Results 21–40 of 47 for speaker:Baroness Castle of Blackburn

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

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Amendment No. 3 stands in my name and that of my noble friend Lady Turner. As I was about to say to the Minister when I was so rudely interrupted during our last debate on this Bill, her statistics, as always, are dazzling. But I am afraid that, as always, they are also incomplete and therefore misleading. It is essential to the understanding of our pensions arguments in this House to get the...

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

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I could not resist it. You said that you were not going to shoot her because she was doing her best. I merely added, "to shoot herself".

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 Jun 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for giving way. She said that the restoring the earnings link would do nothing for the poorest pensioner. She is surely aware that, if it had not been abolished by Lady Thatcher, today every pensioner would be receiving £98 a week--more than the minimum income guarantee of £78. It is a question of what path you follow consistently over the years....

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 Jun 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: I support the amendment moved by Lady Turner. I shall speak to Amendment No. 72 which, as was explained to the House, deals with the restoration of the earnings link. I say "restoration" advisedly. It is not some new, wild revolutionary idea we are espousing, but part of a pension scheme which the Labour Government of 1974 believed was sustainable, honourable and right. Like Lady Turner, I...

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 Jun 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Would my noble friend--

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 Jun 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Thank you. I wanted to ask my noble friend a question. If the sin of pay-as-you-go schemes is that those who enjoy them are not those who paid for them, is that not the essence of a means-tested benefit such as minimum income guarantee?

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill (22 Jun 2000)

Baroness Castle of Blackburn: Perhaps I may explain it. A person who pays for his pension as of right--the basic state pension--is told that he cannot be given anything, but if he falls within the minimum income guarantee, whether or not he has been among the main savers for his old age, the amount will be made up to £78. The individual will receive that amount whether or not he has paid for it.

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?

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.

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: 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: 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: 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 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...

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.


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