Results 1–20 of 1117 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Fiona Bruce

Surgical Mesh: Cancer Treatment (19 Apr 2018)

Fiona Bruce: In the short time that I have to speak in this debate, I should like to focus on two areas. I want to talk about the important progress that needs to be made in the drive to fight prostate cancer and also, briefly, about the need for more attention to be given to the link between alcohol consumption and several cancers. First, let me say that I appreciate the fact that the Government are...

Surgical Mesh (19 Apr 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I echo the comments of many hon. Members and express my deep concern for all women who have experienced debilitating and sometimes severe pain and discomfort following the use of vaginal mesh. In all our considerations of the use of such devices, their health, safety and wellbeing must be our first concern. I welcome the Government’s recent announcements of Baroness Cumberlege’s...

Surgical Mesh (19 Apr 2018)

Fiona Bruce: That is something that I have said not only about this issue, but about the use of valproate. It is important that we pay close attention to the experiences and difficulties that patients have endured. We need to be more open to learning what we can from their experiences, making changes where necessary and—as the hon. Gentleman says—examining where compensation should be sought...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (19 Apr 2018)

Fiona Bruce: Reopening Middlewich railway station to passengers is a matter of crucial importance to many of my constituents. What progress is being made on developing the business case for that?

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the Prime Minister for her statement, which I fully support, and for the leadership—indeed, statesmanship—she has shown in the measured, appropriate and clearly reasoned action she has taken in this grave matter and in the manner in which she has taken it. The Prime Minister has spoken today of the need for a wider diplomatic effort to strengthen the global understanding...

Business of the House (8 Mar 2018)

Fiona Bruce: In a recent debate in the Lords on the family test, which is perhaps better called the family impact assessment, there was good cross-party support for Lord Farmer’s private Member’s Bill promoting a more satisfactory application of the test than currently appears to be the case, from several questions I have asked of Departments recently. Will the Leader of the House facilitate...

Mental Health Services: Children and Young People (8 Mar 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I commend the Government for promoting the Emotionally Healthy Schools project, which, in my constituency, is working well and engaging not just children who have challenges, but their families. Does the Minister agree that helping children with their mental health challenges needs to involve, wherever practical, their families, family relationships and inter-parental relationships, as...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (6 Mar 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I commend the Prisons Minister for following up his predecessor’s strong support for Lord Farmer’s review. Will he meet me to discuss extending its reach to the welfare of prisoners’ children, especially at the point—[Interruption.]

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (6 Mar 2018)

Fiona Bruce: Will the Prisons Minister meet me to discuss the welfare of prisoner’ children, especially at the point of sentencing? There are 200,000 such children a year, and they often fall through the care system completely.

Backbench Business: Freedom of Religion or Belief — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (1 Mar 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak on the subject of freedom of religion or belief. I was going to speak about three countries, Nepal, Egypt and our own, but the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), who spoke so eloquently at the start of the debate, has already discussed Nepal, so I will limit my speech to just two countries. I want to highlight the latest position for those of...

Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (21 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I thank the Secretary of State for the compassionate tone that he has struck today, and for taking account of the years for which many campaigners, such as Janet Williams and Emma Murphy, have tried to make their voices heard, on valproate in particular. If, following the review, various medicines or medical devices are found to be unsafe—or, indeed, to have been taken...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (20 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: What steps has the Department taken to highlight concerns about North Koreans sent to other countries to work, in effect, as slave labourers—and with what result?

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I thank all right hon. and hon. Members who have spoken in this debate, and who have stayed the course in our final debate before we break for our recess. That demonstrates the commitment of colleagues to “A Manifesto to Strengthen Families”. I thank the Minister for his response, which showed his personal interest, his genuine concern and his desire to see families strengthened...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: The problem is that, for too long, successive Governments have ignored the fact that family breakdown is a root cause of poverty. We have given many examples of that today, and we cannot get away from that fact.

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I want to be absolutely clear that when we talk about family hubs, we say that they should be open to all families. There is no exclusivity. It is really important to make that clear in this debate.

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: The hon. Lady omits to mention the recent announcement made by the Government to invest substantially in mental health support, including for school-age children, through schools.

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: The hon. Lady is looking through the wrong end of the telescope. The whole point of what we are talking about is prevention—strengthening family life to reduce the drug-related problems that the police would have to deal with. It is about encouraging families to relate to one another and their young people, so that young people do not always have to look outside the family for enjoyable...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: My hon. Friend is making some powerful points. Would he join me in commending the work of Keith Simpson, the headteacher at Middlewich High School in my constituency, who is a lead on the Emotionally Healthy Schools project? Wherever possible, when a child has difficulties at school, he not only works with the child to provide support, but will contact the parents and ask whether they would...

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: Forgive me, but I obviously did not articulate myself clearly enough. Just so we are on the same page, the figure I meant to cite was 60%.

Backbench Business: Strengthening Families — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2018)

Fiona Bruce: I beg to move, That this House has considered strengthening families. I am very pleased to have secured the debate, with the support of my right hon. Friends the Members for Meriden (Dame Caroline Spelman), for New Forest West (Sir Desmond Swayne) and for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan) and my hon. Friends the Members for Mid Dorset and North Poole (Michael Tomlinson), for East...


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