Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

29 MAR 2017

Animal Welfare Debate

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the debate on animal welfare being held on the 30th of March.

Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend due to prior commitments. Nonetheless, I understand that some are calling for a ban on third party pet sales and I hope the following information on this matter from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if of interest:

A ban on third-party pet sales will not be pursued because such a measure would be extremely difficult to enforce. It would require local authorities, already under pressure to enforce licensing requirements, to expend further resources verifying that all sales to end customers were being handled directly by the breeder. There is also concern that such a ban would drive sales onto the black market, leading to worse outcomes for the animals involved.
It is instead proposed that anyone operating a business selling pets will need a licence, irrespective of the number of animals they sell.

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