15 November 2006
Barrett comments on Queen’s speech
Commenting on today’s Queen’s Speech, John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, said:
"If the Government is serious about law and order and tackling terrorism then we need more money spent on intelligence services and more police on our streets, not expensive and ineffective ID cards and creeping infringements on our civil liberties.
"I am pleased to see that the Prime Minister has seen fit to scrap the Child Support Agency, after a long campaign by the Liberal Democrats and others. It is vital that any new system does not repeat the same mistakes as the existing agency. Cosmetic changes are simply not good enough. Parents in my constituency will rightly accept nothing less than root and branch reform of the system. Any proposal to wipe out existing arrears must be accompanied by a Government backed compensation scheme.
"I welcome the inclusion of a climate change bill. However the Government will rightly be judged on the detail, particularly on the need for year-on-year emissions targets. Following the Stern report on the importance of tackling climate change, the Government now need to follow through with real action to reduce emissions, and tackle global warming."