The E-petitions dataset contains data from the shared UK Government and Parliament e-petitions website at https://petition.parliament.uk .

Petitions are created by the public and if it meets the standard for petitions it is published on that website. Members of the public can then electronically sign the petitions.

The Petitions Committee in Parliament reviews all petitions we publish. They select petitions of interest to find out more about the issues raised. They have the power to press for action from government or Parliament.
If a petition receives at least 10,000 signatures the government will provide a response to the petition.
If a petition receives at least 100,000 signatures the petition will be considered for a debate in Parliament. Petitions which reach 100,000 signatures are almost always debated.
MPs might consider a petition for a debate before it reaches 100,000 signatures.

The dataset contains all published petitions. The short description and the longer text are both available, the name of the person starting the petition is shown as the sponsor.
The petition will have a status of opened or closed. Petitions are automatically closed to new signatures after 6 months
There may also be a link to a related debate in Parliament and there will be a link to the page for the petition on the petitions website.

Use this dataset if you want to

  • Identify newly raised petitions
  • Link petitions to debates
  • Monitor the progress of a petition or group of petitions

Note that there also a separate Public Petitions dataset that will be released shortly. These petitions are raised by constituents directly with a Member of Parliament and are an alternative way to raise an issue with the Petitions Committee. Search for "Public Petitions" on the Data.Parliament home page.

E-Petitions Search

This provides a user interface which allows you to search e-Petitions using multiple filters. Selecting this option will show you the first few records from the dataset and then allow you to select data from the dataset by filtering on any of the attributes for the e-Petition. You will then be able to download or display the data in the following formats: CSV (e.g. for use in Microsoft Excel), TTL, Text, XML, JSON or RDF (e.g. for developers).

E-Petitions API

Developers can build API calls using the explorer tool. Help for the APIs can be found at http://explore.data.parliament.uk/?learnmore=e-Petitions

E-petitions Atom Feed

The feed contains the 20 most recent resources for e-Petitions. This format is mainly for developers. You can refer to http://api.data.parliament.uk/help for help on the syntax for atom feed requests.