Results 2741–2760 of 2772 for speaker:Fiona Bruce

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: 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: 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...

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...

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...

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.

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: 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.

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.

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...

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

Fiona Bruce: I beg to move, That this House has considered freedom of religion or belief and the 40th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the elimination of religious intolerance. I start by thanking the many colleagues in the Chamber for attending today’s debate, and the Backbench Business Committee for granting time for it. I signpost to colleagues that I hope to speak for no more than 20 minutes....

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

Fiona Bruce: Very much so. If my right hon. Friend would like to give me more details, I will pass them on appropriately. Through the APPG, and inspired by my newly appointed deputy special envoy, David Burrowes, whom I thank for his wise and unstinting work on FORB over many years, this year we have initiated a prisoners of conscience programme that enables those across the world who are imprisoned...

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...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2021)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the Minister for her reply. I want to put on record my personal thanks to the Foreign Secretary for her strong personal support for freedom of religion or belief. Do Ministers agree that FORB for all is a fundamental strand of the network of liberty that the Foreign Secretary has so powerfully spoken of recently, integrally connected as it is with so many other freedoms, such as...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Children and Young People: Mental Health Services (1 Dec 2021)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department takes to help ensure that Government funding allocated to local authorities for children's and young people's mental health services is used effectively to meet their needs; and what oversight there is for the effective use of those funds.

Prime Minister: Engagements (8 Dec 2021)

Fiona Bruce: As we celebrate the advent of Christmas, I thank the Prime Minister for his support for Christians, and those of other faiths and beliefs, who face persecution across the world. We here stand with them. The Government have talked about the gift of resettlement for Afghans who are members of religious minorities—those who are at risk of persecution, targeted for their beliefs. Will this gift...

Dignity in Dying (8 Dec 2021)

Fiona Bruce: Is it not extremely difficult to assess when a life will end? Is that not one of the challenges that we have with regard to this proposal of a timed end to a life?


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