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UK government accepts plans on e-Petitions

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The UK government has accepted the key recommendations in a report delivered by the Commons Procedure Select Committee in May 2007 on e-Petitions.

In its report the committee said it was examining the implications of introducing e-Petitioning and expected to propose a “worked up and practicable system to the House in due course”. The system would ensure that e-Petitions would be open for the the public to sign for a certain period before formal presentation. Once presented, they would also have the same status as written petitions. Greg Knight MP, Chair of the Procedure Committee said “I welcome the government's support for our work on e-Petitions. A successful e-petitioning system could play an important part in revitalising the relationship between Parliament and people.”

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