Ban removal of free vote on debates raised by the public through Government e-petition
An MP who takes part in a debate about a motion raised by the Backbench Business Committee in accordance with an e-petition gaining one hundred thousand or more votes on the Governmental e-petition website must be free to vote with out undue pressure from another MP or party to ensure the voice of the people is debated properly and fairly.
This e-petition has been rejected with the following reason given:
E-petitions cannot be used to request action on issues that are outside the responsibility of the government. This includes:
- party political material
- commercial endorsements including the promotion of any product, service or publication
- issues that are dealt with by devolved bodies, eg The Scottish Parliament
- correspondence on personal issues
E-petitions cannot be used for freedom of information requests.
The following explanatory notes have been added:
Whipping is a matter for political parties and not HM Government.
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