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Dear House of Commons,

Please supply a monthly breakdown over the past 4 years of :

- The number of petitions submitted
- the number of petitions declined
- the number of petitions made public/accepted

Please also supply the titles of all petitions submitted, their status (declined/accepted), and the number of signatures received.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cook

Dear House of Commons,

With the list of petitions, please include the date petition was submitted, and the date it went live (where applicable).

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cook

FOI Commons, House of Commons

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Dear Mr Cook,

 

Freedom of Information request F19-444

 

Thank you for your 2 emails requesting information dated 11 September
2019, received by us on the same date, which are copied below.

 

We will endeavour to respond to your request promptly but in any case
within 20 working days i.e. on or before 9 October 2019.

 

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From: Robert Cook <[FOI #602923 email]>
Sent: 11 September 2019 11:29
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Freedom of Information request - HOC Petition Committee -
number of petitions

 

Dear House of Commons,

With the list of petitions, please include the date petition was
submitted, and the date it went live (where applicable).

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cook

 

From: Robert Cook <[FOI #602923 email]>
Sent: 11 September 2019 11:25
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - HOC Petition Committee - number
of petitions

 

Dear House of Commons,

Please supply a monthly breakdown over the past 4 years of :

- The number of petitions submitted
- the number of petitions declined
- the number of petitions made public/accepted

Please also supply the titles of all petitions submitted, their status
(declined/accepted), and the number of signatures received.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cook

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FOI Commons, House of Commons

Dear Mr Cook,

 

Freedom of Information Request F19-444

 

Thank you for your request for information as copied below. You have asked
the House of Commons two questions regarding petitions submitted to the
House of Commons Petitions Committee. Please find our responses to each of
your questions below.

 

Please note that the information provided goes up to the date of your
request. We have therefore interpreted “the past 4 years” to refer to the
period 11 September 2015 to 11 September 2019.

 

Please also note that the Petitions Committee only holds information on
petitions which have reached the threshold for moderation. This threshold
is 5 signatures to the petition. Any petition not reaching 5 signatures
will not be recorded and processed by the Committee.

 

 

 1. Please supply a monthly breakdown over the past 4 years of:

 a. The number of petitions submitted;
 b. The number of petitions declined;
 c. The number of petitions made public/accepted

 

This information is not held by the House of Commons as the House has no
business need to collect monthly breakdowns of these figures. I hope the
following information will help explain our position. 

 

The House of Commons is only able to consider information it holds when
responding to Freedom of Information requests.  Where information is not
held by the House we are unable to provide the information you require.

 

In terms of monthly breakdowns of e-petitions submitted to the Petitions
Committee, please note that, while we endeavour to be as helpful as
possible, the Freedom of Information Act provides the requester with an
access right to recorded information held by the House of Commons. Your
request can be in the form of a question, but the House of Commons does
not have to answer your question if this would mean creating new
information, providing analysis or giving an opinion or judgment that is
not already recorded. Further information can be found at:
[1]http://www.parliament.uk/site-informatio....

 

The number of petitions made public by the Committee in this Parliament
(2017-present) is publicly available on the House of Commons e-petitions
website here: [2]https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions....

 

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the House is
exempting the information in this part of your request under 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 also supply the titles of all petitions, their status
(declined/accepted), and the number of signatures received. Please
include the date the petition was submitted, and the date it went live
(where applicable).

 

This information is held by the House of Commons.

 

All accepted and many rejected petitions meeting the 5 signature threshold
for this Parliament (2017-present) are published on the House of Commons’
e-petitions website here:
[3]https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions....

 

All published petitions include their submission and publication date in
their JSON data on the petitions website.

 

For all closed petitions published on the site, their closing date is
exactly 6 months after their publication date.

 

As the information you request is reasonably accessible to you otherwise
than under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA), the House is
exempting the information in this part of your request under 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.

 

A number of rejected petitions are not published as they contain libellous
or defamatory contact, or identifiable personal data. There are around
10,000 rejected petitions since the creation of the website. We estimate
that it would take 30 seconds to check each of these petitions for whether
it was published, totalling 83 working hours over all.

 

We therefore estimate that the cost of complying with your request would
exceed the appropriate limit of £600. The appropriate limit has been
specified in regulations and for the House of Commons is set at £600. This
represents the estimated cost of one person spending 24 hours (3½ working
days) in determining whether the House holds the information, and
locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Under section 12 of
the Freedom of Information Act the House is not obliged to comply with
your request and we will not be processing your request further.

 

If you were to make a new request for a narrower category of information,
it may be that we could comply with that request within the appropriate
limit, although I cannot guarantee that this will be the case. For
example, you could refine your request to ask for a narrower date range.

 

 

You may, if dissatisfied with the handling of your request, complain to
the House of Commons. Alternatively, if you are dissatisfied with the
outcome of your request you may ask the House of Commons to conduct an
internal review of any decision regarding your request.  Complaints or
requests for internal review should be addressed to: Information Rights
and Information Security Service, Research & Information Team, House of
Commons, London SW1A 0AA or [4][House of Commons request email].  Please ensure
that you specify the full reasons for your complaint or internal review
along with any arguments or points that you wish to make.

 

If you remain dissatisfied, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner
at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF,
[5]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

IRIS Officer | Information Rights & Information Security | House of
Commons
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From: Robert Cook <[FOI #602923 email]>
Sent: 11 September 2019 11:25
To: FOI Commons <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - HOC Petition Committee - number
of petitions

 

Dear House of Commons,

Please supply a monthly breakdown over the past 4 years of :

- The number of petitions submitted
- the number of petitions declined
- the number of petitions made public/accepted

Please also supply the titles of all petitions submitted, their status
(declined/accepted), and the number of signatures received.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Cook

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