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Debate on the Address: The Climate Emergency (17 Oct 2019)

Fiona Bruce: It was encouraging that at the very outset of the Queen’s Speech the Government committed to seize the opportunities for agriculture that will arise from leaving the European Union. Cheshire farmers support the Government’s endeavours to obtain a good deal, but are deeply concerned about the possibility of no deal. They are concerned in particular about three areas: tariffs, welfare...

Online Pornography: Age Verification (17 Oct 2019)

Fiona Bruce: This is more than disappointing; it is critically urgent. Over half a million pornographic images are posted daily on social media platforms, and there cannot be a parent in the land who is not worried sick about this. The Government need to treat this with much more urgency and respect than they have done. How are the Government—how is the Minister—going to demonstrate urgency in...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: British Board of Film Classification (7 Oct 2019)

Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with the British Board of Film Classification to discuss the implementation of a new age certification regime since 24 July 2019.

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I welcome this Bill. Having sat through the whole of this debate, I want to pay tribute to the many Members from across the House who have made such moving speeches, which I cannot even begin to follow. I want to record my support for the Bill and the support that it enjoys across the House. It has been a privilege to be here today. Last week we saw the House at its worst; today we have seen...

Domestic Abuse Bill (2 Oct 2019)

Fiona Bruce: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (2 Oct 2019)

Fiona Bruce: Many of my constituents are concerned about plastic pollution, and I recently attended the launch of plastic-free Congleton. What are the UK Government doing to reduce, and indeed stop, plastic pollution in developing countries?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (1 Oct 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I thank Ministers for providing funding to help evidence and establish the business case for reopening Middlewich railway station—a key priority for my constituents. What wider fiscal steps are they taking to support my constituency by supporting the northern powerhouse and midlands engine?

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I would be delighted to welcome that intervention at some point in my speech. should the hon. Member for Belfast South (Emma Little Pengelly) wish to make it.

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 4 (30 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I do; in fact, as I understand it the oversight in respect of gambling responsibilities in Northern Ireland is completely unco-ordinated. The report admits that licensing responsibilities currently rest with a mixture of “the courts, district councils and the Department for Communities.” That is unacceptable. This brief report on gambling law and policy in Northern Ireland was a...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 6: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 5 (30 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: The 2019 Act states that the report must include reference to “progress on the use of discretionary powers” and that it must cover three distinct areas. The key words here are “progress” and “must cover”. I believe the Minister to be a most courteous and conscientious Minister—I, like many other colleagues, welcome him to his new post—but I regret to say that this scant report...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 6: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 5 (30 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. In 2015, the Northern Ireland Assembly became the first legislature in the United Kingdom to pass comprehensive human trafficking legislation. I commend Lord Morrow on his leading role in initiating that legislation and the Assembly on fully supporting its wide-ranging provisions. In some areas, it goes further than the human trafficking legislation...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 6: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 5 (30 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: That is why I was disappointed that there was no reply to the third aspect of the report, on information relating to the immigration status of individuals. It was not so much that I wanted to see particular information, but it might have indicated a pattern of trafficking to this country from certain other jurisdictions, which could be helpful in tackling the problem further. I have spoken a...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 6: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 5 (30 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. To put it on the record, in its first response, the Department of Justice admitted that it did not routinely record information in relation to the exercise of the discretionary power to provide continued support. As he said, that is completely unsatisfactory. Sadly, the report also says that the Department of Justice is not proposing any policy...

Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 6: Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 5 (30 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I hear what my hon. Friend says, but all the evidence that I have seen from countries where paying for sex has been criminalised shows a reduction in that form of abuse. In other words, laws such as the one in Northern Ireland are having positive effects. As we heard earlier, only yesterday the Police Service of Northern Ireland announced the arrest—through the use of the 2015 Act—of a...

Business of the House (26 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: May we have a debate on minimum unit pricing? When it was introduced in Scotland, Ministers said that for England they would await the outcome of that implementation. A report today shows that the implementation of minimum unit pricing in Scotland is benefiting those who are drinking at the risk of their health.

Hong Kong (26 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: Freedom of speech, including on constitutional matters, is one of the rights enshrined in the joint declaration, yet we have recently seen pressure exerted on individuals to desist from dialogue on certain issues—pressure that is completely unacceptable in any country, let alone in Hong Kong, where these rights are enshrined in the joint declaration. What can our Government do publicly to...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: Ministers will understand that I am disappointed that we have been unable to discuss the reports on human trafficking and gambling this evening, given that they were reviewed as a result of amendments that I tabled to the original Bill. I would therefore appreciate an assurance from Ministers that these things will be debated in this House at the earliest possible date. Turning to the...

European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (Rule of Law): Northern Ireland (Executive Formation etc) Act 2019 Section 3(2) (9 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I have a few questions for the Minister. First, could he give more detail on the five bullet points on page 25 of the review, which give inadequate information on some really key issues, such as the scoping of how best to deliver the regulations? One line on that is insufficient, given that we are only 40 days away from 22 October, and on a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Funding Allocation to Schools in Congleton (9 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: What steps he has taken to increase the level of funding allocated to schools in Congleton constituency.

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Funding Allocation to Schools in Congleton (9 Sep 2019)

Fiona Bruce: I welcome this announcement, but what has concerned parents and teachers in my constituency and the wider Cheshire East area has been the historical underfunding of our local schools compared with those in other areas. So, to ensure truly fairer funding, will Ministers ensure that the Government’s schools budget boost specifically targets the biggest funding increases at schools in those...


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