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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.

  • BBC Charter Review

    September 1, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about the BBC and the Charter Review consultation. The BBC is a national institution which is recognised internationally as a maker of high quality content and the Government is committed to maintaining this reputation. The BBC will have spent more than £30 billion of public money over the current Charter […]

  • Violence against women and children

    August 10, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding violence against women and girls. The UK has played a leading role in tackling violence against women and girls and this will continue to be a priority for the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Prime Minister. Since 2012 there has been a 63 per cent increase in […]

  • New Alliance for food security and nutrition (Global Justice Now)

    August 6, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. The New Alliance brings together African governments and institutions, the private sector, civil society, donors, and other development partners to address key constraints to agriculture-led growth in Africa. It aims to lift 50 million people out of poverty by 2022 through […]

  • Illegal and unsustainable timber – Early Day Motion 65

    August 5, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about illegal timber. 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 agree with you that it is tremendously important to protect the world’s forests, so I am pleased to be […]

  • Robin Hood Tax Campaign

    July 29, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me with the latest Robin Hood Tax campaign. Banks make a key contribution to our economy but also need to make a fair contribution. With this in mind the Chancellor keeps all taxation including taxes on the financial sector and stamp duty on shares under review. I welcome the announcement in […]

  • Off-Patent Drugs Bill

    Thank you for your contacting me regarding the Off-Patent Drugs Bill. I would like to assure you that off-label drugs can already be prescribed where there is robust evidence to support their use. I was present for the entire debate when this was discussed in the House of Commons last year. When it came to […]

  • Mayfair Tax Loophole

    July 22, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about the so-called ‘Mayfair loophole’. The ‘Mayfair loophole’ is part of the capital gains system and was agreed by the last Labour Government. It allows private equity firms to treat their profits as capital gains when there is capital at risk. I welcome the clamp down announced in the budget […]

  • Abortion medication in Northern Ireland

    July 21, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about the woman who has been charged for purchasing abortion medication on behalf of her daughter in Northern Ireland. I appreciate this is a very distressing case and one that has resulted because abortion law in Northern Ireland is different to the rest of the United Kingdom. This is an […]

  • Animal breeding legislation

    July 20, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding Early Day Motion (EDM) 381 and animal breeding legislation. I appreciate your concerns about animal breeding. I am pleased the Dogs Trust highlighted the issue recently. Responsibility for stopping illegal movement begins in the country where puppies are born so the Chief Veterinary Officer has written to the authorities […]

  • Literacy in schools

    July 13, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding literacy in schools and the ‘Read on. Get on’ campaign. I am pleased the Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, has endorsed this campaign which will help make a difference to the lives of millions of children. Supporting reading and literacy is a priority for the Government. The ability to read […]

  • Cancer Research UK

    Thank you for contacting me about the Cancer Research UK event in Parliament. I have supported Cancer Research UK for many years. I have visited and volunteered with local charity shops and groups. I regularly attend events in Parliament on cancer care and improving outcomes. Most recently I supported the Macmillan Cancer takeover day in […]

  • Tax credits

    July 10, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding the Summer Budget and tax credits. You may now be aware that some tax credit reform was announced in the Budget and I thought it would be beneficial if I provided some information. The Chancellor made clear in his remarks why the tax credit system needs reform. When the […]

  • Bee populations

    June 24, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about the National Pollinator Strategy and measures to protect bees. Bees and other pollinators play an essential role in our food production and are vital to the diversity of our environment. I welcome the work the Government has done over the last few years to understand and protect them. However […]

  • Food waste

    Thank you for contacting me about Early Day Motion (EDM) 66 and food waste. As you may already know as a Minister in the Transport Department. I cannot sign Early Day Motions as this may breach the Ministerial Code. However I would like to take this opportunity to discuss the issue of food waste. Preventing […]

  • Fuel Duty

    June 23, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about fuel duty. I know this is an important issue for families and businesses in Harrogate and Knaresborough and across the country. The Chancellor will deliver his Budget on 8 July and I would not wish to speculate on what will be set out. However I am proud of the strong […]

  • Sensory loss and digital services

    June 22, 2015

    Thank you for copying me into your letter to Ed Vaizey MP regarding people with sensory loss and digital services. I appreciate your comments on this important issue. The UK is a world leader in the TV access services both in extent and in quality.  This includes subtitles, audio description and signing and I am […]

  • Ending Violence Against Children

    June 17, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me regarding UNICEF’s campaign on violence against children. The Government is committed to providing to children caught up in conflicts everything from shelter, clean water and food to trauma counselling and school textbooks. Since 2009 the Department for International Development (DFID) has more than doubled education spending in conflict and fragile […]

  • Seal slaughter

    June 8, 2015

    Thank you for contacting me about seals. As you know, it is lawful to kill a seal if it is deemed to pose a threat to fishing operations, in accordance with the Conservation of Seals Act 1970. I am not aware of any current plans to change this position. I would much prefer to see […]

  • Human Rights Act

    Thank you for contacting me about the Human Rights Act.  I think this is a matter on which we could agree. The Human Rights Act is indeed a codification of the European Convention on Human Rights into British Law.  There is no problem with the European Convention on Human Rights and it is the intention […]

  • Wild animals in circuses

    Thank you for contacting me about wild animals in circuses. The Government remains fully committed to introducing a ban on wild animals in circuses and supported the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill. I hoped this Bill could make progress before the General Election but it was not possible due to a lack of parliamentary time. […]