Results 141–160 of 1803 for speaker:John Barrett

Film Industry (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Does the Minister accept that a problem in using section 6 is that the Act is relatively recent and has not been shown to be effective? Something much simpler is needed so that more effective prosecutions can be brought, because until that happens there will be no deterrent and the business will carry on.

Film Industry (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: I accept that it has been three years since the Act was passed, but there have been no prosecutions in that time. I know that the youngsters who were not prosecuted were about 14, but if we have got to the stage at which 90 per cent. of first-release DVDs originate from camcorder recording, and there have been no prosecutions in three years, the evidence is fairly clear that something is not...

Film Industry (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: "In the cinema, you dream with your eyes open." Those words were spoken by Bernardo Bertolucci at the Edinburgh international film festival some years ago, and for me they sum up why we are having this debate. The film industry in the UK is important for a wide variety of reasons. It is important culturally, creatively, economically, technically and for many other reasons. At one end of the...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Jobcentre Plus: Correspondence (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when Bathgate Jobcentre Plus plans to reply to the correspondence from the hon. Member for Edinburgh, West of 19 January 2009 and 12 February 2009 on his constituent Evelyn Smith.

Written Answers — Transport: Rail Network Capacity (10 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of the rail network.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Members: Correspondence (6 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2009, Official Report, column 787W, if he will direct his Department to send copies of the responses to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's letters on behalf of his constituent Joe Shepherd to the hon. Member's constituency office.

[Janet Anderson in the Chair] — Adults with Learning Disabilities (5 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: Today's debate not only is on an important subject that requires parliamentary time, but is at the heart of what we in the House should constantly be pushing up the agenda. At a time when the economic downturn dominates the news and when tens of billions of pounds are being injected into a banking sector in which salaries and bonuses are paid in millions of pounds to some and six-figure...

[Janet Anderson in the Chair] — Adults with Learning Disabilities (5 Mar 2009)

John Barrett: That is a key factor in the entire costing of the massive costs that are involved in care. Whatever it costs to care—through trained nurses, support staff or whatever—a massive burden of care is currently taken on by families. Whether younger people are looking after elderly people or parents are looking after their children, the big worry is what will happen when they have gone. In many...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Social Security Benefits (27 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 24 February 2009 on disability benefits, what his estimate is of the effect on the number of people claiming (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance and (c) carer's allowance of the European Court of Justice's decision to reclassify these benefits as...

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Pensions Ombudsman (26 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what (a) guidance and (b) directions he has issued to the Pensions Ombudsman on the exercise of its discretion not to investigate cases.

Written Answers — Work and Pensions: Members: Correspondence (25 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to answer the letters from the hon. Member for Edinburgh West of 22 September 2008 and 17 November 2008 on the case of the hon. Member's constituent, Joe Shepherd.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Topical Questions (24 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: The Foreign Secretary may have seen the recent report from Amnesty International that details the use of white phosphorous artillery shells by the Israeli army against civilians in the recent offensive in Gaza. What action will he and the Government take as a result of those actions?

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: It is interesting that in a week when much of the news has been about people at the other end of the pay scale—those earning large sums of money—we are considering people who are surviving on benefits, and who are very much at the opposite end of the scale. Sadly, important though the measures before us are, they will not get the same news coverage as people who have been getting large...

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we are entering a unique situation in the year ahead? It is possible that we will have negative inflation during this recession, so pensioners' inflation might rise at the same time as the indices used to calculate the uprating of benefits actually fall.

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: The Minister mentioned that a lot of pensioners are able to access information about benefits by telephone. One of the issues raised in the equivalent debate last year was the poor quality of service given by a number of call centres. Is she convinced that things have moved on and that when people phone up for help they get the support and advice they need?

Royal Assent: Social Security (12 Feb 2009)

John Barrett: I wish to put on record the fact that I appreciated having early sight of the Minister's statement and that the Liberal Democrats welcome her decision not to reclaim these amounts, even where the sums are relatively small. We appreciate that, and we know that many constituents up and down the country will too.

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that if there is any question about airspace capacity safety, the issue could be dealt with by the introduction of a high-speed rail link? About 50 per cent. of all flights that leave Edinburgh go to other UK cities that people could easily access by alternative means.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: One way to stimulate the economy in the north and south, tackle pollution and reduce the demand for increased airport capacity would be to invest in a national high-speed rail link. Why, after 12 years of this Labour Government, are we still waiting?

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: The Minister was not here.

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: I am following what the hon. Gentleman is saying with interest and I think that he has hit on a very important point. Does he accept that although the unemployment rate among the disabled is roughly double that among able-bodied people, those who are out of work and disabled are more than twice as likely to want to work than the able-bodied? There is a real pool of potential among the...


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