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Results 221–240 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

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

John Barrett: The Government's estimate of the cost of assistance with digital switchover has increased from £250 million to £600 million. Will the Minister assure the House not only that the vulnerable in my constituency will get the help that they need, but that licence fee payers will not have to foot the bill if the cost continues to spiral?

Point of Order: Iraq and the wider Middle East (24 Jan 2007)

John Barrett: Given the construction of the barrier wall, razor wire fences, ditches and access roads to Israeli settlements on the west bank, if the Secretary of State believes in a two-state solution, where does she believe the borders of the Palestinian state should be?

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Disabled Children (23 Jan 2007)

John Barrett: Would it not be a great help for parents of new-born children diagnosed with a disability if information were given to them very early on in a straightforward and simple manner? That would give them access at an early date to the benefits that they are entitled to.

Opposition Day — [3rd Allotted Day]: Disabled Children (23 Jan 2007)

John Barrett: Would it not make sense for all the information to be made available at an early stage to parents who have disabled children? One reason for the points that the hon. Gentleman makes is that many parents are unaware of the benefits to which they or their children may be entitled. By missing out on an early claim, they may not only lose substantial sums of money, but may find that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Gender Pay Gap (18 Jan 2007)

John Barrett: What steps the Government are taking to close the gender pay gap in the public and private sectors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Gender Pay Gap (18 Jan 2007)

John Barrett: According to last week's report by the Equal Opportunities Commission, women are still painfully under-represented in so-called "power jobs" across the country. Thirty years on from the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, does the right hon. Lady agree that many of the largest institutions in both the public and private sectors need to make a renewed effort to remove the hidden barriers to women's...

Opposition Day: Sub Post-Offices (10 Jan 2007)

John Barrett: Will my hon. Friend comment on the fact that some of the most profitable and viable businesses are being closed? The busiest post office in my constituency, in the South Gyle shopping centre, was closed in the last round of closures, so no post office is safe.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (6 Dec 2006)

John Barrett: The Prime Minister will know that the Department of Trade and Industry will make a major announcement next week on the future of the Post Office network, including the potential closure of many offices. Why does he prefer to invest millions of pounds in reducing the size of the best retail network in the country to investing in new products and Government services, which would ensure that the...

Opposition Day — [1(st) Allotted Day]: Transport Strategy (5 Dec 2006)

John Barrett: Will the Secretary of State comment on the lack of enthusiasm for high-speed rail linksin the Eddington report, bearing in mind the opportunities that they would offer for the future of this country's rail transport system?

Darfur (28 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: When the United Nations was established in 1945, one of its key roles was to ensure that genocide and ethnic cleansing would no longer be tolerated in any corner of the world. The atrocities of the second world war led to ready consensus that an international organisation was required with sufficient clout to prevent similar tragedies in future. Sixty years on, many believe that we are...

Darfur (28 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: I agree entirely. A number of hon. Members mentioned that to give the Sudanese Government an effective veto on what progress is made is a recipe for disaster, and the situation in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan will continue to deteriorate. I am also concerned about the timing of any deployment. Continual accusations from President Omar al-Bashir about plots to recolonise his country do little...

[Miss Anne Begg in the Chair] — Speech and Language Difficulties (Education) (28 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow) for triggering the debate. I know that he takes a great interest in the subject and I am sure that his contribution will be appreciated by many outside this Chamber. He was eloquent, forthright and passionate, and I congratulate him on his speech. I am also aware that the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists is taking an...

Orders of the Day: Foreign Affairs and Defence (22 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: I will start by talking about the issue that is at the heart of the Government's foreign policy: Iraq. There is a shambles out there and death and destruction is unfolding. I was one of those who voted in 2003 against the war in Iraq. I have listened to the vilification of several of my colleagues as though they somehow did not support or back our troops, who are losing their lives and are...

Orders of the Day: Foreign Affairs and Defence (22 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: I had finished speaking, but I am delighted to allow the right hon. Gentleman to clarify matters. I am aware of his position, which is similar to mine in support of international development. I agree that a number of Members on the Conservative Benches have slightly nuanced their position over the past couple of years.

Orders of the Day: Foreign Affairs and Defence (22 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: Would the right hon. Gentleman like to comment on Britain's response to the United Nations when a resolution was proposed condemning that action?

Orders of the Day: Foreign Affairs and Defence (22 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that the subdivision of the west bank by the wall, the barrier and the trenches, and also by access roads, rules out the establishment of the Palestinian state that the Palestinians have sought for so long?

Business of the House (16 Nov 2006)

John Barrett: Will the Leader of the House find time in the coming year for a full debate on the replacement of Trident before any decision is made?

Orders of the Day: International Development (26 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: Will the Minister give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Pakistan (25 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: Following the earthquake in which 73,000 people died, many millions of pounds were raised by Pakistani communities throughout the country. What information can DFID make available to those communities to maximise the impact of their funds and to co-ordinate their efforts?

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