Results 21–40 of 2813 for speaker:Fiona Bruce

British and Overseas Judges: Hong Kong (30 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I, too, would like to express my appreciation to my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith) for securing this important debate and for succeeding in his purposes before he even stood up to speak. I know that that success comes from considerable time spent campaigning on this and many other issues relating to human rights in Hong Kong and the...

Great British Railways Headquarters: Crewe Bid (29 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I strongly support my hon. Friend’s enthusiastic bid on behalf of Crewe. When considering a property, three matters are important: location, location and location. Does he therefore agree that Crewe’s geography makes it ideally suited to be the home of GBR? It is centrally located, with direct rail links not only to the south, the midlands and the north of England, but to Scotland and Wales.

Great British Railways Headquarters: Crewe Bid (29 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: Of course, rail transport can take traffic off the motorways, notably the M6. I would be delighted to see the bid succeed because it would strengthen the case for reopening Middlewich railway station in my constituency of Congleton.

Nationality and Borders Bill: After Clause 56 - Age assessments: restrictions (22 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I wish to speak briefly in support of the proposal made by my right hon. Friend the Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith) in lieu of Lords amendment 26, to which he referred in his impassioned speech. Disappointingly, it cannot be voted on today. If we are to break the business model of the criminal gangs behind modern slavery, we have to increase the number of...

Backbench Business: Gender Specific Religious Persecution — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (17 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I would be delighted to facilitate such a meeting in the Department.

Backbench Business: Gender Specific Religious Persecution — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (17 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I congratulate the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) on securing this debate. I hope the Minister will forgive me for repeating several of his points. However, given that millions of women around the world are suffering those abuses, those points bear repetition. Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental human right, extending to everyone, everywhere, without distinction of any...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Dental Services: Congleton (14 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the announcement of £7,310,000 allocated to the North West to secure additional dental appointments, what assessment he has made of the impact of that funding on access to dental appointments for people in Congleton constituency.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Humanitarian Aid: Ukraine (8 Mar 2022)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, which Government Department is administering medical and humanitarian aid to Ukraine; and if she will provide information on how a company in Congleton constituency can make direct and urgent contact with the relevant Department on that matter.

Backbench Business: Christians and Religious Minorities: India (24 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Christians and Religious Minorities: India (24 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I congratulate the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) on securing this debate and on all the work he does as the chair of the all-party parliamentary group for international freedom of religion or belief, which I think we would all acknowledge is dedicated, committed and sincere. Speaking in my capacity as vice-chair of the APPG, I recognise that when it comes to India, there is...

Backbench Business: Christians and Religious Minorities: India (24 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: The concern, of course, is the misuse of such laws. Pastor Rakesh Babu and his family were brutally beaten at their home in Chandauli, Uttar Pradesh, by unidentified men armed with wooden logs as they gathered to pray in their parsonage, a tiny room attached to the church where Pastor Babu had served for 15 years. A week earlier, he had been threatened with jail if he continued to encourage...

Backbench Business: Christians and Religious Minorities: India (24 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: The hon. Gentleman makes an important point. As I said, more details about such reports can be found in the Christian Solidarity Worldwide reports on India. I will mention two further reports. On 20 May, Pastor Alok Rajhans was attacked at his church by Hindu nationalists. Most worryingly, we learnt about the death in judicial custody of Father Stan Swamy, one of 16 humans rights defenders,...

Relationship with Russia and China (24 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: The International Religious Freedom or Belief Alliance is just two years old this month. It is a growing group of 35 countries; I am pleased to say that two more have just joined. Each country has a Government-appointed representative, such as me, the Prime Minister’s special envoy for freedom of religion or belief. The UK has the privilege of chairing the alliance in 2022. It is an active...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (16 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of (a) extending access for 12 to 17 year olds to a second dose of the covid-19 vaccine and (b) making it possible for 12 to 17 year olds to be able to prove that they have had the virus on the covid-19 travel passport to enable those people to travel to countries that require proof...

Grit Bins (8 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate. In my constituency of Congleton, the provision of grit bins is an issue not just in the very extreme weather that he mentions, but each winter. Residents of Mow Cop, in my constituency, which has very steep gradients up to it, are concerned about safe access in icy weather and concerned that the roads are appropriately gritted—not least...

Grit Bins (8 Feb 2022)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend is making an important point about grit bins. Does he agree that it would be helpful for the Minister, in responding to this debate, to consider the provision of grit bins within a highways authority’s overarching obligation? Section 41(1A) of the Highways Act 1980 states that highways authorities “are under a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that safe...

Holocaust Memorial Day (27 Jan 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the hon. Member for his constant dedication in his role as the chair of the all-party group on international freedom of religion or belief; he is an example to us all. Will he join me in welcoming plans for the UK-hosted ministerial meeting on freedom of religion or belief in July this year, an international conference that will bring together Government Ministers, faith leaders and...

The hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, was asked: Freedom of Religion or Belief (27 Jan 2022)

Fiona Bruce: What steps the Church of England is taking to promote freedom of religion or belief.

The hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire, representing the Church Commissioners, was asked: Freedom of Religion or Belief (27 Jan 2022)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my hon. Friend for those words and welcome the international opportunities to champion freedom of religion or belief at the ministerial conference in London in July, which I am very proud that the UK is hosting, and at the Lambeth conference. Will my hon. Friend join me in commending the motion of the diocese of Lichfield at the forthcoming General Synod that the Church of England not...


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