Results 1–20 of 1027 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

Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill (20 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: I am delighted to support this Bill, not only because the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) and I are rarely on the same side of something that is discussed in this place, but because a few months ago the all-party group on alcohol harm, which I chair, published “The Frontline Battle: An Inquiry into the Impact of Alcohol on Emergency Services”. It is a catalogue of attacks...

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: That 1995 report concluded that the “risk” of foetal valproate syndrome when babies were exposed to valproate was “significant”.

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: I pay tribute to the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) for so eloquently articulating the concerns that many of us share about the taking of sodium valproate by expectant mothers. I am speaking today because I believe there is a case for Ministers to answer on the grounds of compassion and justice as to how and why pregnant women were allowed to take sodium valproate for so...

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: The hon. Lady makes a very good point. Further warnings were issued. In 2000, a patient information leaflet from the producer, Sanofi, said: “It is known that women who have epilepsy have a slightly higher risk of having a child with an abnormality than other women. Women who have to take Epilim in the first 3 months of pregnancy to control their epilepsy have about a 1-2% chance of...

Tobacco Control Plan: Valproate and Foetal Anticonvulsant Syndrome (19 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: I certainly think that has to be looked at as part of the case that Ministers have to answer. I would like to say much more but time prohibits me. We have heard some of the terrible statistics that have already been cited about the 20,000 children who could have been affected since the risks were first known about, the 400 children who are still born each year with symptoms, the 28,000 women...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (18 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Does the Prime Minister share the great concerns that were expressed in this House yesterday, including by Ministers, about the implications for the one country, two systems principle in Hong Kong of the recent refusal of the authorities there to allow Ben Rogers, a UK national, entry? Will the Prime Minister confirm that the Government will work with the Hong Kong and Chinese authorities to...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: In an article in The Wall Street Journal in November 2016, Ben Rogers—the vice-chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, which I have the privilege to chair—wrote: “A human tragedy approaching ethnic cleansing is unfolding in Burma, and the world is chillingly silent. In recent weeks, hundreds of Muslim Rohingya people have been killed, and more than 30,000...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: It should be remembered that, yes, she could have done more to prevent this tragedy and to speak out when it began, but she does not control the army. The article continued: “The international community must now act to hold the Burmese military to account for its crimes.” Those warnings were also made many months ago. Now a tragedy is unfolding on a far bigger scale and action is...

The Rohingya and the Myanmar Government (17 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: I will come in a moment to the further action I want to challenge the Minister to take with regard to the military. More surely can and should be done. When the United Nations Secretary-General describes the crisis as “catastrophic” and “a devastating humanitarian situation" and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said that it is “a textbook example of ethnic...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (17 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Do Ministers share concern about the apparent continuing erosion of the “one country, two systems” principle in Hong Kong following the disappearances of booksellers, the recent imprisonment of a democratically elected representative and, last week, the refusal of entry into Hong Kong on a purely private visit by UK citizen and human rights campaigner, Ben Rogers, who is watching...

Women and Equalities: Childcare Responsibilities (12 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: What steps the Government are taking to support parents with childcare responsibilities.

Women and Equalities: Childcare Responsibilities (12 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Does the Minister agree that it is important that the message goes out that mothers and fathers who choose to stay at home full time to care for their children, and who often care for those in their wider families and communities, are just as valued and appreciated for their contribution to society as those who of us who go out to work?

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Would my right hon. Friend join me in congratulating the dramatic society in my constituency, the Congleton Players? They make a tremendous contribution towards community life, and last week they presented their 290th production. It was a comedy, “Murder at Checkmate Manor”, and I have to say that I laughed throughout, as did the audience, so much that I could sense endorphins...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Parental conflict is recognised as a key cause of children’s mental health problems. What is the Department doing to address that, and will Ministers be willing to meet a group of colleagues who supported the “Manifesto to Strengthen Families”? Its policy proposals seek to discuss how strengthening families can address children’s mental health problems.

Schools: National Funding Formula (14 Sep 2017)

Fiona Bruce: I thank Ministers for meeting senior headteachers from my constituency, and for responding to their principal request, which is that to be truly fair to pupils across the country, and to cover school costs properly, school funding should include a minimum amount per pupil, wherever they live. I also thank Ministers for allocating £4,800 per pupil from 2019, which is exactly the amount...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Sep 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Given that fractured family relationships can be such a driver of disadvantage for many young people, will Ministers consider how relationships education can equip young people with the skills to help them strengthen their family relationships, particularly as they mature? Will the Minister meet a group of concerned Members about this issue?

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Fiona Bruce: May I thank the Leader of the House for taking time out of her busy day yesterday to attend the launch of “A Manifesto to Strengthen Families”, which is supported by 44 Back-Bench Conservative MPs? It contains 18 practical policy proposals, such as strengthening prisoners’ family ties and promoting greater support for veterans’ families and for fatherhood. Does she...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Will Ministers give the House their response to Lord Farmer’s recent report on the importance of strengthening prisoners’ family ties to reduce reoffending?

Petition - Continuation of Local Bus Services in Congleton Constituency (20 Jul 2017)

Fiona Bruce: I rise to present a petition on behalf of over 200 residents, expressing concern about the review and potential closure of local bus service 315 from Alsager. It echoes similar concerns that I have received from constituents regarding the 78 from Rode Heath to Leighton Hospital and the 319 through Goostrey, Holmes Chapel and Sandbach. The petition declares that the closure of the 315 would...

Summer Adjournment (20 Jul 2017)

Fiona Bruce: Today I want to talk about how a Conservative Government with a Conservative Member of Parliament in Congleton and a Conservative-led council in Cheshire East are working together to deliver effectively for people in my constituency and the wider Cheshire East area. Let me give as a first example this week’s Government announcement on school funding. I spoke in the Christmas recess...


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