What is it?
You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.
Writing your petition
Sensible petitions will be looked at. Things to remember to include are:
- what your petition is about
- what action you want the government to take
- how long the petition is active for
There are some things you can’t petition about, including:
- individual legal cases, for example deportations (contact the Home Office)
- devolved matters (contact the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament or Northern Ireland Executive)
- London matters, for example the Underground (contact the Greater London Authority)
- private sector decisions, for example whether to reintroduce brands
Create and sign petitions online
The e-petitions site was relaunched on 29 July 2011. The new HM Government e-petitions system allows you to sign existing petitions or create a new one as long as it is not a duplication of an existing live e-petition.
Responses to e-petitions submitted to the previous administration can be viewed on the HMG e-petitions responses page.