Petitions Committee

38.75The Petitions Committee was first appointed in July 2015, following recommendations from the Procedure Committee for changes to the petitions process, intended to enhance the relationship between petitioners and the House. A major proposal was the establishment of a collaborative e-petitions website, jointly owned by the Government and the House of Commons.1 The Committee's role is to consider e-petitions started on the e-petitions website and public (paper) petitions presented to the House by Members.2 It has a particular responsibility for selecting particular petitions or e-petitions for debate in a Monday sitting in Westminster Hall. It has the usual powers of select committees to take evidence and can therefore also conduct an inquiry into a topic raised by a petition.3

For more information about the Petitions Committee and the petitions process, see Chapter 24.


  1. 1. Procedure Committee, Third Report of Session 2014–15, E–petitions: a collaborative system, HC 235.
  2. 2. SO No 145A(1).
  3. 3. For example, Petitions Committee, First Special Report of Session 2017–19, Online abuse and the experience of disabled people, HC 149.