Results 361–380 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

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: London Olympic Bid (13 Sep 2004)

John Barrett: One problem about the London bid identified by the International Olympic Committee is the lack of enthusiasm in the nations and regions about it. What will the Secretary of State do to ensure that the far-flung nations and regions do not suffer as parts of Greece suffered this year? It was a particularly bad tourist season because people believed that Athens was overbooked, overpriced and...

Post Office Closures (Edinburgh) (7 Sep 2004)

John Barrett: On 22 July, the last day of Parliament before the summer recess, my constituency office in Edinburgh received a much anticipated package. After two years of waiting, Post Office management finally gave me their post office closure plans for the city of Edinburgh. That is a process that I, and others, have expected for some time. It is 23 months since the House voted for the urban...

Post Office Closures (Edinburgh) (7 Sep 2004)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I agree with much of what he says, in that if a proposal is made to close a post office, the alternative must be, as the Post Office said, bigger, brighter and better. However, that is clearly not the case, and minor improvements are not good enough for his constituents or mine. Equally, constituents using a post office such as Comely Bank, or...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (30 Jun 2004)

John Barrett: Will the Prime Minister tell my constituents how far he thinks it is reasonable for them to walk to their nearest post office?

AIDS (Africa) (23 Jun 2004)

John Barrett: I start by adding my congratulations to the hon. Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley), not only on securing the debate but on presenting the background to the issue and the case for action so well. We have worked together on the International Development Committee for several years, and it is clear from the evidence that we have taken in our inquiries that there are few bigger issues and...

Air Transport (8 Jun 2004)

John Barrett: Will the Minister give way?

Air Transport (8 Jun 2004)

John Barrett: Will the Minister complete his summary by saying whether he agreed with my definition of sustainability?

Air Transport (8 Jun 2004)

John Barrett: I have a direct interest in the debate and the Government's policies on aviation. The White Paper, "The Future of Air Transport", contains extensive plans for the development and expansion of Edinburgh airport, which is in my constituency. The plans come on top of existing, ongoing developments, such as the extension to the taxiway, a project that is well under way. I have watched the airport...

Air Transport (8 Jun 2004)

John Barrett: It makes sense to protect the land, but no decision needs to be taken yet. There might be no requirement for a second runway—a subject that I shall come to later. One of the most disappointing aspects of the White Paper is how little it says on air-rail substitution. I find it extraordinary that a Government who espouse the importance of an integrated transport policy seem to view air...

Sierra Leone (8 Jun 2004)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mr. Griffiths) for securing the debate. This is not the first time that he has kept Sierra Leone on the agenda in this place. Unlike him, the hon. Member for Sheffield, Hillsborough (Helen Jackson) and the hon. Member for Banbury (Tony Baldry), although I have been to a number of African countries I have never been to Sierra Leone, so I will bow to...

Iraq: UK Forces Adjustments (27 May 2004)

John Barrett: Will the Secretary of State say exactly when the decision was taken to send these troops? The House was told yesterday lunchtime that no decision had been taken, but 24 hours later, we are being told that it has now been taken. What has changed between yesterday and today?

Iraq (17 May 2004)

John Barrett: As this nightmare unfolds on our televisions and we watch women, men, children, civilians and contractors dying daily, it is worth remembering again why the House sent in the troops. At least we had a vote on the issue, as the right hon. Member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Mr. Foulkes) said, but the picture that was painted at the time was that weapons of mass destruction existed...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman not remember that the reason for the second vote was that the first vote was for a non-proportional, first-past-the-post seat? The second vote was intended to make the entire result more proportional. It was a case not of holding a completely separate election, but of making the entire election more proportional.

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that under the amendments the two new regions would have 56 constituencies, with five or six list Members in each? One of the main arguments for a decent proportional system is to avoid the risk of a minority extreme Government ever being elected again. After all, we speak on the anniversary of the day that Margaret Thatcher was elected to Government on 40 per...

Orders of the Day — Scottish Parliament (Constituencies) Bill: Schedule 1 — Substitution of Schedule 1 to the Scotland Act 1998 (4 May 2004)

John Barrett: Would the hon. Gentleman like to remind the Committee on what percentage of the vote that majority was delivered?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Green Minister (4 May 2004)

John Barrett: If he will make a statement on the work his Department's Green Minister has undertaken in the last three months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Green Minister (4 May 2004)

John Barrett: Given that disposable nappies cost the NHS £1.5 million a year and that often no choice is available to new mothers in maternity wards, does the Minister agree that one way of tackling the environmental damage caused by hospital waste would be to make a commitment to promote the use of the traditional towelling nappies?

Occupied Palestinian Territories (29 Apr 2004)

John Barrett: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton (Mr. Kaufman) on a thoughtful and considerate speech. It was obviously based on experience and a great deal of knowledge. This Select Committee report is different from the other reports on the subject that have been produced in my time. Unlike most of them, this report makes it clear that the problems addressed are obviously man...

Occupied Palestinian Territories (29 Apr 2004)

John Barrett: I take my hon. Friend's point. There can be no excuse for the wall or fence—however people refer to it—having been built where it has been built, separating pupils from schools, farmers from fields, and villagers from their hospitals. It is an outrage. As long as that barrier exists, it adds to the problem; it does not take away from it. There is no excuse for suicide bombings, and at the...


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