Results 301–320 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

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: Indeed it is. The details can be considered in Committee, but I want to mention one of them: the expected geographical extent of participation, which is important for a number of reasons. We have heard a number of comments about the position in the United States. I spoke to a number of Congressmen in Washington after the war had started. They were told that they would not be given the fine...

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 agree that it is vital to be specific, but I refer back to my intervention on the hon. Member for Angus (Mr. Weir). When we are dealing with possible conflicts based on intelligence, there is time for reflection. The question of surprise has long since gone when the troops are amassing. However, the Bill deals with the fact that an immediate response would be necessary if we were under attack.

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 am not suggesting that at all. It is obvious that, when refuelling and other stops on the way to the conflict are needed, other parts of the world will be involved. However, the broad principle of the decision should be made in the House, not by the Prime Minister on his own, and three groups of people would benefit: first, the British public; secondly, our servicemen and women; and,...

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: That is a vacuous point. Several hon. Members gave examples of speaking to service personnel in their constituencies who say that they would rather have the reassurance that the decision was taken not just by one man or woman, but by the entire Parliament. We are looking back to the Iraq war, but we should look forward to future Prime Ministers and future wars. The hon. Gentleman cannot...

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 simply disagree with the point that the hon. Gentleman makes. Servicemen and women would prefer the backing of Parliament to that of the Prime Minister on his own, and the British public expect their elected representatives to be able to stand up and be counted. It might be that people on the anti-war march had different reasons for being there. I was one of the people who marched and, as a...

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: My hon. Friend is exactly right. We must try to increase public trust in elected representatives and Parliament. We do a disservice to the public if we say that we are not prepared to debate the substantive issues of the day in the House. I accept that there will sometimes be intelligence material that cannot be shared on the Floor of the House, but there must be Committees, such as the...

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: With respect to the hon. Gentleman, that is the most bizarre argument against the Bill that we have heard today. Is he suggesting that the Bill should be defeated because it would mean that the Prime Minister would be forced to come to the House and tell the truth? The hon. Gentleman alleges that the Prime Minister was forced to come to the House, to spin and to produce dodgy dossiers and...

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: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that when a war is based on intelligence, time for consideration and reflection is absolutely vital, whereas speed is of the essence when we are under attack?

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: On parliamentary democracy, does the right hon. Lady agree that the backing of Parliament would help not only the Prime Minister of this country but the leader of any country? It would be ridiculous if Iraq's leader had the power to go to war without the backing of its parliamentary democracy, which we supposedly went to war to try to install.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Business Rates (18 Oct 2005)

John Barrett: As the Scottish business rate poundage is now heading down to the English level, there is every prospect that the overall rates burden in Scotland will be lower than that in England. What steps will the Secretary of State take to promote Scotland's new competitive edge to potential inward investors from Europe and more widely, to ensure that the Scottish economy gains the maximum benefit from...

South Asia Earthquake (10 Oct 2005)

John Barrett: Many Members on both sides of the House will have constituents who are waiting to hear accurate information about what has happened to their friends and loved ones. In the near future, many people in this country may want to offer a place for these people to come to visit and stay. Will the Secretary of State discuss with the Foreign Secretary what can be done to speed up applications for...

Persecution of Christians (South-East Asia and China) (13 Jul 2005)

John Barrett: I, too, congratulate the hon. Member for Stroud (Mr. Drew) on securing this debate and on his choice of subject. He has a strong and detailed interest in this area, as was shown by the way in which he opened the debate. On a day when 25 innocent children were killed in Iraq and 20 more children were killed in an attack on a school in Kenya, and in a week when London suffered 50 deaths in an...

Government Support (Veterans) (13 Jul 2005)

John Barrett: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock (Sandra Osborne). She made an interesting, well developed and, in the light of the celebrations, parades and so on last Sunday, timely speech. She was right to highlight some of the many issues that affect veterans today: the women's contribution; homelessness, which I will touch on; and the many health care issues...

Africa (Poverty) (30 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: It is a great pleasure to follow two Members—the hon. Members for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) and for Ochil and South Perthshire (Gordon Banks)—who represent different parts of Perthshire, where the G8 summit will be held. Apart from the summit, we shall have the Make Poverty History march, which will take place in my own city of Edinburgh, the Live 8 concert, which will be...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Debt Relief (30 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: What progress is being made towards ending the debt owed by the world's poorest countries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Debt Relief (30 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I thank the Chancellor for that detailed answer and welcome any progress. He will know that some of the countries that have qualified for debt relief have had a bad track record in the realm of human rights. What mechanisms are in place to ensure that those countries that qualify for debt relief are also improving human rights for all their citizens?

Climate Change (G8 Summit) (29 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I want to join the consensus that was building—with one notable exception—in the Chamber. The exception in question has clearly spent many hours surfing Liberal Democrat websites, and long may he continue to do so. The G8 summit in Gleneagles will focus on two themes: climate change and Africa. This time, the public are more involved than ever before, partly because of the celebrities...

Climate Change (G8 Summit) (29 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will tell us the details of what happened in Edinburgh. The Labour authority's incompetent proposal on road user charging went out to a referendum in which it was wholeheartedly rejected by the citizens of Edinburgh. Will he tell us where he stands on road user charging? He is criticising the Liberal Democrats for their brave stand, so does he oppose the policy?

Climate Change (G8 Summit) (29 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: We are listening to a non-stop attack on the Liberal Democrats. Has that been triggered by the massive fall in the hon. Gentleman's majority and the fact that he now has a very marginal seat?

Employment Agencies (Overseas Recruitment) (28 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that the present problem will increase under the Government's plans for slimming down the civil service? Those in the Inland Revenue are particularly angry that a number of their jobs will go. One way of tackling the problems to which he referred is to ensure that tax, national insurance and so on are paid. With fewer staff in the Inland Revenue, that will become a...


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