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Cystic Fibrosis (10 April 2014)

Bob Russell: I hope that when the Minister responds she will explain why successive Governments refused to acknowledge the very strong arguments that the hon. Lady has made about how the disease was once a childhood condition whereby people never made it beyond being teenagers but now people make it to adulthood and they are having to pay prescription charges—if they are in employment—to stay...

Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014)

Bob Russell: The hon. Lady is making a powerful speech about the co-operative movement. Will she confirm that the Labour party was established some 60 years after the establishment of the Co-op, and that it is therefore in the best interests of the Co-op to embrace people of all political parties?

Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014)

Bob Russell: I have a cunning plan to get potholed streets in Colchester filled in: I will invite the organisers of the Tour de France to hold one of the stages of this great cycling event in Colchester, which, created in 49 AD, was Britain’s first city and the first capital of Roman Britain. That would guarantee that the potholes in Colchester—wilfully neglected by Essex county council, by...

Public Administration Select Committee: Backbench Business — Easter Adjournment (10 April 2014)

Bob Russell: My right hon. Friend has a reputation for being a bit of a joker, but on this occasion, although some of my Labour opponents in Colchester feel that I have become a closet Tory, I am light years away from being a Tory of any sort, as my speech has indicated. Having been rumbled, it will be interesting to see whether Essex county council will continue its policy of politicising its dealings...

Business of the House (10 April 2014)

Bob Russell: As we approach the centenary of the great war, will the Government find time for a debate on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which does a wonderful job across the world of looking after the fallen of the first and second world wars? Unfortunately, military personnel who have died in the past 68 years are covered not by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission but by the Ministry of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (7 April 2014)

Bob Russell: A few years ago, Essex county council grabbed highways maintenance from Colchester borough council. Today, we have potholed streets and broken pavements, and the street lights are turned off at midnight. Will the Secretary of State support me in getting highway powers restored to Colchester borough council?

Written Answers — Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee: Members’ Staff (18 March 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what criteria the IPSA Contingency Panel used to grant uplifts to hon. Members' staffing expenditure budgets in (a) 2012-13 and (b) 2013-14.

Written Answers — Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee: Members’ Staff (18 March 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the (a) highest and (b) lowest uplift allocated to hon. Members' staff expenditure budgets was in (i) 2012-13 and (ii) 2013-14 to date.

Written Answers — Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee: IPSA Contingency Panel (10 March 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the membership is of the IPSA Contingency Panel.

Written Answers — Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee: Members' Staff (10 March 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, how many hon. Members have been provided with additional funds by IPSA to cover increased staffing costs as a consequence of dealing with higher demand for assistance from constituents in 2013-14 to date.

Written Answers — Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee: Members' Staff (10 March 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what estimate IPSA has made of the amount in staffing budgets for hon. Members which will not be claimed by the end of the current financial year.

Written Answers — Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee: Staff (10 March 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what total amount was paid in overtime payments to IPSA staff in the first nine months of 2013-14.

Future Army 2020 (6 March 2014)

Bob Russell: I would like to place on record my appreciation of the right hon. Gentleman, who steps down as Chairman of the Defence Committee shortly. Does he agree that as the final five or six years of this decade unfold, if circumstances require it—notwithstanding the fact that civil servants determined the size of the Army—the Government should step in and increase recruitment so that the...

Business of the House (6 March 2014)

Bob Russell: May we have a debate on credit rating companies, which can have a negative impact on some businesses because of false commentary? For example, a company called Experian claims that a company in my constituency, Fast Food Supplies (Anglia), is high risk and has a bad credit record. That is not true: the business has been operating successfully for 26 years and is expanding, moving into bigger...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Vocational Qualifications (5 March 2014)

Bob Russell: This morning in Colchester, I launched a campaign for local businesses to recruit 100 apprentices in 100 days. The campaign is supported by the Colchester Institute, the Colchester Daily Gazette and the National Apprenticeship Service in the part of the country that the Minister and I represent. Will he welcome this Colchester success story, which follows a fall of more than 600 in the...

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 March 2014)

Bob Russell: Red in the face, surely.

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 March 2014)

Bob Russell: We are talking about cyber-technology, but may I use an old-fashioned phrase in warning of the danger of having all our eggs in one basket?

Estimates 2013-14 — Ministry of Defence: Defence and Cyber-security (4 March 2014)

Bob Russell: I was biding my time, but the intervention from the hon. Member for New Forest East (Dr Lewis) has prompted me to intervene. Has any evidence yet come forward to suggest that what is going on in Crimea has involved cyber-security breaches either way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Social Housing (3 March 2014)

Bob Russell: Next month marks the 40th anniversary of local government reorganisation, when the word “local” was diluted. Does the Minister agree that localism means local councils making local decisions that should not be subject to diktat from central Government?

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Local Government: Urban Areas (3 March 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what progress he has made on identifying areas not included in the first or second wave of the City Deals programme as eligible for subsequent initiatives.

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