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Baroness Penn

Conservative - Life peer

Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

(since March 2020)
Baroness Penn is not a member of any APPGs
Science and Technology Committee (Lords)
29th Oct 2019 - 21st Apr 2020


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Division Votes
Thursday 10th June 2021
Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development etc.) (England) (Amendment) Order 2021
voted No - in line with the party majority
One of 202 Conservative No votes vs 1 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 260 Noes - 229
Speeches
Wednesday 21st July 2021
Skills and Post-16 Education Bill [HL]

My Lords, this group of amendments broadly seeks to enable individuals studying at level 3 and below to claim universal …

Written Answers
Monday 9th March 2020
Domestic Abuse: Northern Ireland
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions relating to Northern Ireland contained in the Domestic Abuse Bill, considered by …
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Bills
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MP Financial Interests
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Division Voting information

During the current Parliamentary Session, Baroness Penn has voted in 171 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 Thornton (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Equalities and Women's Issues)
(26 debate interactions)
Lord Tunnicliffe (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
(24 debate interactions)
Lord Fowler (Crossbench)
(20 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Department of Health and Social Care
(84 debate contributions)
Department for Education
(20 debate contributions)
Leader of the House
(16 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

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Baroness Penn has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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


14 Written Questions in the current parliament

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15th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to fulfil the Conservative Party’s 2019 General Election manifesto commitment “to make it easier for fathers to take paternity leave”.

BEIS is currently assessing the responses from the consultation on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay. We are also conducting a formal evaluation of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay scheme, including large-scale, representative surveys of employers and parents. Together, these will give us a fuller picture of how well the current system of parental leave and pay is working for parents and employers, and inform how we might make it easier for fathers and partners to take Paternity Leave.

The evaluation is ongoing, and we will report on this and publish the Government Response to the consultation in due course.

More generally, Government is committed to making the UK the best place to work and grow a business. In the recent Queen’s Speech, we announced that we will bring forward an Employment Rights Bill to deliver the greatest workers rights reform in over 20 years.

15th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish their response to the consultation on parental leave and pay, which closed on 29 November 2019.

BEIS is currently assessing the responses from the consultation on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay. We are also conducting a formal evaluation of the Shared Parental Leave and Pay scheme, including large-scale, representative surveys of employers and parents. Together, these will give us a fuller picture of how well the current system of parental leave and pay is working for parents and employers, and inform how we might make it easier for fathers and partners to take Paternity Leave.

The evaluation is ongoing, and we will report on this and publish the Government Response to the consultation in due course.

More generally, Government is committed to making the UK the best place to work and grow a business. In the recent Queen’s Speech, we announced that we will bring forward an Employment Rights Bill to deliver the greatest workers rights reform in over 20 years.

7th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Southall Black Sisters’ No Recourse to Public Funds project evaluation has been completed; and if so, whether a copy of that evaluation will be published.

Southall Black Sisters was awarded funding of £250,000 in April 2018 and (in partnership with The Angelou Centre) £1,090,000 in April 2019 through the Tampon Tax Fund. It was used to fund the No Recourse to Public Funds Project, also referred to as the Recourse to Safety project.

Southall Black Sisters’ have commissioned an independent evaluation of the project which is currently ongoing. They have used their Tampon Tax grant to fund this. It will be Southall Black Sisters’ decision whether to publish their evaluation.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
15th Jan 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a White Paper on reform of the Mental Health Act 1983, following the announcement in June 2019 that such a White Paper would be published before the end of 2019.

We will publish our White Paper in the next few months, which will set out the Government’s response to Sir Simon Wessely’s Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.

Our intention is that this White Paper will pave the way for reform to the Mental Health Act 1983, and tackle issues addressed by the Review. We will ensure that people subject to the Act receive better care and have a much greater say in that care.

We will consult publicly on our proposals and we will bring forward a Bill to amend the Act when parliamentary time allows.

13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remove the application of VAT to tampons at the end of the transition period of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU; and if the application of VAT is to be discontinued, what plans they have to ensure that support to projects currently funded by the Tampon Tax Fund continues.

The Government will replace the 5% reduced rate of VAT with a zero rate as soon as it is legally able to do so. It has also committed to continue to fund the Tampon Tax Fund until the UK is legally able to apply the zero rate. As such the Tampon Tax Fund, in its current form, will eventually come to an end. The most recent funding round allows organisations to use up to 10% of their grant money to build their sustainability.

Lord Agnew of Oulton
Minister of State (HM Treasury)
24th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the provisions relating to Northern Ireland contained in the Domestic Abuse Bill, considered by the House of Commons in 2019, will be included in the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill; and what assessment they have made of the inclusion of such provisions on the UK’s ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

In a written ministerial statement on 10 February 2020, the Northern Ireland First Minister and Deputy First Minister announced that a Domestic Abuse Bill was one of the Bills that the Minister of Justice intended to introduce during the 2019-20 Assembly session (the statement is available at: http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/globalassets/documents/official-reports/written-ministerial-statements/2019-2020/bv125_wms_teo_100220.pdf).

The Northern Ireland Bill will include the new domestic abuse offence criminalising controlling or coercive behavior which was previously in Part 2 of the Domestic Abuse Bill introduced in the UK Parliament in July 2019. The offence is required to ensure that the law in Northern Ireland satisfies the requirements of Article 33 (psychological violence) of the Istanbul Convention. As domestic abuse legislation is a devolved matter, it is preferable for legislation relating to such matters to be delivered through the Northern Ireland Assembly.

The Domestic Abuse Bill as re-introduced in the UK Parliament will continue to include Northern Ireland provisions extending the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the criminal courts to certain violent and sexual offences (required to satisfy the requirements of Article 44 (jurisdiction) of the Istanbul Convention). We are in discussion with the Northern Ireland Minister of Justice about the timetable for the Assembly Bill, with reference to the UK’s progress towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the further actions they committed to in their response to the report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill have been completed; and if they have not been completed, whether those actions will be completed in time to be reflected in the forthcoming budget.

We indicated in our initial response to the Joint Committee’s report, published in July 2019, that we would publish a further response in due course addressing around ten recommendations where we needed more time to fully consider the Committee’s proposals. We aim to publish that further response alongside the Domestic Abuse Bill.

We will also publish an updated impact assessment alongside the Bill. As the Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability indicated at Second Reading of the Bill in the last Parliament (Official Report, House of Commons, 2 October 2019, column 1331), we will prioritise the funding for the Bill in the 2020 Spending Review.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to extend the period of time that victims of domestic abuse who are applying for indefinite leave to remain can claim public funds under the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession.

In response to the recommendations from the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill, the Government committed to review the scope and duration of the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession.

We have carefully considered the Committee’s recommendations and the evidence provided by stakeholders on the issue. The evidence gathering stage of the review into support levels for migrant victims of domestic abuse has now completed and its findings are being considered.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
10th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that all migrants who have been victims of domestic violence have access to the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession and other support.

In response to the recommendations from the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill, the Government committed to review the scope and duration of the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession.

We have carefully considered the Committee’s recommendations and the evidence provided by stakeholders on the issue. The evidence gathering stage of the review into support levels for migrant victims of domestic abuse has now completed and its findings are being considered.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to publish a further response to the report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill, published on 14 June 2019, Session 2017–19 (HL Paper 378, HC 2075), as committed to in their response to the report, published in July 2019 (CP 137).

We indicated in our initial response to the Joint Committee’s report, published in July 2019, that we would publish a further response in due course addressing around ten recommendations where we needed more time to fully consider the Committee’s proposals.

We aim to publish that further response alongside the Domestic Abuse Bill. As the Leader of the House of Commons has indicated (Official Report, House of Commons, 23 January 2020, column 423), we expect to re-introduce the Bill ahead of the Easter recess.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
7th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the progress made towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention, including with regards to any forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.

In accordance with the Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Act 2017, the Government publishes an annual report on progress towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention.

The most recent annual report was published on 31 October 2019 and is available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/843509/CCS0919132732-001_Istanbul_Convention_2019_Report_Option_A_Web_Accessible.pdf

The landmark Domestic Abuse Bill was announced alongside the Queen’s Speech on 19 December 2019. Subject to parliamentary approval, we are fully committed to enacting this landmark legislation at the earliest opportunity and implementing it quickly.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)
13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government when they intend to publish the results of their consultation Assessing risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases, which closed on 27 August 2019; whether they intend to publish any provisional findings of the panel appointed to conduct the consultation; and if so, when.

The panel assessing the risk of harm to children and parents in private law cases has been meeting regularly to discuss the wealth of evidence collected from 1,200 individuals and organisations, and is in the process of finalising its report. It is right that it takes the time to analyse this data and to consider the recommendations for how the family courts can be reformed to improve the experiences of victims of harm. A full report outlining the findings and recommended next steps will be published this spring. The Government will publish a response at the same time setting out the steps we will take to reform the family courts.

After the panel completed the call for evidence in Autumn 2019, the Ministry of Justice published a Progress Update on 23 October. The Progress Update included provisional findings from the panel. This has been attached and can also be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/assessing-risk-of-harm-to-children-and-parents-in-private-law-children-cases.

13th Feb 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what further consideration they have given to the recommendation of the report by the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill, Draft Domestic Abuse Bill (HL Paper 378, session 2017–19), published on 14 June 2019, to extend the range of evidence accepted for the automatic prohibition of cross-examination by perpetrators of domestic abuse; and whether that recommendation will be reflected in the forthcoming Domestic Abuse Bill.

We indicated in our initial response to the Joint Committee’s report, published in July 2019, that we would publish a further response in due course addressing around ten recommendations where we needed more time to fully consider the Committee’s proposals. This included their recommendation in respect of the scope of the automatic prohibition on cross-examination in person in family proceedings. We aim to publish that further response alongside the Domestic Abuse Bill. As the Leader of the House of Commons has indicated (Official Report, House of Commons, 23 January 2020, column 423), we expect to re-introduce the Bill ahead of the Easter recess.