The debate, led by Paul Flynn MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, starts at 4.30pm on Monday 18 January in Westminster Hall. The debate is on the motion: “That this House has considered e-petitions 114003 and 114907 relating to the exclusion of Donald Trump from the UK”.
Chair of the Committee, Helen Jones MP, said:
“By scheduling a debate on these petitions, the Committee is not expressing a view on whether or not the Government should exclude Donald Trump from the UK. As with any decision to schedule a petition for debate, it simply means that the Committee has decided that the subject should be debated. A debate will allow a range of views to be expressed.”
Why is this e-petition being debated?
The Petitions Committee has the power to schedule debates on e-petitions in the House of Commons Second Chamber, Westminster Hall. It considers all petitions which receive over 100,000 signatures for debate but may decide to schedule debates for petitions under this threshold.
In deciding which petitions should be debated, it takes into account how many people have signed the petition, the topicality of the issue raised, and whether the issue has recently been debated in Parliament. A decision to debate a petition is not an indication that the Petitions Committee supports it.
What will the e-petition debate achieve?
There will not be a vote on whether or not Mr Trump should be excluded from the UK; E-petition debates in Westminster Hall cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition.
E-petition debates in Westminster Hall are general debates about the issues raised by the petitioners. MPs can discuss the petition and, if they wish, ask questions about the Government’s position on the issue or press the Government to take action. A Government Minister takes part in the debate and answers the points raised.
These debates help to raise the profile of a campaign and could influence decision-making in Government and Parliament.
The Petitions Committee
The Petitions Committee was set up in July 2015 to consider all petitions started on petition.parliament.uk as well as the traditional public (paper) petitions presented by MPs.
As well as scheduling debates on petitions, the Committee can also conduct inquiries of its own. The Committee works closely with other House of Commons Select Committees to help connect petitioners with the work of Parliament.
Contact your MP
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