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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.

  • Council investment decisions

    November 9, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about council investment decisions. Members of the Government do not, by convention, sign any Early Day Motions as doing so is likely to breach the Ministerial Code’s rules on collective responsibility. There are strong views on this issue and I appreciate that the Government’s response will not have pleased everyone. […]

  • Breeding and sale of pets

    Thank you for contacting me about the breeding and sale of pets. Britain is a nation of animal lovers and it is vital that we maintain the highest standards of animal welfare. Ministers are serious about improving welfare in breeding establishments and are reviewing the laws that regulate dog breeding and pet sales. These plans […]

  • Animal testing (Beagle farm in Grimston)

    September 21, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding animal testing and the facility at Grimston. I understand your concerns on this issue. I am therefore pleased that the Government has outlined how it will work to reduce, replace and refine the use of animals in research, known as ‘the 3Rs’.  It has launched a delivery plan which […]

  • Domestic abuse in Family Courts

    Thank you for contacting me regarding domestic abuse in Family Courts. Domestic abuse is appalling and tackling such abuse is a priority for the Government. The Women’s Aid report makes for harrowing reading. No child should ever die or live in such dreadful circumstances, and it is incumbent on all of us to consider whether […]

  • Mayfair loophole

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the ‘Mayfair Loophole’. The Government has taken decisive steps to ensure that asset managers pay their fair share of tax, both at Summer Budget 2016 and through the Finance Act. It is right that when investments are held for the shorter term and the activities undertaken are more akin […]

  • Sustainability and Transformation Plans

    September 20, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and public consultation. Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprints are not statutory bodies – they are collaborations of organisations which will work together to join up care for patients across their area.  I appreciate that any new proposals for how NHS services work together can […]

  • South Korean dog meat trade

    September 12, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about the dog meat trade in South Korea. I’m proud that Britain is a nation of dog lovers. Like you I am uncomfortable with the trade or consumption of dog meat and believe that unnecessary cruelty to a dog or any other animal is abhorrent. The Government has tried to […]

  • UK involvement in unlawful rendition

    July 12, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding allegations of UK involvement in unlawful rendition. The UK opposes any form of deprivation of liberty that amounts to placing a detained person outside the protection of the law. The Government does not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture for any purpose. The Government has […]

  • Land Registry

    July 4, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Land Registry. The Land Registry is an important part of land and property ownership in England and Wales. It undertakes a range of functions and responsibilities which support an effective and functioning property market. A well-functioning Land Registry underpins housing supply, home ownership and economic growth. It has […]

  • Snaring

    July 1, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the use of snares. I understand your concern and thought I would take this opportunity to clarify the Government’s response to this issue. In 2008 the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs commissioned research to determine the extent of the use of snares in England and Wales. After […]

  • Conservation of lions in Africa

    June 20, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the conservation of lions in Africa. It is important that lions receive the protection they deserve. I am therefore pleased that the UK is a leading participant in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species which is reviewing the protection granted to lions. I know there have been […]

  • Finance Bill amendments

    June 17, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the #ShowMeTheMoney amendment to the Finance Bill. The Government has played a leading role in driving forward international action on tax transparency. The introduction of country-by-country reporting (CbCR) has increased the transparency between multinationals and tax authorities. The European Commission has now proposed amendments to the Accounting Directive for […]

  • Cost of pharmaceutical drugs to the NHS

    June 15, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about the cost of pharmaceutical drugs to the NHS. I fully appreciate your concerns and I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to paying a fair price for drugs. That is why the Secretary of State for Health has asked the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) […]

  • Tax treaties

    June 14, 2016

    Thank you for forwarding me the ActionAid lobbying email about tax treaties. A major focus of the UK’s G8 Presidency was tax transparency and combatting offshore tax evasion. This is why the UK promoted the development of the Common Reporting Standard – an information standard for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information- to effectively tackle […]

  • EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)

    Thank you for contacting me about the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). I am sorry to hear of your concerns but am glad to have this opportunity to clarify a few things as this agreement does not carry the risks that some have suggested. Underlying the Agreement is the opportunity to add £1.3 […]

  • Policing and Crime Bill – New clause 64

    Thank you for contacting me about the second part of the Leveson Inquiry. I appreciate your concerns regarding this very important issue. When the Prime Minister, David Cameron, announced the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry he was clear it would examine wrongdoing within the press and the police, including the conduct of the initial police […]

  • International aid

    June 8, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding international aid. The UK’s aid commitment means we can be proud to be a country that meets its responsibilities to the world’s poorest. Our commitments on overseas aid were part of the 2015 manifesto on which I stood. By continuing to meet the 0.7 per cent target on overseas […]

  • EU Nature Directives

    June 1, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the EU Nature Directives. The Nature Directives have an important role to play and the last Coalition Government reviewed the way these Directives are implemented in England. It found that generally they are working well but identified 28 measures that would make compliance simpler. I am sure you will […]

  • Detention time limit for migrants

    May 31, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding a detention time limit for migrants. I agree with the Government’s position, which is that a time limit on immigration detention would not be appropriate. Please let me assure you that Home Office published policy is centred on a presumption in favour of liberty. Depriving someone of their liberty […]

  • Andargachew Tsege

    May 30, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the detention of Andargachew Tsege. It is deeply concerning that British national Andargachew Tsege remains in detention. The Foreign Secretary, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, made clear to the Ethiopian Government that their continued failure to grant the UK Government’s basic requests was unacceptable and the lack of progress […]