Withdrawal of the application of whipping to debates on e-petitions

We believe that the application of "whipping" by Party Leaders in debates arising from issues raised in e-petitions is inappropriate to a democratic decision called for by petitioners.

Such a practice should be banned as an undemocratic use of political power.

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

Peter Thorp

Created On

Wednesday 2 November 2011

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