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.

01 MAR 2019

Asbestos in Schools

Thank you for taking the time to email me about asbestos in schools.

I completely understand your concern on this matter and agree that we need to ensure our educational establishments are safe both children and staff. I have raised this issue before with ministers and I know these are complex issues as in some settings it can be safer to seal in asbestos rather than remove it, it needs to be carefully risk assessed on a case by case basis.

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the debate on education funding due to prior commitments, however I know that the issue of asbestos in schools was raised by several of the MPs in attendance.

I hope you will be glad to hear that the Department for Education has established an asbestos working group, which includes the Health and Safety Executive, to address some of those problems.

You can read the full transcript of the debate and the Minister's response here

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