The petition “Release the Home Office’s Grooming Gang Review in full”:
On Wednesday 13 January 2021 the House of Commons agreed to suspend sittings in Westminster Hall, where petitions debates take place, as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. This means that petitions debates that were due to take place in the coming weeks are unable to go ahead, and have been postponed.
The Petitions Committee will be considering petitions that are currently awaiting debate, including this petition, and we will let you know as soon as a debate on this petition has been rescheduled, or the Committee decides to pursue this petition in another way.
Responding to the closure of Westminster Hall, Petitions Committee Chair Catherine McKinnell MP said:
“On behalf of the millions of people waiting to have their petitions debated, I am disappointed that the Government hasn’t made it possible for debates to continue virtually while Westminster Hall has to close.
“The Petitions Committee will continue to take action on petitions, including taking evidence, speaking to petitioners and holding our own virtual sessions, but I hope that in the coming weeks the Government will bring forward plans to make sure that petition debates can restart as soon as possible, and including as many MPs as possible.”
We will confirm plans for these debates with petitioners by email, and you can also get real-time updates on the Committee’s work by following them on Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/hocpetitions.
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament