Procedure Committee - Third Report
E-petitions: a collaborative system

Here you can browse the report together with the Proceedings of the Committee. The published report was ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 26 November 2014.


Terms of Reference


1 Introduction

Earlier reports

Proposal for a "collaborative" system

Our inquiry

2 A "collaborative" system?

3 The shape of a new system

Platform for a joint system

Petitions Committee

Role of the Committee

Chairing and membership

New committee, or allocate the responsibilities to an existing committee?

Relationship of the Committee with other committees and with the Government

Staff of the Committee

Engagement with petitioners and potential petitioners

Member involvement

Moderation of e-petitions

Threshold for publication

Terms and conditions for the submission of an e-petition

Duration on the site

Presentation to the House

Debates on petitions

Paper petitions

4 Costs

Technical infrastructure


Memorandum from the Accounting Officer

5 Conclusion

Annex: Draft Memorandum of Understanding between the Government and the Chair of the Petitions Committee, and draft terms and conditions of the e-petitions site

Draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Leader of the House of Commons and the Petitions Committee relating to the submission and consideration of e-petitions

Ownership and management of technical infrastructure



Handling of petitions

Review and future development of site

Paper petitions

Text of e-petition system terms and conditions

Submission conditions

E-petition guidelines

Opening of petitions for signature

E-petitions and the House of Commons

Paper based Parliamentary petitions

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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