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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.

  • 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 […]

  • Humanist marriage

    November 29, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding humanist marriage. Marriage is one of our most important institutions. As you have noted, the previous Government sought views in 2014 on marriages by non-religious belief organisations and concluded there were broader implications for marriage law. It was to this end that the Law Commission undertook initial scoping work […]

  • Government assets

    Thank you for contacting me regarding public bodies. Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions or support such campaigns, as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility. Where there is no longer a strong policy reason for continued public ownership or where there […]

  • Andargachew “Andy” Tsege

    November 21, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding Andargachew Tsege’s situation. The Government takes the detention and welfare of Mr Tsege very seriously. The Foreign Secretary has raised Mr Tsege’s case with his Ethiopian counterpart on three occasions, most recently during the UN General Assembly in September. During that conversation he pressed the Ethiopian Foreign Minister to […]

  • Early language skills

    November 14, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about early language skills. I appreciate your concern over this very important issue. I recognise the importance of making sure all children have access to quality early education, and the Government is equally committed to improving the quality of early education. We already have a high-quality system, with 85 per […]

  • A&E Departments

    November 9, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about A&E departments. The NHS today helps more people to receive higher quality care than ever before. The Government is backing the NHS with an additional £10 billion per annum investment by the end of this Parliament and the employment of record numbers of doctors and nurses. I recognise the […]