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.


02 JAN 2018

EDM 581

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me.

I understand you would like me to sign EDM 581, however like many MPs I do not sign any EDMs no matter how worthy the cause. This is because EDMs now cost a huge amount per year to administer and have no chance of changing the Law. They are in effect petitions which only MPs can sign. They have also been superseded by online petitions which can be on any issue for which the Government or Parliament is responsible and any which receive 10,000 signatures will receive a response from the Government. Those petitions which reach 100,000 signatures will almost always be debated in Parliament – unless it is an issue which has recently been debated. There are also concerns that EDMs may give a false impression that action is being taken.

Nonetheless, I hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is of interest:

While incineration with energy recovery plays a crucial role in diverting waste from landfill, this must not compete with greater prevention, re-use and recycling of waste.
The Government is developing a renewed strategy on resources and waste that looks ahead at opportunities outside the EU. The aim of the strategy will be to make the UK a world leader in resource efficiency and productivity, as well as to increase competitiveness. It will set out how we will work towards our ambition for the country to generate no avoidable waste by 2050, maximising the value we extract from our resources and minimising the negative environmental impacts associated with their production, use and disposal. The strategy will be published in 2018 and will address waste treatment capacity.
The National Infrastructure Commission is also looking at waste as part of its assessment of the UK's major infrastructure needs on a 30-year time horizon. Ministers will consider the Commission's findings along with any capacity issues associated with waste infrastructure as they develop future policy.

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