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Results 21–40 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

Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Waste (5 Nov 2009)

John Barrett: Does the Minister accept that when the full costs of disposing of nuclear waste are taken into consideration, electricity generation by nuclear power proves to be a very expensive option?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: MPs' Expenses and Allowances (4 Nov 2009)

John Barrett: The Leader of the House said in her statement that the House of Commons had to "fully resolve this damaging episode", but does she agree that it cannot be fully resolved until the issue of flipping homes for the avoidance of capital gains tax has been investigated?

Sri Lanka (IDP Camps) — [Dr. William McCrea in the Chair] (28 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: It has been an excellent debate, with contributions from all parties. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Enfield, North (Joan Ryan), who opened with a powerful speech containing moving examples of detainees' life in the camps. I will not go through each of the contributions, but some have been excellent. I will, however, pick out the contribution of the hon. Member for Ilford, North...

Sri Lanka (IDP Camps) — [Dr. William McCrea in the Chair] (28 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I certainly agree. We have all, no doubt, had an update from the Sri Lankan high commission, but on one hand we have its response, and on the other-I admit to an interest as a fully paid-up member and supporter of Amnesty International-we have a completely different point of view. We also have first-hand evidence of exactly what has happened from people with family and friends detained out...

Sri Lanka (IDP Camps) — [Dr. William McCrea in the Chair] (28 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I think that we have economic leverage. The GSP plus has already been mentioned as one lever that can be pulled. I think that we can press at every level to ensure that both economic sanctions and pressure can be used in all international bodies, so that people get their human rights. It is not just an argument about what might be happening to individual constituents. As has been mentioned,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: Given that more than 50 per cent. of flights from airports such as my local one in Edinburgh head to other UK mainland cities, what environmental impact study has been done on the effect of high-speed rail, which would remove the necessity for many of those flights?

Women and Equality: Equality and Human Rights Commission (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: What research the Equality and Human Rights Commission has undertaken to assess the effect of the recession on the level of funding available for the support of disabled people.

Women and Equality: Equality and Human Rights Commission (22 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: One of the effects of the recession is rising unemployment. As we-hopefully-begin to emerge from the recession, what action can be taken to ensure that disabled people are not left at the back of the queue for jobs?

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

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Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: Will my hon. Friend expand on why the decision ought not to be made on party political lines?

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I shall not take the full allocation of my time in the debate, to ensure that all my colleagues who wish to speak can also get in. I should like to thank my hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) for his opening speech, and I shall try not to repeat the points that he made. I advise anyone reading this in Hansard that his speech is worth reading from start to finish. I am...

Opposition Day — [19th allotted day]: Equitable Life (21 Oct 2009)

John Barrett: I am happy to concur with that. A lobby of Parliament by Equitable Life policyholders is scheduled to take place next month. I have read that the lobbyists will be drawing our attention to the fact that 15 policyholders die each day waiting for justice while the Government drag their heels. It is a great testament to the policyholders that they are prepared to keep fighting for the cause not...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Child Poverty Bill (20 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: It is a great pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Foyle (Mark Durkan). He said that this should not be a partisan debate. Apart from some of the usual political banter earlier in the day, I think that Members on both sides of the House have treated this as a serious issue on which we want to move forward. Unfortunately, however, the Bill is very much about setting targets rather than...

Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Child Poverty Bill (20 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: I take the hon. Gentleman's point. We often hear, particularly from parents with disabled children, that it is an onerous enough task just to deal with the child and the disability, as it involves dealing with mental anguish as well as the physical disability. Having a disabled child can be the catalyst for family breakdown, which often leads to further social problems. To follow up the hon....

Bill Presented — Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill: Child Poverty Bill (20 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: Does the Secretary of State agree that one way of getting more people out of poverty would be to ensure that means-tested benefits were given out, including to those in work? The DWP admits that £10 billion of unclaimed benefits are waiting to be used. That would be one way of reducing the numbers of those in poverty.

Bills Presented: Afghanistan and Pakistan (16 Jul 2009)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that if a degree of stability is ever reached in some of those hostile territories, a military presence will still be needed, but in the longer term such a presence will have to be provided by the Afghan army so that at some time our troops can come home?

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: He does not do so here.

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that another group of people would like to see the inquiry held in public? When the 100th soldier died in Iraq, his parents, who are constituents of mine, contacted me because they were concerned about what had happened. They too deserve a full, open and public inquiry.

Opposition Day — [14th allotted day]: Iraq Inquiry (24 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the changes that he suggests should take place because the public have lost confidence in the House for another reason, and that it is absolutely vital to regain their confidence? Unless the changes that he has outlined are taken on board, the public will not believe that the outcome of the inquiry is fair and just.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (9 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: Despite the massive investment of public funds in the banking sector, many small and medium-sized viable companies have contacted me to say that the banks are not providing the financial support that they require. What are the Chancellor and the Treasury team doing to ensure that money that goes to the banks finds its way to small and medium-sized businesses?


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