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Backbench Business - Freedom of Religion or Belief: 40th Anniversary of UN DeclarationBackbench Business (25 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the hon. Lady for her engagement on this issue. She makes an excellent point; indeed, the reception that I hosted just yesterday, on Red Wednesday, was held in the rooms of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. I am sure there will be other ways in which we can work collaboratively together. Let me turn to the third aspect of my mandate on the FCDO website, which is the importance of my...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (23 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I would like to speak to new clause 31 in my name, which would reduce the upper gestational limit for abortion in most cases to 22 weeks gestation. This time limit amendment would replace the current 24-week time limit for abortions on the ground where there is a greater risk of injury to the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman or any of her children of proceeding with the...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (23 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: My right hon. Friend makes exactly the right point. Our law needs to be updated. The current 24-week limit was set over 30 years ago, in 1990. That legislation removed the previous time limit of 28 weeks. In 1990, 24 weeks was considered the point of viability outside the womb, but the scientific advances in those 31 years have been enormous. The latest guidance from the British Association...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Human Rights and Religious Freedom (17 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what processes her Department has in place to ensure that freedom of religion or belief abuses are being monitored and taken into account as decisions are being made to sanction people responsible for human rights abuses.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo (4 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions she has had with her Cuban counterparts on the detention of Pastor Lorenzo Rosales Fajardo.

Hospital Building Programme — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (3 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: Speaking as a neighbouring constituency MP whose family has also made great and beneficial use of Leighton over many years, I strongly support my hon. Friend’s campaign for additional resources and support for Leighton. I very much respect him for that effective campaign, which I know has strong support across our constituencies. My hon. Friend has spoken about the number of people who seek...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sanctions (29 Oct 2021)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how civil society groups can make referrals to the UK sanctions scheme.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sanctions (29 Oct 2021)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, how parliamentarians can make referrals to the UK sanctions scheme.

Business of the House (28 Oct 2021)

Fiona Bruce: Yesterday, the Chancellor announced £300 million of support for children in the first 1,001 days of their lives. May we have a debate on the meaning of that phrase, bearing in mind that the excellent report by my right hon. Friend the Member for South Northamptonshire (Dame Andrea Leadsom), which informed the Chancellor’s decision, refers to the first 1,001 days as being from conception...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (26 Oct 2021)

Fiona Bruce: We know that 2,763 Yazidi women, girls and children are still missing, seven years after they were abducted by Daesh in Iraq. Many were taken as sexual slaves and child soldiers. Will the Minister meet me and members of the all-party parliamentary group for international freedom of religion or belief to review what action the UK can take to support the call to assist those people by members...

Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I have been listening very carefully to the Minister, and I thank her for much of what she has said. However, when a Minister talks about the fact that they have mentioned something when visiting a country, it is often the case that that has been done quietly and in private. What many of us are now sensing is that there needs to be a clear and public calling out of what is happening in...

Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend is making an excellent speech, particularly as he had not intended to speak in this debate. Does he agree that we need to stop using the terms “forced marriage” and “forced conversion”, because they simply are not acceptable terms? Marriage should be a relationship entered into freely; when one makes a declaration of faith, or a decision about faith, that is something...

Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: My right hon. Friend is making an excellent speech, as he always does. He talks about a common agenda. Does he share my concern that not only do these individual groups have a common agenda, but they are now linking up? That is what is really concerning, because there is serious danger across a wide range of countries in a continent.

Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: It is a pleasure to speak as vice-chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on international freedom of religion or belief. I thank our chairman, the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) not only for securing this debate and for an excellent, passionate speech but for his enduring commitment to freedom of religion or belief. I, too, want to focus on Nigeria. There are multiple...

Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend raises a very pertinent point. The impact of this violence on the young and the upcoming generation is acute. Indeed, a recent UNICEF report stated that 1 million Nigerian children are missing school due to mass kidnappings. Their parents are now too frightened to send them to school. The knock-on effects of that on their loss of education and their ability to earn a livelihood...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I hear what the Minister says, as well as the comments from other Members, but there is still a lack of clarity. The Minister said that an employment tribunal will decide if a dismissal has been fair or not fair, and may take into account academic freedom.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: The Government might want to continue to consider this issue as the Bill progresses.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I agree; the Government should consider the matter in the light of the nature of academic contracts, which have been discussed in the course of the Committee’s proceedings. I will not press new clause 5 to a vote, but I do ask the Minister to consider the matter carefully and to be aware that it is likely that colleagues in the House may want to revisit it as the Bill proceeds. I beg to ask...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Bill: New Clause 5 - Unfair dismissal (22 Sep 2021)

Fiona Bruce: New clause 5 would ensure that employment tribunals had jurisdiction to hear claims relating to the duty in new section A1 of the Higher Education and Research Act 2017. This Bill has been introduced in part because of the high-profile instances of academics being dismissed. Many of the controversial examples have involved extramural speech rather than research or teaching, which again...


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