Results 201–220 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Barrett

Bill Presented: Darfur (5 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: I agree. We have to be clear. I can understand the need for diplomacy from the Foreign Secretary, but she said that China, Egypt and Libya were key to any solution. However, we only have to look at the actions of those countries in the past to see that Libya flooded the region with weapons and used Darfur as a military base; Egypt attacked Sudanese protestors on the streets of Cairo, killing...

Opposition Day — [12th allotted day]: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (23 May 2007)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if two candidates for the same party had two Xs, they should have both been given a preference at least?

Opposition Day — [12th allotted day]: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (23 May 2007)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Lady acknowledge the danger of commercial companies, such as those on the Lothian list, using their presence on the ballot paper to get a free mail shot through every door in Lothian, which could be used to advertise their business?

Opposition Day — [12th allotted day]: Scottish Parliamentary Elections (23 May 2007)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that the elections presented a perfect opportunity to consider the early opening of postal votes and establish that a problem was about to happen on 3 May? Many votes had been opened in advance and returning officers must have known at least a week before the election that the percentage of spoiled ballot papers would be high.

Tax Credits (16 May 2007)

John Barrett: This is not the first time that I have had to initiate a debate on the problems with the tax credits system on behalf of my constituents. I would love to believe that today is the last time that I will be required to do so. On the previous occasion, I was very grateful to the Paymaster General for the speedy resolution of the cases that I raised. I hope for a similarly positive response...

Tax Credits (16 May 2007)

John Barrett: The case that my hon. Friend raises is, sadly, all too typical. Some people have not only spent the money; they may also have taken on hire purchase agreements, based on the estimated new income. They cannot live on the basic income, which is obviously low in order for them to qualify for tax credits. They have then spent that money and taken on further debts. They have the worst of both...

Tax Credits (16 May 2007)

John Barrett: It must be very simple to supply people for whom an overpayment has been calculated with details about payments. One of the tests as to whether overpayments should be paid back is whether the individual could reasonably have worked out the correct amount. I would say that it is reasonable for an applicant to presume that the Government's calculations are correct, and that it is unreasonable...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Baggage Handling (Airports) (15 May 2007)

John Barrett: What plans he has to seek changes in the system of baggage handling operations at UK airports; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Baggage Handling (Airports) (15 May 2007)

John Barrett: Has the Secretary of State had any discussions with British Airways regarding the sale of BA Connect and the resulting outsourcing of baggage handling operations, which many of its staff feel amount to BA abandoning Scottish airports and their staff?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: World Bank (9 May 2007)

John Barrett: How can the World Bank demand an end to corruption in developing countries when many staff in the World Bank feel that there is corruption at the very top of their own organisation?

[Mr. Christopher Chope in the Chair] — Community Radio and Television (24 Apr 2007)

John Barrett: Community broadcasting is often seen as a poor relation in the world of television and radio, but it is one area of communications of which we should all be more aware and which we should encourage to grow. I therefore congratulate the hon. Member for Eccles (Ian Stewart) on triggering this debate, which raises an important subject, and on giving us an excellent introduction. I hope that the...

Business of the House: Zimbabwe (26 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: If the Mugabe regime comes to an end or if for any other reason there is free access to deliver humanitarian aid on the scale that it is required in Zimbabwe, what plans are being put in place now to make sure that there can be a rapid increase in the level of that aid?

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (22 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: It is a delight to follow the right hon. Member for Leeds, West (John Battle), who has covered a number of the issues on which I hope to expand—particularly the availability of small arms. As someone who has attended the Quadripartite Committee for several years, I know that we should follow up some of the information that has been given, and I shall raise some of those points later. I am...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction (22 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: It is sad to say that the figures mentioned by my right hon. Friend are stark. One of the problems is that apart from official exports, we do not know the full impact. That issue relates to the Quadripartite Committee, which was mentioned earlier. As I have said, it is crucial that we conduct our affairs ethically and responsibly. The current UK policy of not selling arms to Governments if we...

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: It is good to follow a few excellent speeches in the debate. I particularly compliment the right hon. and learned Member for Devizes (Mr. Ancram) who, as the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) said, was the Member for Edinburgh, South before the current hon. Member for Edinburgh, South (Nigel Griffiths), who has made his resignation speech. The right hon. Member for Edinburgh,...

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: I am sure that the Chancellor would like to see the dirty deed done for him before he comes to office. In the Government's White Paper we are told that only the Prime Minister can push the nuclear button. That is of little comfort to many inside and outside the House. I am glad to be called to speak in the debate, because not only do I feel strongly about this issue, but I know that many of...

Point of Order: Trident (14 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: No, I am just going to give way once. It has been interesting to hear those views and I have read and answered every letter and e-mail. There has been a steady flow. It would be good to give a few examples of people who wrote to ask me to support the Government's position, but there was not one. One letter was from an Edinburgh city councillor, who asked me to oppose the Government...

Radio Microphones (6 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the PMSE industry has neither the finance nor the organisation to bid through an auction to Ofcom for the spectrum? That is the heart of the problem. If it is forced into an auction, it will not win it.

Business of the House (1 Mar 2007)

John Barrett: The Leader of the House may be aware of the Light Bulb (Regulation) Bill that would allow for the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs. If he would like to feel the hand of history on his shoulder, will he find time in this House to debate that important issue?

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Digital Switchover (29 Jan 2007)

John Barrett: How many people she expects to receive targeted assistance on digital switchover; what she expects the cost to be; and if she will make a statement.

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