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Andrew Bridgen: Does my hon. Friend agree that whatever the state decides to take responsibility for and control of, individuals and the voluntary sector immediately withdraw from? As he said, the Government did not invent the big society, which has always been with us, but we will, I hope, give it room to thrive.
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether his Department plans to ring-fence funding allocated to local authorities for use by voluntary and community groups.
Andrew Bridgen: The Opposition seem convinced that the introduction of the universal credit will be dogged by IT difficulties. Does that not reflect their lamentable experience in this area? What reassurance can the Secretary of State give us that we will succeed where the previous Government failed so badly?
Andrew Bridgen: I must say that the enthusiasm being shown by the right hon. Gentleman, and by so many Members on the Opposition Benches, for this fantastic Conservative policy, or coalition policy, on national insurance holidays is absolutely heart-warming.
Andrew Bridgen: My constituency is very similar to that of my hon. Friend; it has both urban and rural areas. My district council has currently budgeted to spend £887,000 on the concessionary fare scheme this year, and it will receive a specific grant of £196,000 to meet part of that cost. However, my county council is concerned that, when this spending on concessionary travel passes to county councils,...
Andrew Bridgen: In my county of Leicestershire we are seeing increased use of our libraries. Will the Minister reaffirm his commitment to support the important services they provide?
Andrew Bridgen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Andrew Bridgen: What recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the electoral register.
Andrew Bridgen: Did not the Labour Government have a record of selling off playing fields? Any mention of that is a complete own goal for the Opposition.
Andrew Bridgen: What steps he is taking to encourage sustainable local travel.
Andrew Bridgen: As a Member of the 2010 intake, I have no personal knowledge of the system that ran before, but I came here from the private sector, and the IPSA system epitomises everything I had always believed to be wrong with government-it is bureaucratic, inefficient and very expensive. The system fails in two respects. First, unless hon. Members are of considerable personal wealth, they are prevented...
Andrew Bridgen: Will the Minister speed up his statement? Many Members on both sides would like to get home before it gets dark.
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Andrew Bridgen: In my constituency, there are many voluntary organisations providing key services such as children's centres and youth services. Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is essential to maintain the funding for those voluntary organisations that are doing such a key work?
Andrew Bridgen: Will the right hon. Lady give way?
Andrew Bridgen: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps his Department is taking to protect listed theatre buildings from unscrupulous developers.
Andrew Bridgen: Surely it should be blue meat, not red meat.
Andrew Bridgen: The main problem with common sense is that it is not always as common as we would like. This week, it has been reported that farmers in Suffolk have not been allowed to clear snow from the highways because their agricultural vehicles are running on red diesel, which does not attract full road fuel duty. Will the Leader of the House advise on how we can get an immediate derogation for farmers...
Andrew Bridgen: Will the right hon. Gentleman welcome the fact that the repayments threshold is being increased to £21,000, and the fact that anyone earning less than £25,000 a year will pay less than £1 a day for university education?
Andrew Bridgen: Will the right hon. Gentleman cast his mind back to the cuckoo months of the previous Prime Minister's Administration, when the then Home Secretary, the former Member for Redditch, considered the idea of elected chiefs of police and then discarded it, not because of politicisation or fears about cost, but because of lobbying from Labour councillors who did not want to lose their lucrative...