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

Mrs Barbara Castle: 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)

Mrs Barbara Castle: 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)

Mrs Barbara Castle: 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...

Indication of Prices (Beds) Order: FlNANCE (3 Apr 1979)

Mrs Barbara Castle: Taking the situation as it is now, does the hon. Member think that it is right to switch some of that money from the pensioners, the disabled and children to people who are already comfortably off? Is that his idea of an incentive society?

Private Business: Inmos (2 Apr 1979)

Mrs Barbara Castle: Is my hon. Friend aware that Government supporters are concerned about the location of Inmos? Does he agree that it would be outrageous if this important development were not sited in an assisted area?

Orders of the Day — New Clause A: Amendment of Provisions Relating to Earnings After Retirement Age (19 Mar 1979)

Mrs Barbara Castle: As the right hon. Gentleman has challenged the Government's motives in this matter, and as I had some responsibility a short while ago, may I put this to him? If he is denying that the Government are concerned about priorities in expenditure, can he tell us what would be a Conservative Government's priorities, and what expenditure they would cut to make room for the cost of ending the...

Orders of the Day — New Clause A: Amendment of Provisions Relating to Earnings After Retirement Age (19 Mar 1979)

Mrs Barbara Castle: Before the right hon. Gentleman sits down, will he now answer the question that he said he would answer—

Oral Answers to Questions — Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary (14 Mar 1979)

Mrs Barbara Castle: Is my right hon. Friend aware that the people of this country are wholeheartedly behind the Government's determination to resist any increase in farm prices until surpluses have disappeared? Is he aware that officials of the Community are hanging on to the hope that a Conservative Government would be more pliant? Do not the right hon. Lady's remarks this afternoon prove them right? Will the...

European Community Council (Brussels Meeting) (6 Dec 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: Is my right hon. Friend aware that most Government supporters are not surprised that he failed to get the conditions that he so rightly laid down for British membership? Is he aware, further, that we congratulate him on having stood up firmly for the needs of the British economy? Does he realise that the conditions never will be met for achieving monetary stability in Europe through fixed...

Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions: Supplementary Benefit (5 Dec 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: How many people are receiving supplementary benefit because they are in arrears with their national insurance contributions and those contributions have been waived?

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: Will my right hon. Friend give way?

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: It is on the Community and domestic legislation aspect. If my right hon. Friend is telling us that under the new Community system the Government must agree to go in and negotiate and commit their good will and reputation before the House can be consulted. does it not follow that, unless control by the House is to be made a mockery, when the matter comes back it should be determined on a free...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: The right hon. Member for Down, South (Mr. Powell) was right to draw attention to the astonishing lack of economic analysis in both the speeches from the Front Benches this afternoon. Indeed, in listening to the opening sentences of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, I found myself wondering why the European monetary system had been proposed at at. The Chancellor spent a good deal of his...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: Faced with this economic fallacy underlying the EMS, the Government have been laying down the sorts of conditions which would be absolutely essential to avoid these ridiculous consequences. They are spelt out in the eight points of the Green Paper. The House is no doubt fully conversant with them and I have no time to spell them all out. But on the Chancellor's own analysis, the acceptance of...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: I am trying to come to that aspect. We are not within light years of securing even the Government's assessment of what is economically necessary. That is the only point that I am making at this stage. I am trying to prove that the sooner we get away from these"phoney"economic arguments, the better. If we are talking about a net transfer of resources on the right scale, we are discussing a...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: I am glad to know that we have reached the point at which it is conceded that this is not an economic argument.

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: It is proclaimed that it is not a question of Britain having to go in for her own economic interests. Now we are really making progress. I am delighted to have such assistance from Conservative and Liberal Members. We know that the motivation behind the Common Market was political. We spent hours in the House arguing the economic pros and cons. We spent hours in the Cabinet and a whole day...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: No. I do not want to speak for too long and I do not want the thread of my argument to be interrupted. I heard the hon. Gentleman's endorsement of my remarks, and I am grateful to him. The Common Market was a political alliance struck between France and Germany. There were perfectly legitimate reasons for that. I even welcome it. But the alliance was struck on a basis which was underpinned...

European Monetary System (29 Nov 1978)

Mrs Barbara Castle: I am sure it was a very good speech from the hon. Gentleman's point of view. That is why it is so bad from mine. I wish to quote two passages from it. Mr. Thorn has been lecturing us, and by now we are used to lectures about how we do not wholeheartedly embrace the European idea. He puts forward some truths about the concept of EMS: You cannot claim solidarity in order to benefit from...


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