Results 281–300 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

Child Support Agency (17 Jan 2006)

John Barrett: I am sure that I am not the only Member in the Chamber to be experiencing a sense of déjà vu. With the possible exception of newly elected Members, many of us have been here before. We have heard different Members stand up and speak on behalf of their constituents and seen different faces fielding questions at the Dispatch Box. Sadly, however, things have not improved. The Child Support...

Terrorism (Foreign Policy Aspects) (8 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Gentleman for giving way on this important and topical issue. Will he comment on the statement made by the Prime Minister in the Chamber about paragraph 97 of the report, giving details of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's view of extraordinary rendition, as compared to the information that was given to the whole House in response to a question from the leader of the...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I am delighted to contribute to this discussion about a tremendously important issue for the future of Scotland. The debate on how to meet our future energy needs clearly provokes strong opinions on both sides of the Chamber. However, I believe that there are a number of issues on which we can all agree: our declining gas reserves; the fact that, if current trends continue, the country will...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I clearly look forward to a time when the Liberal Democrats are the majority party in the Scottish Executive and perhaps form part of the Government at Westminster, so the scenario that the hon. Gentleman paints is unlikely to unfold.

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I did not quite understand the question, to be perfectly honest. It is perfectly reasonable to have the aspiration that renewables will account for an increased percentage of power generation in the long term.

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: We are looking for a mix of electricity generation, and that can be provided in the long term without a nuclear component. With that in mind, it is strange that the long-term nature of the next generation of renewables seems to rule them out as a viable major energy source, while the equally long-term next generation of nuclear power stations is held up as something of an energy holy grail....

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: That statement comes as no surprise to me; I shall add to that.

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: Well, one of the important points made by Professor Lovelock referred to the storage of high-level nuclear waste under the floor of his house to provide heat and sterilise food. His Gummer-like decision to offer to have his grandchildren sit on top of nuclear waste to have their photograph taken also sticks in the memory. Needless to say, I am not too keen on accepting as gospel a report that...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I agree with the hon. Gentleman's comments; I shall come to that issue. The combination of the use of renewables with energy saving is not fully explored in the report. I was saying that I was not keen on accepting Professor Lovelock's guidance as gospel. Although it is clearly important that the report should take evidence from people on all sides of the debate, the fact that Professor...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I happily confirm that I am not a member of the Committee. However, that does not stop me reading its report and drawing my own conclusions. Those pro-nuclear tendencies were revealed again when the report discussed the relative cost of nuclear energy and renewables. I am sure that many hon. Members will share my confusion over why the Committee, in comparing the prices of renewables and...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I accept what the hon. Gentleman said, and heard with interest his comments on his experience in the industry and the difficulties of storing nuclear waste. He made a valid point. The Committee stated that it would have welcomed more time in which to take evidence before producing its report. Perhaps it could have explored the matter more fully if it had had more time, but the general...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: I would have to be convinced about a number of issues. It was not just storage that was mentioned earlier. Cost and safety are also issues and I am not convinced about the safety issue. In the Committee, my hon. Friend the Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Carmichael) asked Professor Lovelock about deaths following Chernobyl. Professor Lovelock said that be believed that 45 deaths were...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: The evidence from the World Health Organisation was that there were tens of thousands of deaths, and when Professor Lovelock was asked whether he would stick to 45 he said yes. I was in a cancer hospital in Ukraine 10 years after Chernobyl and it was full of 10-year-old children who were suffering as a direct result of Chernobyl. The doctors confirmed that. There were more than 45 people in...

Future Energy Needs (Scotland) (1 Dec 2005)

John Barrett: A scientific solution would have to be available or on the near horizon, but the issue goes wider than just storage. Cost and safety issues also arise. The problem of nuclear waste has simply not been dealt with. The least bad option of finding somewhere to store or dump existing nuclear waste is not a solution and should not be a taken as a green light to create more nuclear waste. If we in...

Climate Change (22 Nov 2005)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that we are well on the way to all-party consensus, as those parties that have already agreed to it represented about 65 per cent. of the electorate at the last election?

Climate Change (22 Nov 2005)

John Barrett: Will the Minister give way?

Climate Change (22 Nov 2005)

John Barrett: Do not figures released last week by the World Health Organisation provide one of the strongest reasons for action? According to those figures, 150,000 fatalities and 5 million diseases a year are directly linked to the increasing temperature on the planet.

Orders of the Day — Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Bill — Order for Second Reading read. (11 Nov 2005)

John Barrett: The hon. Gentleman is being generous in giving way and I am delighted to be able to support his Bill today. Does he agree that it is important to give equal emphasis at local and national level to measures to introduce energy efficiency savings? Discussing different methods of generating power is not good enough on its own; we must also place great stress on implementing measures to save energy.

Scottish Parliament (Electoral System) (9 Nov 2005)

John Barrett: Another anomaly is to do with those parties that decide not to fight constituency seats, and which only campaign on the list. That throws up a problem. The list was set up in the first place to deal with under-representation or over-representation in respect of constituencies—particularly for parties such as the Green party, which does not fight constituency seats. Will the hon. Gentleman...

Orders of the Day — Armed Forces (Parliamentary Approval for Participation in Armed Conflict) Bill — Order for Second Reading read. — [Queen's Consent, on behalf of the Crown, signified.] (21 Oct 2005)

John Barrett: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood (Clare Short) on bringing this well thought-out and straightforward Bill to the House. Too much that comes before us is too complicated, but this measure hits the nail on the head. It is a matter of life and death: it is about who takes the decision to take this country to war. I have listened closely to all the speeches, but I am...


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