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Decisions of the Petitions Committee Tuesday 15 October 2019

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17 October 2019

This week, the Committee’s decisions included scheduling debates on restoring nature and climate change, air ambulances and pet theft.

The Committee considered all e-petitions which had reached over 100,000 signatures, and those over 10,000 signatures which had received a government response, by Friday 11 October.  

Petitions which met these criteria after this date will be considered at the Committee’s next meeting on Tuesday 22 October.  

 

Petition debates

Restore nature on a massive scale to help stop climate breakdown

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 254607 relating to restoring nature and climate change.” on Monday 28 October at 4.30pm.

Daniel Zeichner MP, a member of the Committee, will open the debate.

 

The Air Ambulances to be government funded

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 259892 relating to Government funding of air ambulances.” on Monday 4 November at 4.30pm.

Martyn Day MP, a member of the Committee, will open the debate.

 

Pet Theft Reform: Amend animal welfare law to make pet theft a specific offence

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 244530 relating to pet theft.” On Monday 11 November at 4.30pm.

Mike Hill MP, a member of the Committee, will open the debate. 

 

Petitions with over 10,000 signatures which have received a government response

Fund an NHS Lyme Disease Centre of Excellence 
The Committee decided to request a revised response, that more directly addressed the request of the petition. 

Demand the EU & UN sanction Brazil to halt increased deforestation of the Amazon 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Recall Parliament immediately to urgently debate no-deal Brexit 
The Committee noted the Government’s response.

Extend the HM Forces Railcard scheme to include all UK Veterans 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Ban non-stun slaughter. Animal welfare must take priority over faith tradition 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Stop the passing of the Abortion Law in Northern Ireland 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Raise awareness and make Pathological Demand Avoidance a recognisable diagnosis 
The Committee decided to publish the new response submitted by the Government. 

Make qualified Dental Nurse wage a minimum of £12 per hour 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Stop Brexit 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Introduce a minimum sentence for carrying a knife, equal to carrying a firearm 
The Committee decided to request a revised response, that more directly addressed the request of the petition. 

Outlaw planning applications that include removal of mature trees or hedgerows 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Link the state pension to the adult minimum wage £328.40p per week 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Stop counselling notes of rape survivors being used in court 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Politicians who changes parties should have to go through a new By Election 
The Committee noted the Government’s response.

Bring the date for the post-study work visa closer to help current students 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Abolish imprisonment as a penalty for non-payment of Council Tax 
The Committee noted the Government’s response. 

Make vet best practice measures mandatory & honour dual microchip registration 
The Committee decided to request a revised response, that more directly addressed the request of the petition. 

Allergy provision in school: Introduce Statutory Allergy Care legislation 
The Committee decided to request a revised response, which gave a more empathetic response to the petition.


 

Public (paper) petitions with government responses 

The following public (paper) petitions received a written response from the Government and were noted by the Committee. 

Air Quality (presented by Lyn Brown MP)  
Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (presented by Barbara Keeley MP)  
The Exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union (presented by Tom Pursglove MP)  
Windsor Gate Development, High Wycombe (presented by Steve Baker MP) 

 

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