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Decisions of the Petitions Committee Tuesday 21 April

24 April 2020

The Committee considered all e-petitions which had reached over 100,000 signatures, those over 10,000 signatures which had received a Government response before 16 April 2020, and those which had received a revised Government response.

Petitions with 100,000 signatures

  1. Increase pay for NHS healthcare workers and recognise their work
    The Committee decided to consider the issues raised by this petition in any future work on the Government's response to Coronavirus. The Committee will consider whether to schedule a debate on this petition once sittings in Westminster Hall have resumed.
  2. Require councils to suspend council tax payments during the coronavirus outbreak
    The Committee decided to consider the issues raised by this petition in any future work on the Government's response to Coronavirus. The Committee will consider whether to schedule a debate on this petition once sittings in Westminster Hall have resumed.
  3. Give all key workers a 100% tax and Nat. Ins. holiday through COVID-19 crisis
    The Committee decided to consider the issues raised by this petition in any future work on the Government's response to Coronavirus. The Committee will consider whether to schedule a debate on this petition once sittings in Westminster Hall have resumed.

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

  1. Encourage lenders, landlords and utilities to freeze payments during lockdown
    The Committee decided to request a revised response, that more directly addresses the request of the petition. 
  2. Require British Sign Language Interpreters for emergency announcements on TV.
    The Committee decided to request a revised response, that more directly addresses the request of the petition. 
  3. Include self-employed in statutory sick pay during Coronavirus
    The Committee noted the response. 
  4. Government to offer economic assistance to the events industry during COVID-19
    The Committee noted the response. 
  5. Implement Universal Basic Income to give home & food security through Covid-19
    The Committee noted the response. 
  6. Suspend sanctions against Iran for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic
    The Committee noted the response. 
  7. Close Schools/Colleges down for an appropriate amount of time amidst COVID19.
    The Committee noted the response.
  8. Introduce a minimum sentence for carrying a knife, equal to carrying a firearm.
    The Committee noted the response.
  9. Change the Sexual Offences Act so women can be charged with rape against males
    The Committee noted the response.
  10. Make pet theft crime a specific offence with custodial sentences.
    The Committee noted the response.
  11. Fern's Law: Compulsory to scan & check microchips to reunite stolen dogs, cats.
    The Committee noted the response.
  12. Make nurseries exempt from business rates to support the childcare sector
    The Committee noted the response, and agreed to bring a relevant inquiry by the Treasury Committee into the Economic impact of coronavirus to the attention of petitioners.
  13. No prosecution for parents that remove child from school during a pandemic.
    The Committee noted the response.
  14. Fund Kuvan (sapropterin) on the NHS for people with PKU
    The Committee noted the response.
  15. Close down all UK airports & seaports to prevent further spreading of Covid-19.
    The Committee noted the response.
  16. Release HMP Prisoners due to COVID-19 - temporary release, licence, tag, curfew
    The Committee noted the response, and agreed to bring a relevant session held by the Justice Committee, where it raised this issue with the Secretary of State for Justice, to the attention of petitioners.
  17. Extend the transition; delay negotiations until after the coronavirus outbreak
    The Committee noted the response, and agreed to bring a relevant exchange of correspondence between the Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union and Minister to the Cabinet Office to the attention of petitioners.
  18. Give UK nurseries emergency funding if they have to close down amid COVID-19
    The Committee noted the response.
  19. Require councils to suspend council tax payments during the coronavirus outbreak
    The Committee noted the response.

Revised Government responses 

  1. Introduce a minimum sentence for carrying a knife, equal to carrying a firearm
    The Committee noted the revised response and requested that it be published.
  2. Highway Code Rules 163 and 215 to be made law. Pass horses wide and slow.
    The Committee noted the revised response and requested that it be published.
  3. Require universities to reimburse students' tuition fees during strike action
    The Committee noted the revised response and requested that it be published.

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