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Results 101–120 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

Disability Living Allowance (18 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: Will the Minister give way on that point?

Disability Living Allowance (18 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: I apologise to you, Mr. Key, and to the Minister for not asking about intervening. I want to be supportive in the debate. I should like to forward examples from my constituency to the Minister so that he can look at the position around the country. As was eloquently stated, the problem is suffered by many families and young children up and down the country.

Disability Living Allowance (18 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: I am listening to what the hon. Gentleman is saying. This is a tragic situation for parents throughout the country. I hope that the hon. Gentleman is successful in what he is pushing for. I emphasise that the case that he is describing is repeated throughout the country. The Liberal Democrats would be glad to give any support that they can to push the Government to be flexible about the age...

Point of Order: Interest Rates (Maximum Limit) (12 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: The very opposite—they have gone up.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Democratic Republic of the Congo (11 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: If he will make a statement on the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Democratic Republic of the Congo (11 Nov 2008)

John Barrett: The whole House will remember what happened in 1994, when up to 800,000 people were killed in neighbouring Rwanda, after which 2 million people fled to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. What will the Secretary of State do to ensure that peacekeeping forces on the ground can take the necessary action to stop the same disaster happening again?

[John Bercow in the Chair] — State Pension and Benefits (28 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: rose—

[John Bercow in the Chair] — State Pension and Benefits (28 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: One of the most important reasons for leaving in place backdating in excess of three months is that when a pensioner's circumstances change—perhaps because of a bereavement in the family—changing a claim is not the No. 1 priority. It may be some months after a family bereavement before they get round to claiming an additional entitlement.

[John Bercow in the Chair] — State Pension and Benefits (28 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: At a time when the banking system is in crisis and the future of many jobs, pensions and incomes is under threat, it is right that, in this debate, we are looking at the state pension and benefits for elderly people. Never before have so many people questioned those who are the guardians of their old-age pension, whether it is a private pension or a pension in the hands of the state....

[John Bercow in the Chair] — State Pension and Benefits (28 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. However, my next sentence was going to be, "But life has moved on." Today, our Treasury spokesman, my hon. Friend the Member for Twickenham, continues to be ahead of the field, in his analysis of the current financial issues, the future for pensions and the way forward. This is in stark contrast to the Conservative shadow Chancellor, who has...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — State Pension and Benefits (28 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: As the hon. Gentleman rightly mentions, there are a number of ways to get our pensions up to a decent basic level. I have no doubt that there is a substantial amount of money in the Government's Budget that has not been used—it has been set aside for pension credit, and so on, and is earmarked for pensioners—but which the pensioners do not receive. So any way forward is a good idea. The...

[John Bercow in the Chair] — State Pension and Benefits (28 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: We must have a system in which it makes sense to make provision for years ahead, instead of the alternative of making no provision and hoping that the benefits system will pick up the slack. We cannot afford any more reasons for people not investing in pensions. The list is already long enough. Among the many victims of the 10p tax fiasco were elderly people on low incomes, and hot on the...

Learning Difficulties (NHS Treatment) (15 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: People with a learning disability are 58 times more likely to die before the age of 50 than the general population. I was stunned when I read that horrific fact in a Mencap paper, as I am over 50 and am very close to a little four-year-old girl with learning difficulties called Maria. It leaves me fearing for her future, unless we can be sure that the NHS gives everyone equal service. I...

[Mr. Martin Caton in the Chair] — Children and Young People with Autism (8 Oct 2008)

John Barrett: Living with autism is a real struggle for many families, and, for the vast majority of people, it is something that happens to somebody else's family. That is why today's debate is important, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Buckingham (John Bercow) on keeping it on the Government's agenda. For the people who are directly affected when a diagnosis is made, there is often a lack of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Coroners' System (15 Jul 2008)

John Barrett: When he plans to bring forward legislation to reform the coroners' system.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Coroners' System (15 Jul 2008)

John Barrett: The families of Scottish constituents and Scottish soldiers who have died abroad must go through a complex procedure, particularly when fatal accident inquiries are involved. With the Cullen review now in progress, what discussions is the Minister having to ensure that the families of Scots who have died abroad are not subject to undue delays during what is a difficult time for them?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (9 Jul 2008)

John Barrett: Why have this Labour Government chosen to continue the work of the previous Conservative Government this summer, with their plans to decimate the post office network in the city of Edinburgh?

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Post Office Closures (3 Jul 2008)

John Barrett: What recent representations he has received on post office branch closures; and if he will make a statement.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Post Office Closures (3 Jul 2008)

John Barrett: I thank the Minister for that answer. Previous post office closure plans decimated the post office network in Edinburgh, under both the previous Conservative Government and the present Labour Government. All the post office closures—we are expecting the next wave in August—have been done without any strategy or any plan in mind for the entire city. Why should it be any different this...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Topical Questions (3 Jul 2008)

John Barrett: The next wave of post office closures will be announced for Edinburgh in August. Is the Minister concerned about the precedent set in Greater Glasgow, where the post offices saved were in marginal Labour seats, given that Edinburgh, South and Edinburgh, North and Leith are highly marginal against the Liberal Democrats and that the Chancellor of the Exchequer's seat is marginal against the...


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