Lead Ammunition

The Lead Ammunition Group considered the evidence to assess what risks lead shot may pose to human health and wildlife, as well as the impact of alternative shot made from steel.

Opinion - Agroecology

I am pleased to be able to tell you that A UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies was launched in 2013, designed to examine how the UK can meet the challenge of feeding a growing population without damaging the natural environment.



The recent report of the UN fact finding mission on crimes against the Rohingya people was deeply disturbing.

Food Labelling

I fully appreciate the importance of this issue, given the £200 billion UK consumers spend each year on food, drink and catering services. Consumer confidence is more important in this industry than in any other, and is key to the integrity of the supply chain.

Nursing bursaries

The NHS relies on a well-trained workforce to deliver the best possible care for patients. It is crucial to ensure the NHS workforce can be renewed with a regular supply of staff, including nurses. 

Protection of Journalists

I would like to assure you that the UK is strongly committed to the promotion of media freedom and the protection of journalists.

Opinion-Foreign Aid Spending

A number of newspaper articles have reported claims that misrepresent or inaccurately portray projects supported by the UK, or focus on projects that are no longer funded.

EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the environment

I have always been clear on the need to ensure that our environment is protected after we leave the EU. Our natural environment is precious and fragile and I believe that we must do everything we can to ensure that it is properly managed.

Trophy Hunting

The wildlife trade is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, whose approach is to ensure that the trade is conducted legally and sustainably, not necessarily to reduce or end it.

Opinion - Offensive Weapons Bill and .50 Calibre Rifles

It is important to ensure more work is done to break the deadly cycle of violence that devastates the lives of individuals, families and communities. I know the Government shares this position and is taking action to ensure the sale and possession of dangerous weapons is prevented.