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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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Violence against women and girls

Violence against women and girls

I am pleased that the UK has played a leading role in tackling VAWG world-wide, and I know it will continue to be a top Department for International Development (DFID) priority. Women need choice and control over their lives. No country will develop if half their population is treated unequally and women live in fear
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Crimes against Christians

Crimes against Christians

The atrocities committed by Daesh against Christians and other minorities, as well as the majority Muslim population in Iraq and Syria must be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Britain has been at the forefront of efforts to rally wider international support against Daesh. Work with international partners must continue both to assist the victims
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Neonicotinoids and bees

Neonicotinoids and bees

I appreciate your concerns and entirely that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment. This is especially important in our local area, where much food production takes place. I welcome the work the Government has done over the last few
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Microbeads

Microbeads

I understand and share your concerns about the impact these ingredients can have on the marine environment and fish. That’s why I’m pleased to tell you that the UK and our neighbouring countries are now working with the industry to see their use phased out voluntarily. The UK, along with several of our neighbours, is
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PRIME MINISTER BACKS CAMPAIGN TO EXTEND THE SKEGNESS SEASON

The Prime Minister has today backed Matt Warman MP’s campaign to extend the tourist season in Skegness. During Prime Minister’s Questions, Matt called for the Prime Minister’s support for his work with the Environment Agency, Local Enterprise Partnership and local councils to extend the season and help build a billion Pound coastal economy as quickly
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