E-petition debate on immigration
16 October 2015
The House of Commons debates an e-petition relating to immigration. The petition was started on petition.parliament.uk.
The debate, led by Paul Scully MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, will start at 4.30pm on Monday 19 October, in Westminster Hall. The debate is on the motion: "That this House has considered an e-petition relating to immigration."
The petition, which has been signed by over 197,000 people, was considered by the House of Commons Petitions Committee at its meeting on Tuesday 19 September.
The Committee has the power to schedule debates on e-petitions in Westminster Hall. In deciding which petitions should be debated, it takes into account how many people have signed the petition, the topicality of the issue raised, and whether the issue has recently been debated in Parliament.
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 Commons and the House of Lords. This process is normally started by the Government, although there are some ways in 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.
Further information on how laws are made
Watch the debate online
You can watch the e-petition debate live from 4.30pm on Monday 19 October:
After the debate, the video will be available permanently from this page. A transcript of the debate will also be available and appear on this page a couple of days afterwards.
Attend the debate
All debates in Westminster Hall are open to the public. Please note that spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come first-seated basis.
Contact your MP
You could contact your MP to tell them why this debate is important to you and suggest any points you would like them to raise.
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House of Commons debates on the subject of this petition
The House of Commons also debated immigration issues on Tuesday 13 October as part of the second reading of the Immigration Bill 2015-16
- Petitions Committee working methods: how it makes its decisions
- Petitions Committee website
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