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Petitions

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 25 March 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many paper petitions the Prime Minister received in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; what steps were 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. [HL2143]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what procedures are in place for receiving, recording, acknowledging, dealing with and responding to paper petitions from members of the public that are submitted to the Prime Minister, and informing the petitioners of any action that is taken in response to a petition. [HL2144]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Prime Minister is informed of paper petitions submitted by members of the public to 10 Downing Street when he is away from 10 Downing Street; and what information he is presented with about such petitions upon his return. [HL2145]

To ask Her Majesty's Government for how long paper petitions submitted by members of the public to the Prime Minister are stored; where the petitions are stored; how the petitions are disposed of; and what information is retained. [HL2163]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Prime Minister is informed of petitions submitted to the e-petition scheme of the Number 10 Downing Street website; how regularly such information is presented to the Prime Minister; and when was the last time it happened. [HL2164]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps the Prime Minister takes to ensure that paper and electronic petitions submitted to him by members of the public are raised with the relevant departments of state; and whether the Prime Minister is informed of and consulted on what action they plan to take in responding to petitions. [HL2165]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many paper petitions submitted by members of the public to the Prime Minister were received in person by the Prime Minister in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008; and whether they will place the text of the petitions and the number of signatures in the Library of the House. [HL2166]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what criteria, aside from security, are applied when deciding whether to allow a paper petition to be presented to the door of 10 Downing Street as opposed to the gate to Downing Street; and whether those criteria require a minimum number of signatures. [HL2167]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many groups attempting to deliver paper petitions to the door of 10 Downing Street intended for the Prime Minister and signed by members of the public have been refused access to Downing Street on grounds other than those relating to security or timing in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008; what the subjects of those petitions were; and what reasons were given for each refusal. [HL2168]

As has been the practice of successive Governments, petitions delivered in person to Downing Street are administered by the Metropolitan Police.

From June 2008 to December 2008 approximately 590 petitions were received containing approximately 4,498,600 signatures. This includes petitions received in the post and those delivered in person.

Once petitions are received by the Prime Minister's Office they are recorded and dealt with in the same manner as standard correspondence. The Prime Minister's Office makes arrangements for a reply to be sent and acknowledges receipt of the petition. Full texts of petitions received are not held.