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.

08 FEB 2018

Palestinian Child Prisoners

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about the Westminster Hall debate that was held concerning Palestinian child prisoners.

I am afraid I was unable to attend the debate due to prior commitments but I hope the following information on this topic from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is reassuring:

The detention of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons is extremely worrying and in 2012, an independent report on Children in Military Custody was funded and facilitated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Since its publication, Ministers and our Ambassador to Israel have strongly urged the recommendations of the report to be implemented. Minister of State, Alistair Burt, raised the issue of children in detention with Israeli authorities when he visited the region in August.

In addition, you can view the transcript of the debate, including the Minister's response via the following link

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