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Decisions of the Petitions Committee Tuesday 24 November 2015

24 November 2015

This week's decisions by the Petitions Committee include scheduling a debate on an e-petition relating to the use of neonicotinoids on crops.

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 20 November.

Petitions which met these criteria after Friday 20 November will be considered at the Committee's next meeting on Tuesday 1 December.

Petition debates

The Committee decided to schedule a debate on this petition in Westminster Hall on the motion "That this House has considered e-petition 104796 relating to the use of neonicotinoids on crops" on Monday 7 December at 4.30pm.

Ben Howlett MP will lead the debate.

Other decisions on petitions over 100,000

The Committee decided not to schedule a debate on this petition, because:

  • There was a debate on 19 October, scheduled by the Petitions Committee, on a petition entitled “Stop allowing immigrants into the UK.”
  • There have been ministerial statements to the House of Commons about the attacks in Paris (this petition received most of its signatures in the weekend following those attacks).
  • The House of Commons will have the opportunity in the coming weeks to debate the Government's proposals for action against ISIS.
  • Save Our Homecare. More funding to support people at home & reward careworkers.

The Committee decided to direct the petitioners' attention to any debates on this issue following the publication of the Spending Review.

The Committee noted that the Government does not consider that it has any role in intervening to make sure that the Vulcan XH558 can continue to fly.  The Committee also decided to draw the petitioners' attention to the debate on 21 July 2015 about Vulcan XH558.

The Committee decided to write to the Women and Equalities Committee to ask whether it has any plans to look into this issue.

The Committee noted that the Government response did not fully address the matter raised in the petition.  It decided to write to the Home Office to ask for a response that addresses the request made in the petition.

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