John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department plans to take to improve the training available to people with a learning disability who are applying for jobs with the support of Jobcentre Plus.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development for which (a) countries and (b) regions his Department will be developing new country assistance plans in 2008 and 2009; and what arrangements he plans to make for consultation on these plans.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he plans to publish the final country assistance plans for (a) countries and (b) regions adopted following recent consultations.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to include the additional costs of living with disability in official calculations and indicators of poverty.
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what his most recent estimate is of the number of people with a registered disability in employment.
John Barrett: When we in Europe look back at the atrocities of world war one and world war two and at the scale of death and destruction in places not so far from here, we often console ourselves by saying that such things could never happen again so close to home. In too many parts of Africa, however, the slaughter of the innocents still takes place on such a scale. Death and extreme suffering—whether...
John Barrett: It certainly is, and it is good to know that the Minister and I have the same concerns about such articles. However, action must be taken to ensure that the money of taxpayers in my constituency and other constituencies is being spent effectively. The Minister's comments are certainly reassuring. We have heard that the DRC has been brought to its knees by a civil war that has cost the lives...
John Barrett: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the development of renewable forms of electricity generation.
John Barrett: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. He will be aware that the Government's performance and innovation unit has said: "A sustained programme of investment in currently proposed nuclear power plants could adversely affect the development of smaller scale technology." When will his and other Departments work together to make sure that renewables are given a fair chance?
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what progress his Department has made towards improving the accuracy of estimates for the take-up of disability living allowance amongst disabled people.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps his Department has taken to move people with disabilities from benefits to employment.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many disability hate crimes were recorded in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department is doing to publicise Access to Work.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment his Department has made of the contribution of efforts to tackle disability poverty to meeting child poverty reduction targets.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent progress has been made on plans for a high-speed rail link between Scotland and England.
John Barrett: In fairness, can I point out that some celebrities have had a long-term commitment to the region? I would not want the hon. Gentleman to think otherwise. Mia Farrow, for instance, has taken up this issue for many years.
John Barrett: I congratulate the hon. Member for Rochford and Southend, East (James Duddridge) on triggering this debate, because while there is much television coverage of what is happening in Tibet just now, it appears, sadly, that many television crews have left Darfur. There is not enough concentration on that conflict, so I congratulate him on raising it today. I shall return to the issue of Chinese...
John Barrett: I thank the hon. Gentleman, the chairman of the all-party group on Sudan, for giving way. Would he agree that the amount of arms and support—both military and financial support—that the rebels on the ground have appears to be clear evidence that the Sudanese Government play an active part in worsening the situation, that they are financing those rebels, and that they are therefore part of...
John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that in the face of constant denials from the Sudanese Government about their involvement from the air, it is absolutely clear that in the past, only they have had Antonov bombers and helicopter gunships, so a no-fly zone would take out of the game the only people with power from the air—the Sudanese Government?
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the contribution of local post offices to community cohesion.