Your petition and the 2017 General Election: FAQs

21 April 2017

The General Election means that the petitions website and all petitions must close on 3 May. Those petitions will not reopen after the election. We’ll keep you updated about when the site will reopen for new petitions and signatures after the election.

Why is the petitions site closing?

The petitions site will close at 00.01am (just after midnight) on Wednesday 3 May because the General Election means that Parliament has to be dissolved. When there is a general election, Parliament closes for a few weeks before the vote. The petitions website is part of the official work of Parliament, so it has to stop too.

What will happen to the petitions?

All petitions that were open on the site will be closed and will no longer be able to be signed. They won’t be reopened after the election. They’ll be available for people to read on the site.

My petition got 10,000 signatures before the site closed. Will the Government still have to respond?

The Government can’t respond during the election period. It will be up to the new Government to decide whether it wants to respond to petitions from before the election.

My petition got 100,000 signatures before the site closed. Will it get debated?

The Petitions Committee (the group of MPs who decide which petitions are debated) will no longer exist when Parliament is dissolved. There will be a new Petitions Committee after the election, and decisions about petition debates will become the responsibility of that Committee. 

Will my petition be opened again after the general election?

No. You’ll need to start a new petition and collect new signatures.

Can I carry over the signatures my petition has already collected?

No. You’ll need to start a new petition and collect new signatures.

When can I start a new petition?

The petitions site will open again after the election, but at the moment we don't know exactly when. You can follow us on Twitter @HoCPetitions for updates, or check back on the petitions site for news if you prefer.

When will petitions be considered for debate?

Petitions will be considered for debate when the House of Commons sets up a new Petitions Committee.  We don’t know yet exactly when this will happen.

Further information

We’ll make sure to keep this website up to date with any news about the Petitions Committee. You can also follow us on Twitter @HoCPetitions for updates. We’ll start tweeting again once a new Chair for the Committee has been elected. This is likely to be a few weeks after the general election.


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