Fiona Bruce: Staying in business may be the immediate aim of a micro-business, but there is often a greater end to that. The aspiration is that in time, it will be able to become an established small business and make a difference to its community and environment. We have to support and nurture micro-businesses in order for them to make that difference.
Fiona Bruce: We must also not differentiate between a business being local and being big. It would be dangerous if we equated local with small. As a member of the all-party group on small business, I was a guest yesterday evening at an event at which one of the "Dragons", Theo Paphitis, spoke powerfully about the impact of his chain of shops, Ryman. He took the group on when there were about 80 shops, and...
Fiona Bruce: Would we not be far better off doing what we are doing now and supporting growth in the economy so that we can provide the jobs that those young people will need when they finish education and start work?
Fiona Bruce: It is correct that families have engaged in, and benefited from, the improved financial awareness that was one of the stated aims of the child trust fund. However, the evidence given by Dr Samantha Callan, a witness to the Committee, said that of parents who opened child trust funds, "99%...have not received the maximum funding available. Therefore, it is not those on the lowest income that...
Fiona Bruce: The Government are not leaving people entirely bereft of support, are they? Next spring, the new national financial advice service will be introduced, which will make available to everyone who needs financial advice-not just those in education-real support to ensure that they make the best financial plans for their families.
Fiona Bruce: I support the abolition of the health in pregnancy grant, not least because £150 million a year could simply be better spent on improving the life chances of our younger generation-for example, by reducing the deficit and the burden that they would otherwise bear as a result for years to come. The grant is poorly focused, poorly targeted and poorly timed. It is poorly focused because it...
Fiona Bruce: The hon. Lady makes a valid point: we are continuing the Sure Start maternity grant and the healthy start vouchers because their benefit is that they really hit their target, which is some half a million mothers in difficult circumstances who obtain vouchers from the 10th week of pregnancy to buy vegetables, vitamins, fruit and other healthy foods.
Fiona Bruce: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. I made the point at the start of my speech that unless we look at the bigger picture and reduce the deficit that the country is bearing, the generation that those mothers are now bringing up will have to bear the burden of interest on interest for years to come, and their life chances will be far lower than £190 could compensate for. The healthy...
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish her Department's strategy on human trafficking.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the UK Human Trafficking Centre has a business plan.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Attorney-General what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the rate of convictions for offences of human trafficking.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many spinal procedures involving (a) discetomy, (b) decompression, (c) fusion, (d) total disc replacement, (e) endoscopic transforaminal surgery and (f) each other category of procedure for which information is available were carried out in NHS facilities in each of the last five years; what the (i) clinical outcomes, (ii) cost to the public...
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2010, Official Report, column 316, on voluntary organisations, what progress she has made in reviewing the criminal records vetting regime.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what plans he has for a review of the role of devolution champions in Government Departments.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the legislative framework in respect of human trafficking.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff are employed by the UK Human Trafficking Centre.
Fiona Bruce: What steps the Church Commissioners are taking to support the work of the Church of England in rural areas.
Fiona Bruce: Village congregations play an important part in community life in my constituency. What can the Church Commissioners do to support the widest possible use of church buildings?
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress she has made on the timetable for the introduction of the Freedom Bill; and if she will make a statement.
Fiona Bruce: The need to improve the ailing infrastructure for water and sanitation is referred to frequently, as it has been in this debate, in relation to the need to provide clean water to prevent disease. My hon. Friend makes a good point about infrastructure: we need to invest in it to support the nation's agriculture. I hope that DFID will consider how to promote the development of infrastructure in...