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.


30 MAR 2017

British Aid

Thank you for taking the time to email me about investment in renewable energy in developing nations.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for International Development is of interest:

Better access to energy is important for poor people to improve their lives. It is often the world's poorest who suffer most from the negative effects of burning fossil fuels. It is the UK's aim to help low-income countries generate renewable energy. It is also important that Britain continues to move towards a low-carbon energy future.
The Climate Investment Fund (CIF) is designed to help the world's poorest people cope with extreme weather which can cause life-threatening crises such as floods, droughts and famine. This is in all our interests, as it reduces the number of people displaced by natural disasters and associated civil unrest, and boosts the economic growth of potential trading partners.
Ministers have been assured that all programmes are on course to meet published performance targets for 2023, and that UK funding alone has already helped over a million people to cope with the effects of climate change.
One CIF programme works in poor and vulnerable countries to support the delivery of innovative renewable energy projects. The majority of these projects are still in the construction phase, as large infrastructure projects such as these take time to design, implement, and then become fully operational. Once more of the projects are completed and fully up and running, it is expected that the resulting benefits will be more apparent.
It is right that Ministers keep all spending under constant review to make sure Britain's investments are delivering results and value for money.

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