Addenbrookes Hospital

I appreciate your concerns about Addenbrookes Hospital and I agree that patients have the right to expect the highest quality care from their local health services. That is why the Government has introduced the Care Quality Commission's rigorous inspection regime. It is crucial that Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust continues to work closely with regulators and take advantage of the support available to urgently put in place the necessary improvements.

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Trade Unions and Strike Laws

Trade unions are valuable institutions in British society and dedicated trade unionists have a strong history of working hard to represent their members, campaigning for improved safety at work and giving support to their members when it's needed. But it is only fair that the rights of unions are balanced with the rights of hardworking taxpayers who rely on key public services.

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Refugee Crisis

Over the last few years many thousands have died trying to escape from war, persecution or poverty. Those unnamed and faceless victims have suffocated, starved, frozen, drowned or have simply been murdered by the very traffickers they paid to help them.

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Seal Cull

This issue has attracted considerable attention recently, so I can appreciate your concern. Seal conservation is a devolved issue so I can only respond with respect to England. Approximately 85 per cent of the UK seal population is in Scotland where there is separate legislation for seal protection.

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Violence against women and girls

I am proud that the UK has played a leading role in tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) world-wide, and I know it will continue to be a top priority for the Department for International Development (DFID).

 

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Neonicotinoid insecticides and bees

I entirely agree with you that bees and other pollinators play a vital role in the security of our food supply and the quality of our natural environment. I welcome the work the Government has done over the last few years to understand and protect them, most recently through the National Pollinator Strategy.

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Puppy Breeding

I am pleased that MPs had the opportunity to discuss this issue last September.

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National Gallery Staffing

I have looked into the matter and note that the National Gallery is responsible for its own staffing arrangements. I understand there is an ongoing modernisation programme and I know that my colleagues in Government believe the gallery is doing what is needed to provide a service that meets the needs of the public today.

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European Referendum

The Government has been absolutely clear in its position on EU membership - we should let Britain decide through an in-out referendum. The EU needs to change and it is time for the British people, not politicians, to have their say. That is why, as the Prime Minister made clear in the Conservative Manifesto, the Government is currently legislating for an in-out referendum to be held on Britain's membership of the EU before the end of 2017. The Government's EU Referendum Bill passed through the Committee Stage on 18 June.

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