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.


18 APR 2017

Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

Thank you for taking the time to email me about the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund (PCPF) and climate change.

The PCPF is a funded defined benefit pension scheme, managed by Trustees in line with scheme rules and any relevant legislation. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is responsible for oversight of the scheme. Therefore, changes related to divestment would not be a decision for the Government.

Following concerns being raised in this area previously, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Brian Donohoe, stated that he had received legal advice indicating that to exclude a sector would be incompatible with the Trustees' legal and fiduciary duties of investment.

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