Your constituents can use petitions to call for action on an issue for which Government or Parliament is responsible.
The House of Commons accepts two types of petitions:
- E-petitions are started by members of the public and submitted through the e-petitions website. If 10,000 people sign an e-petition, the Government will respond. If 100,000 people sign an e-petition, the Petitions Committee will consider holding a debate. You can see how many people in your constituency have signed a particular petition by looking at the e-petitions website.
- Paper petitions (also known as public petitions) are presented by MPs in the Chamber on behalf of constituents or other members of the public. Paper petitions receive a response from the Government. The Petitions Committee also considers paper petitions for debate. There is no minimum number of signatures needed for this to happen.