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Results 261–280 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

Tax Credit Overpayments (Edinburgh) (2 May 2006)

John Barrett: I appreciate much of what the Minister says, but at the heart of the issue is the fact that although constituents have given details accurately and on time, miscalculations have been made. Before she deals with the details of my constituents' cases, I should point out that a number of people have told me of similar cases. For instance, one young constituent told me this weekend that she is...

Tax Credit Overpayments (Edinburgh) (2 May 2006)

John Barrett: I am delighted to have secured this debate at what is an opportune moment, with the latest report from the Public Accounts Committee hot off the press and the latest figures for overpayments due for publication in the coming weeks. Now is an ideal time to reflect on the current state of the tax credit system and the scale of the problem. I am also delighted to see the Paymaster General in her...

Tax Credit Overpayments (Edinburgh) (2 May 2006)

John Barrett: I am certainly glad to acknowledge that. I am delighted when access to a helpline is improved, not only for hon. Members but for our constituents. I take the point that the Paymaster General makes and welcome all improvements. While the complexity of the system is undoubtedly leading to a high incidence of error, there is also a danger that vulnerable claimants, such as elderly pensioners,...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: It is a delight to introduce this debate today, as world tuberculosis day is later this week. People throughout the world will be encouraged to think about this devastating disease, which many thought was in the past, but which is raging throughout the world. We can take a snapshot of the position in, for instance, Africa. Africa has 11 per cent. of the world's population, but it accounts for...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: I could not agree more. There have been several isolated outbreaks in this country, in the hon. Gentleman's constituency and in Aberdeenshire, but, more generally, there is a higher incidence in cities such as London. Increased global travel is certainly one of the causes. People think about whether the issue directly affects them: they are aware that people from the UK travel abroad to the...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: I agree with my hon. Friend absolutely. One problem is that the media are always looking for something new, and TB is not new. It has been around for generations, and many people in this country think of it as something from the past. It is not deemed to be a politically sexy story, but people continue to die. The scale of the problem is massive: 5,000 people die of TB each day. If we were to...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: What my hon. Friend says is true for several reasons. Not only has the medical battle been fought and largely won in this country, but TB is very much a disease of poverty, and poverty is most clearly associated with the developing world. I was astounded at the poverty that exists to this day in places such as Kibera—the massive slum on the outskirts of Nairobi—and the general public can...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: I am optimistic about the commitments that Bill Gates and the Chancellor have made, and I look forward to the international dimension of tomorrow's Budget being given as much importance as the domestic agenda, but I am pessimistic about the end results. Large amounts of resources have been poured in, but we have not dealt with the combination of factors that have built up the environment in...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: As I mentioned, the film "The Constant Gardener", which many members of the public have seen, deals with the issue of the price that drugs companies charge to deliver effective treatment. Clearly there is not money to be made in the commercial world by supplying very poor people with drugs that will save their lives. We await the Minister's reply on that. It is in all our interests—not just...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: My hon. Friend is one step ahead of me. I was aware that he was a keynote speaker at the launch of the global plan. Without a doubt, few things are better value for money than $10 that can save a person's life. As he said, one problem is that successful treatment can be started, but if it is not maintained for the full six months of therapy, patients might feel better and stop taking the...

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: My hon. Friend knows exactly where I stand on that. I have never thought that the amount spent in Iraq is particularly good value for money. The amount of money spent on—

Tuberculosis (Developing World) (21 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: I stand corrected Mr. Olner. I may have been inadvertently led into that by my hon. Friend. I shall draw my remarks to a conclusion. Our efforts need not be focused on simply managing this disease. TB can be cured and consigned to the history books within the next 50 years if we are determined to tackle it in other countries the way that we have tackled it here. The fight against TB must be a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Identity Cards (20 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: What discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on the introduction of identity cards.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Identity Cards (20 Mar 2006)

John Barrett: The Minister will be aware that the devolved Executive have stated clearly that they do not wish to use identity cards for access to devolved services. Will further meetings be arranged to find out the true feeling of the Scottish Executive and of the Scottish people, who would prefer to spend their money not on this expensive scheme but on additional police and security services? Will the...

Urbanisation (Developing Countries) (1 Feb 2006)

John Barrett: I congratulate the hon. Member for Northampton, North (Ms Keeble) on securing the debate. As the hon. Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley) mentioned, it is key that the issue be discussed and absorbed by the Department for International Development. One quality of urbanisation—the hon. Member for City of York mentioned this—is that it is irreversible. That is important now, but will...

Urbanisation (Developing Countries) (1 Feb 2006)

John Barrett: That is a valid point; clearly there are money and businesses in the slums and there are dynamic entrepreneurs. If that money could circulate in the same area, there could be a vast improvement. Without a doubt, those who receive those high rents do not live in the slums. Money is pouring out of the pockets of slum dwellers into the pockets of those living Californian lifestyles just around...

Health Services (Developing Countries) (26 Jan 2006)

John Barrett: The hon. Member for Northampton, North (Ms Keeble) made an interesting speech and gave us a good reason for strengthening the health services of developing countries. We need only look at facilities in this country to see what could be. Some people say that our facilities could be improved, but we should compare what we have across the road and in my city of Edinburgh with what some of us...

Orders of the Day — International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (20 Jan 2006)

John Barrett: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Mr. Clarke) on the introduction of this excellent Bill. As a co-sponsor of the Bill, I am delighted, along with other hon. Members, to register my support for it. Several hon. Members have mentioned yesterday evening's event in Portcullis House in support of the Bill, which was excellent for a number of reasons. It...

Orders of the Day — International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (20 Jan 2006)

John Barrett: The hon. Lady makes a valid point. The drive towards increasing aid is undermined when people see Californian lifestyles next to mediaeval poverty. This is a problem in India, the Niger delta, Kenya, Malawi and a number of other countries whose rulers can often be seen taking delivery of a brand new Mercedes or a brand new aircraft. This undermines the good work being done by so many...

Orders of the Day — International Development (Reporting and Transparency) Bill (20 Jan 2006)

John Barrett: I had heard of it, but I shall now look at it in more detail. When people hear about corruption, waste and mismanagement, it undermines the thrust of Bills such as these. Once we have the annual reports proposed in the right hon. Gentleman's Bill, however, it will make the work of the House more straightforward in that regard. It will also assist the Select Committee's work, as the hon....


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