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Debate: income threshold for non-EU citizens settling in the UK

7 March 2016

MPs are to debate an e-petition calling for the removal of the income threshold for non-EU citizens settling the UK. The debate was scheduled by the Petitions Committee following a petition which was started on

The debate, led by Paul Scully MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, starts at 4.30pm on Monday 7 March in Westminster Hall. The debate is on the motion “That this House has considered e-petition 118060 relating to the income threshold for non-EU citizens settling in the UK”.

Why is this e-petition being debated?

The Petitions Committee has the power to schedule debates on e-petitions in the House of Commons Second Chamber, Westminster Hall. It considers all petitions which receive over 100,000 signatures for debate but may decide to schedule debates for petitions under this threshold. In deciding which petitions should be debated, it takes into account how many people have signed the petition, the topicality of the issue raised, whether the issue has recently been debated in Parliament, and the breadth of interest among MPs.

What will the e-petition debate achieve?

Debates on e-petitions in Westminster Hall are general debates about the issues raised by the e-petition. MPs can discuss the petition and, if they wish, ask questions about the Government's position on the issue or press the Government to take action. A Government Minister takes part in the debate and answers the points raised. These debates help to raise the profile of a campaign and could influence decision-making in Government and Parliament. E-petition debates in Westminster Hall cannot directly change the law or result in a vote to implement the request of the petition. Creating new laws, or changing existing ones, can only be done through the parliamentary legislative process which involves a number of debates, and detailed consideration of the law in draft, in both the House of n which individual MPs or members of the House of Lords who are not in the Government (known as "backbenchers") can ask Parliament to consider new laws. 

Get involved

An open discussion was started on the UK Parliament facebook page to enable the public to share their views in advance of the debate.

A summary of the discussion will be made available on this page shortly.

You could contact your MP directly to tell them why this debate is important to you and suggest any points you would like them to raise.

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