Members of Parliament often receive a large number of similar or identical e-mails on a particular policy topic or topics. David generally prefers to reply to constituents' correspondence directly and on an individual basis. However, in some cases, doing so is not practicable. Accordingly, this page provides a means whereby responses or statements on certain policy topics can easily and quickly be posted and read.
I have received many emails concerning UK military exports to Saudi Arabia.
The Government operates one of the most thorough military export control regimes in the world. All export licence applications are assessed on a case-by- case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. These criteria take account of all prevailing circumstances at the time of application and the Government will not issue an export licence where there is a risk that doing so would violate any of these strict rules. ... read more
I have received many emails regarding Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
The detention of Naznin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a serious issue of concern, being both immoral and totally unjustifiable. The British Government has stressed that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a totally innocent woman, and has condemned how despite this, she has endured three years in an Iranian jail, being separated from her daughter and husband. ... read more
I have received a large volume of emails regarding the suspension of free TV licenses for those over 75.
The BBC is an important national institution which plays a central role in the lives of many people in the UK, particularly older people. In 2017/18, 92% of the adult UK population used BBC services at least once a week, and the BBC reached a weekly global audience of 376 million. The licence fee ensures that the BBC is properly funded and can continue to provide high-quality content. ... read more
I have received numerous emails regarding the export of live animals.
The Government has a manifesto commitment that states that following our departure from the European Union, it will take steps to control the export of live farm animals for slaughter. Currently, the Government believes animals should be slaughtered as close as practicable to their point of production. However, until our negotiations with the European Union have been concluded, the UK remains a full member of the EU and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. Consequently, during this period the Government will continue to negotiate, implement and apply EU legislation. ... read more
I have received a large number of emails regarding the use of torture.
The UK unreservedly condemns the use of torture or inhuman treatment and works with international partners to eradicate this abhorrent practice. Preventing torture and tackling impunity for those who torture are essential components of safeguarding this country's security and are integral to the rule of law. The UK abides by its commitments under international law and expects all countries to comply with their international legal obligations. ... read more
I have received a number of emails regarding the abuse of children and civilians by Hamas.
As Chairman of the Council for Arab-British Understanding, I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, any violence inflicted upon, or targeted at, children and civilians in either Israel or Gaza. This is not only barbaric and entirely illegal but also undermines efforts to improve the situation in the region; hindering the Middle East peace process. Hamas must renounce violence, recognise Israel and accept previously signed agreements. ... read more
I have received numerous emails regarding the reduction of plastic consumption to improve waterways.
Plastic causes extensive environmental damage and endangers plant and animal life as well as natural habitats. I am, therefore, strongly in favour, as is the Government, of reducing the amount of plastic that we consume. ... read more
I have again received a substantial number of emails regarding medical cannabis.
I fully appreciate that there are people with chronic pain and debilitating illnesses who seek to alleviate their symptoms by using medicinal cannabis. However, the Government’s position regarding the issuing of medical cannabis is correct, as it ensures that medical cannabis is only prescribed if approved by a specialist doctor. ... read more
All sensible people will support the highest standards of animal welfare and I agree with you about the importance of protecting Equines throughout the UK. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to animals, or for a responsible party to fail to provide for their welfare. I am, therefore, deeply concerned with the statistic that 40% of Local Authorities do not employ an Animal Welfare Inspector despite being the only body, other than the police, who can legally seize an animal suffering neglect, abuse or abandonment. ... read more
The Government is committed to upholding and improving animal welfare, with the welfare of farmed livestock protected under legislation. Such welfare is guaranteed by specific welfare codes, which encourage high standards of husbandry that keepers are required to be familiar with by law. ... read more
At the December 2019 General Election, David was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Clwyd West, with an increased vote share of 50.7%.