Baroness Castle of Blackburn

Former Labour Peer

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Recent appearances

  • State Pension Credit Bill [HL] 18 Dec 2001

    Perhaps I should begin by conveying to the Minister the apologies of my colleague, Lady Turner, for her inability to be present in this debate today. We all know how passionately interested she is in all these questions and her participation in our debates has been remarkable. But at this moment she is undergoing a long overdue operation to her knee at the Royal Free Hospital. I am sure that...
  • State Pension Credit Bill [HL] 18 Dec 2001

    She has asked me to convey her determination to be present during our Committee debates. I am sure that that reassurance will be very welcome to the Minister. No one would have guessed, on listening to the Minister galloping her indistinct way through her brief, that we were today taking part in a debate on one of the crucial turning points in the development of pensions policy in this...
  • Hunting Bill 12 Mar 2001

    As I have listened to this debate, I have been carried back to the 10 years which I spent in the European Parliament--from 1979 to 1989. One of the activities which I enjoyed most was my membership of the inter-group on animal welfare. That was an all-party, all-member state group. It was fascinating to listen to the people who came along as individuals, bringing a case which they felt we...

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Former Labour Peer

Entered the House of Lords in 1990

Left the House of Lords on 3 May 2002

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