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Fifth Carbon Budget

I completely agree that climate change is one of the most serious long-term economic and environmental threats that this country faces. I was proud of the leadership that Britain displayed during the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris last year, and can assure you that that not only will Britain back up the commitments we
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Fireworks

I  certainly understand how fireworks displays can bother animals. As an owner of two (rather recalcitrant) horses ourselves, both my wife and I are hugely in favour of encouraging official, local displays, rather than a myriad of smaller displays in gardens. While many people enjoy their use on special occasions, I know that others do
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Holidays during school term time

I do appreciate that parents can find it difficult to have holidays with their children during school holidays, and also that the cost of going away can be higher at this time. I also recognise that many people in our area are seasonal workers, which can affect when they can take their family away. However,
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Housing and the green belt

I strongly believe that our fields, woodlands and countryside should be protected against excessive development. These are special areas of our country that we have a right to enjoy and pass on to future generations. At the same, I recognise that more homes need to be delivered to meet the demands of our increasing population.
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Cannabis for medicinal use

Cannabis in its raw form is not recognised as having any medicinal purposes. The licensing regime for medicines is administered by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which issues licences for medicines in the UK which have been tested for their safety, quality and efficacy. However, a medicine derived from the cannabis plant,
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Refugee children

The Government needs to do more to respond to the continuing migration crisis and how best it can support the most vulnerable people affected by this appalling situation and I am glad that it is now taking further action. This includes the establishment of a new resettlement scheme focused on the children at risk in
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Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

I know that Ministers are committed to making government more transparent, so taxpayers can hold the state to account both on how their money is being spent and how decisions are made which affect their lives. The Freedom of Information Act is one of the pillars on which open government operates, so both I and
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Water and sanitation

Water and sanitation

Many of you have contacted me about water and sanitation. I certainly agree with you that access to clean drinking water and effective sanitation is vital to give people in developing countries the opportunity to lead healthy, fulfilled, and productive lives. It helps people to be able to work, driving economic growth and ultimately helping developing
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Overseas aid

Overseas aid

I do understand that many people have concerns about international aid, but I can assure you that The Department for International Development (DFID) has said that a number of recent newspaper articles have reported claims that misrepresent or inaccurately portray projects supported by it, or focus on projects that are no longer funded. More generally,
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EU referendum leaflet

EU referendum leaflet

I understand your concerns, but it is true to say that the Government has always been very clear that it is in favour of remaining in the EU, while allowing individuals to make their own views known. With that in mind, the Government therefore should be expected to put forward its case. While I have
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Tax avoidance

Tax avoidance

I agree that any individual tax or company should be paying the tax it owes. Tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning by anybody is clearly unacceptable. I can assure you that the Government is committed to a proportionate, tailored response to improve global tax transparency, including in tax havens. The revelations from Panama underline the
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