John Barrett: Does the hon. Lady accept that the Government's own target was to reduce the numbers by 1 million, but in an answer to a parliamentary question they said that they expect to miss that target by 700,000?
John Barrett: Many people have been shocked at the images shown on television of what has recently been unfolding in Gaza. The true horrors of war, some might think, yet that is not so—what we see on TV is an extremely sanitised version of what is happening on the ground. Watching TV in other European countries or on the internet gives a far more graphic picture of the reality—of the suffering that the...
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he will reply to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West's correspondence of 16 October and 4 December 2008 with regard to his constituent, Mr Terry Cooper.
John Barrett: It was said that hon. Members would have a month to go through 1.2 million receipts. Will the Leader of the House assure us that when Members' feedback has gone back into the system, they will have an opportunity to check that the corrections have been made before the receipts go into the public domain? If a mistake is made the first time round, hon. Members should have the opportunity to...
John Barrett: What recent discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.
John Barrett: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. He may wish to follow President Obama and "roll back the spectre of a warming planet". As such, will he ensure that the climate conference in December is not derailed by discussions over what developing countries must do and that it accepts that those who produced the most CO2 over the past century must take most of the responsibility for...
John Barrett: Thank you, Mr. Hancock, and I will do my best to be very brief. Support for small businesses is absolutely vital, as everyone here today has said. Before I came into Parliament, I ran two separate small businesses, but I cannot believe that there is one Member in any party in the House who has not been contacted by a business that needs some help at this time. Recent events should have...
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if his Department will consider the merits of allowing national insurance contributions of one half of a married couple over and above what is required to trigger entitlement to a full state pension to be transferred to a spouse if they have a shortfall in their own contributions.
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the rate for approved mileage allowance payment was last set.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research her Department has commissioned on the links between migration and human trafficking.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent research she has commissioned on the links between prostitution and trafficking.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the immigration status is of the 167 victims of human trafficking recovered during Operation Pentameter 2.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what protection is made available to trafficked persons following the conviction of those responsible for their trafficking.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she intends to make changes to the legal status of brothels.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consideration her Department has given to research on the likely effects of criminalising prostitution in preparing the Crime and Policing Bill.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent discussions he has had with Treasury Ministers on income support mortgage interest.
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to assess the social impact of the planned Crime and Policing Bill on those groups likely to be affected by it.
John Barrett: The Prime Minister has never detailed what the Government believe to be the number of civilian deaths in Iraq. Much work has been done on that, and the lower estimates are around 100,000. If the Prime Minister cannot give details today of his estimate, will he confirm that the Government will do some work on it, so that we can know the answer to the question?
John Barrett: What discussions his Department has had on the criteria to be used in determining how to calculate income support mortgage interest after May 2009.
John Barrett: I thank the Minister and the Chancellor for the action taken on this issue in the pre-Budget report, but can she give me any assurances today that the help that the 62 per cent. of mortgage holders on fixed rate deals will get from the Government from May, if they lose their job, will reflect the amounts that they have to pay rather than be linked to the Bank of England base rate?