November 28, 2006 | Glyn Wintle

Open Source Motion Filed in House of Commons

John Pugh MP has tabled an Early Day Motion number 179 in the House of Commons entitled Software in Education. Please write to your MP requesting that they add their name to this motion.

That this House congratulates the Open University and other schools, colleges and universities for utilising free and open source software to deliver cost-effective educational benefit not just for their own institutions but also the wider community; and expresses concern that Becta and the Department for Education and Skills, through the use of outdated purchasing frameworks, are effectively denying schools the option of benefiting from both free and open source and the value and experience small and medium ICT companies could bring to the schools market.

Software in schools - John Pugh - Early Day Motion 179

The Open Schools Alliance have detailed information and advice on what to put in your letter.

UPDATE, 1 Dec 06: The EDM has now been signed by 39 MPs from all the main parties, which is above average for any Early Day Motion. The aim for the next two weeks is to get nearer the 100 signatures mark (of the 380 EDMs tabled by MPs since the Queen's Speech, only 6 have over 100 signatures). If you haven't written to your MP, please do so!

Comments (1)

  1. Public service announcement-- Life as a beta geek:
    Nov 29, 2006 at 10:48 AM

    [...] I came across this news item on the Open Rights Group’s website yesterday, urging readers to write to their MP to request that they support an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons supporting the use of free and open source software in education. It’s something that I would have done anyway, but reading a clear summary of the issues confirmed my belief that it was absolutely the right thing to do. This isn’t a party political issue, and I would urge anyone reading this to consider writing to their MP. [...]