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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Wednesday 2 November 2011