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Volume 709: debated on Tuesday 24 March 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many petitions the Cabinet Office received in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; what steps the office has taken to publicise them; and whether they will place the text of the petitions received and the number of signatures in the Library of the House. [HL2077]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures the Cabinet Office has for receiving, acknowledging, dealing with and responding to petitions that it receives from members of the public. [HL2078]

Records show the Cabinet Office did not receive any petitions in 2007. In 2008, one petition was received. Once petitions are received they are recorded and handled in the same way as correspondence from the public, which would involve sending an acknowledgement followed by a substantive reply. There are no plans to publish petitions or place them in the Library of the House.