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Andrew Jones Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Andrew Jones MP

Member of Parliament for Harrogate & Knaresborough

Campaigning and lobbying responses

Every month Andrew Jones MP receives around 1000 emails and letters sent by constituents on behalf of campaigning and lobbying groups. Andrew believes that his response to the ‘mass mailings’ are a matter of wider public interest. This section of the website shares those responses and can be used as a resource for constituents who regularly send emails from lobbying groups.

  • Early intervention for eating disorders

    November 17, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding eating disorders. NHS England has sent an ambitious new access standard by 2020: 95 per cent of patients are to be treated within four weeks of their first contact with a healthcare professional. Urgent cases will be treated within one week and the worst emergency cases in children should […]

  • Status of animals as living beings

    Thank you for contacting me about the status of animals as living beings. Having looked into this matter I understand the main reason for the move was to harmonise the legal status of animals under the French Civil Code with its Penal and Rural Codes, which already recognised animals as having interests that could not […]

  • Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill

    October 19, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding protecting emergency service workers. We owe emergency service workers a debt of gratitude for the courage, commitment and dedication they demonstrate in carrying out their duties. To this end, I will be supporting the Private Member’s Bill to protect emergency workers. The Bill would create a statutory aggravating factor. […]

  • British prisoners in Iran

    July 31, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me. The Government is working hard on behalf of British detainees in Iran.  The British Ambassador raises the issue of our detainees with the Iranian authorities at every opportunity and seeks to secure consular access and to ensure their welfare.  The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have raised all our […]

  • Protect our environment laws and ensure a greener future

    Thank you for contacting me regarding our countryside. The British countryside is some of the most beautiful in the world and I am proud that Ministers are committed to looking after our environment. Until we leave the European Union existing arrangements remain in place. As a Treasury Minister I am particularly pleased that the department […]

  • 21st Century Fox’s proposed purchase of Sky

    July 28, 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to contact me. As you may know the Secretary of State has the ability to intervene on the basis of a number of specific media public interest considerations.  On 16 March 2017 the Secretary of State issued such a notice on the basis of sufficient plurality of media ownership, […]

  • Neonicotinoid insecticides and bees

    April 21, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding neonicotinoid insecticides and bees. I entirely agree with you that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our environment. I welcome the work the Government has done over the last few years to protect them, most recently […]

  • Finance Bill – Soft drink industry levy

    April 12, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding plans to introduce a levy on soft drinks that contain added sugar. The legislation for the implementation of the Soft Drink Industry Levy will be included in the upcoming Finance Bill and will be introduced from April 2018. I am pleased to say that I will be supporting the […]

  • Animal cruelty sentencing

    April 5, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding sentencing for offences of animal cruelty. I am pleased that we have a robust legal framework to tackle animal cruelty in the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which makes it an offence to cause unnecessary suffering to any animal. The law and the penalties for this crime were reviewed by […]

  • Ancient woodland

    Thank you for contacting me regarding ancient woodland. I agree that ancient woodland is a precious habitat and the National Planning Policy Framework already contains protections for it. It states that planning permission should be refused for development that would result in the loss or deterioration of irreplaceable habitats, including ancient woodland and aged or […]

  • National Health Service

    March 10, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the National Health Service (NHS). The Government is committed to delivering a 7-day NHS. It is expanding access to GP surgeries and hospital based consultants at evenings and weekends. We want everyone as they are getting older to get the dignified care they deserve, and we recognise the pressures […]

  • Plastic microbeads

    February 28, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding plastic microbeads. I understand and share your concerns about the impact these ingredients can have on the marine environment and fish. I am pleased to say that following work with the industry to achieve a voluntary phase-out, the Government has announced plans to ban them from cosmetic products completely. […]

  • Illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

    February 10, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Backbench Business Committee debate on illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) on 9 February. It is long standing UK Government policy that Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories are illegal under international law, an obstacle to peace and make a two-state solution, with Jerusalem as […]

  • Ivory Trade

    February 9, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding ivory trade. Like you, I am seriously concerned about the effect of illegal poaching and ivory trafficking. Just how seriously the Government takes this issue was demonstrated when it held the London Conference on Wildlife Trafficking. Over 40 countries adopted the London Declaration in an effort to save iconic […]

  • APPG Animal Welfare – fur trade

    January 31, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding fur trade. I support the highest standards of animal welfare so I am pleased to note that the importation of fur products is already tightly regulated. As you note it is currently illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them; in addition the […]

  • Police animals

    January 18, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me about police animals. Police support animals make a valuable contribution in the detection and prevention of crime and in maintaining public safety. I am extremely grateful for the bravery and skill shown by police dogs and their handlers on a daily basis. Attacks of any sort on police dogs or […]

  • Proposed takeover of Punch Taverns PLC by Heineken

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the proposed takeover of Punch Taverns PLC by Heineken. While I appreciate the concerns that have been expressed over the potential move, this does remain a commercial matter. That said, it is clearly a huge vote of confidence in the British pub and I understand that an offer currently […]

  • Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill

    January 4, 2017

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) Bill. No country can defeat poverty without sustained economic growth, creating jobs and raising taxes for public services. CDC’s mission is to create jobs and achieve lasting change for people in the poorest countries in Africa and Asia. CDC currently has investments in more […]

  • Fixed-odds betting terminals

    December 16, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and gambling advertising. I understand concerns around FOBTs and want to see a gambling industry which fulfils its responsibility to protect players. Nationally, the Government has already put in place a number of measures around FOBTs. For example, in 2015 Government took action to introduce […]

  • Trade policy

    December 3, 2016

    Many thanks for your lobby group email regarding trade policy. As you know from previous correspondence I cannot sign Early Day Motions (EDMs) as I am a Minister and to do so would be in breach of the Ministerial Code. I am sure that, as we move into shaping what Brexit will look like, there […]