Decisions of the Petitions Committee, 2 March 2021
4 March 2021
The Committee has considered all e-petitions which had, before 25 February 2021, reached over 10,000 signatures and received a Government response. The Committee also agreed debates for a number of petitions with over 100,000 signatures that were awaiting debate.
Petitions with over 100,000 signatures
The Committee agreed to debate these petitions on 8 March:
- Urge the Indian Government to ensure safety of protestors & press freedom
- Make LGBT conversion therapy illegal in the UK
The Committee agreed to debate these petitions on 15 March:
- Do not rollout Covid-19 vaccine passports
- Cancel GCSE and A-levels in 2021 replace with Course Work and Teacher Assessment
- Allow teacher predicted grades for BTEC students
- Keep schools closed until May
- Close schools in Tier 4 areas
Petitions with over 10,000 signatures
The Committee agreed to request a revised response from the Government:
- Take back responsibility for funding free licences for over 75s from the BBC
- Waive the January 2021 tax bill for those who have been excluded from the SEISS
The Committee noted the Government's responses:
- Tom’s Law - Give police the power to suspend driving licences
- Government to match the £500 bonus to all care staff
- Trigger Article 16. We want unfettered GB-NI Trade.
- Prevent/deter the buying and reselling of goods/services at inflated prices.
- Overturn the decision to allow the use of neonicotinoid pesticides
- Independent review of the NHS dental contract
- Permit larger weddings based on guests testing negative for COVID-19
The Committee agreed to accept the following revised responses:
- Reimburse student rents for all accommodation not used during this academic year.
- Create an Emergency Carers Support Fund to increase care worker wages
- Support for people excluded from COVID-19 measures (Presented by Patricia Gibson)
- Petition of Ernest Boateng – Safety of pregnant women during the coronavirus outbreak (Presented by Sarah Owen)
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