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Lord Best

Crossbench - Life peer

Became Member: 4th June 2001


Built Environment Committee
14th Apr 2021 - 31st Jan 2024
EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee
16th Oct 2018 - 23rd Apr 2020
Communications and Digital Committee
12th Jun 2014 - 27th Apr 2017
Information Committee (Lords)
16th May 2013 - 14th May 2014
Olympic and Paralympic Legacy Committee
16th May 2013 - 6th Nov 2013
Economic Affairs Committee
13th Nov 2007 - 1st May 2012
Audit Committee (Lords)
13th Nov 2002 - 26th Nov 2008
Audit and Risk Committee
13th Nov 2002 - 26th Nov 2008
Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
13th Nov 2002 - 26th Nov 2008
Audit and Risk Assurance Committee (Lords)
13th Nov 2002 - 26th Nov 2008
Draft Charities Bill (Joint Committee)
10th May 2004 - 15th Sep 2004


Division Voting information

During the current Parliament, Lord Best has voted in 244 divisions, and never against the majority of their Party.
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Debates during the 2019 Parliament

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Sparring Partners
Lord Greenhalgh (Conservative)
(41 debate interactions)
Baroness Scott of Bybrook (Conservative)
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)
(35 debate interactions)
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Department Debates
Leader of the House
(12 debate contributions)
Home Office
(10 debate contributions)
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Legislation Debates
Levelling-up and Regeneration Act 2023
(12,776 words contributed)
Building Safety Act 2022
(3,581 words contributed)
Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act 2024
(2,972 words contributed)
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Lords initiatives

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


Lord Best has not introduced any legislation before Parliament

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


Latest 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
6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the report by the Centre for Social Justice Collecting Dust, published on 26 April, what assessment they have made of the ability of existing debt collection processes by public sector bodies to meet the equivalent standards expected of private sector firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

We welcome the Centre for Social Justice’s report, which highlights that excellent progress has been made in government debt management and suggests further areas for improvement. The Centre for Social Justice report notes the work of the government Fairness Group, the Breathing Space policy and reduction in the rate of benefit deductions as recent advances.

The Government Debt Management Function will be launching a Call for Evidence to gather views on the current debt management approach.

It is important to note that Fairness Principles are embedded in government debt management and are aligned to FCA principles for Treating Customers Fairly. I would encourage the Centre for Social Justice, along with other interested parties to submit evidence through the Call for Evidence.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
6th May 2020
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in the Centre for Social Justice report Collecting Dust, published on 26 April, for the introduction of a Debt Management Bill.

We welcome the Centre for Social Justice’s report, which highlights that excellent progress has been made in government debt management and suggests further areas for improvement. The Centre for Social Justice report notes the work of the government Fairness Group, the Breathing Space policy and reduction in the rate of benefit deductions as recent advances.

The Government Debt Management Function will be launching a Call for Evidence to gather views on the current debt management approach.

It is important to note that Fairness Principles are embedded in government debt management and are aligned to FCA principles for Treating Customers Fairly. I would encourage the Centre for Social Justice, along with other interested parties to submit evidence through the Call for Evidence.

Lord True
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal
30th Mar 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish a response to their consultation Building Bulletin 100: Fire Safety Design for Schools, which closed on 18 August 2021.

The department takes fire safety in schools very seriously. This is why the consultation draft of ‘BB100: Fire Safety Design for Schools’ proposed multiple interventions to further improve the already high fire safety standards of school buildings.

The department has been reviewing and evaluating the evidence submitted before, during, and post consultation, and will publish the response to the consultation and updated guidance in due course.

Baroness Barran
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education)
30th Mar 2023
To ask His Majesty's Government when they will publish the conclusion of Workstream 10 of their Technical review of Approved Document B, relating to property protection.

The report will be published in due course.

Baroness Scott of Bybrook
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)