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Extract from the Standing Orders
120K. (1) The Standing Committee on Petitions shall have the power to consider petitions received by the House in the manner established by the Standing Orders.
(2) The Standing Committee on Petitions shall be constituted of five members, of which three members shall be nominated by the Government side, one of whom being the Chair of the Committee, and of two members nominated by the Opposition.
(3) The provisions of paragraphs (3) and (4) of Standing Order 120B shall apply mutatis mutandis to the Standing Committee on Petitions.
140. (1) A petition can be either made in writing or electronically.
(2) Every petition shall be free from interlineations or erasures and in the form shown in the appendix to these standing orders.
141. No applications may be made by petition for grants of public money, for compounding sums of money due to the Republic of Malta, nor for the remission of duties payable by any person. This rule, however, shall not be construed so as to prevent any person from praying the House to take his case into consideration for the purpose of obtaining for him such relief as he shall appear to the House to be entitled to.
142. Every petition shall be written in the Maltese or English language and shall be signed by the petitioner. In case of incapacity to write, petitioners shall affix their marks and have them legally certified.
143. No reference shall be made in a petition to any debate in the House, nor to any intended motion, unless a notice of such motion stands upon the order paper of the House.
144. Petitions may be presented:
(a) By a member or members in writing:
Provided that no member may present his own petition but such petition may be presented by any other member; or
(b) By a citizen in electronic form on the Parliament website.
145. Every petition shall, before it is presented, be signed at the beginning thereof by the member in charge of it, and deposited for at least one clear day with the Clerk of the House, who, after examining the same, shall submit it for the Speaker's approval, and no petition shall be presented to the House until such approval has been obtained. Such approval shall be conveyed by the petition being certified by the Clerk of the House as follows: "House of Representatives, Passed by the Speaker". The same verifications shall be made by the Clerk of the House when a petition is presented by a citizen.
146. Any member before presenting a petition shall ascertain the number of signatures to the petition, and shall write the same number at the head of the petition. The same verifications shall be made by the Clerk of the House when a petition is presented by a citizen.
147. It shall be incumbent on every member presenting a petition to acquaint himself with the contents thereof and to ascertain that it does not contain language disrespectful to the House.
148. Every member offering to present a petition to the House, shall confine himself to a statement of the parties from whom it comes, of the number of signatures attached to it, of the material allegations contained in it, and to the reading of the prayer of such petition.
149. Every petition not containing matter in breach of the privileges of the House, and which, according to the rules of usual practice of the House, can be received, shall be brought to the Table by the direction of the Speaker, who shall not allow any debate, or any member to speak thereon or in relation to such petition; but it may be read by the Clerk of the House, if required.
150. Every petition, both if presented by a member or by a citizen, shall be discussed in the Standing Committee on Petitions. After the said discussion the Committee shall decide whether the petition shall be referred to a Standing Committee or to a Select Committee or whether a discussion should be held in the whole House. It shall also be possible for a petition to be referred to a Ministry, Department or Authority. It may be decided that no further action be taken on the petition or that the petition be laid on the Table of the House with or without comments by the Standing Committee on Petitions.