John Barrett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what account his Department takes of the effects on tax revenue of modal shifts when assessing the merits of expenditure on high speed rail.
John Barrett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport whether his Department has conducted research on modal shifts arising from the introduction of high speed rail.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what steps his Department is taking to ensure that children diagnosed with autism are not excluded from mainstream education.
John Barrett: Despite the massive investment of public funds in the banking sector, many small and medium-sized viable companies have contacted me to say that the banks are not providing the financial support that they require. What are the Chancellor and the Treasury team doing to ensure that money that goes to the banks finds its way to small and medium-sized businesses?
John Barrett: I want to begin by expressing my condolences to Edwin Dyer's family, following the announcement during Prime Minister's Question Time that the Prime Minister had strong reason to believe that he had been murdered. Having read what has been put on the website of those responsible, I am left in no doubt that that, sadly, is the case. The case of Mr. Dyer—his being kidnapped and held in Mali...
John Barrett: That reflects the view of the many people in Pakistan who asked why the British Government were not doing more, even though there is a huge Pakistani community in this country. DFID had in fact done much work, but that was not known on the ground. I am glad that this debate is taking place. Sudan was mentioned earlier and I hope to mention it later because it is a key focus of the region's...
John Barrett: I must not be distracted because there are too many other issues I would like to squeeze in during the remaining time, but I will say that problems have arisen before in Kenya, as they have with the military hardware that India purchases and the air traffic control system in Tanzania. I would like to focus on the fact, which was mentioned earlier, that UK bilateral aid expenditure to north...
John Barrett: I thank the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) for securing the debate on this serious issue, which affects people from the north to the south, and from the east to the west. He has detailed the job losses and other problems in the rail industry, which has been suffering a severe recession, but there is also an opportunity to move out of the crisis in the industry. One way...
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2009, Official Report, column 881W, on a London-Scotland high-speed rail link, what topics were discussed during the meeting on 24 April 2009; and whether any decisions on funding methodology for high-speed rail links were made at that meeting.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what spending priority areas his Department's Nutritional Task Team have established for 2009-10.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what budget his Department has allocated to its nutrition task team for 2009-10.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which countries his Department's nutrition task team has worked with in 2009 to date.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which contribution his Department's nutrition task team is making to the achievement of Goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps his Department plans to take to assist refugees in the (a) northern and (b) eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on holding independent war crimes investigations of the actions of the Sri Lankan military.
John Barrett: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
John Barrett: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. At a time when many former servicemen and women can find it difficult to settle back into civilian life, and at a time of rising unemployment, what is he doing to ensure that the training that they are given when they are in the forces is transferable to civilian life?
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what arrangements have been made for service personnel and their families overseas to vote in the forthcoming local and European elections.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people receiving benefits as a result of a long-term illness had had their case reviewed by Jobcentre Plus or its contractor ATOS by 1 March 2009.
John Barrett: It is a great pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce), Chairman of the Select Committee, in debating the Government's response to its report. I have been a member of the Committee for five or six years, and I am aware of its good work and that of the Department for International Development. In addition to thanking the Chairman and members of the...