Record and enforce MPs attendance at Parliamentary debates

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Record and enforce MPs attendance at Parliamentary debates

According to the Government’s own website (www.Parliament.UK “Members of Parliament are not obliged by parliamentary rules to attend the House at any time.”

If you ask for a Freedom of Information request about attendance you receive this generic reply: “This information is not held by the House of Commons because no records are kept of MP’s attendance at debates.”

The above shows that MPs are not recorded as attending any of the topics that are debated in Parliament and are actually not even obligated to enter the House of Commons!

This is outrageous! We have the democratic right to chose a candidate to represent us in Parliament, but then it turns out they don’t even have to visit the House of Commons, let alone attend and participate in any of the debates.

We are encouraged to partake in democracy, and even to create and sign petitions to reach the 100,000 signatures required to be debated in Parliament, but whenever you watch the debates, the chamber always appears to be over half empty. I would provide statistics about MPs attendance at these debates, but as the House themselves say ‘they don’t keep records as MPs are not obligated to enter the House of Commons’

A ‘PersonnelToday’ report shows that workplace absence is costing the UK economy £18bn in lost productivity. 

Now we only have to imagine what the cost is to us all for the lost productivity of MPs who aren’t even obligated to visit their place of work!!

MPs are supposed to represent us in Parliament to express our views and concerns and work together to create lasting change for us all, but how can this be, when they aren’t even obligated to enter their own workplace. This is understandably atrocious and the undersigned ask that the House starts to record and encourage, even enforce, attendance to a percentage of the debates in Parliament each year (say 80% to allow for annual leave, sickness and emergencies) and actually make it so that our Members of Parliament ARE ‘obligated’ to attend the House.

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