Baroness Kramer Portrait

Baroness Kramer

Liberal Democrat - Life peer

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Treasury and Economy)

(since September 2015)
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
4th Sep 2018 - 9th Feb 2022
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee
29th Jan 2020 - 23rd Apr 2020
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Treasury)
1st Jun 2015 - 7th Sep 2015
Minister of State (Department for Transport)
7th Oct 2013 - 7th May 2015
Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards (Joint Committee)
17th Jul 2012 - 12th Jun 2013
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
4th Dec 2012 - 5th Mar 2013
Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Committee
29th May 2012 - 28th Feb 2013
Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Bill [HL]
5th Sep 2011 - 1st Dec 2011
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)
20th Dec 2007 - 8th Jan 2009
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)
1st Jul 2007 - 20th Dec 2007
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Trade and Industry)
20th Dec 2006 - 1st Jul 2007
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development)
1st Jul 2006 - 20th Dec 2006
Treasury Committee
12th Jul 2005 - 24th Apr 2006
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Business, Innovation and Skills)
10th May 2005 - 10th Mar 2006


Select Committee Meeting
Tuesday 6th September 2022
15:00
Economic Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Subject: UK labour supply
6 Sep 2022, 3 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Mike Keoghan - Deputy National Statistician for Economic, Social and Environmental Statistics at Office for National Statistics
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Division Votes
None available
Speeches
Monday 18th July 2022
Economic Downturn
The Recruitment & Employment Confederation found that the UK could lose up to £39 billion a year from 2024 if …
Written Answers
Monday 25th July 2022
Hammersmith Bridge Task Force
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Hammersmith Bridge Task Force will next meet; and when the agenda for that …
Early Day Motions
None available
Bills
Monday 13th June 2022
Protection for Whistleblowing Bill [HL] 2022-23
A Bill to establish an Office of the Whistleblower to protect whistleblowers and whistleblowing and to uphold the public interest …
Tweets
None available
MP Financial Interests
None available

Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Kramer has voted in 325 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Baroness Penn (Conservative)
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
(60 debate interactions)
Lord Tunnicliffe (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
(44 debate interactions)
Lord Agnew of Oulton (Conservative)
(28 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(51 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(48 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Financial Services Bill 2019-21
(11,615 words contributed)
Dormant Assets Act 2022
(7,392 words contributed)
Finance Act 2021
(6,516 words contributed)
Finance Act 2022
(6,099 words contributed)
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Commons initiatives

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

MPs who are act as Ministers or Shadow Ministers are generally restricted from performing Commons initiatives other than Urgent Questions.


Baroness Kramer has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Baroness Kramer has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

5 Bills introduced by Baroness Kramer


A Bill to make provision for an Office of the Whistleblower


Last Event - 2nd Reading
Friday 25th June 2021
(Read Debate)

A Bill to amend the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011.


Last Event - 2nd Reading : House Of Lords
Friday 9th September 2016

A Bill to establish an Office of the Whistleblower to protect whistleblowers and whistleblowing and to uphold the public interest in relation to whistleblowing; to create offences relating to the treatment of whistleblowers and the handling of whistleblowing cases; to repeal the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998; and for connected purposes


Last Event - 1st Reading
Monday 13th June 2022
(Read Debate)

A bill to make provision for an Office of the Whistleblower


Last Event - 1st Reading
Tuesday 28th January 2020
(Read Debate)

A Bill to make provision for the declaration of presumed death of missing persons for the administration of the affairs of missing persons, and for connected purposes.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Monday 14th May 2012

Baroness Kramer has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


26 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
1 Other Department Questions
21st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Leader of the House of Lords at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

In line with reporting protocol and for disclosure control purposes, figures are suppressed where base headcounts include less than five individuals. BAME figures for the Leader of the Lords office cannot be disclosed.

Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
21st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

In line with reporting protocol and for disclosure control purposes, BAME figures for the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland cannot be disclosed due to the small population. The Office of the Advocate General for Scotland has 5 members of staff total at SCS grade.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
12th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Attorney General’s Office at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

In line with reporting protocol and for disclosure control purposes, BAME figures for the Attorney General’s Office cannot be disclosed due to the small population. The Attorney General’s Office has a total of 5 members of staff at SCS1, SCS2, SCS3 and SCS4 grades combined.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
21st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Leader of the House of Commons at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Office of the Leader of the House of Commons is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

I refer the noble Lady to the answer given to PQs HL8861 and HL8862 as below -

Cross civil service information can be found at the Diversity and Inclusion dashboard at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/cabinet.office.diversity.and.inclusion#!/vizhome/CivilServiceDiversityandInclusiondashboard/Introduction?publish=yes

As the dashboard’s data tables show 7% of Cabinet Office Senior Civil Servants declared that they were from an ethinic minority.

18% of Cabinet Office overall civil servants declare that they are from an ethnic minority. Details of individual grades will not be disclosed to avoid identifying individuals.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
7th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Prime Minister's Office at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

Cross civil service information can be found at the Diversity and Inclusion dashboard at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/cabinet.office.diversity.and.inclusion#!/vizhome/CivilServiceDiversityandInclusiondashboard/Introduction?publish=yes

As the dashboard’s data tables show 7% of Cabinet Office Senior Civil Servants declared that they were from an ethinic minority.

18% of Cabinet Office overall civil servants declare that they are from an ethnic minority. Details of individual grades will not be disclosed to avoid identifying individuals.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
7th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Cabinet Office at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Prime Minister’s Office is an integral part of the Cabinet Office.

Cross civil service information can be found at the Diversity and Inclusion dashboard at: https://public.tableau.com/profile/cabinet.office.diversity.and.inclusion#!/vizhome/CivilServiceDiversityandInclusiondashboard/Introduction?publish=yes

As the dashboard’s data tables show 7% of Cabinet Office Senior Civil Servants declared that they were from an ethinic minority.

18% of Cabinet Office overall civil servants declare that they are from an ethnic minority. Details of individual grades will not be disclosed to avoid identifying individuals.

Lord True
Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
15th Jun 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government what ministerial directions they have given to the British Business Bank; and what were the contents of those directions.

A Ministerial Direction is a formal instruction by a Minister to the Chief Accounting Office of their department to proceed with a spending proposal. These are available on the GOV.UK website.

In the case of the British Business Bank plc, a Written Direction is a formal instruction issued by or on behalf of the British Business Bank’s Shareholder, the Secretary of State for BEIS, to proceed with a requested course of action after the Board has raised its concerns through a Reservation Notice. With respect to the Government’s Covid-19 Loan Schemes, all these notices are publicly available to view on the Bank’s website and GOV.UK.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
12th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy currently employs 21 Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) members of staff at SCS1; 3 at SCS2; 1 at SCS3; and 0 at SCS4.

Lord Callanan
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
21st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

SCS1

7

SCS2

Less than Five

SCS3

Less than Five

SCS4

Less than Five

As of September 2020, the department’s declaration rate for ethnicity is 77.2%, meaning that the figures in the table above are based on the percentage that was declared and not the department’s true population.



Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
12th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Education at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The numbers of senior civil servants who have declared their ethnicity as BAME is detailed in the attached table.

13th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

I refer to the published diversity and inclusion data for the Civil Service: www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-diversity-inclusion-dashboard/civil-service-diversity-and-inclusion-dashboard.

The Civil Service is committed to diversity and inclusion and to reflecting the country that we serve, and is taking targeted action to tackle underrepresentation, especially in the Senior Civil Service (SCS). Our workforce data shows that the Civil Service as a whole is broadly representative of the UK’s working population, but there is more to be done to ensure that this diversity is reflected at all levels across departments and professions. Our diversity and inclusion dashboard provides details of the percentage of SCS from an ethnic minority background, but this data does not differentiate the SCS grades (SCS1,2,3,4). Defra is unable to provide the breakdown by SCS grades due to the risk of identifying individuals.

7th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at UK Export Finance at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

UK Export Finance (UKEF) is the most ethnically diverse department in the civil service, with 30.7% of staff from BAME backgrounds.

The numbers of BAME civil servants in UK Export Finance at senior civil service (SCS) grades is attached.

7th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for International Trade at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The number of Department for International Trade (DIT) staff at Senior Civil Servant (SCS) grade (excluding UK Export Finance) who have self-reported as BAME on departmental systems is 18. Of these, 14 are SCS1 grade. To protect anonymity, where identifiable characteristics are 5 or lower these are redacted, so for the remaining 4 individuals (18 total BAME staff minus 14 SCS1 grade) their SCS grades are undisclosed.

The reference date for this data is 30th September 2020. This figure only includes civil servants employed by DIT, working in the UK and on DIT payroll and UK based civil servants working overseas paid via FCDO payroll who are currently engaged in delivering DIT objectives. It is also dependent on individuals self-reporting as BAME on our HR systems. It does not include staff on loan to DIT from other government departments but who remain on their home departments payroll, contractors, military staff, people on secondment from other organisations, locally employed staff working overseas, those who are on loan or secondment out of DIT, on unpaid special leave or career break.

19th Jul 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government when the Hammersmith Bridge Task Force will next meet; and when the agenda for that meeting will be published.

The focus for the Government, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and TfL is delivering and monitoring the stabilisation works and developing a business case for the second stage of works. A further meeting of the Taskforce will be considered when members put forward substantive agenda items for discussion.

The Taskforce publishes a report of each meeting on the Government website.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
13th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Transport at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Department for Transport and its Executive Agencies employ the following numbers of BAME Civil Servants at the grades listed:

SCS1: 6

SCS2: 2

SCS3: 0

SCS4: 0

These figures only include individuals who have self-identified as being of a BAME background; there are other individuals who have either not made a declaration or have indicated that they prefer not to disclose this information.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)
12th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Work and Pensions at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

All of our employees are positively encouraged to record their diversity status, although any such declaration is on a voluntary basis. Therefore, we do not hold an exhaustive record of all Departmental employee ethnic origin.

Baroness Stedman-Scott
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
12th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Department for Health and Social Care at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

In total, there are 10 people who have declared themselves as black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) senior civil servants (SCS) in the Department. The following table shows the breakdown split by the different SCS grades as requested and is accurate as of 30 September 2020.

The ethnicity data provided in the table is based on self-declaration and the declaration rate for ethnicity at SCS level is 62%. In addition, the data below excludes civil servants loaned out to other Government departments, civil servants who are currently on loan to the Department, and contractors.

Grade

BAME

Total

SCS 1

9

145

SCS 2

1

45

SCS 3

0

6

SCS 4

0

1

Grand Total

10

197

12th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

As of 30 June 2020, 7.1% of SCS1 and 8.3% of SCS2 civil servants in the FCDO self-identified as BAME. In order to comply with the GDPR and in order to protect the anonymity of individual members of staff, unfortunately we cannot provide percentages for SCS3 and SCS4 civil servants as the actual numbers for staff self-identifying as BAME are fewer than five.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
13th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to their announcement on 7 October that they intend to legislate to change the language and presentation of information in debt letters, what changes they plan to make to letters and notices from HMRC to taxpayers deemed to be in default on tax payments.

The changes referred to in the legislation apply to lenders in the credit industry, rather than Government departments. HMRC’s letters are always being reviewed and improved to follow best practice in debt collection. At the start of the pandemic, HMRC reviewed and amended the majority of their debt collection letters so they were tailored to taxpayers’ changing circumstances and to promote the support available to them.

7th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at Her Majesty's Treasury at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Annual Report and Accounts 19/20 includes the percentage of Senior Civil Servants from an ethnic minority background.

The Annual Report and Accounts 19/20 shows that the percentage of SCS that are from minority ethnic backgrounds is 9.6% (Core Treasury grade diversity as at 31 March 2020 table on page 98). It also shows that the SCS total FTE is 129.9 (Core Treasury – staff composition at 31 March 2020 FTE table on page 98). Using these numbers, it can be calculated that the number of SCS from this cohort is 12.4 FTE

We cannot provide a breakdown of ethnicity by grade due to the small number of Directors and Director Generals. To do so would risk people being identifiable.

7th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Home Office at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

Black, Asian, Minority and Ethnic Senior Civil Service Staff

Grade

Headcount

SCS PB1

18

SCS PB2 & PB3

3

Data Source: Adelphi - Home Office Human Resources Record System.

Period Covered: Figures are as at 31st August 2020

Organisational Coverage: Home Office

Employee Coverage: In line with Cabinet Office guidelines on diversity and equality reporting, the data is based on headcount of current paid permanent civil servants. The data includes employees in SCS grade who have declared their ethnicity as Minority Ethnic.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Ministry of Defence at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

Defence has been working hard to achieve a more diverse workforce. However, progress in terms of the representative rates of our people – both military and civilian – has been too slow. It is clear there is still much further to go if we are to successfully attract and retain diverse talent both now and in the future. That is why we have renewed our levels of ambition at the highest levels in Defence as we work to fulfil the key objective in our 2018-2030 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy to eliminate discrimination and improve diversity throughout Defence. Work is ongoing to improve all aspects of diversity in the Ministry of Defence (MOD), including through reviewing Senior Civil Servant recruitment processes and better targeted marketing and communications.

As at 1 April 2020, in the MOD (Main), the sum total of Senior Civil Servants (SCS) self-declaring as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) was less than 10; of those, there were fewer than 10 SCS at Pay Band 1 and fewer than five at Pay Band 2. At the same date, the SCS in MOD Main was comprised of, respectively, 0.5 per cent and 0.8 per cent of the total MOD Main BAME and White workforce.

The MOD publishes biannual statistics on diversity declarations for Armed Forces personnel and MOD civilian staff. The latest editions can be found at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-armed-forces-biannual-diversity-statistics-index

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/mod-diversity-dashboard-2020

Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
13th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Department collects this information from employees who declare their ethnicity on a voluntary basis. Due to the number of SCS declaring and the data protection risk this creates, we are unable to breakdown this information by SCS grade from 1 to 4, as requested.

Published Annual Civil Service statistics include BAME representation by Department and can be found (attached) here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/civil-service-statistics-2020

13th Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Ministry of Justice at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

At the end of June 2020, 17 SCS PB1 employees in the Ministry of Justice and its executive agencies had declared their ethnicity as BAME. The number of declared BAME employees in the other SCS grades is too small to disclose in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

The Ministry of Justice is taking action to increase the diversity of staff recruited to the Senior Civil Service. This has included a comprehensive review of SCS recruitment, looking at every aspect of the delivery model to encourage interest and ensure fairness, consistency and transparency for prospective candidates. This covers, but is not limited to: team resource and systems; inclusive recruitment guidance; marketing and attraction; job analysis; diversity data reporting; the assessment process; and panel composition and training.

Civil Service wide diversity data is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-diversity-inclusion-dashboard/civil-service-diversity-and-inclusion-dashboard.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
21st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are at the Northern Ireland Office at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Northern Ireland Office is a small department with less than 200 staff. As there are fewer than five BAME SCS members in the total cohort of 16 SCS grades in the department, figures cannot be provided in order to protect the privacy and identity of individuals concerned.

Viscount Younger of Leckie
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
21st Oct 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many BAME civil servants there are in the Office of the Secretary of State for Wales at (1) SCS1, (2) SCS2, (3) SCS3, and (4) SCS4, grade.

The Civil Service publishes details of the percentage of senior civil servants from an ethnic minority background in the diversity and inclusion dashboard, which can be viewed here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-diversity-inclusion-dashboard/civil-service-diversity-and-inclusion-dashboard

The Office of the Secretary of State for Wales has no staff at SCS3 or SCS4. The number of staff in SCS1 and SCS2 is five or fewer. We are unable therefore to confirm the number of BAME staff to prevent potential identification of individuals.

Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist
Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)