Results 41–60 of 1803 for speaker:John Barrett

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: You mentioned, Reverend Nicolson, some very close, first-hand examples of people living in poverty. We talk about legislation here. Do you think that that will be effective as a way of tackling poverty? Are there not really issues like jobs, education and other issues? Could you give us your thoughts on how legislation might deliver? Out there, those who are actually in poverty, do you think...

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: Do you think that it is effectively hot air? It sounds like something is being done, but not a lot is being done. Is that what you are saying?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: Given that more than 50 per cent. of flights from airports such as my local one in Edinburgh head to other UK mainland cities, what environmental impact study has been done on the effect of high-speed rail, which would remove the necessity for many of those flights?

Women and Equality: Equality and Human Rights Commission (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: What research the Equality and Human Rights Commission has undertaken to assess the effect of the recession on the level of funding available for the support of disabled people.

Women and Equality: Equality and Human Rights Commission (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: One of the effects of the recession is rising unemployment. As we-hopefully-begin to emerge from the recession, what action can be taken to ensure that disabled people are not left at the back of the queue for jobs?

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

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Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: Will my hon. Friend expand on why the decision ought not to be made on party political lines?

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I shall not take the full allocation of my time in the debate, to ensure that all my colleagues who wish to speak can also get in. I should like to thank my hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) for his opening speech, and I shall try not to repeat the points that he made. I advise anyone reading this in Hansard that his speech is worth reading from start to finish. I am...

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I am happy to concur with that. A lobby of Parliament by Equitable Life policyholders is scheduled to take place next month. I have read that the lobbyists will be drawing our attention to the fact that 15 policyholders die each day waiting for justice while the Government drag their heels. It is a great testament to the policyholders that they are prepared to keep fighting for the cause not...

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (20 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I want to move away from the wider issues to a specific group—children in local authority care. You mentioned, Paul, that there are 1,000 in Kent. There are also unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. How should the measurements for child poverty be made for those specific children?

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (20 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: In any other walk of life, “eradication” would mean the end of something, but the word has a different meaning in relation to the Bill. Are you happy with the use of “eradication” when it is clearly not eradication? Moreover, are you happy with the assessment used in the Bill as a description of “eradication”? Every time I use “eradication” it means...

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (20 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: Would you agree that within such a general target, there is the danger of specific groups—you mentioned disabled people—heading in the opposite direction, even if the overall target is being approached?

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (20 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I should like to return to clause 8 and getting the strategy right. I listened to what the Minister said about the preparation, and witnesses have expanded on the work that has gone into that. Clause 8 details the review of the strategy, making progress and so on. One thing it does not have is a duty to implement the strategy like that in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. Does that give...

Public Bill Committee: Child Poverty Bill (20 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: But you understand the fears that you can have continually moving targets and continually revising strategies without the problem being dealt with at the end of the day?

Written Answers — Treasury: Members: Correspondence (12 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the MP's Parliamentary Business Unit of the Tax Credit Office will be in a position to respond to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence on 24 March and 10 June 2009 on his constituent Mr. John Reid.

Written Answers — Home Department: Immigration and Nationality Directorate: Correspondence (12 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Parliamentary Business Unit of the Immigration and Nationality Department plans to reply to the letters of 26 June and 8 July 2009 from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West on Ezekiel Nutebuka.

Written Answers — Home Department: Members: Correspondence (21 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the visa enquiry office of the Islamabad consulate plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 17 April, 7 May and 20 May 2009, on Mr Abdul Rehman; (2) when the visa enquiry office of the Islamabad consulate plans to reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 17 April, 7 May and...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Child Poverty Bill (20 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan). He said that this should not be a partisan debate. Apart from some of the usual political banter earlier in the day, I think that Members on both sides of the House have treated this as a serious issue on which we want to move forward. Unfortunately, however, the Bill is very much about setting targets rather than...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Child Poverty Bill (20 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: I take the hon. Gentleman's point. We often hear, particularly from parents with disabled children, that it is an onerous enough task just to deal with the child and the disability, as it involves dealing with mental anguish as well as the physical disability. Having a disabled child can be the catalyst for family breakdown, which often leads to further social problems. To follow up the hon....

Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Child Poverty Bill (20 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: Does the Secretary of State agree that one way of getting more people out of poverty would be to ensure that means-tested benefits were given out, including to those in work? The DWP admits that £10 billion of unclaimed benefits are waiting to be used. That would be one way of reducing the numbers of those in poverty.


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