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Baroness D'Souza

Crossbench - Life peer

Became Member: 1st July 2004


Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)
28th Jan 2021 - 31st Jan 2024
Procedure and Privileges Committee
15th Jun 2005 - 7th Dec 2016
Lord Speaker
5th Sep 2011 - 31st Aug 2016
House Committee (Lords)
5th Sep 2011 - 31st Aug 2016
House Committee (Lords)
13th Nov 2007 - 31st Aug 2016
Committee of Selection (Lords)
7th Nov 2007 - 5th Sep 2011
Liaison Committee (Lords)
19th Nov 2007 - 5th Sep 2011
Joint Committee on Security
26th Nov 2008 - 5th Sep 2011
Committee for Privileges and Conduct (Lords)
20th Nov 2007 - 5th Sep 2011
Administration and Works Committee (Lords)
15th Nov 2007 - 5th Sep 2011
Convenor of the Crossbench Peers
6th Nov 2007 - 4th Sep 2011


Select Committee Meeting
Monday 11th March 2024
16:00
Statutory Inquiries Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: Statutory Inquiries
11 Mar 2024, 4 p.m. View calendar
Scheduled Event
Thursday 14th March 2024
Oral questions - Main Chamber
Reported threats to democratic freedoms in India
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Division Votes
Tuesday 23rd January 2024
Investigatory Powers (Amendment) Bill [HL]
voted Aye
One of 15 Crossbench Aye votes vs 32 Crossbench No votes
Tally: Ayes - 201 Noes - 227
Speeches
Thursday 22nd February 2024
Poverty Reduction
My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Bird, on securing this debate, although I do not necessarily agree with …
Written Answers
Friday 24th September 2021
Fawzia Koofi
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received regarding facilitating the safe passage to the UK of Fawzia Koofi, …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Thursday 13th January 2022
Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (Status) Bill [HL] 2021-22
A Bill to provide for corporate status of and for certain privileges and immunities to be accorded to the international …
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Baroness D'Souza has voted in 373 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

Speeches made during Parliamentary debates are recorded in Hansard. For ease of browsing we have grouped debates into individual, departmental and legislative categories.

Sparring Partners
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative)
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
(33 debate interactions)
Lord True (Conservative)
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
(11 debate interactions)
Baroness Berridge (Conservative)
(9 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(32 debate contributions)
Cabinet Office
(20 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(14 debate contributions)
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Lords initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Baroness D'Souza, and are more likely to reflect personal policy preferences.


2 Bills introduced by Baroness D'Souza


A Bill to provide for corporate status of and for certain privileges and immunities to be accorded to the international inter-parliamentary organisation of national and sub-national legislatures of Commonwealth countries known as the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and to its Secretary-General; and for connected purposes

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Thursday 13th January 2022
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A Bill to provide for a duty on schools to run open days during school holidays and for free school meals to be provided for eligible pupils at the open days.

Lords - 20%

Last Event - 1st Reading
Thursday 16th January 2020
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Baroness D'Souza has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


5 Written Questions in the current parliament

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department
26th Feb 2020
To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker what percentage of total House of Lords hospitality venue bookings were for the Home Room in the last year for which figures are available.

The Senior Deputy Speaker has asked me, as Chair of the Services Committee, to respond on his behalf. In 2019 there were 184 events serving 3,289 guests in the Home Room. This accounted for 37% of all venue bookings for House of Lords hospitality in the Attlee, Home and Chomondeley Rooms.

The events generated an income of £180,720, of which £20,208 was for facility fees.

8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they received regarding facilitating the safe passage to the UK of Fawzia Koofi, a former Deputy Speaker in the Parliament of Afghanistan; whether they responded to any such communications; if not, why not; and what assessment they have made of the possibility of offering Fawzia Koofi safe passage.

This question is about an individual's situation. I have written to the Noble Lady.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Sep 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have (1) to develop, and (2) to build support for, a regional counter-terrorism programme in Central Asia; from where they will seek to build support for any such programme; and what assessment they have made of their ability to build any such support in the absence of cooperation with the Taliban to counter international terrorist threats from (a) Al-Qaida, (b) ISIS, and (c) related splinter groups.

We must prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a haven for terrorism, including from Al-Qaida and ISIS, and an exporter of instability.

We will continue to convene partners both bilaterally and through the G7, the UN Security Council, and NATO and we expect that NATO will continue to have a role in fighting terrorism. We will work with our partners to use all levers at our disposal to disrupt terrorist groups' access to resources. This will include leading an international approach to prevent and deter Foreign Terrorist Fighters travelling to Afghanistan and effective implementation of counter-terrorism focused sanctions against terrorists in Afghanistan.

We will engage regional governments, in particular India and Pakistan, to work to prevent Afghanistan becoming a haven for terrorism. I visited Uzbekistan on 14 September, after visiting Uzbekistan and Tajikistan the week of 30 August for discussions on Afghanistan. The former Foreign Secretary also visited Islamabad to address the issue of terrorism and discussed it with the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers. We will build regional resilience to prevent any spread of instability/extremist and to counter radicalising narratives.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to appoint a specific individual or group to lead on international action to prevent any geopolitical and humanitarian crisis in Idlib.

We are gravely concerned by the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Idlib where nearly one million people have been displaced as a result of regime and Russian military action since 1 December 2019. During his visit to Turkey on 3-4 March, the Foreign Secretary discussed the situation and the need for an immediate and lasting ceasefire. The UK is a member of the Syria Small Group, together with the US and key European and Arab states, and the UK Special Envoy for Syria, Martin Longden, has been in close contact with his counterparts on the crisis in Idlib. We currently have no plans to create a further position or grouping to address the situation in Idlib.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
26th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the case of Ms Gocke Tuyluoglu, the former director of the Open Society Foundation in Turkey; and what support, if any, they have offered her since her first arrest.

We remain concerned by the arrests and trial of 16 civil society figures in June 2019 over the 2013 Gezi Park protests, including Ms Gokce Tuyluoglu, and have been following the cases closely, including the latest hearing on 19 February, which a British Embassy official attended. We have raised their cases at ministerial level with the Turkish Government on several occasions, most recently in January this year. We hope that the outstanding charges against them can be brought to a timely and equitable conclusion.

We have long encouraged Turkey to work towards the full protection of fundamental rights, particularly in the area of freedom of expression. On 28 January at the 35th Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights, one of the recommendations that the United Kingdom put forward for Turkey was protecting freedom of expression, including for journalists and human rights defenders, by decriminalising defamation. We will continue to engage the Turkish Government on these issues and be clear in our expectation that Turkey live up to its human rights obligations, which is essential to the long-term health of Turkish democracy.