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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation Policy (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: With which third sector organisations he plans to work to deliver his rehabilitation revolution policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Rehabilitation Policy (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Excellent work is being done by local voluntary organisations, such as the Message Trust in Manchester, to help ex-prisoners stay away from reoffending. What can the Minister do to ensure that smaller charities are not excluded by large corporations bidding for payment-by-results schemes?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 89 (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: May I return for a moment to the hon. Gentleman’s example from the north-west? I have lived and worked there for a considerable number of years, and in my experience—I believe that this view is shared by a number of people—some of the sub-regions outside the major cities did not feel that their voice was heard as loudly as it should have been. Will the hon. Gentleman address that issue?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 89 (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: That is exactly my point. The north-west region was that big regional authority, and those of us who worked in the region and were representatives of the sub-region felt that the major cities had a predominant influence.

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 89 (15 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: May I speak briefly against the fixed definition of sustainable development as proposed by Opposition Members? I will give one example of the dangers of such a fixed definition with its inevitable omissions. To some, such omissions are considered vital for the development of strong, healthy local communities. I speak of the needs of faith groups, and their immensely valuable contribution to...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 90 (17 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I do not have detailed knowledge of the experience in the west midlands, but the Northwest Development Agency had to span an area from the Scottish borders down to the fringes of the north midlands. That region was far too large for the agency to be effective and fair across the board to all its areas. I, for one, am pleased that it is being replaced with more LEPs that will address...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 90 (17 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The hon. Gentleman says that he wants to move away from looking at the past. When we talk about introducing value into a local area, it is important to appreciate the effort and hard work of those who work in the private sector. That is why it is important that we work with the new plan for LEPs. This is work in progress, and it is disingenuous for the hon. Gentleman to criticise it in such a...

Business, Innovation and Skills: Local Enterprise Partnerships (17 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What recent progress he has made in establishing local enterprise partnerships.

Business, Innovation and Skills: Local Enterprise Partnerships (17 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Can the Minister advise on the timings of the announcements of the agreement of new LEPs? How is he guaranteeing private sector leadership for LEPs?

Backbench Business — [21st allotted day]: Big Society (28 Feb 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I welcome this debate, highlighting as it has the excellent community work done across constituencies that are represented on both sides of the House. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Dover (Charlie Elphicke), who has recently returned to his place, on securing the debate and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Minister who has remained steadfastly in his place throughout the...

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Schedule 9 (1 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: As trading from a property within an area is a criterion for standing as a local councillor, should there not equally be such a qualification for involvement in a neighbourhood forum?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral System (Referendum) (1 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: What assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the adequacy of the time available for provision of information to the public on the forthcoming referendum on the alternative vote system for elections to the House of Commons.

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Electoral System (Referendum) (1 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for his reply. However, in response to an earlier question he indicated that the Electoral Commission will not even designate the yes and no campaigns until the end of March, or thereabouts, leaving only April and five days in May for the campaigns. Is that really long enough?

Public Bill Committee: Localism Bill: Clause 124 (3 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Does the hon. Lady not agree that the introduction of assured shortholds released on to the property market huge numbers of rental properties that would not otherwise have been available?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Research and Development Tax Credits (9 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: Do the Government intend to abolish the intellectual property restrictions on R and D tax credits, which would make it much easier for companies in Scotland in the biotechnology and micro-electronics industries to benefit?

Written Answers — Education: Teachers: Disciplinary Proceedings (10 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what the average duration was of the suspension of a teacher from a school pending disciplinary action in academic year 2009-10; and how many teachers were subject to such disciplinary action; (2) how many teachers are presently suspended from schools pending the conclusion of disciplinary action; (3) in how many cases of disciplinary action...

Scotland Bill: Clause 24 — Taxation: introductory (14 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The hon. Gentleman says these proposals would be unfair, but one of the fairest things a Government can do when working with the business community is ensure that businesses have time to prepare for change. At present, when there is such a great priority on the economic strengthening of the nation, we need to work in a relationship of trust with the business community. Therefore, is it not...

Scotland Bill: Clause 26 — Scottish rate of income tax (14 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: May I begin by telling hon. Members how pleased I am that, after a thorough independent evaluation of the devolution settlement in Scotland, this Government have been quick to legislate on this issue, fulfilling a manifesto commitment of more than one party in this House? After more than a decade, the time is right to assess the implications and consequences of the devolution settlement. I...

Scotland Bill: Clause 26 — Scottish rate of income tax (14 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: The hon. Lady makes a valid point and that is why I prefaced my remarks with the phrase, “What needs to be communicated more effectively is how the Scottish Government can prioritise their funding.” By that, I meant that checks and balances are involved and that that needs to be communicated nationwide. A greater understanding of that needs to be gained.

Scotland Bill: Clause 26 — Scottish rate of income tax (14 Mar 2011)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. Let me turn now to the proposals in the Bill. It is only right that I should explain why complete financial independence would not, in my view, be beneficial for the Scottish or wider UK economy. Members of the Scottish National party might say that the Bill’s financial provisions do not go far enough but devolving full economic responsibility while...


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