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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Created By

Tony Rowe

Created On

Tuesday 8 November 2011

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