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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.

  • Refugees

    January 14, 2016

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis. I read the letter published on the Refugee Council’s website with interest. I believe the Government’s response to the refugee crisis has been far-reaching and comprehensive. The UK has provided its largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis – over £1.1billion […]

  • Cycling

    December 22, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding funding for cycling. The case for cycling and walking as the natural choices for shorter journeys is strong and the benefits are wide reaching – to the economy, to the environment and to the health of individuals and communities. The Government is committed to giving people a realistic choice […]

  • BBC Charter Review consultation

    December 21, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the BBC Charter Review consultation. The Government received over 190,000 responses to the Charter Review consultation which closed in October. This is the second largest response to a Government consultation and I am sure you can appreciate they will take some time to analyse. I believe it is important […]

  • Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations

    Thank you for contacting me about the Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing Regulations. I responded to concerns raised to me on this proposed legislation when it was previously debated in Parliament. I thought you may be interested to read the comments I made at that time: “I appreciate your concerns on this issue. I have always maintained […]

  • Polio

    December 15, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding polio. The Government is committed to the global eradication of polio. In 2013 the UK committed £300 million over six years to polio eradication which will help vaccinate up to 360 million children. The UK participates in the global Polio Oversight Board which oversees the global initiative to achieve the eradication of polio. […]

  • Proportional Representation

    December 11, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding electoral reform. The Alternative Vote (AV) referendum in 2011 allowed electoral reform to be debated on a national level. The turnout was 19.1 million people and the result was 32.1 per cent in favour and 67.9 per cent against. This result indicated that the electorate agree that First Past […]

  • Syria and ISIL

    November 30, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Government’s response to the increasing threat from Islamist extremism – in particular ISIL. ISIL is a terrorist organisation unlike those with which we have dealt before. In 2014 there were fifteen ISIL-related attacks around the world. This year there have already been 150 such attacks, including the appalling […]

  • Emergency First Aid Education Bill

    November 24, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Emergency First Aid Education Bill. It is important that children are taught a range of life skills to accompany the core curriculum at school. The opportunity to teach skills such as CPR and more general first aid training as part of Personal, Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education […]

  • Travel and subsistence tax relief

    November 23, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about PRISM’s Yes2TandS campaign regarding travel and subsistence tax relief. Flexible labour plays an important role in the UK economy and it is necessary for the tax system to be compatible with that method of working. I appreciate you have concerns about the impact that changes to regulations may have […]

  • National Wildlife Crime Unit

    Thank you for contacting me regarding funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU). The Government recognises the important work the NWCU does to help tackle wildlife crime in the UK and internationally. That is why funding has been pledged for the organisation until the end of March. Decisions about further funding will be made […]

  • Trade Union Bill

    November 10, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about the Trade Union Bill. I attended the second reading of this bill in September and voted for the bill. I do also intend to support the bill going forward.  I appreciate this is not what you wanted but I thought I would outline the reasons for my vote. I […]

  • Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the draft Investigatory Powers Bill. I can assure you that suggestions of the Government proposing sweeping, authoritarian measures that threaten our civil liberties are false. The proposed legislation will strengthen the UK’s ability to disrupt terrorist plots, criminal networks and organised child grooming gangs even as technology develops. It […]

  • Energy Efficiency

    November 6, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about energy efficiency and insulation. The Government believes that all households should be able to invest in energy efficiency improvements so I am pleased that there is a range of programmes designed to support different houses and locations. All homes are eligible for insulation measures including solid wall insulation through […]

  • Dog Meat Trade

    November 5, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the dog meat trade in Southeast Asia. I understand your concern on this issue. Whilst cultural differences exist between Britain and Asia there is no excuse regarding cruelty to animals. The Government continues to raise concerns with countries that engage in these practices. For example Ministers have raised this […]

  • VAT on Sanitary Products

    October 29, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the rate of VAT levied on sanitary products. The frustration about the vote earlier this week has come from a misunderstanding about what the Government can and cannot do on this issue.  I thought it would be helpful therefore if I provided some clarity. National governments set a VAT […]

  • International Tax Rules

    Thank you for contacting me regarding War on Want’s report about international tax rules. I read War on Want’s report with interest and believe it is a useful contribution to this debate. It is important that further steps are taken to counter tax avoidance and to make sure multinationals pay their fair share. The global […]

  • School meals

    September 30, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Government’s free school meals policy. I am not sure on what the article to which you provided a link was based.  It was a commitment in the Conservative manifesto that we would continue to provide free school meals to infants so we will do so. I believe that […]

  • Pheasants

    September 21, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about the welfare of pheasants bred for shooting. I appreciate your concerns on this issue. The Government is committed to the highest standards of animal welfare. Under existing laws and regulations all animals must be looked after in ways that meet their welfare needs. Guidance is maintained on the steps […]

  • UK Arms Sales

    Thank you for contacting me about UK arms sales. I appreciate why there is much concern about the global arms trade. I can assure you the Government takes Britain’s arms export responsibilities seriously and operates one of the most rigorous arms export control regimes in the world. Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis […]

  • Solar Power

    September 14, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about proposed changes to Feed-in Tariffs (FITs). I appreciate your concern on this issue. It is right that the Government takes into account the potential impact changes to FITs may have on local and national employment, energy targets, keeping renewable energy policies sustainable and the environmental impact. That is why […]