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Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014)

Bob Russell: Britain’s road safety record is arguably the best of any industrial country in the world. The number of people who lose their lives on the road today is about a third of what it was almost 50 years ago. Great progress has been made, and successive Governments can take pride in that. It is in that context, therefore, that I draw the House’s attention to the inexplicable possibility...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel/Palestine (22 July 2014)

Bob Russell: What plans he has to visit Israel to discuss the current situation in that region.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Israel/Palestine (22 July 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the Minister confirm that if the Foreign Secretary last week, when he was Defence Secretary, had ordered British troops to fire on civilian communities in the way the Israelis have, he would be guilty of a war crime?

Written Answers — Education: Parliament: Anniversaries (22 July 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether her Department is working with the History of Parliament Trust and the publishers St James's House on a publication to be published in 2015 to mark 750 years of Parliament; what reports she has received of schools being asked to contribute sponsorship towards that publication; and if she will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Ukraine (Flight MH17) and Gaza (21 July 2014)

Bob Russell: The Prime Minister is right to condemn Russia, but he was less than even-handed when it came to Israel. As he has ducked the questions asked by the right hon. Member for Neath (Mr Hain) and the hon. Members for Walsall North (Mr Winnick) and for Preston (Mark Hendrick), will he now confirm that the disproportionate action of Israel’s political and military leaders constitutes war...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Sixth-form Colleges (Funding) (21 July 2014)

Bob Russell: The Minister is right to remind the Opposition that they had 13 years to put right the anomaly, but we have had four years. What is the justification for continuing for another year a funding formula under which sixth-form students at an 11-to-18 school have two thirds more funding than if they go to a sixth-form college?

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Kosher and Halal Meat (17 July 2014)

Bob Russell: Consumers are entitled to know exactly what is going on. Does the Minister agree that what we need in all our slaughterhouses is CCTV to give them that further assurance?

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Burma (17 July 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Burmese government on a ceasefire in conflict zones and the withdrawal of military forces.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Gaza (14 July 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the Foreign Secretary confirm that the actions of Israeli political and military leaders constitute war crimes?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (14 July 2014)

Bob Russell: When does the relevant Minister expect to announce a decision on the normal pension age for workers in the defence fire and rescue service?

Written Answers — Transport: High Speed 2 Railway Line (14 July 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of extending the potential economic benefits of extending High Speed 2 to Colchester.

Written Answers — Deputy Prime Minister: Local Enterprise Partnerships (10 July 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what guidance the Minister of State for Cities and Constitution has given to local enterprise partnerships on informing (a) district councils and (b) hon. Members about Growth Deal schemes before briefing the media; and if he will make a statement.

[Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] — Local Plans (Public Consent) (9 July 2014)

Bob Russell: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wycombe (Steve Baker) on setting out the case. The Minister will have noticed that there are a dozen or more Conservative MPs here, and it will be interesting to see how many of them speak in support of his policies, because in the last debate that we had here on this subject not one Conservative MP did. The simple fact is that, as the hon. Member for...

[Mr Clive Betts in the Chair] — Local Plans (Public Consent) (9 July 2014)

Bob Russell: Whatever it is, the general public are not exactly dancing in the streets. The public consent for local plans is the issue we are debating, and the Minister is personally culpable for what he approved in north Colchester not that long ago. He approved it despite the fact that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government personally visited the area to see it for himself. I got a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (3 July 2014)

Bob Russell: Tourism is a major economic generator in Colchester. Does the Minister agree that the best way to support tourism is by reducing VAT on tourism to 5%? Will he have a chat with the Chancellor, please?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Topical Questions (30 June 2014)

Bob Russell: At 2 o’clock this afternoon, Essex county council issued a statement saying that its audit committee will take no further action against Lord Hanningfield, the council’s former leader who spent 450,000 using the council’s credit card. Does the Secretary of State agree that there should be an independent inquiry into who knew what and when?

Bill Presented: First World War (Commemoration) (26 June 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bill Presented: First World War (Commemoration) (26 June 2014)

Bob Russell: I congratulate the Minister and the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Barnsley Central (Dan Jarvis), on two excellent speeches setting the tone of the debate. As has been said, this is the second debate that we have had on the subject, and we have not yet started the four years of commemoration of the great war. I suspect there will be more debates to come. I, too, pay tribute to...

Bill Presented: First World War (Commemoration) (26 June 2014)

Bob Russell: Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the marvellous memorial in the offices of the Select Committee on Defence to the secretariat and people from that defence Department who lost their lives in the great war?

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Private Rented Sector (25 June 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the hon. Lady accept that in 13 years the last Labour Government built fewer council houses than even the Thatcher Government? One of the reasons for the housing crisis, including in the private rented sector, is that the last Labour Government did not build council houses; the coalition Government are starting to build them.

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