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NHS Waiting Times: NHS Mandate 2018-19

I do appreciate the concerns that have been raised about the NHS mandate and waiting times targets for the coming year.  I would like to commend the dedicated NHS staff, and can assure you that the Government is taking clear steps to support the NHS and ensure it offers the world's finest healthc

Food Labelling and Early Day Motion 1095

I have been contacted by several constituents regarding Early Day Motion 1095 on labelling food with details of the farming system used to produce it.  As a Government Minister I am unable to sign Early Day Motions, however, I fully appreciate the importance of this issue.  Consumer confidence is

British Passport Contract

A number of constituents have been in touch regarding the new contract for producing the British passport and I do understand the concerns that have been raised.

Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill

The Government is committed to stamping out modern-day slavery both domestically and internationally.  Since the world-leading Modern Slavery Act 2015 was introduced, more victims and survivors are being rescued and supported than ever before, more perpetrators are being brought to justice, and t

Central Equine Database

A number of constituents have been in touch about the welfare of horses and the Central Equine Database.

I am grateful to my colleague, Julian Sturdy MP, for introducing legislation to tackle fly-grazing, and I am delighted that the Control of Horses Act has been made a reality.

Please Help Alfie

I appreciate all the emails I have received regarding the case of young Alfie Dingley.  I have sympathy from what I have read of the case, which seems to be well handled by his family and their MP.

Unpaid Trial Work Periods Bill

I have been contacted by a number of constituents about the Second Reading of the Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) Bill on 16 March.

Refugee Family Reunion Bill

I am grateful to everyone who has contacted me recently regarding the Second Reading of the Refugees (Family Reunion) (No. 2) Bill on 16 March.

Free School Meals and Universal Credit

Thank you to those constituents who have contacted me prior to the debate on eligibility for free school meals under Universal Credit in the House of Commons today (13 March).

Brexit and Devolution

Thank you for contacting me about the UK's withdrawal from the EU and its effect on the devolved administrations.