Fiona Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will discuss with Ministerial colleagues steps to ensure that the application of the small company tax rate does not disadvantage individuals who operate more than one small company; and if he will make a statement.
Fiona Bruce: What assessment he has made of the effects on voluntary organisations of the Government's regulatory and administrative requirements. The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (Mr Nick Hurd): One of our priorities is to make it easier to run a voluntary organisation, so we are committed to clearing the thicket of bureaucracy that too often gets in the way of doing good and to setting up a...
Fiona Bruce: The requirements for people to obtain more than one Criminal Records Bureau check when working or volunteering with different community organisations is causing much duplication and expense, both to individuals and to community groups such as Crossroads Care Cheshire East in my constituency. Will the Minister consider reviewing the CRB check procedure and introducing one single registerable...
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps his Department is taking to provide additional resources to the voluntary sector.
Fiona Bruce: What plans he has to reduce the regulatory burden on the voluntary and community sectors.
Fiona Bruce: I thank the Minister for his answer. One of the key areas of the Government's big society project is to encourage volunteering. However, it is accepted that in many disadvantaged areas there are lower levels of volunteering. For example, school governor places remain vacant. Will he consider how we can break down the barriers, whether regulatory or otherwise, that deter a broader number of...
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will bring forward proposals to increase from 40p per mile for the first 10,000 miles the rate at which employees may use their own vehicles tax free.
Fiona Bruce: What recent discussions he has had with CBI Scotland on the state of the Scottish economy.
Fiona Bruce: Bearing in mind that trade and industry is a reserved matter while economic development is devolved-and that both are vital in addressing the key challenge of economic growth-how will the Secretary of State use his role to work effectively to stimulate private enterprise and job creation in Scotland?
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Education if he will assess the effects on (a) staff flexibility and (b) school budgets of the operation of the rarely cover procedure in schools; and if he will review the operation of the procedure in order to mitigate such effects.
Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and I declare an interest in this debate as someone who has run a small business for over 20 years. A linked issue is the shortage of skilled employees across a range of businesses, which hampers their development. For example, I know from my own business that it is difficult to recruit legal secretaries. Businesses in my constituency claim that they...
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has received on (a) attacks on churches in Indonesia, (b) restrictions on the construction of churches in that country and (c) the revocation of licences for some existing churches.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has received on (a) the effect on the demographics of Papua of migration from other parts of Indonesia and (b) the effect of such migration on levels of religious harmony and freedom in Papua.
Fiona Bruce: It is an honour to make my maiden speech as Member of Parliament for Congleton. I recognise that I have much to learn as I succeed Ann Winterton who, over 27 years, conscientiously, consistently and courageously represented the interests and values of its people. I will endeavour to do the same, at least in my commitment to my constituents. My length of tenure I leave to them! It is also a...
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he plans to take steps to assist civil society organisations to promote religious pluralism, religious freedom and counter-extremism in Indonesia.
Fiona Bruce: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wolverhampton North East (Emma Reynolds) on securing this timely and important debate on the trafficking of human beings, and forced prostitution. I can see that it is an issue that she cares about deeply, and I share that with her. We need to recognise the fact that human trafficking, and, by extension, the exploitation of vulnerable women and children...
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to review the adequacy of the complaints procedures in the NHS.
Fiona Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to review the effectiveness of the operation of the Choose and Book system.
Fiona Bruce: What account the Church Commissioners take of ethical criteria when making investments.
Fiona Bruce: How do the Church Commissioners use their substantial wealth to encourage responsible corporate practice?