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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.

  • Uprating state pension overseas

    March 22, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about increases in the state pension for those living abroad. The UK state pension is payable worldwide and is uprated abroad where there is a legal requirement to do so. In some countries, however, there is no agreement with the UK for securing the social security rights of people moving between […]

  • Epilepsy

    Thank you for contacting me about epilepsy. I understand that epilepsy is a serious condition which can have major implications for a person’s quality of life. The Government wants our NHS to be among the best in Europe at supporting people with ongoing health problems such as epilepsy to live healthily and independently with much […]

  • Transport of nuclear material

    Thank you for contacting me about the transport of nuclear weapons and EDM 987. 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. I would like to assure you that movements of nuclear material are subject to […]

  • NSPCC’s ‘It’s Time’ Campaign

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the NSPCC’s ‘It’s Time’ campaign about support for victims of child abuse. I understand your concern on this issue. The Government is committed to transforming the future of mental health services for children and young people. The previous Conservative-led Government published the report Future in Mind which set out […]

  • National Health Service Bill

    March 10, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the National Health Service Bill. I am a passionate supporter of the NHS and believe it should always remain free at the point of use and funded from general taxation. I am proud that as part of the last government we invested over £7billion of extra funding in real […]

  • BBC

    March 8, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the BBC Charter Review. I am pleased that the summary of responses to the Government’s consultation on the BBC’s Charter have now been published. The responses demonstrated that the majority of people value the BBC, a position which is shared by myself and my colleagues in Government. There remains […]

  • Freedom of Information Commission

    Thank you for contacting me regarding Freedom of Information. As you know the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has published recommendations. I have read the report and know the Government is analysing the contents of that report. That feedback will be taken into account as part of the review of Freedom of Information. I […]

  • TTIP and the NHS

    March 4, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and the NHS. The Government is committed to an NHS that is there for everyone who needs it, funded from general taxation and free at the point of use. I can assure you that TTIP will not affect how the NHS decides […]

  • Safe Schools Declaration

    March 1, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Safe Schools Declaration. The intention of the Safe Schools Declaration is for countries to support the Guidelines for Protecting Schools and Universities from Military use During Armed Conflict. I believe that schools should be a place of safety, learning and peace – not violence and conflict and I […]

  • Ethical boycotts

    February 29, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the extent to which local authorities should be able to introduce ethical boycotts into their procurement and pension investment policies. I do not believe that local authorities should be introducing sanctions against nations or companies, other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place […]

  • TTIP

    February 24, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). I can assure you that the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions of the agreement do not prevent governments from passing laws or lead to laws being repealed.  The substance of these provisions is being looked at carefully and I assure you […]

  • Freedom of Information

    February 18, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me about the Freedom of Information Act. I support freedom of information and the transparency and openness it promotes. It is important that people are able to shine a light into government and this remains central to the Government’s position with regards to freedom of information. This Government aims to be […]

  • Child Poverty

    Thank you for contacting me regarding child poverty. I have supported the Government’s Welfare Reform and Work Bill through Parliament so far and thought I would take this opportunity to explain my reasons for doing so. The Government is committed to tackling child poverty. I believe the existing income-based child poverty measures do not address […]

  • Climate Coalition Campaign

    February 12, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Climate Coalition’s Valentine’s Day campaign. Climate change is a long-term economic and environmental threat. Britain displayed strong leadership during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last year and Ministers will continue to lobby for more ambitious action to tackle climate change. The UK’s Climate Change Act will […]

  • Wild Animals

    Thank you for contacting me regarding Will Quince MP’s ‘The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill’ which receiving a first reading on Wednesday 10 February. I was unable to attend the first reading of this bill as I had a prior engagement but I was pleased to read that it is scheduled for a second reading […]

  • School Admissions Code

    February 8, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the proposed changes to the School Admissions Code. The Government believes that every child should have access to a good local school. I recognise how time consuming the current system can be for a school and want parents to be confident that the process is accessible and straightforward. Where […]

  • BBC

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the recent BBC Charter Review Consultation. This consultation closed in October and over 190,000 people responded. The Government is still in the process of analysing the correspondence and will publish a response in due course. There are no plans for the consultation process to begin again but the Government […]

  • Food Waste

    February 2, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Food Waste (Reduction) Bill. Preventing food waste is an objective the Government is working on together with food retailers and industry. I am pleased that Parliament had the opportunity to discuss the issue last year in a Westminster Hall debate.  You can read what was said during this […]

  • Dementia care

    January 26, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Alzheimer’s ‘Let’s Fix Dementia’ campaign launch in Parliament on 10 February 2016. I understand your concern on this important issue. Improving dementia awareness is important not only for those suffering but for the network of family and friends affected as well. It also raises the profile of the […]

  • Death Penalty

    January 19, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding UK opposition to the death penalty. The Government is opposed to the use of the death penalty under any circumstances and this is a position Britain makes clear to all states that use capital punishment. The Foreign Office’s work on the prevention of torture and the death penalty is […]