COMMONS

Petition debates

The Committee can schedule 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.

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.

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

Prevent the scrapping of the maintenance grant

Hold a public inquiry and a referendum over turning all schools into academies and Scrap plans to force state schools to become academies

Keep Performing Arts as an Option for GCSE/A Levels

Shut down the domestic ivory market in the UK

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