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Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Military Bases: WiFi (29 January 2015)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons members of the armed forces stationed in the Falkland Islands do not receive free wifi; and if he will make it his policy to ensure that all UK bases overseas offer access to a free wifi connection.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (29 January 2015)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what scope the joint committees of NHS England and clinical commissioning groups will have to deviate from national service specifications for specialised services in (a) 2015-16 and (b) future years.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (29 January 2015)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether NHS England will remain the sole budget-holder and accountable commissioner for all specialised services in (a) 2015-16, (b) 2016-17 and (c) future years.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Apprenticeships Review (27 January 2015)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the Richard review of apprenticeships.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (21 January 2015)

Bob Russell: The east of England helped boost the nation’s economic recovery, and we could do even more if the East Anglian rail manifesto was implemented. Will the Prime Minister encourage colleagues to fund that with modern rolling stock for the Greater Anglia main line, and infrastructure improvements through Essex?

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time: Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill (19 January 2015)

Bob Russell: Thank God for women priests, because the Anglican Church would be in dire trouble in many parts of the country if there were no ordained women. I pay tribute to the women priests of the Church of England in my constituency over the past 30 years. I speak as somebody who is not an Anglican. I come from good non-conformist stock, brought up in the Congregational Church and now in the United...

Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill: Allocation of Time: Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill (19 January 2015)

Bob Russell: I am sorry to bring a note of discord to the proceedings, but I am bound to observe that the whole arrangement is for one denomination of the Christian Church. If we are to have religious people in the other place in the 21st century, surely they should be more representative of all Christian denominations and, indeed, should reflect all faiths.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Schools (Character Development) (19 January 2015)

Bob Russell: Does the Secretary of State agree with me that if first aid was made part of the national curriculum as part of her inquiry into character building and well-rounded citizens it would greatly help both of those objectives?

Written Answers — Department of Health: King's College Hospital (19 January 2015)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will allocate additional funding to assist towards delivering the new cystic fibrosis ward at King's College Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 January 2015)

Bob Russell: Will the Minister explain what possible justification there can be for somebody with cystic fibrosis having to pay a prescription charge, when they would not have to do so if they had diabetes and cystic fibrosis?

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 January 2015)

Bob Russell: Anthony Nolan asking people to go on the donations register is a wonderful aspect of life in the 21st century. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that there is a specific issue for people from ethnic minorities, and specifically for people of mixed ethnicity, because the number of people who can be matched is so small?

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 January 2015)

Bob Russell: It was indeed a good night for Essex, Sir David; I congratulate you on your well-deserved elevation. I want to endorse all the comments made by previous speakers. Members will have gathered from my intervention that I do not think that we should look at this matter in isolation. The national health service has a problem: on the one hand, we want local decision making, but on the other, that...

[Sir David Amess in the Chair] — Backbench Business — NHS Specialised Services (15 January 2015)

Bob Russell: My hon. Friend has been making a powerful case. As he draws to a close, will he join with me and agree that the work of the Prescription Charges Coalition is associated with his comments? Many people with lifetime illnesses and conditions are being subjected to paying prescription charges.

Horticulture (Skills and Training) (14 January 2015)

Bob Russell: Blackberry.

Horticulture (Skills and Training) (14 January 2015)

Bob Russell: Each year, twice as many people visit the gardens of England as watch premiership football—around 28 million versus 14 million. Horticulture is a great British success story, but it is an industry in crisis. There is not enough home-grown talent for the industry to sustain itself without increasingly importing skilled labour from overseas. Successive Governments, and the education...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Armed Forces: Credit Unions (14 January 2015)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy that a credit union be established for members of HM Armed Forces and their families.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (13 January 2015)

Bob Russell: The last Government abolished community health councils, a truly independent health watchdog and voice for patients. Their replacement, the patient advice and liaison service, is not independent. Does the Minister agree that PALS must be made independent?

Written Answers — Department for Education: History: Curriculum (13 January 2015)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what aspects of nineteenth century and twentieth century (a) British and (b) world history are mandatory in the history curriculum in each key stage.

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