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Results 241–260 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

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Troop Withdrawal (Iraq) (25 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one of the other reasons why we must move to the next stage is the reconstruction of Iraq? One subject that has not been touched on today is its water and electricity supply, and health and education services. They cannot be reconstructed until this phase ends.

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Troop Withdrawal (Iraq) (25 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that if the US Government decide to withdraw troops, the decision would effectively be made for the UK Government?

High-Speed Rail (11 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: Does the Minister accept that having increased freight capacity, but with slow-moving trains and increased passenger capacity at points in the network where speed is of the utmost importance, means that increasing capacity on bottlenecks such as the Forth rail bridge is a real problem? The slow freight trains are stopping the faster passenger trains from increasing in numbers.

High-Speed Rail (11 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: I failed to congratulate the Minister on his new post, and would like to correct that mistake by welcoming him to it now. His new role gives him a key opportunity to get to grips with the brief and see what is happening elsewhere in the world. Other countries have chosen to move ahead and make substantial investments, accepting that although the financial cost is high, the option might be the...

High-Speed Rail (11 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: Mr. Weir, imagine a railway line that could get you from Edinburgh or Glasgow to London in three hours instead of the five or six hours that it takes now—a world-class, high-speed link and a journey that is safe, reliable, comfortable and makes the minimum impact on the environment. That would be a journey that the Minister and I would take regularly, if only we could. I am delighted to...

High-Speed Rail (11 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: I agree with that well made point, which I shall cover in more detail later. We will justify a high-speed rail link neither merely by pointing out the problems with the high emissions of short-haul flights, nor by complaining about our congested roads. Any argument must show that it will be a quicker, greener and cost-effective alternative that people will choose to use. If we can demonstrate...

High-Speed Rail (11 Oct 2006)

John Barrett: To sum up, if the high-speed alternative were available, business men would use it. Businesses, business people and the environment would benefit from it. In spite of the environmental benefits, in the real world we will win the argument on high-speed rail only if we can show that it will benefit the wider UK economy. One key argument used to persuade people to support the 2012 Olympic games...

Orders of the Day: Adjournment (Summer Recess) (25 Jul 2006)

John Barrett: I, too, shall be brief. I want to raise several matters that affect my constituents, whose concern for people elsewhere in the world I find very heartening. The city of Edinburgh is my home city, and that of the Deputy Leader of the House. It is hard to believe that a year has passed since the Make Poverty History marches took place there. Hopes were high and promises were made, but since...

Business of the House: International Development (13 Jul 2006)

John Barrett: I, too, thank the Secretary of State for presenting the White Paper and for the courtesy of supplying me with an advance copy of both the White Paper and his statement. The White Paper deals with issues that are literally matters of life and death for many of the most vulnerable people on the planet, many of whom are not only suffering from poverty, but from hunger and thirst, in some of the...

Orders of the Day: Clause 6 — Transparency (16 Jun 2006)

John Barrett: I place on record my support and that of my Liberal Democrat colleagues for the Bill. It feels like the end of a long journey and, as the right hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Mr. Clarke) said, it started in Edinburgh during the Make Poverty History march. I was delighted to have met the late Robin Cook, who was then Member of Parliament for Livingston, at that march. We...

Orders of the Day: Clause 6 — Transparency (16 Jun 2006)

John Barrett: I could not agree more. I hope to mention some of those people and groups in my speech. However, I shall not manage to mention them all. Their omission is not by design but because there are so many, whether they are NGOs such as Oxfam and Save the Children, Church groups or individuals. Back at the start of this journey, an awful lot of people were asking where the political parties stood on...

Orders of the Day: Clause 6 — Transparency (16 Jun 2006)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his remarks. People often say that politicians live in a bubble and that we are out of touch with the real world. I have now been in this place for five years, which is admittedly a lot less time than many others. During that time, however, I have served on the International Development Committee, and I have seen at first hand the work of the Secretary of State...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Renewable Energy (6 Jun 2006)

John Barrett: If he will make a statement on funding for potential sources of renewable energy in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Renewable Energy (6 Jun 2006)

John Barrett: The Minister will be aware of the recent announcement by the Deputy First Minister of £20 million to be spent in Scotland over the next two years on renewable energy. Does he agree that that points to a marked contrast between the Administration in Holyrood, where the Liberal Democrats have an influence, and down here in Westminster, where the Labour Government seem to have abandoned all...

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Darfur Crisis (18 May 2006)

John Barrett: The situation in Darfur is possibly the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time. If there is one part of the world where everything that could combine to cause the maximum of human suffering and misery did so, Darfur is it. Conflict, with the Arab militias and the Janjaweed, too many guns, a corrupt Government, global warming, religious divides, refugees, famine, human rights abuse, civil...

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Darfur Crisis (18 May 2006)

John Barrett: One key issue relating to security is planning for what happens next. If I may take the hon. Gentleman back to the planning for the war in Iraq, there was no doubt that, by a certain date, a certain number of troops had to be in place and certain actions had to follow. There is a real concern that, even with the best of intentions, dates are not met and security is not delivered on time. If...

[Mrs. Janet Dean in the Chair] — Darfur Crisis (18 May 2006)

John Barrett: Could the Secretary of State clarify whether the Sudanese Government have formally agreed to the UN troops moving in? I read in Sudan Tribune this morning—not my normal read—that Sudan was ready to accept the deployment of UN peacekeepers, but the detail said that Sudan was ready only to negotiate.

Orders of the Day: Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill (12 May 2006)

John Barrett: Our thoughts are with the hon. Member for Edinburgh, North and Leith (Mark Lazarowicz) at this time. He and I served on Edinburgh city council for many years, and although we were on opposite sides of the fence I wholeheartedly support the Bill and commend him for his work to bring it to this point. He would probably agree that there has been enough talk on previous occasions, so I shall...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — HIV/AIDS (11 May 2006)

John Barrett: This is an important debate. We have heard a number of thoughtful contributions from all parts of the House. As the Select Committee report says, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is a full-blown global health emergency. When we consider the figures, it is impossible to disagree. The sheer scale of the problem is sobering. Since 1981, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS, and by the end of 2005...

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Population Growth (10 May 2006)

John Barrett: Does the Secretary of State agree that the best way to tackle population growth is to tackle poverty? High birth rates are often a desperate response in families suffering from poverty.

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