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

Written Answers — House of Lords: Healthcare: Administrative Costs (28 Feb 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of expenditure on healthcare in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands is attributable to administrative costs in each case.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Minimum Income Guarantee: Publicity (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is the estimated cost for the current year of the proposed television advertising campaign to encourage pensioners to take up their entitlement to the minimum income guarantee; when the rest of the items in the campaign will be introduced, including the new free telephone claim service, the new teleclaims centre, the electronic claim form and the two...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: It was very kind of Lord Bruce to try to encourage me to my feet. I hope he is not injured by the stumble. It will surprise no one to know that I intend to concentrate my remarks on the state second pension section of this complicated measure. I will make a confession: I have not even read the rest of it. If I live long enough I might get around to it, but the amount of time taken to work...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Yes, but I was having a little tete-a-tete with Earl Russell. I spend a great deal of time in this Chamber listening to what he says, so I thought that he would want to explain whether what the Bill proposes on the state second pension had converted him. I still wait--

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (17 Apr 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I am surprised to hear that. I have heard a great many words from Earl Russell about pensions. Never mind; if the Liberal Democrats have two spokesmen on pensions, the more the merrier, as long as they end up with one policy. The restoration of the earnings link is not just a rather pretty idea, as some of us have said. It basically affects the whole structure of pensions if you look at it as...

Prison and Crime Reduction (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: asked Her Majesty's Government: What reductions they have proposed in the employers' national insurance contribution, when these have taken or will take effect, and by how much they will reduce the National Insurance Fund.

Prison and Crime Reduction (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Does not the Minister think that is a scandal? It is not the Government who are giving the employers a sweetener but pensioner contributors, because the National Insurance Fund will shrink by £1.35 billion. The Government say, "We can't afford an earnings link. Look what it would cost. Contributions would have to go up". Would they? If only the Government would stop using pensioners'...

Prison and Crime Reduction (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Does not the Minister's reply and the comments made by others opposite mean that the Government are not treating state insurance as an insurance system at all? It is thought not to matter and is to be left to wither on the vine. As Mr Michael Portillo said when he was Financial Secretary to the Treasury a short while ago, it becomes nugatory. The Labour manifesto stated that a Labour...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: As an 89 year-old it is obvious that this amendment has superficial attractions for me, if I understood what it committed the Government to do. As has been pointed out, it is totally vague and gives the Government a blank cheque to do nothing. However, I am sure they would seize on that avidly. The mover made it clear that he considers the amendment to be an alternative to restoring the...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: moved Amendment No. 112: Page 27, line 23, leave out from ("year") to end of line 27.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Amendment No. 112 is extremely simple. I would have thought that the point raised by the amendment would attract the sympathy of the whole Committee, perhaps even of the Minister. The amendment seeks to simplify the provisions for crediting-in. We all welcome the concept of crediting-in. We contemplated that enlargement of our policy in 1974, but we had taken such a giant leap forward in the...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: As always, the Minister's flow of statistics requires careful analysis. I do not know about the rest of the Committee but I find that when she speaks I am almost carried away on a flood tide of protestations which are so convincing that I am immediately suspicious of them. Therefore, I am sure that she will understand and forgive me--

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: "Almost persuaded"? I am sorry; I must be feeling rather stupid at this time of the day. I intend my remarks, as always, as a great compliment to the Minister. However, it means that I would like a little time to think through what she has said. Therefore, I withdraw my amendment for the time being.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: My Amendment No. 133 has the same aim as that of Lady Turner, although it is worded slightly differently. The purpose behind our endless, continuous and continuing campaign to secure the restoration of the earnings link for the uprating of the basic state pension is based on our belief that in a civilised society no section of the community should have to depend on means-testing. The...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: More than what?

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I am coming to that with great relish. It is £6.5 billion more than Margaret Thatcher's lot. I would not expect it to be the same. Our policy manifesto did not promise no improvement on the present pattern. I do not think a Labour government should make great play with a figure like that. It should be contrasted with previous Labour administrations. The Minister has just said it is £2.5...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I think it is a little mean to harangue us when we are not as accustomed, as the Minister is, to jumping up to answer every point as it is made. That reduces a debate in this House to chaos. We shall wait for our next turn, do not worry.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: had given notice of her intention to move Amendment No. 133: After Clause 37, insert the following new clause-- :TITLE3: ANNUAL UP-RATING OF PENSIONS (" . In section 150(2) of the Social Security Administration Act 1992, in paragraph (a), after "beginning" there shall be inserted the words "and, in the case of the weekly rate of the basic pension specified in section 44(4) of the...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (15 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I do not intend to move the amendment for the time being.

State Pensions (16 May 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Will the Government give an undertaking that there will be no further cuts in the employers' contribution to the National Insurance Fund until the basic state pension has been brought up to at least the level of the minimum income guarantee?


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