Mrs Barbara Castle

Former MP for Blackburn

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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services: Child Benefit 3 Apr 1979

    While congratulating the Government on an increase in child benefit well above the levels ever asked for by the Conservative Party, I should like to ask my right hon. Friend when the Government intend—on their return to office—to bring the level of child benefit up to that of the dependants' allowance for the unemployed and those on short-term benefit? Will that be introduced in November?
  • Indication of Prices (Beds) Order: FlNANCE 3 Apr 1979

    We all fully appreciate the increase in the child benefit to £4, but, in view of the fact that my right hon. Friend is now proposing to continue the indexation of personal allowances and cannot do anything about the child tax allowances, can he tell the House what proposals he had—I hope still has—for a further increase in child benefit next November?
  • Indication of Prices (Beds) Order: FlNANCE 3 Apr 1979

    Although this is of necessity a very limited Budget and a very limited Finance Bill, I do not think that we should let it go without placing on record the fact that it marks a milestone in social policy. I refer, of course, to the full implementation of child benefit. I think that the House has barely grasped the social significance of what we have achieved in deciding that in future what...

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