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Decisions of the Petitions Committee Tuesday 7 March 2017

15 March 2017

This week's decisions included scheduling debates on e-petitions relating to GCSE English literature exams and the TV licence fee.

The Committee considered all e-petitions which had reached over 100,000 signatures, and those over 10,000 signatures which had received a government response, by Friday 3 March 2017.

Petitions which met these criteria after this date will be considered at the Committee's next meeting on Tuesday 14 March 2017.

Petition debates

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion "That this House has considered e-petition 172405 relating to GCSE English Literature exams" on Monday 24 April 2017 at 4.30pm.  

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

The Committee decided to schedule a debate in Westminster Hall on the motion "That this House has considered e-petition 170931 relating to the TV Licence fee" on Monday 8 May 2017 at 4.30pm.  

David Mackintosh MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, will lead the debate. 

Petitions with over 10,000 signatures which received a government response

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee also agreed to write to petitioners to draw their attention to recent parliamentary activity around the issues raised in the petition. The Public Accounts Committee has recently conducted an inquiry into improving access to mental health services. The Health Committee has also recently conducted an inquiry into suicide prevention.

There was a Westminster Hall debate on the Mental Health Taskforce Report on 13 April 2016 and an opposition debate on Mental Health on 9 December 2015.

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee also agreed to write to petitioners to draw their attention to recent parliamentary activity around the issues raised in the petition.

There was an opposition debate on the armed forces and historical cases on 23 February 2017. This issue was raised in a recent statement on the political situation in Northern Ireland and a Westminster Hall debate on the implementation of the Stormont House Agreement, both on 10 January 2017. There was also a Westminster Hall debate on legacy issues in Northern Ireland on 13 December 2016.

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee conducted an inquiry into the administrative scheme for "on the runs" which concluded in March 2015.

An application has also been made to the Backbench Business Committee for a debate on the prosecution of UK security forces. The Committee agreed to ask permission for the petition to be tagged as relevant if the Backbench Business Committee schedules a debate on the prosecution of UK security forces.

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee also agreed to write to the Defence Committee, which is currently conducting an inquiry into the Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report, to draw its attention to the petition.

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee also agreed to write to petitioners to draw their attention to recent parliamentary activity around the issues raised in the petition. This includes a debate on the Housing White Paper on 7 February 2017 and an inquiry by the Communities and Local Government Committee into the Consultation on National Planning Policy.

The Committee noted the Government's response. 

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee noted the Government's response.

The Committee considered this petition at its meeting on 21 February 2017. It agreed to wait for the Higher Education and Research Bill to complete its passage through Parliament before deciding whether to schedule a debate.

Public (paper) petitions with government responses

The following public (paper) petitions received a written response from the Government and were noted by the Committee:

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