Public petitions to the House of Lords
24.5The requirements of form for a public petition to the House of Lords are as follows:
- petitions should begin ‘To the Right Honourable the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, the humble Petition of [names or designation of petitioners] sheweth’;
- followed by the general allegations of the petition;
- concluding with the ‘prayer’, which sets out what the petitioners desire the House to do. The words ‘And your Petitioners will ever pray, etc’ are added after the prayer, and are followed by the signatures.