Campaigns

BADGER CULL AND BOVINE TB

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to badger culls and bovine TB. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Badger Cull

OVERSEAS DOMESTIC WORKERS AND THE MODERN SLAVERY BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to overseas domestic workers and the Modern Slavery Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of overseas domestic workers and the Modern Slavery Bill

HARVEY’S LAW

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to Harvey’s Law. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Harvey’s Law. Bob has also raised this matter direct with Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport.  The Minister’s response will be posted here shortly

SHALE GAS AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to shale gas and the Infrastructure Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Shale Gas

TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnerships (TTIP). Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of the TTIP

DEMENTIA

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to Dementia and the Alzheimer’s Society’s Parliament Day. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Dementia

BAN ON NON-STUN SLAUGHTER

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to a ban on non-stun slaughter. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of non-stun slaughter

SEX SELECTIVE ABORTION

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to sex selective abortion and the Serious Crime Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Sex Selective Abortion

TAX AVOIDANCE

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to tax avoidance. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Tax Avoidance

BACKSTREET PUPPY BREEDING

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to puppy breeding. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Backstreet Puppy Breeding

MITOCHONDRIAL DONATION

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to the motion to approve draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter of Mitochondrial Donation

WALKING AND CYCLING & THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to walking and cycling and the Infrastructure Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter Walking and Cycling and the Infrastructure Bill

NEW CLAUSE 16 OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to New Clause 16 of the Infrastructure Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter New Clause 16 of the Infrastructure Bill

HOMELESSNESS

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to today’s (21 January 2015) Westminster Hall debate on ‘Government support for homeless young people’. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter Homelessness

TRIDENT RENEWAL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to Trident renewal. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter Trident Renewal

SHALE GAS AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to shale gas and the Infrastructure Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter Shale Gas and the Infrastructure Bill

IFAW’S REPORT: ‘WANTED – DEAD OR ALIVE’

A number of constituents recently got in touch regarding the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW’s) recent report entitled ‘Wanted – Dead or Alive’ on wildlife cybercrime. Those contacting Bob were concerned that the law protecting wildlife does not specifically address online wildlife cybercriminals. They urged Bob to raise this issue directly with Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This is the Minister’s response on wildlife cybercrime

DOGS TRUST REPORT: ‘THE PUPPY SMUGGLING SCANDAL’

Several constituents recently wrote to Bob to bring to his attention the illegal importation of puppies into the UK. They highlighted the recent report by the Dogs Trust entitled ‘The Puppy Smuggling Scandal’ which looked into this issue. Those who got in touch called for the Government to put effective controls in place to stop these puppies entering the UK and to immediately put strong deterrents in place for those involved in this criminal activity. Bob raised this issue with Lord de Mauley, Minister for Natural Environment and Science. This is the Minister’s response on puppy smuggling

EDM 370 – NHS PAY

A number of constituents recently wrote to Bob urging him to sign EDM 370 to show his support for NHS staff, and to show that he believes they should get the cost of living rise they were promised. Bob has now signed EDM 370

RETALIATORY EVICTIONS AND TENANCIES (REFORM) BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on retaliatory evictions and the Tenancies (Reform) Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on retaliatory evictions

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE PRIVATE MEMBERS BILL

Bob voted in support of the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill when it received its Second Reading debate in the House of Commons on Friday 21 November 2014. Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the National Health Service Bill

MONEY CREATION AND SOCIETY

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position in relation to the Backbench Business debate on Money Creation and Society. Here is Bob’s letter on the matter Money Creation and Society Debate

SMALL BUSINESS BILL – NEW CLAUSE 2

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on New Clause 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the Small Business Bill, New Clause 2

MODERN SLAVERY BILL

Bob recently wrote to Karen Brady MP, Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime, on behalf of his constituents who had urged that the Modern Slavery Bill address modern slavery in their supply chains. This is the Minister’s response on the Modern Slavery Bill 

ZERO-HOURS CONTRACTS

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the zero-hour contracts. Here is Bob’s letter on the Zero Hours Contracts

OFF-PATENT DRUGS BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the Off-Patent Drugs Bill ahead of its Second Reading Debate on 7 November 2014. Here is Bob’s letter on the Off-Patent Drugs Bill

TEACHER WORKLOADS

A number of constituents recently wrote to Bob in order to raise their concerns over excessive teacher workloads. These constituents asked that Bob make their concerns known to David Laws – Minister for Schools. This is a copy of the Minister’s response on teacher workloads

VULTURE FUNDS

Bob was recently asked to write to Andrea Leadsom – Economic Secretary to the Treasury – to raise constituents’ concerns on the issue of ‘vulture funds’. Bob accordingly wrote to Andrea Leadsom and this is a copy of the Minister’s response on Vulture Funds

TRANSATLANTIC TRADE AND INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIPS

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnerships (TTIP). Here is Bob’s letter on the TTIP

RECALL BILL – COMMITTEE STAGE

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the Government’s Recall Bill ahead of the start of Committee Stage on 27 October. Here is Bob’s letter on the Recall Bill – Committee Stage. This is an updated letter from Bob on the Committee Stage of the Recall Bill

SAVE A LIFE AT 16 CAMPAIGN

Bob recently wrote to Lin Homer – HM Revenue and Customs Chief Executive – on behalf of a group of constituents regarding the Anthony Nolan Trust’s ‘Save a Life at 16’ campaign. The campaign called for information about joining the bone marrow register to be included in the letters sent to young people notifying them of their National Insurance number ahead of their 16th birthday. This is a copy of Lin Homer’s response on the Save a Life at 16 campaign

RECALL BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the Government’s Recall Bill ahead of the Second Reading debate on Tuesday 21 October. Here is Bob’s letter on the Recall Bill

RECOGNITION OF PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

Bob voted in favour of the motion to recognise Palestinian Statehood when it was debated in the House of Commons on Monday 13 October 2014. Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the recognition of Palestinian Statehood

UK MILITARY AIRSTRIKES AGAINST ISIL EXTREMISTS IN IRAQ

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the Government’s proposal for UK airstrikes in Iraq against ISIL extremists. Here is Bob’s letter on airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq

HOSPITAL CAR PARK CHARGES

Many constituents recently raised with Bob their concerns regarding the level of car parking charges at NHS hospitals. They urged that action be taken to reduce car park charges, which they argued were unfair. Bob raised this matter with Earl Howe, Minister for Health Quality. This is the Minister’s response on Hospital car park charges

RECALL BILL

Following enquiries from a number of constituents, Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the Government’s Recall Bill. Here is Bob’s letter on the Recall Bill

AFFORDABLE HOMES BILL

Bob voted in favour of the Affordable Homes Bill during its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Friday 5th September 2014. Bob has outlined in a letter his position on both the Bedroom Tax and the Affordable Homes Bill

WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES TEN MINUTE RULE BILL

Bob supports a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses and also supports the provisions contained in the related Ten Minute Rule Motion introduced by Jim Fitzpatrick MP. Bob has outlined in a letter his position on the use of wild animals in circuses

PUPPY FARMING AND SALES

Bob has received a large volume of correspondence from constituent’s regarding concerns over puppy farming. Those who contacted Bob called for a ban on the sale of puppies in pet shops where the mother is not present – as proof that they haven’t been mass-produced in a farm. Bob raised the concerns of his constituents with Lord de Mauley – Minister for Natural Environment and Science. This is a copy of Lord de Mauley’s response on Puppy Farming

DOG MEAT TRADE IN CHINA

Bob was recently received a number of emails in which constituents expressed their concerns about the annual Yulin Dog Meat Festival in the Guangxi region of China. Those writing to Bob conveyed their desire to see the festival ended for good. Bob raised this matter on behalf of his constituents with Philip Hammond MP, Foreign Secretary. This is the Foreign Secretary’s response on the dog meat trade in China

OFF-PATENT DRUGS BILL

Many constituents recently wrote to Bob asking whether he would write to the Secretary of State for Health and ask him if he is supporting the Off-patent drugs Bill, introduced by Jonathan Evans MP. Bob accordingly wrote to the Secretary of State who provided this response on the Off-patent Drugs Bill

SYRIAN REFUGEES AND THE VPR

Many constituents recent wrote to Bob regarding Syrian refugees. Within their correspondence they urged the Government to be bold and ambitious in its plans for the Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) scheme providing thousands, not hundreds, of life changing resettlement places to Syria’s refugees. Bob raised this matter with James Brokenshire MP, Minister for Immigration and Security. This is a copy of the Minister’s response on Syrian refugees

USE OF ANTIBIOTICS IN FARMING

Bob recently received a large volume of correspondence regarding the use of antibiotics in farming. Those writing to Bob were concerned that the overuse of antibiotics in farming was contributing to the development of resistant bacteria, which can pass to humans. They were worried that these resistant bacteria are rendering our antibiotics useless. Bob raised this matter with both Elizabeth Truss – Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – and Jeremy Hunt MP – Secretary of State for Health. This is a Copy of Elizabeth Truss’ response on Use of antibiotics in farming

AMBITIOUS ABOUT AUTISM’S RULED OUT CAMPAIGN

Bob has received correspondence from a number of constituents regarding the Ambitious about Autism’s Ruled Out campaign. The campaign aims to ensure that children with autism in our area get access to quality, full-time education. Bob wrote to Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, regarding this matter. This is the Secretary of State’s response on the Ruled Out Campaign

GAZA, SOUTHERN ISRAEL & THE WEST BANK

A large number of people have raised with Bob their concerns over the violence that has engulfed Gaza, southern Israel and the West Bank. This is Bob’s response to the concern that have been raised with him on the situation in Gaza, Israel & and the West Bank. Bob has also raised this matter direct with Philip Hammond MP, Foreign Secretary. Tobias Ellwood MP, Foreign Office Minister, has now responded on behalf of the Foreign Secretary.  This is the Minister’s response on Gaza and Israel

PROTECT OUR AID PROMISE CAMPAIGN

Bob has received correspondence from a number of people regarding the ‘Protect Our Aid Promise’ campaign and the associated Private Members’ Bill introduced by Michael Moore MP. This is Bob’s response on the Protect of Aid Promise Campaign

ENDING MODERN SLAVERY

Several constituents recently wrote to Bob about ending modern slavery in supply chains and the Modern Slavery Bill. Bob raised the concerns of his constituents with Karen Bradley MP, Minister for Modern Slavery and Organised Crime. This is a copy of the Minister’s response on Ending Modern Slavery

BAN ON WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob to raise their concerns over the absence of the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill from the recent Queen’s Speech. Bob shared the concerns expressed by his constituents and therefore raised the matter with Lord de Mauley, Minister for Natural Environment and Science. This is the Minister’s response on Wild Animals In Circuses

FOOD POVERTY

Bob recently received a large volume of correspondence from constituents in which they highlighted the need for urgent action to address the rise in food poverty. They wanted to know what the government were doing to reverse the increase in food poverty and the use of food banks. Bob wrote to Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, regarding this matter. This is the Secretary of State’s response on Food Poverty

COMMUNICATION DATA & INTERCEPTION

A number of constituents have recently got in touch with Bob regarding the Government’s emergency legislation on communication data and interception. This is Bob’s response on communication data and interception

SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

Bob recently received correspondence regarding a campaign seeking a commitment to introduce statutory sex and relationships education as part of an entitlement to statutory personal, social, health and economic education for all children and young people. Bob raised this matter with Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education. This is a copy of the Secretary for State’s response on Sex and Relationship Education

VALUE THE WORK OF SUPPLY TEACHERS CAMPAIGN

Several constituents recently contacted Bob regarding the work of supply teachers. They urged Bob to contact the Department for Education to establish what steps they are taking to value the work of supply teachers. Bob wrote to David Laws MP, Minister for Schools, regarding the matter. This is a copy of the Minister’s response on Value the work of supply teachers campaign

FRACKING & SHALE GAS EXTRACTION

Following the proposals contained in the Queen’s Speech on the 4 June regarding fracking, Bob received a large number of enquiries on the issue from concerned constituents. This is Bob’s response on Fracking and Shale Gas Extraction

LEGISLATION ON RECALL OF MPS

A significant number of constituents recently wrote to Bob on the Government’s proposed legislation on the recall of MPs. This is Bob’s response to the issues raised on the issue of Recall

DISABLED STUDENTS’ ALLOWANCE & EDM 48

Bob was recently urged by a number of his constituents to sign EDM 48 – Changes to Disabled Students’ Allowance, which highlights the real danger that disabled students’ access to Higher Education is at risk as a result of the Government’s proposed changes to DSA. Bob has now signed EDM 48 and has provided his response on the Changes to DSA

FORESTRY BILL

A number of constituents recently wrote to Bob in support of bringing forward legislation to make good the Government’s promises for the public forest estate, and place it on a sustainable footing for the future. In order to achieve this they urged the Government to include a Forestry Bill in the forthcoming Queen’s Speech. Bob raised this matter with Owen Paterson MP – Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This is the Secretary of State’s response on a Forestry Bill

VULTURE FUNDS

Bob was recently asked to write to Nicky Morgan – Economic Secretary to the Treasury – on the issue of ‘vulture funds’ and to sign EDM 666 on the same subject. Bob accordingly signed EDM 666 and wrote to Nicky Morgan. This is a copy of the Minister’s response on Vulture Funds

NATIONAL POLLINATOR STRATEGY

A number of constituents recently got in touch with Bob to say they had just responded to the Government’s consultation on its draft National Pollinator Strategy. Whilst they were pleased that the Government were taking the plight of bees and other pollinating insects seriously, they thought the strategy needed improvement. They therefore urged Bob to make representations to the Government on their behalf. Bob accordingly wrote to Lord de Mauley – Minister for Natural Environment and Science. This is the Minister’s response on the National Pollinator Strategy

STANDARDISED TOBACCO PACKAGING

Bob recently received a high volume of correspondence urging him to support the introduction of legislation on standardised tobacco packaging.  This is Bob’s response to the enquiries on the standardised tobacco packaging. Bob has also raised this matter with Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, on two occasions.  This is the Secretary of State’s first response on cigarette packaging and this is his subsequent response on standardised tobacco packaging. This is the most recent response that Bob has received from Jeremy Hunt on standardised tobacco packaging

GUIDE DOGS’ ‘STREETS AHEAD’ CAMPAIGN

Bob was recently contacted by a number of constituents who felt parking on the pavement is potentially dangerous, causing serious problems for pedestrians. They therefore urged support for the Guide Dogs’ ‘Streets Ahead’ campaign, which calls for UK wide laws to make it clear that pavement parking should be the exception, not the norm, and only allowed where no other parking options are available. Bob raised this matter with Robert Goodwill MP, Transport Minister. This is the Minister’s response on the Streets Ahead campaign

PUT PATIENTS FIRST: BACK GENERAL PRACTICE CAMPAIGN

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob to pledge their support for the Put Patients First campaign, which calls for a reverse in the trend that has seen the share of funding for patient care in general practice fall in recent years, resulting in a cut to the range of services GPs are able to provide for their patients. Bob raised this matter with Earl Howe – Minister for Quality. This is the Minister’s response on the Put Patients First Campaign

EVOLUTION AND CREATIONISM IN SCHOOLS

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob about the teaching of evolution and creationism in schools. Bob raised this matter with Ofqual and Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education. This is the Secretary of State’s and Ofqual’s responses on Evolution and Creationism in Schools

HS2

A number of constituents have contacted Bob in relation to the debate on the Second Reading of the High Speed 2 Bill. This is Bob’s response on the HS2 debate

CHECK-OFF

Bob has received a number of emails from constituents concerned about the Tory-led Government’s attempts to end check-off. This is Bob’s response on Check-off.  This is a response Bob received from Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office, on Check-Off

TAX HAVENS

Many constituents recently wrote to Bob to raise their concerns over the provision of advice on the use of off-shore jurisdictions for investment purposes. Bob raised these concerns with David Gauke MP – Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. This is the Minister’s response on Tax Havens

BAN ON WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

Bob has been contacted by a number of constituents who are calling for a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in England and Wales and the inclusion of a Bill in the forthcoming Queen’s Speech. This is Bob’s response on the Ban on wild animals in circuses.  Bob also wrote to Lord de Mauley, Minister for Natural Environment and Science, on this issue.  This is the Minister’s response on wild animals in circuses

REPEAL OF THE GAGGING ACT

A number of constituents recent got in touch to urge Labour to repeal the Gagging Law should we win the next general election. This is Bob’s response on the Gagging Law

NHS PAY

A number of constituents have made contact with Bob to raise their concerns over the Tory-led Government’s rejection of a 1 per cent pay rise for NHS staff. This is Bob’s response on NHS Pay

TRANSPORTATION OF HORSES FOR SLAUGHTER

Bob has received a number of enquiries from constituents regarding the transportation of horses for slaughter. Those who contacted Bob were concerned that the law should be enforced in this area and that horses and ponies should be protected from the suffering caused by long-distance transport for slaughter. Bob raised this matter with George Eustice MP, Minister for Farming, Food and Marine Environment. This is the Minister’s response on the Transportation of horses for slaughter

TEACHERS’ WORKLOAD SURVEY

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob over their concerns that Ministers had refused to publish the results of the Teacher Workload Survey conducted in March 2013. They were adamant that the results of this survey should be published as a matter of urgency to help inform cross-union talks. Bob raised this matter with David Laws MP, Minister for Schools. This is the Minister’s response on Teachers’ Workload Survey

HUNTING ACT

An extremely large number of constituents have emailed Bob in relation to their concerns over potential moves by the Tory-led Government to amend the Hunting Act 2004.  This is Bob’s position on the Hunting Act

BADGER CULL DEBATE

Many constituents recently got in touch with Bob to urge him to attend the Badger Cull debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 13 March 2014, which calls on the government to halt their failed badger culls, and to work with the scientific evidence on an alternative strategy based on badger vaccination and cattle measures.  This is Bob’s response on the  Badger Cull debate

CLAUSE 119 AND NC16 OF THE CARE BILL

Bob recently received a large volume of correspondence urging him to oppose Clause 119 of the Care Bill and support NC16.  This is Bob’s response on Clause 119 and NC16

HM LAND REGISTRY

A number of constituents recently wrote to Bob regarding the future of HM Land Registry.  They were concerned about government proposals, as contained in a recently launched consultation, on the introduction of a land registry service delivery company.  Bob raised this matter with Vince Cable MP – Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on HM Land Registry

OPERATION BLUE STAR

Several constituents recently got in touch with Bob regarding the tragic events surrounding Operation Blue Star in Amritsar in 1984.  Bob raised this matter with William Hague MP – Foreign Secretary.  This is the Foreign Secretary’s response on Operation Blue Star

TIME TO KEEP CHILDREN WARM CAMPAIGN

This campaign – organised by the Children’s Society – seeks to help struggling families by ensuring that all families living in poverty receive the Warm Home Discount, which is currently worth £135 per year, so that children’s health is not put at risk by cold homes.  Bob raised this issue with Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.  This is a copy of the Secretary of State’s response on the Time to Keep Children Warm Campaign

EXPORT OF LIVE ANIMALS

Bob has received a number of campaign emails which call for a stop to the live export of animals.  The emails seek amendments to the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act (1847) to allow individual ports in the UK to refuse the export trade in live farm animals.  Bob raised this matter with George Eustice MP, Minister for Farming, Food and Marine Environment.  This is a copy of the Minister’s response on the Export of Live Animals

TEACHERS’ NEW YEAR MESSAGE CAMPAIGN

Several constituents recently wrote to Bob about the Teachers’ New Year Message campaign on the working conditions of school teachers in England and Wales.  Bob wrote to David Laws, Minister for Schools, on this matter as requested.  This is the Minister’s response on the Teachers’ New Year Message Campaign

BAN ON SMOKING IN CARS CARRYING CHILDREN

A number of constituents have recently written to Bob to urge him to support an amendment that was added to the Children and Families Bill in the House of Lords to ban smoking in cars carrying children.  This is Bob’s response on ban on smoking in cars carrying children

ENERGY BILL REVOLUTION

Bob has been urged by a number of constituents to support Cold Homes Week and the Energy Bill Revolution campaign calling on the Government to use the money it gets from carbon taxes to make our homes highly energy efficient. This is Bob’s response on the Energy Bill Revolution

SYRIAN REFUGEES

A number of constituents have recently contacted Bob to urge that he support the UK’s participation in the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme.  This is Bob’s response regarding Syrian Refugees

WOMEN’S RIGHTS IN AFGHANISTAN

Many constituents recently got in touch about women’s rights in Afghanistan.  They urged Bob to call on the Government to promote and protect women’s rights in Afghanistan.  Bob raised this matter with Baroness Warsi, Foreign Office Minister.  This is the Minister’s response on Women’s rights in Afghanistan.  After further contact from constituents, Bob made a follow up enquiry with Baroness Warsi on this issue.  This is a copy of her further response on Women’s rights in Afghanistan

PUB COMPANIES

Bob was recently contacted by a number of constituents who urged him to vote in favour of an Opposition Motion, which called for the introduction of legislation in this year’s Queen’s Speech to support local pubs. This is Bob’s response in relation to today’s (21 January 2014) Opposition Day Debate on Pub Companies

ENERGY PRICES

Bob received a large number of enquiries calling for a cut in energy prices and an increase of competition in the energy market.  Bob wrote to Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, on this matter.  This is a copy of the Secretary of State’s response on Energy Prices

WILDLIFE CRIME AND EDM 98

Bob was recently asked to sign EDM 98 Tackling UK Wildlife Crime which urges the Government to support a UN resolution to ensure wildlife crime is recognised as serious organised crime and to ensure wildlife crime is tackled effectively across the UK through providing long-term strategic and financial support.  Bob signed the EDM and wrote to Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on EDM 98 

ACOUSTIC VEHICLE ALERTING SYSTEMS

A number of constituents recent contacted by in relation to the Guide Dogs campaign which calls for Office of Low Emission Vehicles subsidies to be provided under the strict condition that manufacturers take steps to improve the safety of their electric and hybrid vehicles, particularly for blind and partially sighted people, by making them audible by installing acoustic vehicle alerting systems (AVAS).  Bob raised this matter with Baroness Kramer, Transport Minister.  This is the Minister’s response on AVAS

LOBBYING BILL

An extremely large number of constituents have contacted Bob in relation to the Lobbying Bill, which is being debated in the House of Commons today (3 September 2013).  This is Bob’s response on the Lobbying Bill.  This is a further response from Bob on the Committee Stage of the Lobbying Bill.  This is the Government’s response on the Lobbying Bill.  Bob has further outlined his position in relation to the House of Commons consideration of the Lords amendments on Wednesday 22 January 2014 in respect of the Lobbying Bill

LIVING STREETS CAMPAIGN

Many constituents recently got in touch with Bob in relation to the Living Streets campaign which urged the Secretary of State for Transport to review the current guidance on pedestrian crossings and increase the amount of time pedestrians have to cross the road.  Bob wrote to the Transport Secretary of this matter.  This is the Transport Secretary’s response on Living Streets campaign

CANCER RESEARCH CAMPAIGN ON STANDARDISED TOBACCO PACKAGING

Many people recently got in touch with Bob in relation to Cancer Research UK’s campaign on standardised tobacco packaging.  They urged Bob to support the introduction of standardised packaging in order to reduce the dangerous allure of cigarettes and reduce the chances of children starting to smoke.  This is Bob’s response on Standardised tobacco packaging

COMMISSION ON CIVIL SOCIETY REPORT ON THE LOBBYING BILL

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob about the newly published report by the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement on the Lobbying Bill.  This is Bob’s response on the Commission on Civil Society Report

CLAUSE 118 OF THE CARE BILL

Bob recently received a large volume of correspondence urging him to oppose Clause 118 of the Care Bill.  This is Bob’s response on Clause 118

BADGER CULL DEBATE

A large number of constituents recent got in touch to urge Bob to attend the Westminster Hall Adjournment Debate in Westminster Hall on 11 December 2013 on the ‘Future of the Badger Cull in England’.  This is Bob’s response on the important issue of the Badger Cull Debate

SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE

Bob was recently contacted by a number of constituents who were concerned about the government’s plans to privatise civil service shared services.  Bob raised this matter with Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office.  This is the Minister’s response on Shared Services Initiative

FLY-GRAZING OF HORSES

Many people recently got in touch with Bob in relation to an Adjournment Debate on the important issue of fly-grazing and the wider welfare implications for horses.  This is Bob’s response on Fly-Grazing

ENDING 15-MINUTE CARE

Several constituents recently got in touch to raise their concerns over the inadequacy of 15-minute care slots for disabled people.  They urged that the Government took the opportunity during the Care Bill Report Stage to support an amendment to end 15-minute care visits.  Bob raised this matter with Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on 15-minute care visits

ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, CRIME AND POLICING BILL

Many constituents recently contacted Bob in relation to concerns they had about the Government’s measures to tackle irresponsible ownership of dogs.  Bob raised this matter with Lord de Mauley, Minister for Resource Management, the Local Environment and Environmental Science.  This is the Minister’s response on irresponsible dog ownership

STAMP DUTY LAND TAX

Bob recently had a number of enquiries regarding the Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT).  Those who contacted Bob were concerned about the impact of SDLT on the housing market.  Bob raised this matter with David Gauke MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.  This is the Minister’s response on SDLT

RELIGIOUS SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob to express concern over religious exemptions from regulations governing the slaughter of animals for food.  Bob raised this matter with David Heath MP, Minister for Agriculture and Food.  This is the Minister’s response on religious slaughter of animals

TOBACCO PRODUCTS DIRECTIVE

A number of constituents recently got in contact with Bob to outline their opposition to the EU’s proposed revisions to the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).  This is Bob’s response on the  TPD

ENERGY BILL REVOLUTION

Several constituents recently got in contact with Bob to show their support for the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, which calls for an end to the ‘scandal’ of cold homes.  Bob raised this matter with Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.  This is the Minister’s response on the Energy Bill Revolution

USE OF CATS AND DOGS IN SCIENTIFIC PROCEDURES

A number of constituents have been in touch with Bob to outline their opposition to the use of cats and dogs in scientific procedures.  Bob raised this matter with Lord Holbeach – Minister for Criminal Information.  This is a copy of the Minister’s response on the use of cats and dogs in scientific procedures

ROYAL MAIL PRIVATISATION

Bob has been contacted by a number of constituents who are opposed to the Tory-led Government’s plan to privatise Royal Mail.  This is Bob’s response on the Royal Mail Privatisation

FAIR AND SQUARE CAMPAIGN

Bob recently received a number of representations regarding the Children’s Society’s ‘Fair and Square’ campaign which calls for all children living in poverty to get free school meals.  Bob raised this matter with David Laws MP, Schools Minister.  This is the Minister’s response on the Fair and Square Campaign

STOP THE ENERGY SWINDLE CAMPAIGN

A number of people recently contacted Bob regarding the ‘Stop the Energy Swindle’ campaign.   The aim of the campaign was to cut energy taxes.  Bob raised the matter with Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on the Stop the Energy Swindle Campaign

FAIR DEAL FOR YOUR LOCAL CAMPAIGN

A number of constituents recently wrote to Bob on the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign and associated EDM 57.  Bob signed the EDM and also wrote to Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, on this matter.  This is a copy of the Secretary of State’s response on the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign

A-LEVEL REFORMS

Bob recently received correspondence from his constituents urging the government to reverse his to A-level qualifications.  Bob wrote to Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, regarding this matter.  This is a copy of the Secretary of State’s response on A-Level reform

EU REFERENDUM BILL

Bob has been contacted by a number of constituents who would like to know his position on the EU Referendum Bill, which is due to be debated in the House of Commons on Friday 5th July 2013.  This is Bob’s response on the EU Referendum Bill

PETROL PROMISE CAMPAIGN

A large number of constituents recently contacted Bob regarding the Petrol Promise Campaign which calls for cheaper petrol and diesel prices.  They were concerned that high fuel prices were adding to a cost of living crisis and were forcing people off the road.  Bob raised this matter with Sajid Javid MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury.  This is the Minister’s response on the Petrol Promise Campaign

CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

Bob recently received a large volume of correspondence from constituents who believe it is vital that climate change is kept in the curriculum to ensure that children have a right to learn and explore what scientists and governments agree is one of the biggest global issues of our time.  Bob raised this issue with Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on climate change in the national curriculum

BREAST CANCER RESEARCH

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob to ask that he urge the Chancellor to show his support for breast cancer research by continuing to support the Charity Research Support Fund for the spending review period 2015-16; and making changes to the Gift Aid scheme to make it easier for charities to access Gift Aid from small donations made in the workplace.  Bob raised this matter with Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.  This is the Minister’s response on breast cancer research

FOOD POVERTY AND FOODBANKS

Bob recently received a number of emails from constituents regarding the increase in food poverty and the resultant increase in the reliance on handouts from foodbanks.  This is of course an extremely important issue and this is Bob’s response on food poverty and foodbanks

ENERGY BILL

Bob recently received a high volume of correspondence urging him to support the inclusion of a clear target to decarbonise Britain’s power sector by 2030 in the Energy Bill during Report Stage on the 4 June.  This is Bob’s response to the enquiries on the Energy Bill – Report Stage

BADGER CULLING AND BOVINE TB

This is an issue upon which Bob has received an extremely large number of enquiries.  Bob is clear that Bovine TB is a terrible disease that needs to be controlled, but he believes that badger culling is not the way to do it, which is why he opposes the cull   He is adamant that Bovine TB will only be eradicated by better bio-security on farms and a large-scale vaccination programme for badgers.  He will therefore be voting against the Government plans during the Opposition debate on this issue on Wednesday 5 June.  Bob has also raised his concerns, and those of his constituents, with David Heath MP, Minister for Agriculture and Food.  This is Bob’s response on the badger cull and bovine TB.  This is the Minister’s response on the badger cull

ARREST OF MAXWELL DLAMINI

A number of constituents recently raised their concerns regarding the arrest of Maxwell Dlamini, Secretary General of the Swaziland Youth Congress.  They called on the government to listen to and act on their legitimate calls for democracy and rights for the people of Swaziland.  Bob raised this matter with Hugo Swire MP, Minister for Africa, the Overseas Territories, Caribbean and International Energy.  This is the Minister’s response on the arrest of Maxwell Dlamini

SENTENCING FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob in order to express their concern at the increase in convictions for cruelty to animals and what they perceived to be the relatively weak sentences that are available to magistrates.  They believe that tougher sentencing is necessary in cases of extreme cruelty, for example animal fighting, if we are to deter and prevent such vicious activities.  Bob raised this matter with Chris Grayling MP, Justice Secretary.  This is the Justice Secretary’s response on sentencing for animal cruelty

SOCIAL CARE SYSTEM

A number of constituents contacted Bob about the social care system.  They were concerned that people, particularly those with mental health problems, were being let down by a care system that was not fit for purpose.  Bob raised the matter with Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on the social care system

HUMANIST MARRIAGES

Bob received a large number of enquiries from constituent’s urging him to support an amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which would give legal recognition to humanist marriages.  This is Bob’s response on humanist marriages

SEX EDUCATION IN THE DRAFT SCIENCE CURRICULUM

Many constituents wrote to Bob in relation to their concerns over the Government’s draft science curriculum.  They were concerned that the draft curriculum failed to include essential teaching on sex and relationship education.  Bob raised the matter with Elizabeth Truss MP, Minister for Education and Childcare.  This is the Minister’s response on the sex education in the draft science curriculum

MARRIAGE (SAME SEX COUPLES) BILL

Bob recently received a large volume of correspondence on the issue of same sex marriage.  This is Bob’s response to the enquiries raised with him on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

DRAFT COMMUNICATIONS DATA BILL

A large number of constituents recently contacted Bob regarding the Draft Communications Data Bill.  They were concerns that the Draft Bill had not had a proper public consultation, and they therefore urged that it not be included in The Queen’s Speech.  Bob raised this matter with James Brokenshire MP, Security Minister.  This is the Minister’s response on the Draft Communications Data Bill

ANIMAL WELFARE ON THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM

A number of constituents recently contacted Bob to raise the issue of animal welfare education on the national school curriculum in England. They felt strongly that is it is not a prominent enough feature in the current curriculum and that the draft curriculum proposed by the Government missed a key opportunity to ensure that children leave primary school with a basic understanding of the five welfare needs of animals (diet, environment, behaviour, companionship, and health); as defined in the Animal Welfare Act 2006.  Bob raised the matter with Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on Animal welfare on the national curriculum

HOUSING COST CONTRIBUTIONS UNDER UNIVERSAL CREDIT

A number of constituents got in touch to raise their concerns regarding housing cost contributions under Universal Credit.  They were concerned that parents doing the right thing by supporting their grown up children as they look for work will be punished with a £68 per month reduction in their housing benefit under the Universal Credit system.  Bob raised this matter with Iain Duncan Smith MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on housing cost contributions under Universal Credit

NATIONAL PLANNING POLICY FRAMEWORK

After receiving a number of constituent enquiries on the National Planning Policy Framework, Bob raised the issue with Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.  This is the Secretary of State’s response on the National Planning Policy Framework

CASE OF DAVINDERPAL SINGH BHULLAR

In mid-April a large number of constituents contacted Bob in relation to the Indian Supreme Court’s refusal to commute the death sentence of Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar.  Bob raised this issue and the concerns of his constituents with Hugo Swire MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.  Here is the Minister’s response on the plight of Davinderpal Singh Bhullar

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Many constituents have recently contacted Bob in relation to the campaign ‘I’m Showing the Home Office the Yellow Card’.  This campaign highlights its supporters concerns with the government’s approach to international students – an approach which they fear is already acting to undermine the perception of the UK as an attractive place to study.  Bob raised this matter with Mark Harper MP, Minister for Immigration.  Here is a copy of the Minister’s response on the campaign ‘I’m showing the Home Office the yellow card’

THE USE OF NEONICOTINOID PESTICIDES IN AGRICULTURE

Bob was recently lobbied by a number of constituents regarding the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, their effect on the health of British bees and the European Commission vote in March which proposed the Europe-wide suspension of three of these pesticides.  Bob raised the concerns of his constituents with Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  Here is the Secretary of State’s response on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in agriculture

DANGEROUS DRIVING

Bob recently received correspondence from constituent regarding the sentencing for causing death through dangerous or careless driving.  Those who contacted Bob were concerned about what they perceived to be the inadequacy of the sentences handed down to those convicted of this offence.  Bob raised the concerns of his constituents with Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Justice.  Here is a copy of the Secretary of State’s response on Dangerous Driving

BADGER CULLING AND BOVINE TB

This is an issue upon which Bob has received an extremely large number of enquiries.  Bob is clear that Bovine TB is a terrible disease that needs to be controlled, but he believes that badger culling is not the way to do it, which is why he opposes the cull   He is adamant that Bovine TB will only be eradicated by better bio-security on farms and a large-scale vaccination programme for badgers.  Bob raised his concerns, and those of his constituents, with David Heath MP, Minister for Agriculture and Food.  Here is the Minister’s response on Badger Culling and Bovine TB

FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THE PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS

A number of constituents have recently contacted Bob regarding the Open Doors organisation’s recently published report entitled “Freedom of Religion and the Persecution of Christians”.  Bob raised this issue with Baroness Warsi, Foreign Office Minister.  Here is the Minister’s response on Freedom of Religion and the Persecution of Christians

ARMS TRADE TREATY

Bob recently received a large number of enquiries from his constituents regarding the Arms Trade Treaty.  Following receipt of this correspondence, Bob raised the matter with Alistair Burt MP, Foreign Office Minister.  This is a copy of the Minister’s response on the Arms Trade Treaty

TEACHERS’ PAY, PENSIONS & CONDITIONS

After receiving a number of constituent enquiries on this subject, Bob raised the issue with David Laws MP, Minister for Schools.  This is the Minister’s response on Teachers Pay, Pensions & Conditions

ENERGY BILL

Bob recently received a high volume of correspondence urging him to support the inclusion of a clear target to decarbonise Britain’s power sector by 2030 in the Energy Bill.  This is Bob’s response to the enquiries on the Energy Bill

‘ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF’ CAMPAIGN

The ‘Enough Food for Everyone IF’ campaign is a major new campaign on world hunger.  Many constitents have raised this issue with Bob, and in turn he has raised it with Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development.  This is the Secretary of State’s response to the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign

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