The Committee can schedule general debates on petitions in Westminster Hall on Mondays from 4.30pm (for up to 3 hours). It can also ask for petitions to be tagged to a House of Commons debate which is related to the issue of a petition. This means the petition is listed on the order paper (agenda) of the House of Commons as being relevant to the debate.
Debates scheduled by the Petitions Committee
Petition debates are general debates about the issues raised by the petition. This means that the debates cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition.
If your petition is debated, it means that MPs can discuss your petition, ask questions about the Government's position on the issue, or press the Government to take action. A Government Minister takes part in the deb ate and answers the points raised.
Below is a list of petition debates scheduled by the Committee in date order with the most recent first.
Petitions tagged to House of Commons debates
When the House of Commons debates something which is about the issue of a petition, the Petitions Committee can ask for that petition to be "tagged" to the debate.
If your petition is tagged to a debate, it is listed on the order paper (agenda) of the House of Commons as being relevant to the debate. This means MPs know about your petition and it can help inform their contributions. Therefore, even if your petition is not granted a dedicated debate by the petitions Committee, it can be used by MPs in debates on related topics.
Petitions can only be tagged if approved by the sponsor of the debate. The sponsor of the debate can be the Government, the Opposition or a Back Bench MP.
Petitions are organised by date debated, with the most recent debate first:
Keep the NHS Bursary
Save our NHS. Stop privatisation. Save Ealing Hospital Publicly Funded & Provided
Scrap plans to force state schools to become academies
Hold a public inquiry and a referendum over turning all schools into academies
Prevent the scrapping of the maintenance grant
Reinstate bevacizumab (Avastin) for cervical cancer on the Cancer Drugs Fund
Reinstate all of the drugs recently removed from the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF)
Abraxane MUST be put back on CDF list to improve survival of pancreatic cancer
The Cancer Drug Fund (CDF) is not fit for purpose and needs to be replaced
Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK
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