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Petitions and the General Election 2019

06 November 2019

All petitions had to close on 6 November because of the General Election. The site will remain closed until we have a new Petitions Committee. We’ll keep you updated about when the site will reopen for new petitions and signatures after the election.

Why is the petitions site closed?

The petitions site is closed because the General Election meant that Parliament had to be dissolved. The petitions website is part of the official work of Parliament, so it had to stop too. 

When can I start a new petition?

The petitions site will open again as soon as the House of Commons sets up a new Petitions Committee. We don't know exactly when that will happen. You can follow us on Twitter @HoCPetitions for updates or check back on the petitions site for news if you prefer.

Why is there currently no Petitions Committee?

The General Election means that all the Committees have to stop work. New Committees will be appointed by the new House of Commons and until then, there are no Chairs or Members of Committees. The information on these pages is about the work of the Petitions Committee before the election.

Why isn't the petitions site opened as soon as the election is over?

Without a Petitions committee, it's not possible for decisions to be taken on petitions submitted on the site. This includes the scheduling of debates on petitions with more than 100,000 signatures and the considering of Government responses for petitions with more than 10,000 signatures.

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.

What happened to the petitions on the site before the election?

All petitions that were open on the site are now closed and can no longer be signed. They won’t be reopened. They’re 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?

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) ceased to exist when Parliament was dissolved. There will be a new Petitions Committee, and decisions about petition debates will become the responsibility of that Committee. We don’t know yet when that will happen. You can follow us on Twitter @HoCPetitions for updates, or check back on the petitions site for news if you prefer.

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. 

Further information 

We’ll make sure to keep this website up to date with any news about the new 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.

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