Campaign Responses

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.

Children in the Calais refugee camp | October 2016

I have received a number of e-mails asking for me to call for the Government to do more to accept children refugees from the refugee camp in Calais. The French Government has committed to dismantling the refugee camp in Calais by the end of the year. The UK Home...

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Seabass stocks | October 2016

The Government is aware of concerns relating to wild seabass stocks. In August of this year, Fisheries Minister, George Eustice, announced new measures to help protect seabass. These included imposing a daily 3 bag fish limit per person for recreational anglers; monthly catch limits for commercial vessels; a ban...

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Grouse shooting | October 2016

I have received a number of letters and e-mails, asking me to attend a Westminster Hall debate on grouse shooting. Government Ministers are only permitted to attend debates which directly to relate to their portfolio. As such, I will therefore be unable to attend the Westminster Hall debate on...

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Grammar and faith schools | October 2016

I have received some correspondence from constituents about grammar and faith schools. I should point out that since education is a devolved matter, these proposals apply to England only and will not apply to schools in Wales, for which the Welsh Assembly Government are responsible. The proposals aim to...

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'Backstreet breeding' and regulation on dog breeders | October 2016

I have received a number of e-mail regarding dog breeding. The Government recognises the need to toughen regulation and licensing of smaller puppy breeding establishments and align them with those of larger-scale breeders. Smaller breeders – known as ‘backstreet breeders’ – supply thousands of dogs to UK owners each...

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UK arms sales and Saudi Arabia intervention in Yemen | September 2016

The situation in Yemen is extremely complex, with a number of different groups in conflict. The main division is between the incumbent President Hadi and supporters (including the Sunni population and the military) and Shia populations and rebel groups. However, there are others, including factions of al-Qaeda. The threats...

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Fair Fuel UK and the Autumn Statement | September 2016

I have received a number of e-mails relating to fuel duty and VAT. I have written to the Chancellor and shall share the response with those who have written to me in due course. September 2016

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The right of European Union nationals to continue living in the UK | September 2016

I have some e-mail about the right of European Union nationals to live and work in the United Kingdom. Although the referendum on 23 July resulted in the decision to leave the EU, the decision about when to trigger Article 50, to start of the formal process of leaving...

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Homelessness Reduction Bill | September 2016

The Homelessness Reduction Bill, which is due for second reading on 28 October, introduced by Bob Blackman as Private Member’s Bill on the same day as the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, a committee of which he is a member, published a report on homelessness. I understand that...

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The sale of dog meat in South Korea | September 2016

I have received a number of e-mails regarding the petition against sale of dog meat in South Korea. Parliament debated the ongoing consumption of dog meat on 5 November 2015. During the debate the Government informed the House of Commons that we would continue to raise animal welfare issues...

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