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Green Investment Bank

Thank you for contacting me about the Green Investment Bank (GIB). First of all, I am proud of the work done by the Government to support green infrastructure through the GIB. The GIB has proven to be a pioneering venture into sustainable investment, and has now committed £2.6 billion of capital to 79 green infrastructure…

Protecting Forests

A number of constituents have recently contacted me to express their concerns about deforestation and the sale of illegal timber. These are some very important issues and I have been pleased to support the Government’s robust action in this area. The UK has already fully implemented the EU Timber Regulation which prohibits the sale and…

Onshore Wind Farms

Thank you for contacting me about onshore wind farms. I am pleased that clean growth has been placed at the heart of the new Industrial Strategy which aims to cut emissions while keeping costs down for consumers, create high value jobs and to grow the economy. The development of renewable energy is already a tremendous UK success story and,…

Unpaid Work Periods

Thank you for contacting me about unpaid work periods and the Private Member’s Bill on this issue. Trial periods can offer many benefits to employers and potential employees, and generally an employer does not have to pay for a trial shift so long as it is truly a trial. However, businesses are encouraged to agree…

Fracking

As I could not attend Lee Rowley’s debate on Fracking which took place at the end of 2018, I had a very good and interesting meeting with Lee beforehand. He makes some very important and well argued points especially in relation to the importance of the views of local people being valued. I have always…

Export Tariff Payments for Rooftop Solar Installations

Thank you for contacting me about export tariff payments for rooftop solar installations. As you will be aware, the Government is currently considering the responses received to a recent consultation on Feed-In-Tariffs export-payments alongside the generation tariff for new applications after March 2019. I understand that its response will be published in due course. Our country generates…

Real Living Wage

Thank you for contacting me about Citizens UK, ‘Real Living Wage’ campaign. I appreciate that you would like to see all employers pay the Living Wage Foundation’s ‘Living Wage’. As you are aware, the Living Wage Foundation currently set this at £9.00 per hour (£10.55 per hour in London) and it is down to individual…

Renewable Energy

Thank you for contacting me about the UK’s commitment to renewable energy.  Affordable, reliable clean energy is critical to our economy, our national security, and to family budgets. The Government is delivering on its promise to secure a long-term, low-carbon future in all areas of electricity generation. More than £52 billion has been invested in…

Zero-Hour Contracts and the Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill

Thank you for contacting me about zero-hour contracts and the Workers (Definition and Rights) Bill.  While not suitable for everyone, I believe that zero-hour contracts do have a part to play in a modern, flexible labour market because, for a small proportion of the workforce, that may be the kind of contract that is right for them. Two-thirds…

Parental Leave For Parents With Premature Babies

Thank you for contacting me about Parental Leave for parents with premature babies. I sympathise greatly with the experiences of parents of premature babies, especially those whose children spend extended periods in neonatal intensive care. I am assured that the Government is fully committed to supporting working parents in this position. The UK’s system of…