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.


10 JAN 2018

REACH

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

I read your comments about REACH and chemical regulations once we leave the EU. I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Exiting the European Union is reassuring:

The registration of chemicals on the single market is a valuable function of the ECHA. Significant decisions will need to be taken following the UK's decision to leave the EU and the Government will act in the best interest of the UK. The import and export of chemicals is a vital function of the economy.
Current EU chemicals law, including REACH, will be converted into domestic law. That will mean that the standards established by REACH will continue to apply in the UK.
The UK's future association with the European Chemicals Agency will be discussed as part the negotiations.
Please rest assured, the UK is still a member of the EU and REACH continues to apply until we leave. After we leave, an implementation period may also apply and this will ensure that changes can be introduced gradually if necessary.

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