e-petition debates in parliament cannot invoke the party whips
Any e-petition that reaches the 100,000 limit and is debated in parliament cannot be subject to the party whips. In these cases MPs are to listen to the electorate, uphold the principles of an adequate democracy, debate the issue and be afforded a "free vote". MPs are not permitted to put party loyalties before their electorates in these debates.
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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