Procedure Committee

Session 2006-07 No 3 15 January 2007


PUBLIC EVIDENCE SESSION: PUBLIC PETITIONS

The House of Commons Procedure Committee will hold the first public evidence session in connection with its inquiry into public petitions as follows:

Wednesday 17 January, 3:00pm, Committee Room 18, Witnesses: Michael Jabez Foster MP, Mr David Heath MP, and Bob Spink MP

An uncorrected version of the transcript will appear on these pages within about a week of the date of the session.

Likely topics of discussion are:

€How could changes to public petition procedure improve communication between the public and Parliament? Do petitioners receive sufficient feedback after their petition has been presented?

€Should there be a committee on the merits of public petitions? What would be its remit and powers? Would it replace the presentation of petitions in the Chamber?

€How would any changes to procedure reflect the interests of individual Members of Parliament and their role in the petitioning process?

€Could Departmental Select Committees be more involved in the petitioning process?

€Could debates be held in Parliament on public petitions?

€Should the House of Commons accept petitions signed electronically? If so, what would be the appropriate procedure?

€Are the current rules on admissibility and orderliness of public petitions appropriate?

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