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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (28 October 2014)

Committee on Standards: Standards Review Sub-Committee: The Standards System in the House of Commons. 1:00 pm; Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Mr Richard Caborn, Sir Bob Russell MP and Bill Wiggin MP

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 16 - Account providers (23 October 2014)

Bob Russell: I thank the hon. Lady for raising those concerns. It is all on the record: the Minister’s response will be on the record, and her officials and those who carry out the contract will know that it is all on the record. Everyone will know that those concerns have been raised. I echo much of what the hon. Lady said, particularly about Atos, which would perhaps be described more accurately...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (23 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Street lights provide safety for all, so will the Minister responsible for road safety confirm that turning off street lights at midnight results in added road safety risks for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Clause 8 - The person must be in the UK (21 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the Minister clarify what is meant by the statement that a person must be in the UK? The clause states what regulations “may” do “if the person is in the United Kingdom on the date of the declaration.” The explanatory notes, which the Minister may recall I quoted last week, specifically state that “members of the armed forces who have been posted...

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Clause 3 — Responsibility (20 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the shadow Minister join me in congratulating all those involved in producing the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year? An estimated 40,000 lives have been saved in the workplace, and there was not a single fatality during the construction of the Olympic stadium.

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill: Clause 1 — When this Act applies (20 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Does the Minister accept that if first aid was made part of the national curriculum, there would be a whole generation of young people coming through who knew what to do in a road crash, for example? The first rule for those going to assist in a road crash is to ensure that they and others are not put at risk; in other words, they have to safeguard the patient or patients. Does the Minister...

Isil: War Graves (20 October 2014)

Bob Russell: The anomaly is not acceptable, because post-1945 war graves have not been maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. I would suggest that this is in breach of the armed forces covenant. If there is a will, there is a way. The CWGC should be allowed to take over and maintain those graves of military personnel who have died since 1945.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Minister, hopefully you recall that at the witness session on Tuesday morning I made an observation to the chief executive of National Savings & Investments that there is probably not an MP in the House who has not had constituents contact him or her because they have had a benefit of one sort or another terminated or suspended, and the first they knew about it was when there was no money...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Thank you very much.

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Minister, I would like to congratulate those who have drafted the Bill. Clause 8(2)(a), as paragraph 52 of the explanatory notes states, enables “members of the armed forces who have been posted overseas…to be treated as being in the UK.” I really am pleased about that, but I want to pursue it a bit further. I am sure, Minister, that you would wish HM Treasury to be...

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Thank you, because any excuse—

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Constitutional Reform (Timetable) (15 October 2014)

Bob Russell: When the Government look at the timetable for constitutional reform in Scotland, will they take account of the fact that more people live in Essex than voted yes in the referendum and that if United Kingdom residents are to be treated fairly and equally, what is good enough for Scotland is good enough for East Anglia.

Oral Answers to Questions — Deputy Prime Minister: Topical Questions (14 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the Deputy Prime Minister comment further on his announcement last week of the introduction of the first ever NHS waiting time standard for people suffering with mental health conditions?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Examination of Witness (14 October 2014)

Bob Russell: I want to follow up on the point made by my colleague David Heath. Whose responsibility will it be to inform folk that their payment has been stopped?

Public Bill Committee: Childcare Payments Bill: Examination of Witness (14 October 2014)

Bob Russell: I would ask for that clarity because, with respect, not everybody will have online access. I suspect that every MP here today will be aware of constituents who suddenly find when they try to buy something that benefits have stopped and nobody has told them. Following on from the point that Mr Heath made, I can see issues arising with payments being stopped and nobody knowing until some while...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Palestine and Israel (13 October 2014)

Bob Russell: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Business of the House (11 September 2014)

Bob Russell: May we have a debate on a dysfunctional aspect of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills? When the list for today’s oral questions was first published, I was in fourth position with the following question to the Secretary of State: “What guidance he issues to companies delivering publicly-funded projects on taking the national interest into account when awarding...

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