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Incinerators (26 Oct 2010)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend makes a good point. Indeed, that is why the Middlewich residents are so offended; in November 2007, approval was given for a new landfill site, which is to be positioned less than half a mile away from the proposed new incinerator. Let me touch on a further problem relating to the Government's climate change and energy policy. Even if one recognises that waste management needs...

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ethical Criteria (Investments) (26 Oct 2010)

Fiona Bruce: What account the Church Commissioners take of ethical criteria when making investments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Ethical Criteria (Investments) (26 Oct 2010)

Fiona Bruce: How do the Church Commissioners use their substantial wealth to encourage responsible corporate practice?

Written Answers — Scotland: Rural Economy (27 Oct 2010)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on initiatives to assist the rural economy in Scotland.

Written Answers — Attorney-General: Sexual Offences: Young People (1 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Attorney-General (1) how many cases of underage sex involving boys aged 15 years and under were passed to the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) 1980 to 1989, (b) 1990 to 1999 and (c) 2000 to 2009; and in how many such cases (i) charges were made against the adults involved, (ii) charges were made against the underage boys involved and (iii) the underage boys were prosecuted;...

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: I want to ask you about financial advice, because I have had mixed messages from you. You talked about how some longer-term reviews in America resulted in beneficial decisions being made, where people had been sent the national advice. Earlier on, you talked about youngsters at age 18 receiving a nest egg and that there may be a correlation between that and good role-modelling. Do you think...

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: I think Mr Vine-Lott said at the outset that there had been a successful take-up of 72% for this project. My maths is not as good as yours, but that means that 28% of people have not taken it up. Can you give us any thoughts on that? I realise that it is only speculation, but you are the industry experts. Why has there been a 28% non-take-up?

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: Thank you, Mr Shaw. I think that it was you who said that one of the elements included in this was financial education. I know that the industry has provided a lot of good financial education, but personally I would like to see that built on. I am pleased that the coalition Government are looking at how they can improve and co-ordinate that. Would it be fair to say that one in four children...

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: I applaud those schemes, but active involvement by the parents is still missing, and that was a key aim of the fund for one in four childhoods. That is the point that I wanted to establish.

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: One of the stated aims of the child trust fund is to develop the savings habit and engage with financial institutions. I am interested to know what practical steps you are taking to engage with the young people for whom the funds are invested, not with their families. In what practical ways are they different at 18 from how they would have been if you had not engaged with them?

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: About 72 or 74% of young people are getting some benefit from this if the parents or grandparents have engaged with the child trust fund arrangements, but about 26 or 28% of young people would not gain any benefit at all from the financial education that is connected to the investments.

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: I know that you cannot be definitive, but do you think that perhaps the hardest to reach are the ones who most need the help but are not in fact receiving it at all? Perhaps there are other ways through broader financial education in schools that we could target some of this investment to reach more of those harder to reach young people.

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: Some of the provisions that the Minister has talked about, and that the coalition Government are putting in place in light of the rearrangement that they are having to make regarding finances and the reduction of provision under the child trust funds, include: the pupil premium; 15 hours of free nursery care for all two-year-olds; an annual financial health check for every family; and, as you...

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (2 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: Thank you for drawing to our attention so clearly the challenges that disabled people have when they seek financial advice. The Government are bringing in a new provision from spring whereby there will be a national financial advice service and everyone will have the opportunity to have a personalised financial health check and talk about their individual financial needs and savings plans. I...

Written Answers — Communities and Local Government: Planning Permission (4 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues on the period within which a local authority must issue a written decision notice following a strategic planning committee decision to refuse planning approval.

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (4 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: Following on from the discussion about the positive and targeted work of the Healthy Start scheme, which meets the  needs of the most vulnerable and those on the lowest incomes, at a time of scarce public resources, how does paying a health in pregnancy grant to families on higher incomes help?

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (4 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: I understand many of your points. Because we do not have a magic wand, as you said earlier, we are having to make difficult decisions, and the importance of targeting limited funds on those who most need help is surely just and right.

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (4 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: Or possibly broaden the Healthy Start scheme?

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (4 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: One of my concerns about the child trust fund’s effectiveness is that although, as you said, a key aim was to trigger better saving behaviour, one in four of the children who are eligible for the funds has no active contact with the benefit of improved education. Is that a success, bearing in mind my concern that a large proportion of that quarter are probably those families who need...

Public Bill Committee: Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill (4 Nov 2010)

Fiona Bruce: At a cost of £0.5 billion a year, I wonder whether that money is being spent most effectively, particularly as it is tied up for 18 years. Perhaps we could look at focusing some funds more effectively on better financial education in schools, where we would capture a broader range of young people.


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