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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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Pubs (11 September 2014)

Bob Russell: I endorse the question that has just been put, so will the Minister look across the Government—if we can have joined-up Government—at possibly reducing the rateable value on traditional community local public houses, which face a lot of competition from binge-drinking premises and supermarkets?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (11 September 2014)

Bob Russell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (11 September 2014)

Bob Russell: The Secretary of State will not be here very long and I would like him to hear my point of order.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Public Sector: Procurement (11 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what guidance he issues to companies delivering publicly-funded projects on taking the national interest into account when awarding contracts and sub-contracts.

Written Answers — Defence: War Graves (11 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the Answer of 14 May 2014, Official Report, column 613W, on war graves, what further progress has been made on discussions with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the transfer of graves maintained by the Ministry of Defence to that Commissioner.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (10 September 2014)

Bob Russell: Embracing three centuries, the garrison town of Colchester has welcomed thousands of Scottish soldiers, many with their families. We wish that to continue. Does the Leader of the House agree with the Defence Select Committee that if Scotland ceased to be part of the UK—and we have the best armed forces in Europe—this would pose serious security and defence risks for a separate...

Written Answers — Defence: Armed Forces (10 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many nationals of which countries other than the UK serve in each service of the armed forces; and what proportion of each such service such foreign nationals represent.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Afghanistan (9 September 2014)

Bob Russell: Six years ago, 16th Air Assault Brigade, with personnel from all four battalions of the Parachute Regiment, undertook an extremely dangerous mission in transporting a huge turbine through hazardous terrain to the Kajaki dam. Will the Foreign Secretary tell us how much electricity it is generating?

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Fire Services: Pensions (9 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if he will provide additional funds to Essex fire and rescue service to cover the cost of payments to the firefighters injury pension scheme incurred in each financial year since 2006.

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: NATO Summit (8 September 2014)

Bob Russell: In the light of Britain’s further defence commitment at the NATO summit, will the Prime Minister give a categorical assurance that there will be no more cuts in the size of Her Majesty’s armed forces?

Written Answers — Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Food Supply (8 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of the UK's food demand met by food grown in the UK; and what that figure was in (a) 1984, (b) 1994 and (c) 2004.

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Fire Services (8 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department audits the annual reports submitted to it on operations of fire and rescue services; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Defence: Reserve Forces (8 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited to the Reserve forces in the last 12 months; how this figure compares to his Department's target figures; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Transport: Pedestrian Crossings (4 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential merits of lowering the assumed walking speed of 1.2 metres per second used for calculating crossing times for pedestrians; and if he will publish the findings of that assessment.

Written Answers — Health: Mental Health Services: Children (2 September 2014)

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Education on providing psychiatric support for children aged (a) four to 11 and (b) 11 to 18-years-old.

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