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Results 41–60 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

UK Aid (North Africa) (3 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: I want to begin by expressing my condolences to Edwin Dyer's family, following the announcement during Prime Minister's Question Time that the Prime Minister had strong reason to believe that he had been murdered. Having read what has been put on the website of those responsible, I am left in no doubt that that, sadly, is the case. The case of Mr. Dyer—his being kidnapped and held in Mali...

UK Aid (North Africa) (3 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: That reflects the view of the many people in Pakistan who asked why the British Government were not doing more, even though there is a huge Pakistani community in this country. DFID had in fact done much work, but that was not known on the ground. I am glad that this debate is taking place. Sudan was mentioned earlier and I hope to mention it later because it is a key focus of the region's...

UK Aid (North Africa) (3 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: I must not be distracted because there are too many other issues I would like to squeeze in during the remaining time, but I will say that problems have arisen before in Kenya, as they have with the military hardware that India purchases and the air traffic control system in Tanzania. I would like to focus on the fact, which was mentioned earlier, that UK bilateral aid expenditure to north...

[Hugh Bayley in the Chair] — Rail Industry (3 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell) for securing the debate on this serious issue, which affects people from the north to the south, and from the east to the west. He has detailed the job losses and other problems in the rail industry, which has been suffering a severe recession, but there is also an opportunity to move out of the crisis in the industry. One way...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (1 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (1 Jun 2009)

John Barrett: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. At a time when many former servicemen and women can find it difficult to settle back into civilian life, and at a time of rising unemployment, what is he doing to ensure that the training that they are given when they are in the forces is transferable to civilian life?

[Robert Key in the Chair] — World Food Programme (21 May 2009)

John Barrett: It is a great pleasure to follow my right hon. Friend the Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce), Chairman of the Select Committee, in debating the Government's response to its report. I have been a member of the Committee for five or six years, and I am aware of its good work and that of the Department for International Development. In addition to thanking the Chairman and members of the...

[Robert Key in the Chair] — World Food Programme (21 May 2009)

John Barrett: When my right hon. Friend was making his opening speech, I was scoring out paragraphs in mine because he was pre-empting them, and he has just done that again, but I will read it anyway. Many of the poorest people in the world are no longer reliant on good or bad crop yields, but they are now dependent on the market to access food. If someone in this country does not have access to food, we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Topical Questions (21 May 2009)

John Barrett: The Secretary of State will be aware of the millions of pounds that the scrap metal industry has invested to recycle scrapped cars efficiently, but that industry's certificate of destruction is not acceptable under the Government's new scrappage scheme, so it cannot play its part in increasing the number of cars recycled. Will he or his Ministers meet representatives of the industry to see...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 May 2009)

John Barrett: With unemployment at over 2 million, does the Prime Minister agree that one way to create many more jobs and stimulate the economy would be to push forward with the high-speed rail network?

[John Bercow in the Chair] (19 May 2009)

John Barrett: rose—

[John Bercow in the Chair] (19 May 2009)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend also agree that if the means-tested assessment of compensation entitlement comes through, the most prudent people will suffer a double whammy because those who have made further provisions will be hit hardest and receive the least?

Equitable Life Report (Government Response) (19 May 2009)

John Barrett: Does the right hon. Gentleman understand the anger of many of my constituents who have lost so much with Equitable Life about the fact that the Government have gone the extra mile for those who have lost money in the Icelandic banks or the nationalised banks, but they have not given the same treatment to those who have lost often greater amounts through Equitable Life?

Business of the House (14 May 2009)

John Barrett: May we have a debate on how to ensure that the people elected to this House more accurately reflect the make-up of our society, especially people with disabilities?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (14 May 2009)

John Barrett: There is enthusiasm in all parts of the House for a high-speed rail link, but does the Secretary of State agree that a UK-wide high-speed rail system needs a United Kingdom, and that a separate Scotland would be a hindrance to any future proposals?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (11 May 2009)

John Barrett: Many benefit claimants are going to experience real hardship when their payments are moved from weekly to fortnightly in arrears, and they have been told that the answer is to take out a loan to repay the weekly amount. How will this change benefit recipients, rather than just the bureaucrats?

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Children and HIV/AIDS (Developing Countries) (7 May 2009)

John Barrett: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Children and HIV/AIDS (Developing Countries) (7 May 2009)

John Barrett: The hon. Gentleman clarified the point I was about to make: a reduced staffing level, when the budget is increasing, produces a unique problem, because without outsourcing DFID's functions, it will not be as effective as it would otherwise be.

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Children and HIV/AIDS (Developing Countries) (7 May 2009)

John Barrett: It is often the individual stories that stick in our memories. Although we speak about millions of children suffering, detailed accounts, such as that given by the hon. Member for Northampton, North (Ms Keeble), are the ones that last, and I thank her for her excellent speech. At a time when swine flu is dominating our television, radio and press news headlines it would be easy to forget the...

Members' Allowances (30 Apr 2009)

John Barrett: Will my hon. Friend give way?

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