Current Petitions

For details about the latest petitions, how to create your own petition, and other information about how to get involved, please visit the Public Petitions website.


Current Petitions

Expected Meeting Schedule

Public Petitions Committee meetings are held on Thursday mornings, usually on a fortnightly basis, and the formal agenda is published on the Committee’s webpage on the preceding Monday.

On the agenda, petitions will be referred to as “new” or “continued”.

  • “New” petitions are those that are being formally considered by the Committee for the first time at a Committee meeting. 
  • “Continued” petitions are those that the Committee has previously considered. 

The Committee may decide that, after previous consideration, it wishes to hear evidence from the Scottish Government or other organisations. The Committee can also invite stakeholders, organisations or individuals to provide written submissions. Petitioners always have the opportunity to respond to any written submissions. This creates a “cycle” to the Committee’s consideration of a particular petition, ranging from 8 to 12 weeks, to ensure that it has sufficient evidence to inform its further consideration.

The petitions below are expected to be considered at the next two Committee meetings. Where possible, an indication is given of whether oral evidence may be heard on any petition(s).

Thursday 22 June 2017

Item 1: A Continued petition

  • PE1635 by Emma McDonald on Review of section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995. Roundtable discussion with Stuart Valentine, Chief Executive, Relationships Scotland, Ian Maxwell,  National Manager, Families Need Fathers, Pauline McIntyre, Parliamentary & Policy Officer, Children & Young People's Commissioner Scotland, Dr Marsha Scott, Chief Executive, Scottish Women’s Aid, Mhairi McGowan, Head of ASSIST & Domestic Abuse Services, ASSIST. 

Item 2: A New petition

  • PE1658 by Wendy Stephen on Compensation for those who suffered a neurological disability following administration of the Pluserix vaccine between 1988 and 1992 and will be taking evidence from Wendy Stephen.
  • PE1654 by Ian Munn on Forestry regulation
  • PE1656 by Rob McDowall on Threats or assaults on sitting members of parliament, their staff and families  

Item 3: A Continued petition

  • PE1637 by Greg Fullarton on behalf of Cromarty Rising on Ship-to ship oil transfers and trust port accountability.

Thursday 29 June 2017 

Item 1: A Continued petition 

  • PE1458 by Peter Cherbi on Register of interests for members of Scotland’s judiciary  

Item 2: New petitions 

  • PE1651 by Marion Brown on behalf of Recovery and Renewal on Prescribed drug dependence and withdrawal
  • PE1653 by Michaela Jackson on behalf of Gorebridge Community Trust on Active travel infrastructure  

Item 3: Continued petitions  

  • PE1592 by Shaheen McQuade on Group B Strep information and testing
  • PE1621 by James Robertson on Sepsis Awareness, Diagnosis and Treatment
  • PE1623 by Spencer Fildes on behalf of Scottish Secular Society on Unelected church appointees on Local Authority Education Committees
  • PE1626 by Pat Rafferty on behalf of Unite on Regulation of Bus Services
  • PE1629 by Jennifer Lewis on MRI scans for Ocular Melanoma sufferers in Scotland
  • PE1630 by Fiona Webb on Nursery funding for 3 year olds
  • PE1632 by Amanda Macdonald on Concessionary transport for carers
  • PE1638 by Sean Clerkin on Local Housing Allowance (Bedroom tax 2)
  • PE1643 by Jack Douglas, LGBT+ Officer on behalf of NUS Scotland on Introduce individual risk-based blood donation in Scotland

For further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 5186 or by e-mail at:


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