MPs should have a free vote on petitions debated in parliament

Debating petitions in parliament is not about getting a response from government - that is what written and oral questions are for - but about getting a response from parliament.

That requires a free vote, and that free vote must be compulsory so that the government can avoid all responsibility for the result.

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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Created By

Ralph Lucas

Created On

Sunday 30 October 2011

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