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Results 161–180 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

[John Cummings in the Chair] — Children With Disabilities (16 Jan 2008)

John Barrett: I am delighted to be able to sum up on behalf of the Liberal Democrats; I have just been appointed the party's disability spokesman, and this is my first debate in post. I thank the right hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Mr. Clarke) for triggering the debate and for his well-thought-out introduction. I also thank the hon. Members for Forest of Dean (Mr. Harper) and for...

[Sir Nicholas Winterton in the Chair] — Fuel Poverty (8 Jan 2008)

John Barrett: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing the debate. He is a fellow Edinburgh MP, and we are both well aware of such measures in a city that can sometimes be very nippy. Does he agree that one group that is often badly hit by fuel poverty is the disabled? Will he pay particular attention to pressing the Minister on what can be done to help that group?

Orders of the Day: Pensions Bill (7 Jan 2008)

John Barrett: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day — [4th Allotted Day]: Military Covenant (12 Dec 2007)

John Barrett: One positive thing that is going through the Scottish Parliament in relation to today's debate is the Member's Bill to allow the fatal accident inquiries for Scottish soldiers who have died abroad to be followed through in Scotland. If the Bill were passed, it would reduce the wait involved, both for Scottish families and families south of the border. Does my hon. Friend agree that this is a...

Business of the House: Remploy (29 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: The Remploy factory on the west side of Edinburgh at South Gyle is not down for closure. Will the Secretary of State take on some concerns expressed to me by employees there? One is that all Remploy factories struggle to be viable because of the central, top-heavy management costs that have been distributed throughout the entire network. Secondly, while there is a push to get many employees...

Business of the House (29 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: Will the Leader of the House find time to debate the situation in Bangladesh, where not only have 3,000 people died, but with rising sea levels and climate change, up to 30 million people could be at risk in future? The debate would be appreciated by the House and by the Bangladeshi community. There was a 30-minute debate last night, for which no Department for International Development...

Economic Partnership Agreements (28 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: When more than 200,000 people marched through my Edinburgh constituency in 2005 at the time of the Gleneagles summit, as part of the "make poverty history" protest, one of the key demands was for a fairer trading regime with developing countries. It is now almost universally accepted that fair trade, more than anything else, is the key that will ultimately unlock the poorest countries from...

Economic Partnership Agreements (28 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: I am delighted to hear that reassurance, because that fear exists among ACP countries and a number of non-governmental organisations. I thank the Minister. It ought to be clear that we need urgent reform of EPAs and a radical rethink of how we approach this matter. I appreciate the concessions and changes secured by the Government and I commend DFID for making this a key issue within the EU....

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Post Offices (22 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: If he will make a statement on the post office closure programme in Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Post Offices (22 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: I thank the Minister for that answer, but given that the Government have announced 2,500 closures across the country, can he assure the people of Edinburgh that that will be a genuine consultation? Or has he already decided on the number of offices to close, so that all he is prepared to discuss is the method of execution?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iraq (20 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: If he will make a statement on Government assistance to locally employed Iraqi civilians.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Iraq (20 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: What will the Government do to assist civilians whose lives will be at risk at the end of their duties to the UK? Will the Minister ensure that they are not left behind when our troops return home?

Orders of the Day: Home Affairs and Justice (7 Nov 2007)

John Barrett: The other parties often mention a points-based immigration system, but regularly fail to mention the fact that in Australia, which operates such a system, integration with the local community is part of it.

UK Aid (Sudan) (23 Oct 2007)

John Barrett: Sudan is cursed by some of the worst afflictions to which states can fall victim. There is not one problem, but a mixture. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong there. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Mr. Clarke) on securing this important debate. With the continuing problems in Iraq and Afghanistan, the focus of the media has drifted away...

UK Aid (Sudan) (23 Oct 2007)

John Barrett: Thank you, Mr. Olner. I shall conclude my remarks shortly. Aid workers in Sudan's Darfur region come under increasingly savage attack, but I shall not say more on that because hon. Members on both sides of the House are well aware of it. The debate is entitled "UK Aid (Sudan)". The aid comes from a number of sources, but it is mainly paid by the UK taxpayer through DFID. The people of the UK,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits (18 Oct 2007)

John Barrett: If he will make a statement on the findings of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration's report "Tax Credits: Getting it Wrong".

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tax Credits (18 Oct 2007)

John Barrett: I thank the Minister for that answer, but errors are still made in approximately 2 million of the 6 million claims for tax credits. As a result, many people entitled to tax credits do not apply for them. Will the Minister give the figures for my constituency—or for the whole of Edinburgh, including the Chancellor's constituency—for those who are entitled to, but do not receive, tax credits?

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Health Services (17 Oct 2007)

John Barrett: According to Save the Children, the lives of 800 children a day could be saved if their parents did not have to pay for essential health care. Will the Department work with non-governmental organisations and civil society to ensure that the health partnership translates into real action on the ground?

Military Covenant (16 Oct 2007)

John Barrett: Like many people born after world war two, we hoped that war was going to be a thing of the past, but since then we have seen war and conflict in many parts of the world, from the Falkland Islands to the Balkans, and now in Iraq and Afghanistan, where the list of dead and injured increases daily. Those men and women look to their Government to deliver their side of the covenant between them...

[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Speech, Language and Communication (9 Oct 2007)

John Barrett: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that another important aspect of agencies working together is that parents and other non-educational sector interested parties make maximum use of the time that the children affected spend outside their educational establishments? Co-ordination within the educational setting would mean that maximum use is made of the time that a child spends outside it.


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