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Decisions of the Petitions Committee, 20 April 2021

21 April 2021

On 20 April 2021 the Committee considered all e-petitions which had, before 15 April 2021, reached over 100,000 signatures. The Committee also considered petitions that had reached over 10,000 signatures and received a Government response, petitions that had received a revised response, and public petitions.

Petitions with over 100,000 signatures

  1. Stop Forestry England granting licenses for Fox & Hare huntsThe Committee agreed to consider scheduling this petition for debate at a future date.
  2. Increase funding for urgent research into devastating motor neurone disease
    The Committee agreed to consider scheduling this petition for debate at a future date.
  3. Allow international travel to visit partners and family
    The Committee agreed to consider scheduling this petition for debate at a future date.
  4. Stop the rising number of ear-cropped dogs in the UK
    The Committee agreed to consider scheduling this petition for debate at a future date.
  5. Ban greyhound racing to end unnecessary deaths & suffering of racing dogs
    The Committee agreed to consider scheduling this petition for debate at a future date.

Petitions with over 10,000 signatures

  1. Make verified ID a requirement for opening a social media account
    The Committee agreed to request a revised response from the Government.
  2. Extend statutory bereavement leave to pregnancy loss before 24 weeks
    The Committee agreed to request a revised response from the Government.
  3. Stop Whitehaven Coal Mine in Cumbria
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  4. Recognise all members of NHS nursing profession by giving them a 12.5% pay rise
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  5. Legal right to 2 week review of patients with suspected heart failure (HF)
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  6. Extend "rule of six" to ensure that hunting and shooting are banned
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  7. Ryan's Law: Widen definition of 'death by dangerous driving'
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  8. Make it legal to carry non-lethal self defence weapons
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  9. Give children and parents automatic rights to equal contact after separation
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  10. Legal aid should only be available to UK residents
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  11. Suspend No Recourse to Public Funds visa conditions
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  12. Introduce charges on carbon emissions to tackle climate crisis and air pollution
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  13. All Rescue Back Up Contact Details On Microchips Must Remain Registered For Life
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  14. Lower the price of the £210 COVID Home Test Kits for travellers entering the UK
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  15. Agree to hold a public inquiry to examine the true, full, effects of Lockdowns
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  16. Ghost's Law - Kittens must be vaccinated and checked by vet before they’re sold
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  17. Allow wild camping in England
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  18. Remove single person protest clauses in Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  19. Do not restrict ou rights to peaceful protest
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  20. Ban all unpaid work trial periods
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  21. Increase funding for urgent research into devastating motor neurone disease
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.
  22. Seek to conclude UK/France reciprocal agreement on exchange of driving licences
    The Committee noted the Government’s response.

Revised Government Responses 

  1. Make access to food a legal right - no one in the UK should go hungry
    The Committee agreed to accept the Government’s response.
  2. Independent body to adjudicate on compliance with the Ministerial Code
    The Committee agreed to accept the Government’s response.

Public petitions

  1. Inquiry into Government COVID-19 contracts (presented by Patrick Grady) 
  2. Wage floor to the furlough scheme (presented by Richard Burgon) 
  3. Extension of statutory paid bereavement leave (presented by Patricia Gibson) 
  4. Bank closures in North Ayrshire (presented by Patricia Gibson) 

Further Information

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