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Results 181–200 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

Points of Order: Zimbabwe (19 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: I begin by paying tribute to the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey) for her eloquent contribution to the debate. I also pay tribute to the work of the all-party group on this subject. The hon. Lady expressed concerns that I share, particularly the absence of the Foreign Secretary from today's debate. A number of probing questions have already been raised and it would have been good if they...

Points of Order: Zimbabwe (19 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: The hon. Lady makes a valid point. However, the problems for political parties in Zimbabwe are so huge compared with parties considering splitting or making new alliances in this country. Here, there is almost an encouragement to shift political concentration. In Zimbabwe, the Opposition have enough problems anyway without internal splits. I wish them well in being an effective Opposition....

[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Poppy Crops (Afghanistan) (11 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: I congratulate the hon. Member for Bournemouth, East (Mr. Ellwood) on triggering this excellent debate. All speakers on both sides have expressed an interesting variety of views, and although hon. Members have not always been in total agreement, their contributions show that everybody cares passionately about this subject. If we were ever in any doubt as to the seriousness of the situation...

[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Poppy Crops (Afghanistan) (11 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: It is a similar argument—that there is a demand out there.

[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Poppy Crops (Afghanistan) (11 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: I take the point, and stand corrected. I believe that there is a degree of overlap, but I accept that it is a separate argument.

[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Poppy Crops (Afghanistan) (11 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: The issue of the demand in Europe and the United States is a key part of the problem, and I shall come to that.

[Mr. Mike Hancock in the Chair] — Poppy Crops (Afghanistan) (11 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: That point is very well made. I feel that I am eating into the time that I have for my speech, so I shall not respond in detail, but the points that hon. Gentlemen have raised are all well made. The issue is complicated, and hon. Members have helped this morning to open up questions that I hope the Minister will answer. Another crucial issue to consider before attending to any proposals to...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Occupied Palestinian Territories (5 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: The biggest problem in relation to a two-state solution is the violation of the property rights of the Palestinians in the west bank. To have lost one's land and then be told, "Let's discuss potential compensation," is similar to how it would be for the Minister if someone took his house from him, against his will, and then said, "Let's discuss a price." Does he agree that the settlements on...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Occupied Palestinian Territories (5 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: I am pleased to be called to speak today, and to see you in the Chair, Mr. Bercow. As a member of the Select Committee, you have taken a great interest in its work over many years. I congratulate the Minister as well on his new appointment. I am glad to see him as part of an expanded team responsible for one of the most important Departments of State. I served on the Select Committee for five...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — Occupied Palestinian Territories (5 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: The right hon. Gentleman makes an important point. The process is long drawn out. It has taken many years to get to the present stage, and clearly it will be many years before anything like a solution is found, but steps along the way—even small steps—are important. In the end, if development assistance to the occupied territories becomes a thing of the past—that is what we all...

deferred division: Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill (4 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: This is a very serious debate. Many people have waited far too long to discover what is to replace the Child Support Agency. We have heard today about individual and more general cases involving the CSA from every Member who has spoken today—from Members in all parts of the House. We all agree that the reduction of child poverty is a key issue, but even in relatively affluent constituencies...

Orders of the Day: Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill (4 Jul 2007)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that collecting £1.85 for every £1 spent in doing so is not good enough?

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Social Mobility (26 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: An issue that the right hon. Member for Darlington touched on was access to education. When my hon. Friend discusses the importance of education, will he touch on the barrier that high tuition fees present to those who are from less affluent backgrounds?

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Social Mobility (26 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: I am sure that the right hon. Gentleman will deal later with the fact that education is the key. It is the single most important factor in determining income later in life, but income later in life is probably also the most important factor in determining the education of the children of high earners.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Energy White Paper (7 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Scotland on issues outlined in the Energy White Paper.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Energy White Paper (7 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: The Secretary of State will be aware that his predecessor mentioned that with a new generation of nuclear power stations, the necessary investment in efficiency and renewables would not be made. What will he do to ensure that Scotland develops its full renewables potential, and that that is not put at risk by a future generation of nuclear power stations?

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Trafficking of Women (7 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: If she will make a statement on the trafficking of women in the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Trafficking of Women (7 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: What would the Minister say to a number of groups who are increasingly concerned that women who have been trafficked are often treated as criminals rather than victims of crime? What discussions is she having with other Departments on the provisions for those women?

Bill Presented: Darfur (5 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman disagree that in the past, as I stated, Libya has flooded the region with arms? That was my specific reference to Libya. My greatest wish in the world is that its people are willing to play a part in the future, but we must accept what happened in the past.

Bill Presented: Darfur (5 Jun 2007)

John Barrett: There have been some excellent speeches on both sides of the House today. As I have sat in my place, my blood has boiled in fury at the lack of action from the international community and everyone involved, but most at the Sudanese Government. We look to them to be part of the solution, but without a doubt they are at the heart of the problem. The hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow)...


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