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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 pm on 23rd March 2017.

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Photo of Patricia Gibson Patricia Gibson Scottish National Party, North Ayrshire and Arran 12:00 pm, 23rd March 2017

I am pleased to have the opportunity to share in the sentiments that have been expressed today and the condolences that we have sent from the House. I also thank all the staff for their work yesterday.

I have been quite concerned about recent comments from people on social media who have boasted about signing a UK parliamentary petition 2,000 times. Given that these petitions often influence what MPs debate, will the Leader of the House reassure the House by setting out what measures are in place to ensure the validity of signatories to any parliamentary petitions so that we can all be confident about the integrity of petitions, and that they are signed only once by those who are entitled to do so?