apparently the Procedure Committee are "looking at this matter". Phew!