Free vote on all motions arising from e-petitions
The government made much of the fact that e-petitions gaining at least 100 000 names could be considered for debate on the floor of the Louse of Commons.
This is was achieved this week with the EU referendum debate however the debate was then rendered farcicial by the imposition of a 3-line whip by the Conservative Party.
In future all debates arising from e-petitions should be the subject of free votes and MPs should not be whipped to vote in a particular way.
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 metter for political parties and not HM Governemnt
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