Epetitions with 100000 supporters automatically go before backbench business committee
Since e-petitions which have received 100000 signatures have not been considered further by the backbench business committee because no MP has deigned to make the case for their consideration, I propose that this step be removed in the interests of increased democracy. This would truly make epetitions an easy way for the public to influence Government policy.
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:
This is a matter for the Backbench Business Committee to consider.
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