When considering the impact that not debating the Ahmad petition could potentially have, we should bear the words of Prime Minister Cameron in mind, that the matter should be debated, “whether we like it or not”.
“One of the points of the new e-petitions website is to make sure that if a certain level of signatures is reached, the matter will be debated in the House, whether we like it or not. That is an important way of empowering people”
“That was never our intention for the petition site. It is a mechanism for allowing members of the public to express an interest in a matter, and it is for the Backbench Business Committee, which has the time available, to consider that.”