Petitions: Internet

Prime Minister written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Prime Minister

(1) whether he plans to reply by personal e-mail to each of the petitioners who have signed up to each of the petitions posted on the Number 10 website;

(2) what criteria he uses to decide (a) which petitions merit a response from him and (b) the timing of a response.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Shadow Secretary of State (Justice), Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Prime Minister how many e-petitions have been posted on the Downing street website; and what proportion of closed e-petitions have received a non-automated email response on the issue of the petition.

Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Prime Minister how many individuals have signed Downing street e-petitions since the system went live.

Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister

Information on the number of e-petitions and the number of individuals who have signed e-petitions is a matter of public record, and is available on the No. 10 website.

Information on replies to e-petitions is also available on the No. 10 website, and a copy of the relevant webpage has been placed in the Library of the House.

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No3 people think not

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 6 Mar 2007 4:17 pm (Report this annotation)
Check it out nuclear dai. Once again a pathetic question for the PM. I am also suprised that there are others out there the same as little dai, pathetics asking pathetic questions for the sake of it when the information is already available.

I am more interested in WHY nuclear dai refuses to answer some of MY EMAILS??? I think I should lay a petition asking that all MP's who ask pathetic questions when the answers are already avsilable be charged for the stupid questions at the standard rate of £138...If that were already the case then the man from Blaenau Gwent would owe £31,602. Thats the waste of taxpayers money from the gent from Blaenau Gwent and he actually gets paid a salary for his lack of activity in parliament also. Criminal I call it.

Paul Mitchell
Posted on 6 Mar 2007 5:21 pm (Report this annotation)

"EPetitions: facts, figures and progress"

Ken Brookman
Posted on 6 Mar 2007 9:11 pm (Report this annotation)

Thanks for that Paul. I forgot that my MP would have had difficulty finding the correct page from the home page in the web site. I should email it to him reeally.

Rupert Strongarm
Posted on 7 Mar 2007 10:51 am (Report this annotation)

Your comments match the pattern of questions of David Evennett also. He asks endless questions mostly about information already in the public arena. Being a Tory whip, and having about 5 researchers on his own payroll in Bexleyheath, it seems he is clearly doing this on Cameron's orders to block up the system and keep staff busy answering inane questions rather than doing the work of the country. And we pay him a fat salary for doing it too. As you say, just criminal.

Ken Brookman
Posted on 7 Mar 2007 5:29 pm (Report this annotation)

To Robert. I agree but think that the majority of MP's are at it. If they had to pay the £138 which the cost of the questions I bet there wouldn't be so many rubbish repeated ones or previously answered ones.

Paul Mitchell
Posted on 7 Mar 2007 9:39 pm (Report this annotation)

17 January 2005 "To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the total cost in each of the last 10 years of answering parliamentary questions."

anthony lynch
Posted on 8 Mar 2007 11:11 am (Report this annotation)

Nearly £9 million the cost of questions asked in Parliament in 03/04.
This is part and parcel of the parliamntary process. this researchers problem then isn't it. Is there a question search prcoess in place so that researchers can inform there MPs of previous Qs if not why not.
But it is up to the individual and thier comprehension of the ansewr to decide if a question has been ansewred. this is what equalitiy issues are about.
if i thought a question hadn't been answered i would certainly ask it again.
the individual is paramount in todays society hence the equality legislation.

Ken Brookman
Posted on 8 Mar 2007 11:36 am (Report this annotation)

Thanks Paul, missed that one and Anthony agree somewhat. Basically the value of the vast majority of written questions by anybody is questionalble in most instances. Perhaps if there were a limit on the number an MP could ask or the cost came out of one of their funds it may stop this nonsense. The system is obviously there to make MP's appear busy little bees I suppose. As far as MY MP is concerned he would have to do a lot more than these written questions to gain any real credibility if people knew what he was up to half the time..