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Treasury (21 Dec 2010)

Fiona Bruce: Let me end by saying that I know my concerns are shared by a number of Members, and that I look forward to hearing the contribution of my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson) shortly.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Topical Questions (13 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: We have heard today about some excellent initiatives involving skills training, apprenticeships and mentoring for business. What concerns me is that many owners and managers of small and medium-sized enterprises spend their days with their heads down, concentrating on their businesses. What we need to do is communicate the opportunities to them. What can the Minister do to reassure me that...

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I welcome the Bill as a catalyst to support, release and empower the vibrant and often untapped resources in our local communities. In recent years, many individuals and community groups have been hindered in making valuable contributions to community life by impenetrable bureaucracy and the centralised setting of priorities, or simply by a sense of disconnect between what happens in the...

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I have confidence in my local authority's ability to make discerning decisions about the services required and, wherever possible, to take advantage of the excellent professional expertise that many local organisations and community groups now offer.

Localism Bill (17 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I so agree. The Bill provides mechanisms for greater partnership working and that, in turn, will help to release greater community energy. The Bill sends out a signal to residents, community groups and local businesses that their views and contributions really matter-indeed, that they are invaluable if we are to enjoy the kind of local communities in which so many people whom we represent...

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Expenditure (18 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what total public expenditure in England in 2009-10 was as a proportion of gross domestic product.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Christians in Sudan (18 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What steps the Church Commissioners are taking to help support Christians in Sudan.

Oral Answers to Questions — Church Commissioners: Christians in Sudan (18 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I thank my hon. Friend for that reply. It looks as though there will be a new state of Southern Sudan, but it will face enormous challenges. Meanwhile, Christian minorities in the north of Sudan will face continued persecution, as organisations such as Christian Solidarity Worldwide have highlighted during many years of work across Sudan. Will the Church of England do what it can to support...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Disadvantaged Children (20 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Hon. Members have highlighted the importance of ensuring that we improve the life chances of children growing up in underprivileged circumstances. This is a timely and important debate, and I am glad to be able to contribute. I shall highlight two issues. First, we should recognise, encourage and support the good work that already takes place in local communities to help parents nurture and...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Disadvantaged Children (20 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I do so agree. In fact, that was the subject of my very first question in the House, some months ago, and I look forward eagerly to hearing the Government's response to the idea of such a scheme being put into action. I thank my hon. Friend for raising it again; that is a timely reminder. As the mother of two teenage boys with the benefit of a supportive wider family, I want to promote and...

Backbench Business — [16th Allotted Day]: Disadvantaged Children (20 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point that I shall reflect on later when I talk about the importance of strengthening relationships between parents. Teaching parenting and relationship skills in schools is part of the solution, so that people really understand what it means to enter into a committed relationship. Some of the best support and encouragement for those without such a role model...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Alcohol (Licensing) (24 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What steps she plans to take to amend the licensing regime affecting the sale of alcohol.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Alcohol (Licensing) (24 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The Cheshire ArcAngel team does excellent work to combat under-age drinking and sales to under-age drinkers, including working with responsible retailers. Licensing officers inform me, however, that current procedures make enforcement action unwieldy and protracted, even when a sale to an under-age individual has clearly occurred. Will the Minister look into enforcement difficulties, such as...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill (25 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: My apologies, Mr Amess, but when do we declare interests?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill (25 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I would like to draw attention to my interests in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill (25 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Welcome, gentlemen. How do you think the provisions in the Bill could help to address the key challenge that many of us have experienced in our time in local government of attracting more strong community leaders to serve as councillors? Perhaps Mr Porter will respond first.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill (25 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The important group in the local community that we have not discussed yet is local business people. From my experience, their voice is often limited to a short meeting to gather their views on the annual budget, which is a statutory requirement of local authorities. I recall one case in which that was even done by e-mail. How could the provisions of the Bill address that?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill (25 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I am interested because I take issue with that, as someone who was a local businessperson and became a councillor. The more we can develop a relationship between local authorities and those in business in the town, the greater we will encourage engagement in other ways.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill (25 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: In addition to the interests I mentioned earlier, which I hope will stand for all our sessions, I should say for this session that I am a resident Cheshire West.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill (25 Jan 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Mr Howell has largely pre-empted a number of the issues that I wanted to address regarding cultural change, so I shall ask just one particular question. The Bill clearly provides many opportunities for local engagement, but I am concerned that Mr Redfern has said that it could take up to 30 years. How can national Government accelerate that cultural change by sending out messages to local...


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