Free Vote for all e-petition debates
We the undersigned call upon our government to guarantee that all e-petitions which receive over 100,000 votes and are debated in the House of Commons will receive a free vote and will not be subject to a 3 line whip or any other ministerial or party political influence.
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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Thursday 20 October 2011