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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