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Committee criticises Government for poor response to a petition relating to parental responsibility

15 July 2022

The Petitions Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Justice Dominic Raab MP to highlight the need for the Government to address the request of a petition on parental responsibility more clearly.

In the letter dated 13 June, Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP criticises the Government for its “disappointing” late response to the petition.

The letter also asks the Secretary of State to ensure that the Minister responding to the upcoming debate on this petition provides a more direct response to the request of the petition. The debate will take place on Monday 12 September.


Earlier this month, the Petitions Committee concluded that the Government’s written response to the petition, which is calling for parental responsibility to be automatically suspended when one parent murders the other, did not meet the standards agreed between Parliament and the Government. The letter therefore asks the Secretary of State to ensure that the minister who responds for the Government in the debate on this petition directly addresses the request of the petition during that debate.

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