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Lord Bates

Conservative - Life peer

Lord Bates is not a member of any APPGs
4 Former APPG memberships
Cycling and Walking, Japan, Olympic and Paralympic Games, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lords)
21st Apr 2020 - 29th Apr 2021
Minister of State (Department for International Development)
14th Oct 2016 - 23rd Apr 2019
Minister of State (Home Office)
12th May 2015 - 31st Mar 2016
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
6th Aug 2014 - 7th May 2015
Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)
7th Oct 2013 - 6th Aug 2014
Lords Spokesperson (Department for Work and Pensions)
7th Oct 2013 - 6th Aug 2014
Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee
16th May 2013 - 6th Nov 2013
Deputy Chairman of Committees (Lords)
14th Feb 2013 - 7th Oct 2013
Partnerships (Prosecution) (Scotland) Bill Special Public Bill Committee
22nd Jan 2013 - 13th Feb 2013
Leader's Group on Working Practices
27th Jul 2010 - 26th Apr 2011
Shadow Minister
3rd Jul 2009 - 6th May 2010
Deputy Chair, Conservative Party
1st Jan 2007 - 6th May 2010
Paymaster General (HM Treasury)
16th Dec 1996 - 1st May 1997
Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip)
1st Jan 1995 - 1st Jan 1996
Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)
20th Jul 1994 - 1st Jan 1995
Consolidation etc. Bills (Joint Committee)
25th Apr 1994 - 25th Nov 1994
Health and Social Care Committee
6th Dec 1993 - 27th Jun 1994
Social Security
27th Apr 1992 - 30th Nov 1992


Division Voting information

Lord Bates has voted in 832 divisions, and 4 times against the majority of their Party.

20 Mar 2013 - Growth and Infrastructure Bill - View Vote Context
Lord Bates voted Aye - against a party majority and in line with the House
One of 9 Conservative Aye votes vs 113 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 232 Noes - 178
12 Dec 2012 - Crime and Courts Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Bates voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 30 Conservative No votes vs 48 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 150 Noes - 54
26 Mar 2012 - Procedure of the House - View Vote Context
Lord Bates voted No - against a party majority and against the House
One of 48 Conservative No votes vs 71 Conservative Aye votes
Tally: Ayes - 319 Noes - 96
29 Oct 2008 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] - View Vote Context
Lord Bates voted Aye - against a party majority and against the House
One of 19 Conservative Aye votes vs 21 Conservative No votes
Tally: Ayes - 39 Noes - 202
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All Debates

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 Rosser (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Transport)
(111 debate interactions)
Baroness Hamwee (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Immigration)
(107 debate interactions)
Lord Tunnicliffe (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Transport)
(70 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Home Office
(1618 debate contributions)
Department for International Development
(1216 debate contributions)
Department for Work and Pensions
(177 debate contributions)
Department for International Trade
(40 debate contributions)
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Commons initiatives

These initiatives were driven by Lord Bates, 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.


Lord Bates has not been granted any Urgent Questions

Lord Bates has not been granted any Adjournment Debates

1 Bill introduced by Lord Bates


First reading took place on 13 December. This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords.Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill - is yet to be scheduled. A Bill to make provision for election of the BBC Trust Chairman by licence fee payers.


Last Event - 1st Reading: House Of Lords
Thursday 13th December 2012

Lord Bates has not co-sponsored any Bills in the current parliamentary sitting


4 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
11th Mar 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have, if any, to implement the provisions of UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/74/16 Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal, adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 2019.

The United Kingdom co-sponsored the General Assembly resolution "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal", which calls for Member States to observe the Olympic Truce - a cessation of hostilities around the Olympic Games - within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations, and to promote peace through sport. As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, the UK already works to uphold the UN Charter and its commitment to the maintenance of international peace and security.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
8th Jul 2019
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the conclusions and recommendations of the report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014, published on 17 August 2018.

We are deeply concerned by the human rights violations and abuses reported by the UN in August 2018. It is vital that all parties to the conflict make every effort to promote and protect human rights. Yemen remains a human rights priority country for the UK. In the 2018 Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Human Rights and Democracy Report, we highlighted our concerns over women’s rights including girls’ education, the recruitment of child soldiers, arbitrary detention, and attacks on freedom of religion or belief and on freedom of speech and association. We have raised the FCO's report directly with the Human Rights Minister for the Government of Yemen, voicing our concerns. We will continue to work with all parties and international partners, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to find a political solution to the conflict, in order to create the conditions to improve and protect human rights in Yemen.​

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
24th Jun 2019
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the response by the Earl of Courtown on 20 June (HL Deb, cols 899–900), what action they have taken as a result of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Situation of human rights in Yemen, including violations and abuses since September 2014, published on 17 August 2018.

We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Yemen and will continue to work with all parties to find a political solution to the conflict. This will help create the conditions for the legitimate Government to improve its capacity to protect human rights.

Yemen is a human rights priority country for the UK. In the 2018 Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights and Democracy Report, which was released in June, we highlighted our concerns over women’s rights including girls’ education, the recruitment of child soldiers, arbitrary detention, and attacks on freedom of religion or belief and on freedom of speech and association.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon
Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)
5th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the operation and effectiveness of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

In July 2018, the Government commissioned an Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 led by Baroness Butler-Sloss, the Rt. Hon. Frank Field and the Rt. Hon. Maria Miller MP. The Review considered where the Act is working well and where implementation can be strengthened. The Government welcomed the findings of the Review and we responded formally in July 2019. The Government accepted or partially accepted the majority of the Review’s 80 recommendations and we are taking action to implement these recommendations.

Baroness Williams of Trafford
Minister of State (Home Office)