John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether his Department plans to adjust the rate of vehicle mileage allowances in line with fuel prices.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of health care available in the NHS for those with a disability.
John Barrett: On the question of child poverty, does the Prime Minister remember that as a member of the Opposition back in 1993, he leaked information about the potential taxation of invalidity benefit? What would he advise other Members who had been given similar information to do?
John Barrett: I am glad to have triggered this debate today, because in recent months we have witnessed financial turmoil both at home and abroad. Currently we are in a recession, with the outlook for 2009 and beyond being as uncertain as at any time since the last world war, which happened long before I was born. I requested this debate today because I believe that its full title—the effect of interest...
John Barrett: The hon. Gentleman is one step ahead of me today, as I was about to congratulate him later in my speech for that Bill. No doubt he will agree with what I am about to say in this debate. There is a credit card summit today, at which some of the issues that I have mentioned may well be addressed. Almost everything that is charged on anything that is bought can result in high, sometimes...
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan is upheld during the run up to the Sudanese elections in 2009.
John Barrett: What recent representations he has received on the proposal for a third runway at Heathrow.
John Barrett: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. He will know that the Liberal Democrats were the first party to oppose the third runway and to support a high-speed rail link. Does he accept that many of the hundreds of daily short-haul flights that go to Heathrow from constituencies such as mine could be replaced by a north-south high-speed rail link, which would be good for the environment,...
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 1 April and subsequent letters of 23 May and 11 September on non-EU nationals attending sports events in the UK.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to extend the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance to people with severe sight loss.
John Barrett: Will the Minister give way?
John Barrett: I agree with everything that my hon. Friend has said. Does she agree that local councils must be made aware of their obligations to tender for the high-quality products that are available at Remploy factories? Through the new public procurement procedures, they could themselves be saviours of those factories.
John Barrett: Will the Minister give way on that point?
John Barrett: I apologise to you, Mr. Key, and to the Minister for not asking about intervening. I want to be supportive in the debate. I should like to forward examples from my constituency to the Minister so that he can look at the position around the country. As was eloquently stated, the problem is suffered by many families and young children up and down the country.
John Barrett: I am listening to what the hon. Gentleman is saying. This is a tragic situation for parents throughout the country. I hope that the hon. Gentleman is successful in what he is pushing for. I emphasise that the case that he is describing is repeated throughout the country. The Liberal Democrats would be glad to give any support that they can to push the Government to be flexible about the age...
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children are held at Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what recent steps his Department has taken to encourage the take-up of (a) carer's allowance, (b) pension credit, (c) housing benefit and (d) council tax benefit; (2) what steps his Department is taking to achieve a higher level of overall benefits take-up; (3) what steps his Department is taking to achieve a higher level of...
John Barrett: The very opposite—they have gone up.
John Barrett: If he will make a statement on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
John Barrett: The whole House will remember what happened in 1994, when up to 800,000 people were killed in neighbouring Rwanda, after which 2 million people fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. What will the Secretary of State do to ensure that peacekeeping forces on the ground can take the necessary action to stop the same disaster happening again?