Fiona Bruce: What recent steps he has taken to reduce levels of alcohol misuse among young people.
Fiona Bruce: I thank the Minister for that reply. Hon. Members will be aware of the recent publicity given to vodka eye-balling, which is a dangerous practice. Members of the ArcAngel volunteer team in my constituency are going into schools seeking to alert young people to this and other dangers of binge drinking and excessive alcohol abuse. What support can the Minister offer to ensure that we can...
Fiona Bruce: I was very interested in Liz and Adrian’s comments about the business community needing more of a voice. I became a local councillor in the area in which my business was situated. I realised that the business community is traditionally unrecognised and under-represented in terms of a local authority connection. If you consider their contribution to the well-being of a neighbourhood in...
Fiona Bruce: What assessment he has made of recent trends in business confidence in Scotland.
Fiona Bruce: Business organisations have welcomed the Government's plans to reduce the headline rate of corporation tax and simplify the tax system. Does the Secretary of State agree that cuts are vital for boosting enterprise?
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Education whether compliance with the recommendations on financial education as part of Personal, Social and Health Education for Key Stages 1 to 4 is mandatory for schools.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the monetary value of exports to Burma was in each of the last three years; and what were the main products so exported.
Fiona Bruce: You have mentioned several times the need for business to have a voice. One suggestion that Mr Elliott has put forward is that there should be business neighbourhood groups. My sense from having been in business in the town in which I was a councillor is that the relationship between the business sector and the local authority tended to consist largely of paying rates and fearing a visit from...
Fiona Bruce: May I ask a supplementary? I still want to probe further. I understand that business people are busy, but do you think there would be an appetite for an ongoing engagement with local authorities—a standing group, rather than an occasional group, of business people and retired business people in the local authority structure—so that there could be a continuous voice and a meaningful...
Fiona Bruce: Another quick supplementary, if I may. Perhaps we need someone to champion good practice in certain local authorities. From my experience, that is not happening in all authorities—if I may, I also put that to the Ministers.
Fiona Bruce: Do you think that authorities really know the extent of the community work going on in their areas? The reason I ask is that you cannot engage unless you know. In my former local authority, where I was a councillor, we carried out an exercise and discovered that the value of the local voluntary work in one town was some £27 million a year, if I remember that correctly, at a time when 1% on...
Fiona Bruce: Thank you.
Fiona Bruce: My second question is: is risk wrong? Looking at it, enterprise almost inevitably involves some degree of risk, but the potential for success makes it worth it. Do you agree?
Fiona Bruce: Mr Worsley, you said that you were concerned about how the Bill will impact on rural businesses. Apart from issues that you have highlighted already, are there others that cause you concern? How could rural businesses have a greater voice?
Fiona Bruce: I did not actually signal, Mr Amess, but thank you very much. In the past, I have seen the petitions of thousands of residents dismissed—virtually at a stroke. What difference will the referendums make?
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment his Department has made of the needs arising from the humanitarian situation in Burma.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether his Department funds educational projects in Thailand which target migrant children from Burma.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has plans to review and simplify the decision support tool document for people suffering from end stage neurological conditions who apply for continuing healthcare.
Fiona Bruce: I find it staggering that such comments are being made by members of a party that, when in government, sent members of the Audit Commission to examine local government. From memory, the authorities had to complete 300 tick boxes on such issues as how many theatre visits a local resident had undertaken during a year.
Fiona Bruce: It says so.