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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Created By

John Palmer

Created On

Tuesday 17 January 2012

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