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Water industry ownership

I strongly believe that properly regulated private markets are the best way to meet the ongoing needs of water customers and the environment. I do not support re-nationalising the water industry and I am glad that the Government has no intention of doing so. Since privatisation we have seen £140 billion of investment in water
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Puppy smuggling

I share concerns about puppies being smuggled across borders, and am grateful to the Dogs Trust for highlighting the issue. Responsibility for stopping illegal movement begins in the country where puppies are born, so the Chief Veterinary Officer has written to the authorities in highlighted countries to remind them of their duties. An EU pet
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Over-75 TV Licence

I do appreciate the importance of live television for many people who may otherwise feel isolated. People over the age of 75 are currently eligible for a free TV Licence. In 2015, the Office for Budget Responsibility estimated the cost of continuing the free TV licences to be £200 million in 2018/19, rising to £445 million
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NHS agency staff

I do appreciate concern about the use of NHS agency staff, and would like to provide reassurance that the Government is committed to increasing the number of staff in the NHS, both in the short-term and for the future. I support recent announcements to train and recruit 25 per cent more doctors and nurses every year. That
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Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill

The Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill will introduce legislation to replace the current system known as ‘Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards’ (DoLs). DoLs is an assessment currently carried out on people who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care, for example because they are living with dementia. However, this system has been
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Horse tethering

I support the highest standards of animal welfare and agree about the importance of protecting these gentle, sensitive creatures. The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes it an offence to cause any unnecessary suffering to animals, or for a responsible party to fail to provide for their welfare. The statutory Code of Practice for the Welfare
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Pancreatic cancer treatment

We all know someone close to us who has been affected by cancer. Sadly, pancreatic cancer is a common form of cancer with a higher mortality rate than others. I’m pleased that tackling this is a top priority for the Government. I know that there was a debate on Cancer Targets earlier this year, at
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Medicines and Brexit

I certainly appreciate concerns about the future supply of medicines and I can assure constituents that the implications of leaving the EU on the pharmaceutical supply are being considered as a high priority. I believe that it is important to minimise the risk of disruption and that is why the Department for Health has written
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Probate fees

I understand concerns over the change to fees for a grant of probate. Dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one is a difficult process and I have always believed it should be made as fair as possible. It is also the case that fees are a vital part of protecting access
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Parental Leave for parents with premature babies

I sympathise greatly with the experiences of parents of premature babies, especially those whose children spend extended periods in neonatal intensive care. I am assured that the Government is fully committed to supporting working parents in this position. The UK’s system of maternity leave is one of the most generous in the world, while employed,
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