Baroness Noakes

Conservative - Life peer

Became Member: 7th June 2000


Baroness Noakes is not a member of any APPGs
Economic Affairs Committee
19th Jan 2022 - 31st Jan 2024
Finance Committee (Lords)
4th Feb 2020 - 31st Jan 2023
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
23rd Jul 2021 - 31st Jan 2023
Industry and Regulators Committee
14th Apr 2021 - 19th Jan 2022
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
4th Sep 2018 - 4th Nov 2019
EU Internal Market Sub-Committee
23rd Jun 2015 - 2nd Jul 2019
European Union Committee
12th Jun 2018 - 1st Jul 2019
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
26th Jan 2016 - 4th Mar 2016
Affordable Childcare
12th Jun 2014 - 11th Feb 2015
Insurance Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee
19th Nov 2014 - 24th Dec 2014
Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (Lords)
2nd Nov 2010 - 16th Dec 2014
Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
2nd Nov 2010 - 16th Dec 2014
Audit and Risk Committee
2nd Nov 2010 - 16th Dec 2014
Audit Committee (Lords)
2nd Nov 2010 - 16th Dec 2014
Economic Affairs Committee
16th May 2013 - 13th Oct 2014
Personal Service Companies
12th Nov 2013 - 31st Mar 2014
Personal Service Companies
13th Nov 2013 - 31st Mar 2014
Draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill
14th May 2013 - 16th Dec 2013
Finance Bill Sub-Committee
4th Dec 2012 - 5th Mar 2013


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Baroness Noakes has voted in 426 divisions, and 3 times against the majority of their Party.

1 Dec 2020 - Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 - View Vote Context
Baroness Noakes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 27 Conservative Aye votes vs 178 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 64 Noes - 246
28 Sep 2020 - Coronavirus Act 2020: Temporary Provisions - View Vote Context
Baroness Noakes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 24 Conservative Aye votes vs 166 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 99 Noes - 198
16 Mar 2022 - Health and Care Bill - View Vote Context
Baroness Noakes voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 26 Conservative Aye votes vs 102 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 145 Noes - 179
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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
Baroness Penn (Conservative)
Minister on Leave (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State)
(26 debate interactions)
Lord True (Conservative)
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
(24 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Cabinet Office
(123 debate contributions)
HM Treasury
(57 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(31 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Financial Services Bill 2019-21
(17,202 words contributed)
Financial Services and Markets Act 2023
(14,683 words contributed)
Procurement Act 2023
(13,962 words contributed)
Trade Bill 2019-21
(9,523 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

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


Baroness Noakes has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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


Latest 17 Written Questions

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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
4 Other Department Questions
25th Feb 2022
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to change the wording of the Gender Recognition Act 2004; and if so, what changes they intend to make.

The Government held a public consultation on the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) 2004 in 2018, to which we responded in 2020. We carefully considered the responses to the consultation and concluded that the balance struck in the legislation is correct. There are proper checks and balances in the system for people who want to change their legal sex and we have no intention of altering the requirements of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

A judicial review in Northern Ireland last year found that the use of the term “disorder” within the definition of gender dysphoria (Section 25(1) of the GRA) was incompatible with the applicant’s rights under the European Convention on Human Rights as reflected in the Human Rights Act 1998. The High Court held that the use of the term was outdated and unjustified. The Government will be introducing a Remedial Order to remove the term ‘disorder’ in due course.

More widely, we are progressing in our commitments to make the gender recognition process more straightforward and accessible. That is why we have already reduced the fee to £5 and are digitising the application process to make it more accessible and easier to navigate.

1st Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Sharpe of Epsom 30 November (HL Deb, col 1274), whether the statement that "the UK is committed to the principle of non-discrimination on any grounds" is intended to encompass discrimination which goes beyond the protected characteristics set out in Part 2 of the Equality Act 2010; and if so, in what ways.

My noble friend’s answer takes into account the distinction between behaviour that places someone unjustifiably at a disadvantage compared to others because of a protected characteristic in the Equality Act 2010, which is potentially unlawful; and similar behaviour that places someone at a disadvantage on other grounds such as socio-economic background.

1st Dec 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the reply by Lord Sharpe of Epsom on 30 November (HL Deb, col 1274), what is their interpretation of the term 'gender identity'.

The Equality Act 2010 provides protection against discrimination and unfair treatment on grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation.

My noble friend was of course speaking more generally rather than in relation to specific legal rights. We are committed to upholding Britain’s long-standing record of protecting the rights of individuals against discrimination. The UK Government is committed to promoting equality for LGBT people at home and abroad and we continue to be recognised as one of the top 10 countries in Europe for LGBT rights. We are also clear that we want people who are transgender to be able to live their lives as they wish.

27th May 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by Akua Reindorf for the University of Essex, published on 17 May; and what plans they have to prohibit departments seeking advice from Stonewall on diversity policies.

My department has noted the report by Akua Reindorf for the University of Essex. Currently, decisions on engaging with external service providers on diversity and inclusion are delegated to individual departments.

18th Nov 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to remarks by Lord True on 25 February (HL Deb, col. 961) that they would review their approach to drafting legislation following concerns expressed during the passage of the Ministerial and Other Maternity Allowances Act 2021, when they expect (1) to complete, and (2) to publish, their review.

A response on this issue is in the process of being finalised. I hope to respond to Noble Lords before the House rises for the Christmas recess.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
12th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to undertake the review exploring approaches to drafting legislation on subjects that prompt questions around language announced by Lord True on 25 February (HL Deb, col 960); and when they plan to inform Parliament of the outcome of that review.

The Government is committed to ensuring the law is respectful and representative of all people while ensuring it can be clearly interpreted. The Office of the Parliamentary Counsel has already begun work reviewing current and historic practice in legislative drafting to inform the consideration of future drafting options. I will write to update the Noble Lady before the House rises for the summer.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
17th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Minister for the Cabinet Office was listed as an interested party in the judicial review proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women against the UK Statistics Authority in relation to the 2021 census.

In the proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women in relation to the sex question guidance in Census 2021 in England and Wales, the claimant’s solicitors named the Minister for the Cabinet Office as an interested party. The Cabinet Office considered this appropriate as the department responsible for the census legislation.

The legal costs have not yet been fully determined for the above proceedings.

The Order made by the court, in the case referenced above specifically related to the census legislation. The court made a distinction between a person’s sex as recognised by law and the gender with which a person self-identifies. HM Government will note this more broadly, and reflect on whether further guidance for government departments and public bodies is required.

HM Government also recognises the importance of accurate data collection.

HM Government has monitored progress of Census 2021 through regular engagement with the Cabinet Office, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and HM Treasury. The Government is confident that Census 2021 will be successful and provide a wealth of data reflecting the society we live in today.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
17th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what costs were incurred by (1) the UK Statistics Authority, and (2) the Cabinet Office, in the judicial review proceedings against the UK Statistics Authority brought by Fair Play for Women in relation to the 2021 census.

In the proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women in relation to the sex question guidance in Census 2021 in England and Wales, the claimant’s solicitors named the Minister for the Cabinet Office as an interested party. The Cabinet Office considered this appropriate as the department responsible for the census legislation.

The legal costs have not yet been fully determined for the above proceedings.

The Order made by the court, in the case referenced above specifically related to the census legislation. The court made a distinction between a person’s sex as recognised by law and the gender with which a person self-identifies. HM Government will note this more broadly, and reflect on whether further guidance for government departments and public bodies is required.

HM Government also recognises the importance of accurate data collection.

HM Government has monitored progress of Census 2021 through regular engagement with the Cabinet Office, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and HM Treasury. The Government is confident that Census 2021 will be successful and provide a wealth of data reflecting the society we live in today.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
17th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the declaration in the Order of Consent following the judicial review proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women against the UK Statistics Authority, what plans they have to review how (1) government departments, and (2) public sector bodies, use the word “sex”.

In the proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women in relation to the sex question guidance in Census 2021 in England and Wales, the claimant’s solicitors named the Minister for the Cabinet Office as an interested party. The Cabinet Office considered this appropriate as the department responsible for the census legislation.

The legal costs have not yet been fully determined for the above proceedings.

The Order made by the court, in the case referenced above specifically related to the census legislation. The court made a distinction between a person’s sex as recognised by law and the gender with which a person self-identifies. HM Government will note this more broadly, and reflect on whether further guidance for government departments and public bodies is required.

HM Government also recognises the importance of accurate data collection.

HM Government has monitored progress of Census 2021 through regular engagement with the Cabinet Office, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and HM Treasury. The Government is confident that Census 2021 will be successful and provide a wealth of data reflecting the society we live in today.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
17th Mar 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to issue guidance to (1) the Civil Service, and (2) public bodies, to ensure that consultations on policies or practices in relation to sex and gender receive responses from a broad range of respondents.

In the proceedings brought by Fair Play for Women in relation to the sex question guidance in Census 2021 in England and Wales, the claimant’s solicitors named the Minister for the Cabinet Office as an interested party. The Cabinet Office considered this appropriate as the department responsible for the census legislation.

The legal costs have not yet been fully determined for the above proceedings.

The Order made by the court, in the case referenced above specifically related to the census legislation. The court made a distinction between a person’s sex as recognised by law and the gender with which a person self-identifies. HM Government will note this more broadly, and reflect on whether further guidance for government departments and public bodies is required.

HM Government also recognises the importance of accurate data collection.

HM Government has monitored progress of Census 2021 through regular engagement with the Cabinet Office, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority and HM Treasury. The Government is confident that Census 2021 will be successful and provide a wealth of data reflecting the society we live in today.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
14th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of how many primary care networks have no GP practices which are delivering COVID-19 vaccines to patients.

NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned the general practice COVID-19 vaccination service in line with agreed national terms and conditions, as an enhanced service (ES). Individual general practices were able to opt in to deliver the vaccine, coming together in Primary Care Network groupings to administer the vaccine as local vaccination services. As of 15 January 2021, 992 local vaccination services have opened to administer the vaccine. The number of individual general practices which have or have not opted into the ES is not collected or held centrally.

Equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations is a key consideration for planning and deployment of the vaccine programme. Where there are gaps in provision, NHS England will commission additional providers such as community pharmacy, hospital hubs and mass vaccination centres to provide vaccinations. The first community pharmacy sites began delivering the vaccinations from 11 January.

14th Jan 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take any action in relation to primary care networks which chose not to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to patients within their area.

NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned the general practice COVID-19 vaccination service in line with agreed national terms and conditions, as an enhanced service (ES). Individual general practices were able to opt in to deliver the vaccine, coming together in Primary Care Network groupings to administer the vaccine as local vaccination services. As of 15 January 2021, 992 local vaccination services have opened to administer the vaccine. The number of individual general practices which have or have not opted into the ES is not collected or held centrally.

Equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations is a key consideration for planning and deployment of the vaccine programme. Where there are gaps in provision, NHS England will commission additional providers such as community pharmacy, hospital hubs and mass vaccination centres to provide vaccinations. The first community pharmacy sites began delivering the vaccinations from 11 January.

16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the answer by Lord Bethell that “the nosocomial infection that we are seeing is at dramatically lower rates that it was in the past” in relation to COVID-19 on 12 November (HL Deb, col 1256), to quantify the reduction of nosocomial infection rate which took place in the period referred to.

Given the incubation period of the virus and local differences in application of testing protocols, it is not possible to definitively determine the number of people who contracted the virus while in hospital in England to date.

In my answer of 12 November I did not make a direct comparison with hospital cases, but with the number of COVID-19 cases overall, taking into account nosocomial infections in other settings.

16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their current estimate of the rate of nosocomial infection for SARS-COV2 in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.

Information on the estimated nosocomial infection rate for COVID-19 throughout 2020 in England is not available. Data is collected on the time between admission to hospital and the first positive swab for COVID-19, as part of a daily COVID-19 sitrep. The sitrep data collection began on 20 May 2020 and does not therefore cover the full pandemic.

Due to health systems being devolved in the United Kingdom, the Government does not have data on nosocomial infection rates for the other UK nations.

16th Nov 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of nosocomial infection rates for SARS-COV2 throughout 2020 in (1) England, and (2) the UK.

Information on the estimated nosocomial infection rate for COVID-19 throughout 2020 in England is not available. Data is collected on the time between admission to hospital and the first positive swab for COVID-19, as part of a daily COVID-19 sitrep. The sitrep data collection began on 20 May 2020 and does not therefore cover the full pandemic.

Due to health systems being devolved in the United Kingdom, the Government does not have data on nosocomial infection rates for the other UK nations.

27th Apr 2021
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the letter dated 21 April from the Chairman of the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates to the Economic Secretary to the Treasury in respect of safe harbour provisions to support the wind-down of LIBOR and the transition to SONIA.

The Government will respond to the letter from the Chair of the Working Group on Sterling Risk-Free Reference Rates in due course.

The Government has committed to updating the House as appropriate on the outcome of the February consultation on supporting the wind-down of critical benchmarks.