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Results 81–100 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

Opposition Day — [2nd Allotted Day]: Heathrow (Third Runway) (28 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: Does my hon. Friend agree that if there is any question about airspace capacity safety, the issue could be dealt with by the introduction of a high-speed rail link? About 50 per cent. of all flights that leave Edinburgh go to other UK cities that people could easily access by alternative means.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: One way to stimulate the economy in the north and south, tackle pollution and reduce the demand for increased airport capacity would be to invest in a national high-speed rail link. Why, after 12 years of this Labour Government, are we still waiting?

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: The Minister was not here.

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: I am following what the hon. Gentleman is saying with interest and I think that he has hit on a very important point. Does he accept that although the unemployment rate among the disabled is roughly double that among able-bodied people, those who are out of work and disabled are more than twice as likely to want to work than the able-bodied? There is a real pool of potential among the...

Women and Equality: Welfare Reform Bill (27 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Lady accept that the Government's own target was to reduce the numbers by 1 million, but in an answer to a parliamentary question they said that they expect to miss that target by 700,000?

[Ann Winterton in the Chair] — Palestinian Territories (Economic Aid) (27 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: Many people have been shocked at the images shown on television of what has recently been unfolding in Gaza. The true horrors of war, some might think, yet that is not so—what we see on TV is an extremely sanitised version of what is happening on the ground. Watching TV in other European countries or on the internet gives a far more graphic picture of the reality—of the suffering that the...

Business of the House: Members' Payments and Allowances (22 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: It was said that hon. Members would have a month to go through 1.2 million receipts. Will the Leader of the House assure us that when Members' feedback has gone back into the system, they will have an opportunity to check that the corrections have been made before the receipts go into the public domain? If a mistake is made the first time round, hon. Members should have the opportunity to...

Energy and Climate Change: Kyoto Protocol (22 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: What recent discussions he has had with his foreign counterparts on a successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol.

Energy and Climate Change: Kyoto Protocol (22 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. He may wish to follow President Obama and "roll back the spectre of a warming planet". As such, will he ensure that the climate conference in December is not derailed by discussions over what developing countries must do and that it accepts that those who produced the most CO2 over the past century must take most of the responsibility for...

Small Business Assistance (21 Jan 2009)

John Barrett: Thank you, Mr. Hancock, and I will do my best to be very brief. Support for small businesses is absolutely vital, as everyone here today has said. Before I came into Parliament, I ran two separate small businesses, but I cannot believe that there is one Member in any party in the House who has not been contacted by a business that needs some help at this time. Recent events should have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Iraq (18 Dec 2008)

John Barrett: The Prime Minister has never detailed what the Government believe to be the number of civilian deaths in Iraq. Much work has been done on that, and the lower estimates are around 100,000. If the Prime Minister cannot give details today of his estimate, will he confirm that the Government will do some work on it, so that we can know the answer to the question?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Income Support Mortgage Interest (18 Dec 2008)

John Barrett: What discussions his Department has had on the criteria to be used in determining how to calculate income support mortgage interest after May 2009.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Income Support Mortgage Interest (18 Dec 2008)

John Barrett: I thank the Minister and the Chancellor for the action taken on this issue in the pre-Budget report, but can she give me any assurances today that the help that the 62 per cent. of mortgage holders on fixed rate deals will get from the Government from May, if they lose their job, will reflect the amounts that they have to pay rather than be linked to the Bank of England base rate?

Outlawries Bill: Debate on the Address — [1st Day] (3 Dec 2008)

John Barrett: On the question of child poverty, does the Prime Minister remember that as a member of the Opposition back in 1993, he leaked information about the potential taxation of invalidity benefit? What would he advise other Members who had been given similar information to do?

Interest Rates (26 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: I am glad to have triggered this debate today, because in recent months we have witnessed financial turmoil both at home and abroad. Currently we are in a recession, with the outlook for 2009 and beyond being as uncertain as at any time since the last world war, which happened long before I was born. I requested this debate today because I believe that its full title—the effect of interest...

Interest Rates (26 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: The hon. Gentleman is one step ahead of me today, as I was about to congratulate him later in my speech for that Bill. No doubt he will agree with what I am about to say in this debate. There is a credit card summit today, at which some of the issues that I have mentioned may well be addressed. Almost everything that is charged on anything that is bought can result in high, sometimes...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: What recent representations he has received on the proposal for a third runway at Heathrow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Heathrow (25 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: I thank the Secretary of State for that answer. He will know that the Liberal Democrats were the first party to oppose the third runway and to support a high-speed rail link. Does he accept that many of the hundreds of daily short-haul flights that go to Heathrow from constituencies such as mine could be replaced by a north-south high-speed rail link, which would be good for the environment,...

Remploy (19 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: Will the Minister give way?

Remploy (19 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: I agree with everything that my hon. Friend has said. Does she agree that local councils must be made aware of their obligations to tender for the high-quality products that are available at Remploy factories? Through the new public procurement procedures, they could themselves be saviours of those factories.


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