Parliamentary convention

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Dear House of Commons,

I have come across a claim that there is a "strict Parliamentary convention that MPs can only deal with matters raised by their own constituents or businesses in their constituency".

(1) Please provide me with any recorded information held that describes this convention (if it exists).
(2) Please provide me with any recorded information held that explains the (supposed) distinction between a Parliamentary convention that is strict and one that is not strict.
(3) Please provide me with any recorded information held that supports the view that there is a Parliamentary convention that MPs should not deal with matters raised by organisations other than businesses (state schools, charities, campaign groups etc) which would appear to follow from the claim above.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Cross

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I did find some information here: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/R...

FOI Commons, Tŷ'r Cyffredin

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Dear Mr Cross,

 

Freedom of Information request F17-545

 

Thank you for your request for information dated 13 December 2017,
received by us on the same date, which is copied below.

 

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From: Mr Cross [mailto:[FOI #452401 email]]
Sent: 13 December 2017 11:49
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Parliamentary convention

 

Dear House of Commons,

I have come across a claim that there is a "strict Parliamentary
convention that MPs can only deal with matters raised by their own
constituents or businesses in their constituency".

(1) Please provide me with any recorded information held that describes
this convention (if it exists).
(2) Please provide me with any recorded information held that explains the
(supposed) distinction between a Parliamentary convention that is strict
and one that is not strict.
(3) Please provide me with any recorded information held that supports the
view that there is a Parliamentary convention that MPs should not deal
with matters raised by organisations other than businesses (state schools,
charities, campaign groups etc) which would appear to follow from the
claim above.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Cross

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Dear Mr Cross,

 

 

Freedom of Information Request F17-545

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below.  You have
asked a number of questions about parliamentary convention which we have
sought to address below.

 

In relation to a claim that there is a "strict parliamentary convention
that MPs can only deal with matters raised by their own constituents or
businesses in their constituency":

1.   Please provide me with any recorded information held that describes
this convention (if it exists).

 

Some information is held by the House of Commons. There are a number of
records that relate to this convention; for example rulings by the Speaker
detailed in Hansard.  Additional detail from sources outside the House of
Commons is also available.  This information is conveniently compiled and
explained in a House of Commons Library Briefing Paper titled “Members and
constituency etiquette” which may be accessed from the parliamentary
website here: 
[1]http://researchbriefings.files.parliamen....

 

As this part of your request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), your request is
refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set
out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA.  This is an absolute
exemption and the public interest test does not apply.

 

2.   Please provide me with any recorded information held that explains
the (supposed) distinction between a Parliamentary convention that is
strict and one that is not strict.

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons.  We hold no records
which explain this distinction.

 

3.   Please provide me with any recorded information held that supports
the view that there is a Parliamentary convention that MPs should not deal
with matters raised by organisations other than businesses (state schools,
charities, campaign groups etc.) which would appear to follow from the
claim above.

This information is not held by the House of Commons.  It may help you to
know that political parties may also provide support and guidance for
Members in the course of their work, so you may wish to redirect your
request to them.  Contact details for the relevant parties can be found on
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Yours sincerely,

 

 

         
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From: Mr Cross [[7]mailto:[FOI #452401 email]]
Sent: 13 December 2017 11:49
To: FOI Commons <[8][email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Parliamentary convention

 

Dear House of Commons,

I have come across a claim that there is a "strict Parliamentary
convention that MPs can only deal with matters raised by their own
constituents or businesses in their constituency".

(1) Please provide me with any recorded information held that describes
this convention (if it exists).
(2) Please provide me with any recorded information held that explains the
(supposed) distinction between a Parliamentary convention that is strict
and one that is not strict.
(3) Please provide me with any recorded information held that supports the
view that there is a Parliamentary convention that MPs should not deal
with matters raised by organisations other than businesses (state schools,
charities, campaign groups etc) which would appear to follow from the
claim above.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Cross

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