Results 321–340 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

Employment Agencies (Overseas Recruitment) (28 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I congratulate the hon. Member for Crewe and Nantwich (Mrs. Dunwoody) on an excellent opening speech. She has covered many of the issues that I had intended to mention in this important debate. I come from Scotland, a country that has sent people out around the world over many years. It is important that now, when Scotland has a falling population, we should look at what we are doing to...

Aviation (South-East) (22 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: My hon. Friend will be aware that one major problem in the south-east is the number of short-haul flights. From my constituency in Edinburgh, 75 flights will today take off for the south-east. Does he agree that a high-speed rail link would not only provide a desirable rail substitute but free up slots at airports for international flights, for which there is no alternative mode of transport,...

Electoral Reform (14 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: Does the Minister genuinely believe that the people of the United Kingdom got what they wanted when only 35 per cent. of them voted for the Labour party but they got a Labour Government with a large majority?

Electoral Reform (14 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I very much welcome this albeit brief opportunity to discuss electoral reform and where this country should go following the recent general election. I accept from the outset that the issue of electoral reform is far from the top of the electorate's list of priorities, and certainly far from the top of the Government's list. One problem of electoral reform is that all too often the issue gets...

Electoral Reform (14 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: Absolutely. My hon. Friend makes a very good point. While there is an established three-party system in England, in Scotland we have four well-established parties and, in many areas, five. So, the situation is worse north of the border. Under our current system, the job of government and the powers that come with it can be awarded exclusively to a party that enjoys the support of scarcely one...

Electoral Reform (14 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I listened carefully to what my hon. Friend said. I am sad to have to admit that there are cases where that has not been quite so successful—I am about to touch on those—but anything that re-engages the public is definitely worth doing. I was delighted to see turnout in my constituency rise at the general election from 64 to 69 per cent., which is an increase above the national average....

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: G8 Summit (7 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I am sure that the Secretary of State is aware of my concern about public safety in Edinburgh—that of both visitors and residents—at the time of the G8 summit. What proposals are being discussed to reduce the risks to those travelling to Edinburgh and to those affected by major events in Edinburgh over the week, to ensure that they are safe at the end of the protest?

2012 Olympic Bid (7 Jun 2005)

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2012 Olympic Bid (7 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I wholeheartedly echo the points made by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for North-East Fife (Sir Menzies Campbell). However, a lesson can be learned from the Greece Olympics. Far-flung regions of that country feared that, as Athens was seen to be the place where the action was and where all transport links would be headed, they would lose out on tourism. Such regions thought...

Tax Credits (7 Jun 2005)

John Barrett: I am listening intently to the hon. Gentleman's seven-point plan, but before he winds up will he press the Minister on the scale of the problem? In Edinburgh, a relatively wealthy city, more than 10,000 people are affected and in Scotland as a whole more than 160,000 people are affected. Whereas individual cases are often tragedies in themselves, the overall problem in the UK should not have...

Business of the House (26 May 2005)

John Barrett: The Leader of the House will be aware of the good work done by many charities and heritage organisations up and down the country that is being put at risk by the Chancellor's proposals to remove gift aid benefits from day memberships. Will he allow time for a debate in the House to discuss that as a matter of urgency?

Foreign Affairs and Defence (18 May 2005)

John Barrett: Will the hon. Gentleman ask the Government also to commit themselves to establishing exactly how many civilian deaths there have been in Iraq? Once that figure is established and accepted by the Government, the argument will be moved on.

Budget Resolutions — Amendment of the Law (16 Mar 2005)

John Barrett: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that there is a very serious problem with those who are entitled to those very benefits but are not yet getting them? The poorest of the poor are not just those who are entitled, but those who are entitled but not receiving.

Budget Resolutions — Amendment of the Law (16 Mar 2005)

John Barrett: I agree with much of what the right hon. Gentleman says, but does he agree that much of what he says about China is also applicable to India, which in future will have a massive impact on the world economy?

Budget Resolutions — Amendment of the Law (16 Mar 2005)

John Barrett: Dragging the Labour party along.

Migration and Development (24 Feb 2005)

John Barrett: I begin by complimenting the three hon. Members who have spoken on their excellent contributions. The hon. Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry), the Chairman of the Select Committee, made tireless efforts throughout the gathering of evidence and the production of what is an excellent report. The hon. Member for Clydebank and Milngavie (Tony Worthington) mentioned the work that he continues to...

Migration and Development (24 Feb 2005)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comment. As we know, migration has always played an important role in the development of many countries and many people. We are examining the Select Committee report and the Government's response to it, but it is worth taking a minute to consider the role that migration has played in development and poverty reduction. In recent and more distant history, we...

Climate Change and the Environment (8 Feb 2005)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that those who are most likely to be the victims of climate change are least likely to have influence over gas emissions, and that that is why it is essential to play our part in international discussions about future emissions with emerging industrial nations such as China and India?

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (20 Dec 2004)

John Barrett: Surely it is not a question of not doing anything; it is a question of using the expected £3 billion cost of the scheme more effectively by improving security services and policing, for instance.

Orders of the Day — Identity Cards Bill (20 Dec 2004)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that having an ID card will not affect entitlement if the individual is lying about their circumstances and that that is the problem that exists as regards benefit fraud and attempting to obtain benefits from the health service that one may not be entitled to? It will not be helped by an identity card.

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