Having reached over 400,000 signatures, the recent petition to call on the government to give much-needed support to refugees fleeing war-torn countries is now required to be considered for debate inside the House of Commons.

As the issues within this petition were discussed in The House yesterday, and will be discussed again today, the Petitions Committee has decided not to schedule another debate in response to the rule on petitions requiring the consideration of a discussion inside the Commons.

This is the formal email we received, which we add below for you:

Hi Natasha Phillips,

You recently signed a petition on the UK Government and Parliament Petitions website to: Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/105991

The Petitions Committee considered today whether to schedule a debate on this petition.

Because the House of Commons has already had several opportunities to debate this issue, the Committee decided that the time was not right for another debate on the same issue.

The House of Commons has had the following opportunities to consider the issue raised in this petition:

– The Prime Minister made a statement on Monday 7 September and was questioned by MPs about it:


– On Tuesday 8 September there was an emergency debate on the refugee crisis in Europe:


– A further debate on this subject is expected tomorrow (Wednesday 9 September).

This petition has been listed on the House of Commons order paper as being relevant to the debates on this issue.

You can watch House of Commons debates live at:


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Click this link to view the petition “Accept more asylum seekers and increase support for refugee migrants in the UK.”: