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Decisions of the Petitions Committee Tuesday 17 November 2015

20 November 2015

This week's decisions by the Petitions Committee include scheduling a debate on an e-petition relating to a tax on sugary drinks.

The Committee considered all e-petitions which had reached over 100,000 signatures, and those over 10,000 which had received a government response, on or by Friday 13 November.

Petitions which met these criteria after Friday 13 November will be considered at the Committee's next meeting on Tuesday 24 November.

Petition debates

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion ‚ÄúThat this House has considered e-petition 106651 relating to a tax on sugary drinks" on Monday 30 November at 4.30pm.

The Chair of the Committee, Helen Jones MP, will lead the debate.

The Committee referred this petition to the Health Committee on 15 September. The Health Committee took evidence from the petition's creators, Jamie Oliver and Sustain, as part of its inquiry into childhood obesity.

Other decisions on petitions over 100,000

The Committee decided not to schedule a debate on this petition, because it does not have the power to schedule debates on motions of no confidence, and the petition does not contain a specific request for action on policy.

Petitions over 10,000 with a government response

The Committee noted that the House of Commons would have an opportunity to debate the ring-fencing of foreign aid budgets at the forthcoming Autumn Statement and again at the Budget. The Committee decided to draw petitioners' attention to debates on this issue.

The Committee noted that the Government did not plan to extend the existing restrictions on fireworks.

The Committee decided to write to the Work and Pensions Committee to ask whether this might be an issue that that Committee would address in its inquiry into understanding the State Pension.  It also decided to write to the Women and Equalities Committee in the context of its inquiry into the gender pay gap.  

The Committee decided to take no further action on this petition, since the legalisation of cannabis was debated on Monday 12 October.

The Committee noted that the Home Affairs Committee was currently conducting an inquiry into police funding and that the House of Commons debated policing on Wednesday 4 November 2015.

It agreed to inform petitioners about this inquiry and debate.

The Committee noted that the Housing and Planning Bill was currently going through Parliament.

It agreed to inform petitioners about this bill. 

The Committee agreed to write to the Defence Committee to ask whether it was likely to do any work on this subject. 

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