Free vote in E-petition debates
The government should be obliged to ensure that: Any E-petition which meets the criteria for a debate in the house should be followed by a free vote.
Any such debate is, in effect, at the direct request of the public. Following such a debate MPs should be free to vote according to their conscience and what they believe to be the wishes of their constituents.
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 not HM Government.
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