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Scotland Bill: Clause 26 — Scottish rate of income tax (14 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: It is my contention that full financial responsibility would not benefit either Scotland or the UK more widely. In conclusion, it has been made clear by the Scottish Parliament and acknowledged by the Calman commission report that reform of the devolution settlement in Scotland is essential. It is fair to assume that the Bill would exist regardless of which party was in government, and I hope...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Global Action Poverty Fund (30 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: How many organisations have (a) applied for and (b) been granted funds from his Department's global action poverty fund.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Global Action Poverty Fund (30 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the Minister for his reply. Many small charities make a tremendous difference in developing countries, often with limited funding. What can be done to publicise the excellent opportunities for them to apply to the global poverty action fund?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: A multinational is applying to build an incinerator the size of a football pitch some 500 metres from the small market town of Middlewich in my constituency. There is no need for this provision; it will involve importing waste and it has been unanimously rejected by the local planning committee. Does the Prime Minister agree that the concerns of local people over the negative impact that it...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Education (5 Apr 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What recent representations the Church Commissioners have received on the role of the Church of England in education.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Education (5 Apr 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. In the light of the history of the Church’s role in establishing education for all in this country, does he agree that it is right that those in government at all levels should applaud the role of faith in our country as an inspiration for the generous community spirit of so many in our society—and, indeed, as one of the key building blocks of the...

Work and Pensions (5 Apr 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I am grateful for the opportunity to raise the issue of advice for professionals, managers and those in skilled senior roles who face redundancy and seek re-employment. A number of letters and surgery attendances from constituents in that position have highlighted common themes about how we support those who approach jobcentres for help, and they have led me to raise this issue. I recognise...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Housing: Planning Permission (27 Apr 2011)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whom his Department consulted on proposals to change requirements for planning permission to convert premises from commercial to residential use; (2) what the timetable is for the consultation on the proposed changes to the planning process in relation to permission for conversions from commercial to residential use;...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Apr 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I am engaged in a consultation with my constituents in east Cheshire on an issue that is of great concern to them: the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood. As a parent, does my right hon. Friend agree with my constituents that action needs to be taken to find real solutions to this challenging issue, and to give every child the childhood that it deserves?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (3 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the Minister for his response with regard to the treatment of minorities such as the Hazara population in Pakistan. What can also be done to encourage and support the protection of the rights of minorities more widely in Pakistan, such as Hindus, Christians and women, in the light of accounts of human rights violations, such as forced conversion, forced marriage, beatings, rape, false...

[Mr Alan Meale in the Chair] — Family Policy (4 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Meale. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Erewash (Jessica Lee) on securing this important debate. I thank her and my other hon. Friends in Westminster Hall today for all the excellent contributions that they have made. This debate on family policy comes at a particularly auspicious time following the royal wedding, which I...

[Mr Alan Meale in the Chair] — Family Policy (4 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Certainly, Mr. Meale. I will conclude my remarks. Marriage is good for society. It is a public institution as well as a private relationship, and as such society as a whole has a stake in supporting the family unit. If society benefits from the family, as it undoubtedly does, families should benefit from society and its fiscal policies, especially for the sake of our children and their children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Potholes (5 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What steps he is taking to assist local authorities to repair potholes.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Potholes (5 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the Minister for his reply and for the generous grant of £2 million recently received by my local authority of Cheshire East. However, the council has a £100 million shortfall in planned maintenance of its highways network, and it is unable to commit funding to upgrade junction 17 of the M6, which is in my constituency and frequently causes major traffic problems. Can the Minister...

Women and Equalities: State Pensions (5 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What recent assessment she has made of the potential effect on women of the proposal to introduce a flat-rate state pension.

Women and Equalities: State Pensions (5 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Many of my constituents, particularly female constituents, have raised concerns about the proposals. Will the Minister explain how the funding has been planned?

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Churchyard Trees (12 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What steps the Church Commissioners are taking to ensure that ancient trees in churchyards are protected.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Churchyard Trees (12 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: It is excellent to hear from my hon. Friend that ancient yew trees are being preserved and protected in that way, but even with best practice no tree will last for ever. What is being done to introduce new trees to our churchyards so that future generations might enjoy that attractive part of our churchyard heritage?

Religious Education (17 May 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I am privileged to raise the role of religious education in schools under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. A number of colleagues have joined me for today’s debate; I thank them. First, may I state that I know that the Secretary of State for Education takes very seriously the issue of enabling every child—whatever their background—to achieve their full potential by promoting the highest...


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