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The Speaker must ensure the question is answered at Prime Minister's Questions

Submitted on Wednesday 7th October 2020

Rejected on Wednesday 14th October 2020

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: irrelevant (see below for details)

Petition Action

The Speaker must ensure the question is answered at Prime Minister's Questions

Petition Details

The behaviour of ALL members of the House is a matter for the Speaker, including during PMQs. As such we call on the Speaker of the House to chair these sessions with rigour, particularly ensuring answers are given, not avoided. Some Members may feel this is a pantomime, but the electorate do not.

Additional Information

Time and again the Prime Minister or their allocated deputy wastes the time of the House and of the public by refusing to answer questions set to them by MPs. Instead, the PM or nominated Minister at the despatch box often makes no attempt to address the question, all too often facing their own MPs rather than the Speaker, playing to their audience, ignoring the question, refusing to answer, and descending into farce.

We insist the Speaker holds them accountable, and enforces answers.

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This petition was rejected

The Government e-Petitions Team gave the following reason:

We can't accept your petition because the UK Government and Parliament as a whole aren't responsible for the issue you raise. Order in the Commons is the responsibility of the Speaker personally, and the Prime Minister is responsible for answers to questions.

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