Free access to ''Erskine May" (Parliamentary handbook)
The petitioners call on the Leader of the House of Commons to make freely available online the current edition of Erskine May's Treatise on the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament, and commit to make available all future editions. As the recognised, authoritative handbook of Parliamentary procedure, there is a clear public interest in open access to the document, which is currently denied by its prohibitive retail price.
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 House not for Government
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