Results 1–20 of 47 for speaker:Baroness Castle of Blackburn

State Pension Credit Bill [HL] (18 Dec 2001)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: 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)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: 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)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: 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...

Pensions: Minimum Income Guarantee (12 Mar 2001)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: What are the latest figures for the take-up of MIG (minimum income guarantee) by eligible pensioners following the Government's take-up campaign; what are the Government's plans for the future of the campaign; and what has been its cost to date.

Pensions: Minimum Income Guarantee (12 Mar 2001)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: My Lords, is the Minister really satisfied with a situation in which the Government, having launched a massive take-up campaign directed at half a million people, by this stage can report only that 80,000-odd people have responded? Can the Government explain why people do not like means testing? I hope that the Minister will not say that they are too rich to benefit. Does the Minister realise...

Pensions: Minimum Income Guarantee (12 Mar 2001)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Why not the other 45 per cent?

Minimum Income Guarantee: Take-up Campaign (12 Dec 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many additional pensioners of the 2.3 million whom they are seeking to persuade to take up the minimum income guarantee actually applied for the guarantee in the August quarter of this year.

Minimum Income Guarantee: Take-up Campaign (12 Dec 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I am not surprised that the Minister is reluctant to give a detailed Answer to my Question. I gave her a specific period so that she could not hide behind that formula, XOh, it is not all finished yet". I asked her for the figures for the quarter ending August of this year. Is it not a fact that the Government's own figures, given to Parliament in various forms, show that for that period, the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pension Credit (30 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost of the pension credit in 2003-04.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Minimum Income Guarantee (27 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners have formally claimed income support since the start of the current take-up campaign; how many of those claims have been decided; and how many have succeeded.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Minimum Income Guarantee (27 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: By how much the Minimum Income Guarantee will be increased in April 2001 for pensioners aged (a) under 75, (b) 75-79 and (c) 80 or over.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pension Credit (27 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: What proportion of pensioners will be entitled to the proposed pension credit in 2003-04, 2020-21 and 2050-51 if the credit is introduced in the form proposed in the consultation paper (CM4900).

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pension Credit (27 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many pensioners entitled to the proposed pension credit will be liable for income tax in 2003-04.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Pension Credit (27 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether the proposed pension credit will be subject to a means test.

Pension Credits and Benefits Uprating (9 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I, too, am concerned by what is happening to the uprating of the basic state pension, as, I am sure, are many in this House. Do we understand that the £5 addition last week is a one off--a great defect of the Conservative Party's pensions proposals--or does it reflect a permanent change in the principle underlying the operating of the basic state pension? Why is that £5 reduced to £3 in...

Pre-Budget Report (8 Nov 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: It is obvious to all of us that this complicated Statement will require careful study before we can assess exactly what it means. I shall give some examples, on which perhaps I shall get some enlightenment. I welcome the Government's recognition of the strength of the argument that some of us have been advancing for some years on the disincentive nature of means-testing. It is right to show...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000: Government Actuary's Report (31 Oct 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will give an assurance that the Government Actuary's Report under Section 36 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000 will be published without delay, so that the contents can be taken into account in fixing next year's up-rating of the basic pension.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000: Government Actuary's Report (4 Oct 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they have received the Government Actuary's Report under Section 36 of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act 2000, and, if not, when they expect to receive it.

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill (19 Jul 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Thank you. I am very grateful. The noble Lord referred to the leg-hold trap. During the 10 years that I was a Member of the European Parliament, I was an active member of the group on animal welfare. One of our prime aims was to get the leg-hold trap banned, not only in Europe--we succeeded in that--but also throughout those countries that traded with us in Europe. Parliament passed that law...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (19 Jul 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: moved Amendment No. 3: Before Clause 36, insert the following new clause-- :TITLE3:REPORT ON COST OF PENSION UPRATING IN LINE WITH GENERAL EARNINGS LEVEL (" . The Government Actuary or the Deputy Government Actuary shall report to the Secretary of State his opinion on the effect on the level of the National Insurance Fund, and the effect which might be expected on the rates of contributions,...


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